weddingdressWeddings are often full of traditions, but have you ever thought about where those traditions originated? Many wedding traditions have been around for centuries, while others have changed over time. Even the iconic white dress was not always the color of choice for a bride’s wedding day.

In this exhibit, we will investigate how weddings and wedding traditions have changed over time. Visitors can expect to see items such as clothing, photos, and portraits in our gallery. We will even be displaying a wedding dress made from a World War II parachute.

This exhibit opens at 5:00 PM on Thursday April 20, 2023 and will run through the end of March 2024. 

Map: Former One Room Schoolhouses

Montgomery County had many one room and small schools, but there has never been a single book or document listing all these former schools that still stand today. We are compiling a list to keep at HSMC for future researchers. Check out our interactive map to see the schools we have already located. If you are aware of a former school that is still standing that is not listed, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can add it to the list.


Interactive Map

Summary Information

Repository: The Historical Society of Montgomery County

Title: Records of the League of Women Voters of Upper Merion

Creator: League of Women Voters of Upper Merion

Dates: 1930 - 2002 (bulk 1960 - 1990)

Accession number: 2016.152

Extent: 3 linear feet, 4 linear inches

Language: English

Administrative history note: The League of Women Voters was founded by members of the National American Woman Suffrage Association in 1920. The Upper Merion chapter began in 1930. In 1975 it merged with another chapter to form the League of Women Voters of the Valley Forge Area. That chapter closed in 2000.

Scope and content: This collection contains the papers of the League of Women Voters of Upper Merion. It contains annual voter guides created by the group, material relating to the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania and the League of Women Voters of the United States. There are also administrative files, issue files, and annual files that contain newspaper clippings, minutes, and newsletters. There are also records from the League of Women Voters of the Valley Forge Area.

Arrangement: This collection is divided into six series:

Series A: Records from parent organizations

Series B: Voter guides and services

Series C: Administrative Records

Series D: Annual Files

Series E: Records of the League of Women Voters of the Valley        Forge Area

Series F: Studies of Issues

Past Exhibits at HSMC


See the virtual versions of some of our past museum exhibits by clicking the links below.


2018 - 2019: Made in Montgomery County

2019 - 2020: Montgomery County Hospitals

2020 - 2021: MontCo. Votes!

2020 (online only): Schools: from one room to your living room

2021 - 2022: Painting with Pride 



 Hindsight 2020 slide version


2020 proved to be a historic year. The COVID-19 pandemic remains a focal point in most people's lives. However, the challenges of this pandemic were compounded by a barrage of other situations including, but not limited to, widespread financial stress, a surge in mental health challenges, protests calling for an end to racial injustice, and the Presidential Election.

We at HSMC recognize the historic events unfolding around us. To continue fulfilling our Mission to engage with the public to collect, preserve, and interpret the documents, artifacts, and stories that reflect the evolving mosaic that is our county, we are asking the community to share their stories to document the events that happened in the county during 2020.

Due to limited storage at HSMC, this project will be primarily digitally based. We are looking for things such as: photos, short videos, stories, and writing samples. These items will be made publicly available online so future researchers can have easy access. 

To participate in this project, please fill out a contact infromation form here. After you fill out the form, you will be given a link to HSMC's Dropbox where you can upload your digital files. Please name each file with the date of submission and your last name so our team can properly identify each submission.

If you have physical artifacts you are interested in donating to HSMC, please indicate so on the form and provide an email or phone number so our team can reach out to you. 

 form 1

Participate in the Project: Contact/Submission form - Hindsight 2020 Collection Project


See what we already collected for the Hindsight 2020 Collection Project by clicking here.