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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

Monday November 11 - All Day


CLOSED


We will be closed on Monday, November 11, 2019 in honor of Veterans' Day.

Thursday November 14, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Capital Sin: Murder in Montgomery County


By popular demand, we are offering a second evening for this presentation to accomodate all of our visitors!

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Join us for a presentation in our Making History Greater Series when Charles Kelly presents Capital Sin: Murder in Montgomery County. Mr. Kelly will review select murder cases and the trial outcomes that took place between 1877 and 1962 in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Among the cases are

  • a still unsolved murder that took place in West Norriton Township
  • a murder-kidnapping that took place in Plymouth Township which predates but is very similar to the Lindbergh kidnapping of 1932
  • a murder for hire in Upper Merion Township which sent one man to the gallows
  • a West Pottsgrove Township murder of a wife by her husband
  • an Abington Township case that sent shock waves through that community because of the ages of the victim and perpetrator
  • a high society murder in Lower Merion Township
  • a presentation and review of the 1959 Maryann Mitchell killing in Whitemarsh Township which led to the execution of Elmo Smith

The talk will focus on the persons, places and things that make up the means, motive and in some cases the unexpected verdicts of these cases which have long faded from the minds and memories of today’s residents.

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. Capital Sin: Murder in Montgomery County will take place on Thursday, November 14, 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.

Wednesday November 27 - All Day


CLOSING at 5:00 pm


We will be closing at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 in order to celebrate the Thanksgiving Day Holiday.

Thursday November 28 - All Day


CLOSED


We will be closed on Thursday, November 28, 2019 in order to celebrate the Thanksgiving Day Holiday.

Thursday December 5, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


History of the King of Prussia Mall


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For the past two years, 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 6:30 with a social gathering and light refreshments. Lectures begin at 7:00 and last for about an hour with time for questions at the end. This program is free and open to the public.

Tuesday December 24 - All Day


CLOSED


We will be closed from Tuesday, December 24, 2019 through Thursday, January 9, 2020 for the holidays and to refresh our facility for the coming year.  We will reopen on Monday, January 13, 2020.

Monday February 17 - All Day


CLOSED


The Historical Society of Montgomery County will be closed on Monday, February 17, 2020 in honor of Presidents’ Day.