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Upcoming Events

Thursday August 18, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Photographing Cemeteries: A Photo Walk Through Historic Montgomery Cemetery


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Bring your camera or your cell phone as we guide you through the art of taking photos of gravestones and cemeteries! This two-hour walking tour of Historic Montgomery Cemetery features various stops throughout the cemetery where you’ll learn a little about the history of the cemetery and get a chance to learn some photography tips. If you enjoy wildlife photography, the cemetery also has a variety of birds and mammals that may make a showing during our walk.  We'll be touring and shooting in the evening golden hour with hopes that we'll get a bit of sunset.

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. Parking during the event will be made available inside the Cemetery gates.

There is no charge for this walking tour.   Spots are limited. To RSVP call 610-272-0297 or send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday September 5 - All Day


CLOSED


We will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2022 in honor of Labor Day.

Thursday September 22, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM


Music at the Cemetery


Join us for this special event to thank our members and volunteers!

Let’s get together for this summer evening event at Montgomery Cemetery. Bring a blanket and hang out with us as we listen to some live music and watch the sunset!  We'll also have a food truck on-site which will have some summer evening snacks like Italian Ice and Funnel Cake available for you to purchase!

We hope to make this an annual event, so join us this year and let's make this a great event.

 

Monday October 10 - All Day


CLOSED


We will be closed on Monday, October 10, 2022 in honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Saturday October 29, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Coffee With a Cop at Historic Montgomery Cemetery


IMG 0393oin us at the gatehouse at Historic Montgomery Cemetery on Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 9 am to 11 am for this speciall event!

Please come, enjoy a cup of coffee and meet Norristown’s new Police Chief, Derrick Wood, and Officers of West Norriton Township and Norristown.

Established in 1847, Montgomery Cemetery was the first public, non-sectarian burial grounds in Montgomery County. Ideally located on sloped land along the Schuylkill River just outside Norristown, and designed in a formal Rural Landscape style, it provided a park-like setting for families to visit their relatives, view the outdoor symbolic sculpture on monuments, and walk the grounds. The cemetery is no longer an active burial ground, but is preserved as a link to the past.

The entrance to Montgomery Cemetery is at the end of Hartranft Avenue, off of West Main Street, Norristown.

Address: 1 Hartranft Avenue, Norristown, PA 19401

The main entrance gate is locked to help prevent vandalism, but will be open during this event for admission and parking.

Saturday October 29, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM


The Culture of Death: Walking Tour


The Historical Society of Montgomery County will present a walking tour that examines the changing cultural beliefs in America surrounding death and dying.

Nothing is certain except death and taxes. Culturally, however, the American way of death is anything but certain. Over time, popular funeral and burial rituals of have changed dramatically as we have shifted our attitudes towards death.

This special tour of Historic Montgomery Cemetery on September 24, 2022, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, includes a walking tour of the cemetery that examines how America’s attitudes towards death have changed since early European settlement. The Historical Society’s Executive Director, Barry Rauhauser, will illustrate how global patterns in culture affect the way we view aging and death and look at how some of America’s historical events helped to create a unique American view on death and dying.

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. Parking during the event will be made available inside the Cemetery gates.

Tickets for the event are $10.  Tickets are limited so call 610-272-0297 to purchase tickets for this event.

Thursday November 24 - All Day


CLOSED


We will be closed on Thursday, November 24, 2022 in order to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Wednesday December 7, 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? This class 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 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.

We'll also 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

Cost:

Cost to attend the class is $20.00 per class for members of the Historical Society of Montgomery County and $30.00 for non-members.  Call 610-272-0297 to register.