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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 11, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM


The History of Trappe & Collegeville


trappe300Located in the scenic Perkiomen Valley, the adjacent boroughs of Trappe and Collegeville have a rich and fascinating history. Trappe was founded in 1717 by German immigrant Jacob Schrack Sr., who ran a tavern known as the Trap, after which the village was named. Its most famous early residents were Lutheran patriarch Henry Melchior Muhlenberg and his sons Peter, a Revolutionary War general, and Frederick, first speaker of the US House of Representatives. Collegeville, initially known as Freeland, developed primarily in the 1800s following the completion of the Perkiomen Bridge in 1799. It was named after several early colleges, including Freeland Seminary, established in 1848, and the Pennsylvania Female College, established in 1851. These institutions were succeeded by Ursinus College in 1869. A pioneer in women’s education, Ursinus became coeducational in 1880. Trappe and Collegeville were formally incorporated as separate boroughs in 1896.

Lisa Minardi is a native of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Ursinus College. She serves as executive director of The Speaker’s House, a nonprofit organization that is restoring the historic home of Frederick Muhlenberg in Trappe. Together with Anne Grasberger, Kate Minardi, and Barbara Wentz, she produced this book, with additional support from the Historical Society of Trappe, Collegeville, and Perkiomen Valley and the Ursinus College Archives.

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. Thursday presentations begin at 5:00 with a social gathering and light refreshments. Lectures begin at 5:30 and last for about an hour with time for questions at the end. This program is free and open to the public.

Saturday April 15 - All Day


CLOSED


We will be closed on Saturday, April 15, 2017 for the Easter holiday weekend.

Tuesday April 18, 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.

Thursday April 20, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM


History of the King of Prussia Mall


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For the past year, author and historian Michael Shaw has been looking carefully at one of the largest malls in America. The King of Prussia Mall is one of Montgomery County’s most recognizable landmarks and, in terms of leasable retail space, is the largest mall in America. It has long been a shopper’s paradise and Michael Shaw is attempting to write the story of the mall from its opening in 1963 to today.

Born 65 miles northwest of Manhattan in Middletown, NY, nestled in the picturesque Hudson River Valley, Michael Shaw gained a unique perspective of history from an early age. Both of his parents are former educators, who always appreciated and helped nurture Michael’s sense of history. Shaw majored in history at Ithaca College, settling in Bucks County, PA for a time before moving to King of Prussia in 1994.

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. Thursday presentations begin at 5:00 with a social gathering and light refreshments. Lectures begin at 5:30 and last for about an hour with time for questions at the end. This program is free and open to the public.

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.