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!
Thursday March 21, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us for our next presentation in our Making History Greater Series when Ira Poliakoff presents Synagogues of Greater Philadelphia.
Synagogues of Greater Philadelphia traces the history of the Jewish people in the greater Philadelphia region through the eyes of the more than five hundred synagogues that exist or have existed in the five-county Philadelphia area. Included are many illustrations and picture of synagogues no longer in use and reproductions of several historic documents. Ira Poliakoff, the author of the forthcoming book, Synagogues of Philadelphia, explored many libraries and archives to assemble this history.
Ira Poliakoff was born in New York City just as World War II was ending. His father, a physician, returned from five years of naval service when Ira was five months old. His family lived in Manhattan and attended Congregation Shaare Zedek and later moved to Rockville Centre where they were members of Temple Bnai Sholom. As a young man, Ira served as youth director at several shuls in metropolitan New York and worked for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism as a Field Worker. In 1973, he married Judith Braude of Philadelphia and they moved to Wynnewood shortly thereafter. He later enjoyed a long and successful career in business.
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. Synagogues of Greater Philadelphia will take place on Thursday, March 21, 2019. The evening will begin at 6:30 with a social gathering and light refreshments. The presentation will begin at 7:00 pm and last for about an hour with time for questions at the end. This program is free and open to the public.
Tuesday April 16, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
“It never hurts to ask.” An expression you’ve probably heard many times before. When researching your family stories, it really doesn’t hurt to ask. Led by our Executive Director, Barry Rauhauser, our newest course offers some tips and tricks to recording interviews with your relatives so that you can ask questions and capture some of the stories of your family and others around you.
While archival, photographic, and other documentary research is the core of many historians’ work, for more recent history about the world an oral history interview captures personal knowledge of past events. This often reveals much more than is available through paper records. Oral history interviews can examine the culture of days-gone-by, rekindle the stories of a forgotten business or store, or they may even be able to capture a favorite recipe that has been passed down through the generations.
The program is $15 for members of the Historical Society of Montgomery County and just $20 for non-members. Please contact the historical society at (610) 272-0297 to reserve your spot!
Saturday April 27, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Join local Boy Scout Troops, volunteer firefighters, and other members of the community as we hold our annual flag retirement ceremony on April 27, 2019 at 7:00 pm on the grounds of Historic Montgomery Cemetery.
With almost 6,000 known burials, Historic Montgomery Cemetery holds the remains of some of the most prominent citizens, veterans and reformers in the county and nation. From five Civil War generals to many captains of industry, it tells the story of the nation through the lives it represents. The entrance to Montgomery Cemetery is at the end of Hartranft Avenue, off of West Main Street, Norristown. Some parking during the event will be made available inside the Cemetery gates.
Montgomery Cemetery Boy Scout Flag Retirement Ceremony
If you have flags that are in need of retirement, please contact us at 610-272-0297.