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The Historical Society presents a variety of events and programs throughout the year.  We invite you to join us - you'll always learn something new!

Upcoming Events

Thursday May 24, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


An Imperfection in the Kitchen Floor


Join us for a book signing and special presentation on life in Willow Grove during 1910s and 1920s by local author Heather Greenleaf.

Greenleaf’s new novel, An Imperfection in the Kitchen Floor, tells the story of two women who, despite living one hundred years apart, face similar sacrifices, difficult decisions, and self-imposed perfection that many women will recognize in their own lives. The setting is based on the real town of Willow Grove in Montgomery County, PA. Greenleaf’s presentation will look at the history and culture of Willow Grove during the setting of the novel between 1910 and 1920. 

AuthorPortrait webHeather has a degree in Art History from the George Washington University and a degree in Culinary Arts from the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. She has worked as a private chef and has written continuously running food columns in the Harlem Times, on Patch.com, and bonedo.com. She currently works as an Exhibitions Manager, handling various art and science exhibitions as they travel to museums. In her free time, Heather is the Archivist for the Upper Moreland Historical Association. She lives in a historic home in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania with her husband, two young children, and an old cat named Bananas. An Imperfection in the Kitchen Floor is her debut novel. 

This event will take place on Thursday, May 24, 2018. The evening will begin at 5:30 with a social gathering and light refreshments. The presentation will begin at 6:00 pm and last for about an hour with time for questions at the end. Books will be available for purchase and signing both before and after the program. This program is free and open to the public.

Saturday May 26 - All Day


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We will be closed on Saturday, May 26, 2018 and Monday, May 28, 2018 in order to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend.

Saturday May 26, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Memorial Day Observance


hancocktomb300We will be hosting our Annual Memorial Day Observance on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Historic Montgomery Cemetery, One Hartranft Avenue, West Norriton Township. Come spend the day with our community as we honor our veterans and learn about their stories.

With almost 6000 known burials, Historic Montgomery Cemetery holds the remains of some of the most prominent citizens, veterans and reformers in the county and nation. Over 400 veterans are buried in Montgomery Cemetery from the War of 1812 through the Korean War. The observance will begin at 11:00 am and ends at 1:00 pm.

 

Monday May 28 - All Day


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We will be closed on Saturday, May 26, 2018 and Monday, May 28, 2018 in order to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend.

Wednesday May 30, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Introduction to Genealogy Workshop


Looking to get started on researching your family tree? Then you won’t want to miss our Spring Genealogy course which will introduce you to the tricks and tools you’ll need to get started as a genealogical detective.

Classes will be held at 1654 DeKalb Street on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

The course includes 4 classes held on May 2, 9, 16, and 30.

Cost for the series is $40 for non-members, $10 for members. Call (610)272-0297 or use the button below to register.

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Saturday June 9, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Montgomery County Trolleys


MontgomeryCountyTrolleyscropJoin us for our next presentation in our Making History Greater Series when Mike Szilagyi presents Montgomery County Trolleys.

Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, was once served by 140 miles of trolley lines. In the first half of the 20th century, a wide array of trolley cars rolled over Montgomery County’s rails, from quaint open streetcars rumbling through borough streets to sleek 80-mile-an-hour trolleys sailing across open fields in Upper Gwynedd and Hatfield Townships. The cars had zero emissions, and some lines were powered by renewable hydroelectric power. Taking the trolley was a convenient, affordable option for those travelling and commuting in Montgomery County, nearby Philadelphia, and points beyond. Freight was also carried on board trolleys, with prompt parcel delivery service. Fortunately, many years ago, dedicated trolley fans had the foresight to aim their cameras at these unique vehicles, providing rare glimpses not just of the trolleys but also of Montgomery County’s rapidly changing landscapes.

Mike Szilagyi's interest in trolleys was sparked at a young age by the sight of big green streamliners gliding down Old York Road near his grandmother's house in the Logan neighborhood of Philadelphia. Today, Szilagyi lives and works in Montgomery County, where he plans and designs bicycle paths. He spent most of 2017 visiting historical societies and contacting the owners of collections from Pottstown to Willow Grove; Hatfield to Ardmore to offer truly county-wide coverage of the history of the trolleys in Montgomery County.

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The Making History Greater series features scholars, authors, and historians who are currently working on telling new stories about the complexity of our region’s history. Montgomery County Trolleys will take place on Saturday, June 9, 2018. The day will begin at 12:30 with a social gathering and light refreshments. The presentation will begin at 1:00 pm and last for about an hour with time for questions at the end. Books will be available for purchase and the author will be available for signing at the end of the program.  This program is free and open to the public.

 

Wednesday July 4 - All Day


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We will be closed Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in order to celebrate Independence Day.

Saturday September 1 - All Day


CLOSED


We will be closed on Saturday, September 1, 2018 and Monday, September 3, 2018 in order to celebrate the Labor Day weekend.

Monday September 3 - All Day


CLOSED


We will be closed on Saturday, September 1, 2017 and Monday, September 3, 2017 in order to celebrate the Labor Day weekend.

Tuesday September 4, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Intermediate Genealogy Classes


The Historical Society of Montgomery County’s fall genealogy course will help you delve deeper into the past!  Genealogist Rose Brown will present this four week workshop, Intermediate Genealogy, for those who want to go further into their genealogical research and learn more about the process of tracking down history. Cost for the series is $40 for non-members, $10 for members.  Call (610)272-0297 to register.

Tuesday September 11, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Intermediate Genealogy Classes


The Historical Society of Montgomery County’s fall genealogy course will help you delve deeper into the past!  Genealogist Rose Brown will present this four week workshop, Intermediate Genealogy, for those who want to go further into their genealogical research and learn more about the process of tracking down history. Cost for the series is $40 for non-members, $10 for members.  Call (610)272-0297 to register.

Tuesday September 18, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Intermediate Genealogy Classes


The Historical Society of Montgomery County’s fall genealogy course will help you delve deeper into the past!  Genealogist Rose Brown will present this four week workshop, Intermediate Genealogy, for those who want to go further into their genealogical research and learn more about the process of tracking down history. Cost for the series is $40 for non-members, $10 for members.  Call (610)272-0297 to register.

Tuesday September 25, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Intermediate Genealogy Classes


The Historical Society of Montgomery County’s fall genealogy course will help you delve deeper into the past!  Genealogist Rose Brown will present this four week workshop, Intermediate Genealogy, for those who want to go further into their genealogical research and learn more about the process of tracking down history. Cost for the series is $40 for non-members, $10 for members.  Call (610)272-0297 to register.

Saturday October 6 - All Day


CLOSED


We will be closed on Saturday, October 6, 2018 and Monday, October 8, 2018 in order to celebrate the Columbus Day weekend.

Monday October 8 - All Day


CLOSED


We will be closed on Saturday, October 6, 2017 and Monday, October 8, 2017 in order to celebrate the Columbus Day weekend.