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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

Tuesday April 25, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Reading Your House, Researching Your Home


Many people entering the doors of our Research Library & Archives are searching for information about their home. When was it built? What did it look like originally? Why does it look the way it does now? What can I do to preserve it? Who built it and who lived in it? Our new workshop series this spring will offer an introduction to some resources and tools that will help anyone discover a little more about their home.
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The workshop will take place on two evenings in April. Reading Your House, on April 18, 2017 will introduce attendees to the fundamental tools you’ll need to start seeing your house in a new light. We’ll cover introductory topics on historic architecture including: formal and vernacular architecture, regional differences in house types (pre-1850), basic styles and construction techniques from 1700 to 1920, how to measure and draw a house, and how to look around at the landscape of houses in Montgomery County.

Part 2 of the course, on April 25, Researching Your Home, will examine various documents related to house construction and occupancy that will give researchers more information about how houses and architecture function. We’ll look at deeds and probate records, mechanics’ liens, maps, census and tax records, and other sources of documentary evidence relating to houses. We’ll also spend part of this session looking at various local and regional resources that relate to the restoration and preservation of historic architecture.

Where:
Classes will be held at 1654 DeKalb Street, Norristown, PA in the Meeting Room of the Historical Society of Montgomery County

When:
April 18, 2017  6:00pm to 8:00pm – Reading Your House
April 25, 2017  6:00pm to 8:00pm – Researching Your Home

Cost:
Cost to attend each individual class is $25.00 per class for members of the Historical Society of Montgomery County and $30.00 for non-members. Cost to attend both sessions is $40.00 for members of the Historical Society of Montgomery County and $50.00 for non-members.  Call 610-272-0297 to register.

Tuesday May 9, 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 Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

The course includes 4 classes held on May 9, 16, 23, & 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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Tuesday May 16, 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 Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

The course includes 4 classes held on May 9, 16, 23, & 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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Tuesday May 23, 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 Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

The course includes 4 classes held on May 9, 16, 23, & 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 May 27 - All Day


CLOSED


We will be closed on Saturday, May 27, 2017 and Monday, May 29, 2017 in order to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend.

Saturday May 27, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Memorial Day Observance


hancocktomb300We will be hosting our Annual Memorial Day Observance on Saturday, May 27, 2017 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 29 - All Day


CLOSED


We will be closed on Saturday, May 27, 2017 and Monday, May 29, 2017 in order to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend.

Tuesday 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 Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

The course includes 4 classes held on May 9, 16, 23, & 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 17, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM


Slim the Lineman


Slim the Lineman is the story of Leslie W. Morrison (1899-1974), and his journey north from his family home in South Carolina to work for the Philadelphia Electric Company as a foreman in charge of building the high-tension line through the Great Valley and King of Prussia, from the Conowingo Dam to Bridgeport. According to sources at PECO, a book was written that was loosely based on his life, and later a Hollywood movie starring Henry Fonda. Learn about his colorful life and his contributions to Montgomery County.

Slim the Lineman is presented by J. Michael Morrison, a native of King of Prussia. A 1974 graduate of Eastern University in St. Davids, PA, Morrison is currently involved in kitchen, bathroom, and architectural interior design. His background in Historic Restoration and Architectural Design has given him a unique perspective as it relates to the identification of historic locations long since lost to progress. He is the author of two books about the hsitory of King of Prussia.

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. Saturday presentations begin at 12:30 with a social gathering and light refreshments. Lectures begin at 1:00 and last for about an hour with time for questions at the end. This program is free and open to the public.

Tuesday July 4 - All Day


CLOSED


We will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in order to celebrate Independence Day.