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In order to provide services to our patrons, while continuing to prevent the spread of coronavirus in our community, we will be allowing researchers to access our collections with certain limitations. Researchers are required to make appointments for a two-hour research session.

Please call us at (610) 272-0297 to make an appointment or to submit a research request.

Upcoming Events

Thursday August 27, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Winning the Vote: Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage


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Join us for our next presentation in our Making History Greater Series when Carol Spacht presents Winning the Vote: Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage.

Women began their long journey to achieving the power of the ballot when a determined group of activists gathered in 1848 for the first Woman’s Rights Convention at Seneca Falls, NY. Across the nation, suffrage societies undertook the difficult battle to convince a democratic government driven solely by men that “We the People of the United States” included women.

For decades, the primary strategy to win the vote for women focused on passing laws state-by-state. The suffragist movement gained momentum when Alice Paul, a young Quaker intellectual, formed the National Woman’s Party, pushing for a federal amendment to the United States Constitution.

Dora Lewis, a Philadelphia reformer and suffragist, became Alice Paul’s closest confidant and indefatigable supporter. Twenty-three years older than Miss Paul, Dora Lewis dedicated her efforts and social position to political action, pressuring the government to pass the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Mrs. Lewis was arrested while carrying protest banners in front of the White House as a “Silent Sentinel”. She served as the spokeswoman during the infamous “Night of Terror” at the Occoquan Workhouse and endured being forcibly fed after hunger-striking. Nothing stopped Mrs. Lewis’ commitment to a woman’s right to vote. Her protest banner quoted President Wilson’s words, “Conquer or Submit”. Dora Lewis would not submit.

Women finally achieved the right to vote in 1920. One hundred years later, we have almost forgotten the struggle and sacrifice involved in the battle for a privilege that is too often taken for granted today. You are invited to meet Dora Lewis, National Woman’s Party Ratification Chair, to learn more about this important moment in women’s history.

Carol Spacht has extensive experience performing for children. She studied theatre at Villanova University and graduated with highest honors from Eastern University with degrees in Literature and Theatre Arts. An alumna of Germantown Theatre Guild and the Main Point’s Peanut Butter Theatre, she began performing solo in 1995.

As part of its mission to promote and interpret the history of Montgomery County, 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. Presentations are held at the Historical Society located at 1654 DeKalb Street in Norristown, PA. Thursday presentations begin at 6:30p.m.with a social gathering and light refreshments. Presentations begin around 7:00 and last for about an hour with time for questions at the end. This program is free and open to the public.

Monday September 7 - All Day


CLOSED


The Historical Society of Montgomery County will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2020 in honor of Labor Day.

Monday October 12 - All Day


CLOSED


The Historical Society of Montgomery County will be closed on Monday, October 12, 2020 in honor of Columbus Day.

Wednesday November 11 - All Day


CLOSED


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

Wednesday November 25 - All Day


CLOSING at 5:00 pm


We will be closing at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 in order to celebrate the Thanksgiving Day Holiday.

Thursday November 26 - All Day


CLOSED


We will be closed on Thursday, November 26, 2020 in order to celebrate the Thanksgiving Day Holiday.

Thursday December 24 - All Day


CLOSED


We will be closed from Thursday, December 24, 2020 through Thursday, January 7, 2021 for the holidays and to refresh our facility for the coming year.  We will reopen on Monday, January 11, 2021.