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memberpaypalbuttonThe Historical Society of Montgomery County offers multiple levels of membership.  These various levels provide greater benefits to those members wishing to partake in new events, presentations, and programs that we offer. Higher levels provide you or your business the opportunity to sponsor some of our newest programs and future exhibits.  [Download a Membership Form]

 

memberformpic 275wIndividual - $35
• Discounts on the cost of many programs, workshops, and classes
• Discounts on purchases in museum store
• Unlimited free admission to the Research Library
• A free copy of our annual journal, The Bulletin
• Our quarterly newsletter, The Acorn

Dual/Family - $50
• Entitles two persons, living together, and any children in the household under 18, access to the member benefits for one year.

Sustainer* - $100
All of the benefits enjoyed by members at the Dual / Family Level plus:
• Invitations for you and a guest to attend Special Events such as Exhibit Pre-Views, Behind-the-Scenes Tours, Cemetery Tours, and other programs as scheduled throughout the year.

The Acorn Society - $250
All of the benefits enjoyed by members at the Sustainer Level plus:
• Invitations for you and a guest to attend unique events and programs created just for Acorn Society members.
• Discounted prices on other special events and day trips

The Rittenhouse Collectors Club - $500
All of the benefits enjoyed by members at the Acorn Society Level plus:
• Invitations for you and a guest to participate in trips to see other collections, museums, historic and architectural sites.
• Invitations to view new objects as they are added to the collections
• Invitations to Special Gallery and Collections Talks
• Recognition of you, your organization or business on our website and in our newsletter, The Acorn
• Recognition of you, your organization or business on Donor Panel in Exhibit Gallery

1784 Sponsorship Circle - $1000
All of the benefits enjoyed by members at the Acorn Society Level plus:
• Free use of the Meeting Room for your group or business
• Special Recognition for one series of programs or one major event.
• Recognition of you, your organization or business on our website and in our newsletter, The Acorn
• Recognition of you, your organization or business on our Donor Wall


*While we no longer offer a Life Membership, those with a pre-existing Life Membership will continue to receive the same benefits as those at the Sustainer Level.

 

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.