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Upcoming Events

Monday August 19, 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM


Cemetery Full Moon Walking Tour


IMG 0643 EFFECTSJoin the Historical Society of Montgomery County on Monday, August 19, on a walking tour of Historic Montgomery Cemetery then watch the rising of a full moon! We'll tour the cemetery starting at 7:15 p.m. and then enjoy the view as the full moon rises.

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 West Main Street, Norristown.

This event is weather dependent. Please check our website (hsmcpa.org) for any cancellations. Parking during the event will be made available inside the Cemetery gates. Cost for this event is $10.00. To purchase tickets and/or RSVP contact us at 610-272-0297 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wednesday September 11, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Introduction to Genealogy


Are you looking to research your family tree, but are unsure where to start? Then you won’t want to miss our Introduction to Genealogy class! We will introduce you to a few tricks and tools to get you started as a genealogical detective.

In this class, HSMC’s Curator Karen Ploch will introduce you to the fundamentals of genealogy research. This will include how to start making a family tree, find supporting documents, and how to navigate “brick” walls.

This class is free for members and $15.00 for non-members of HSMC. The class will be held at 1654 DeKalb Street from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Spots are limited. To purchase tickets and RSVP contact us at 610-272-0297 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday September 17, 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM


Cemetery Full Moon Walking Tour


IMG 0643 EFFECTSJoin the Historical Society of Montgomery County on Tuesday, September 17, 2024, on a walking tour of Historic Montgomery Cemetery then watch the rising of a full moon! We'll tour the cemetery starting at 6:15 p.m. and then enjoy the view as the full moon rises.

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 West Main Street, Norristown.

This event is weather dependent. Please check our website (hsmcpa.org) for any cancellations. Parking during the event will be made available inside the Cemetery gates. Cost for this event is $10.00. To purchase tickets and/or RSVP contact us at 610-272-0297 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thursday September 19, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Jenkintown


Jenkintown BookOriginally part of Abington Township, Jenkintown became an independent municipality on December 4, 1874, with its own school district forming shortly thereafter. Beginning with the town’s founding by the Jenkins family, this history traces the rise of Jenkintown as a stop on the coaching lines to New York City along the Old York Road to a shopping, transportation, and cultural hub. Jenkintown has also been the center for numerous social, civic, fraternal, patriotic, and religious organizations, commencing with the founding of the Abington Library Society (known today as the Jenkintown Library) in 1803. Celebrating its 150th anniversary of incorporation, Jenkintown captures many familiar sites and organizations as well as those that helped define the area but no longer remain.

Marion K. Rosenbaum, a Jenkintown resident, graduated from Jenkintown High School (1964) and Beaver College (1968). She is a retired librarian, archivist, and genealogist with extensive experience researching history in local depositories in the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania areas. She collaborated with the Old York Road Historical Society, which was founded in 1936 to preserve and promote the history of the communities along and adjacent to the Old York Road. The society’s collections contain over 250,000 photographic images, of which a few were selected for this book, supplemented by photographs in private and institutional collections.

This event will take place on Thursday September 19, 2024 at the Historical Society Headquarters at 1654 DeKalb Street in Norristown, PA. 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 and book signing at the end. This program is free and open to the public.

Thursday October 10, 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM


The Battles of Germantown: Effective Public History in America


Join us on October 10, 2024 for The Battles of Germantown: Effective Public History in America presented by David W. Young.

Known as America’s most historic neighborhood, the Germantown section of Philadelphia (established in 1683) has distinguished itself by using public history initiatives to forge community. Progressive programs about ethnic history, postwar urban planning, and civil rights have helped make historic preservation and public history meaningful. The Battles of Germantown considers what these efforts can tell us about public history’s practice and purpose in the United States.

Battles of Germantown smAuthor David Young, a neighborhood resident who worked at Germantown historic sites for decades, uses his practitioner’s perspective to give examples of what he calls “effective public history.” The Battles of Germantown shows how the region celebrated “Negro Achievement Week” in 1928 and, for example, how social history research proved that the neighborhood’s Johnson House was a station on the Underground Railroad. These encounters have useful implications for addressing questions of race, history, and memory, as well as issues of urban planning and economic revitalization.

Germantown’s historic sites use public history and provide leadership to motivate residents in an area challenged by job loss, population change, and institutional inertia. The Battles of Germantown illustrates how understanding and engaging with the past can benefit communities today.

This event will take place on Thursday, October 10, 2024 at the Historical Society Headquarters at 1654 DeKalb Street in Norristown, PA. 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 and book signing at the end. This program is free and open to the public.