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Charles J. Kelly
President

Chris Sperring
First Vice-President

Ken Olin
Second Vice-President

Robert A. Cohen
Treasurer

Janice Boyer
Secretary

Faith C. Bones
Holly Cairns
George Detwiler
Kenneth Dyer
Paula Gidjunis
Joan Hauger
Nan Huber
Donna-Marie Peters
Eileen Santori
Doug Seiler
Brandan Smestad

 

 

Trustee Emeriti

Paul R. Koons (deceased)
Frank Miller, M.D. (deceased)
Alice G. Smith
Vivian Taylor (deceased)
Alfred Wolsky (deceased)

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One of the joys of being at an event, using the resources at the research library and archives, or visiting the galleries at the Historical Society of Montgomery County is listening to all the stories of the past. They are everywhere. Stories of people, families, houses, neighborhoods. Stories of the county’s role in politics and industry. Stories full of humor, accomplishment, mystery, and sometimes loss.

Some of the stories come from our speakers at our events. Some stories come from our staff and volunteers who prepare our exhibits or write our blogs. But most come from all of you – our visitors, our members, the people who grew up in the county or now live in the region, and all the rest who become part of the fabric of the Historical Society of Montgomery County on any given day.

It is through your support that the Historical Society of Montgomery County can keep these stories of the past alive and to ensure that others hear them and learn about them. 

We do this by:

  • Creating opportunities for you to engage with Montgomery County’s past through programming, publications, exhibitions, the web and social media, and community outreach.
  • Encouraging the research of Montgomery County’s history by providing access to a research library, archival materials, historic photographs and artifacts.
  • Restoring, preserving and telling the stories that surround Historic Montgomery Cemetery.
  • Collaborating with others in the community to bring greater recognition to Montgomery County’s history.

Our goal is to better serve our members, visitors, and the citizens of Montgomery County by seeking to represent what all of you find rewarding about your discovery of the value of local history.

With your generous donation to the Annual Fund we hope to expand the boundaries of the Historical Society of Montgomery County, explore new ways to engage with the public, implement better methods to make research materials and archives accessible and launch new exhibitions. 

We will raise our standards, on every level and in every part of what we do, ensuring that every patron gets the best service we can offer, that every part of the collection is cared for and preserved and that we become a more active participant in the many communities we serve.  Because this is how we can all work together to keep these stories alive for generations to come.

To make your gift to the Annual Fund, simply click on the PayPal button below or if would like to make a gift over the phone, please call (610) 272-0297.

 

The Historical Society of Montgomery County is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization.  As such, all contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Please check with your tax professional for more information.

The Historical Society of Montgomery County has two meeting spaces which are available for rent by businesses or organizations.

  • The Meeting Room in our building at 1654 DeKalb Street can accommodate up to 50 people. There is an adjoining kitchenette with a sink/counter area and refrigerator, but no stove.  We do have multiple large folding tables for your use.
  • The Gatehouse at Historic Montgomery Cemetery is located at 1 Hartranft Avenue in West Norriton Township. There are two rooms in this historic building, each can accommodate between 15 and 20 people.  There is an adjoining kitchenette with a sink/counter area and refrigerator, but no stove. 

Rentals of these spaces are available subject to prior commitments, our scheduled events, and staff availability.  The rental fee for either space is $100 for a three-hour time slot.

Contact us at (610)292-0297 or via e-mail for more information and availability.

Giving Tuesday 
#GivingTuesdayNow

May 5, 2020

 Giving Tuesday recently announced #GivingTuesdayNow— a global day of giving and unity— which will occur on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. HSMC will be participating in this movement to help us raise funds that we will require in the coming months as we adapt to the new normal.
Like other museums and historic sites, HSMC had to close its doors to the public as part of the communal effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Our staff continues to work from home, doing as much as we can to continue working towards our mission to collect, preserve, and interpret the documents, artifacts, and stories that reflect the evolving mosaic that is Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

The uncertainty of when we will be able to safely re-open requires us to evaluate new ways to continue to provide our resources to the public and we are currently exploring possibilities for future online programming, making more of our collections available online, and offering more online historical research assistance for those who are unable to visit our archives and library.

We rely on the community’s support to provide local historical resources to the public and to tell the story of Montgomery County, PA. For those who are able, please consider donating to HSMC on #GivingTuesdayNow – May 5, 2020.