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Upcoming Events

Saturday May 25, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Memorial Day Observance


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The Historical Society of Montgomery County will honor the service of soldiers and veterans interred at Historic Montgomery Cemetery, One Hartranft Avenue, Norristown, on Saturday, May 25, 2024.

Wreaths will be laid at the monuments of General John Frederick Hartranft, General Winfield Scott Hancock, the Memorial Rose Garden, and at the G.A.R. Zook Post #11 Plot.

The day’s observance will begin at 11 a.m.  Local Boy Scout troops, Civil War reenactors, local Masonic lodge members, and others will assist in the wreath laying and program. Volley fire at each site will be provided by Baker Fisher Camp #101. Many of the participants will be dressed in period costumes.

Sons of Union Veterans will conduct the Rose Petal Ceremony at the graves of Civil War soldiers at the Zook GAR Post. Children in attendance will be asked to assist in the Ceremony.

Members of the community are encouraged to join in this observance. 

For information on the Historical Society of Montgomery County’s Memorial Day Observance call 610-272-0297 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Monday May 27 - All Day


CLOSED


The Historical Society of Montgomery County will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2024 in honor of Memorial Day.

Saturday June 8, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


The Youngest Councilman


Ebook“You can’t fight city hall” and “children should be seen and not heard” are two adages tested in The Youngest Councilman. Fed up with the direction his hometown is taking, John McGuigan, a teenage college student, decides to run for the town’s council.

Not only is he running as a teenager, but he is also running against the incumbent president of council, an attorney, who holds a two-to-one registration edge and whose party has held power in the town for nearly twenty years.

Set in the county seat of one of Philadelphia’s (Pennsylvania) neighboring counties, Norristown politics are bare knuckle and in your face. So how would a teenager running his first race even come close to winning? Why would a teenager even want to run?

The Youngest Councilman briefly examines the path that led John to his decision to run and then takes us inside and behind the scenes of a political race which sent shockwaves statewide.

This incredible true story highlights that anyone willing to put in the work, look voters in the eye and share their story can win—city hall can be beaten!

About the Author

John McGuigan, as detailed in the book, in 1989 won a district council seat in Norristown to become the youngest elected official in Pennsylvania, and the youngest ever in Norristown (still true to this day).

John’s upset win changed the political control of the town. He quickly found himself as his party’s leader on the council as others changed political affiliations or left the council—all at twenty-years-old. John’s time on Norristown’s council coincided with the end of the longest serving councilman’s time (a sixty-year run) on the board, and several other colorful people who created many hard-to-believe stories.

After winning re-election and serving as the council’s president, John left public office to marry and start a family. While John served in party organizing roles, and volunteers in his community, he has not served in an elected capacity since being “council boy” in the 1990’s.

John lives in suburban Philadelphia where he and his wife (Lisa) raised their three children.

Join us at The Historical Society of Montgomery County on June 8, 2024 at 2:00 pm for a presentation and book signing by author John McGuigan.  This program is free and open to the public.

Wednesday June 19, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


CLOSED


The Historical Society of Montgomery County will be closed on Wednesday, June 19, 2024 in honor of Juneteenth.

Friday June 21, 7:45 PM - 9:00 PM


Cemetery Walking Tour - Full Moon


Join us on a walking tour of Montgomery Cemetery and watch the rising of  a full moon!  We'll tour the cemetery starting at 7:45 pm and enjoy the view as the 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 of West Main Street, Norristown.

The event is weather dependent. Please check our website 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 July 3, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


General Winfield Scott Hancock Tour at Historic Montgomery Cemetery


The Historical Society of Montgomery County will be offering a special event on Wednesday, July 3, 2024 that looks at the life and career of General Winfield Scott Hancock.

The event will feature a walking tour of Historic Montgomery Cemetery that begins at 9:00 am with stops that highlight the life of General Hancock. 

The cemetery tour covers General Hancock’s life and military career and the particularly important days in Gettysburg, including July 3, 1863, the day General Hancock was shot and wounded during the battle.

With almost 6000 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 to this event are $10 and spots will be limited.  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 July 4, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


CLOSED


The Historical Society of Montgomery County will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2024 in honor of Independence Day.