Local Area Historical Society
Sept., Oct., Nov., & Dec. 2018 Events


October 20, 2018 - "High School Memories"
                              If you enjoy class reunions and mixing with people who do likewise, plan to attend our
                              Saturday open house style program featuring memorabilia from Lansdale High School,
                              North Penn High School and Lansdale Catholic High School.  The displays will also include
                              a complete yearbook display from Lansdale/North Penn High Schools from the early
                              1920s to the present and an almost complete (I believe we are missing about three issues)
                              set of yearbooks from Lansdale Catholic High School.  This open house will provide a
                              chance to check out graduation photos of your classmates, neighbors and family and look
                              back at photos of school activities and teachers you loved (or not so much) during your
                              high school years.  All memorabilia, yearbooks and photographs will be displayed
                              for easy view by those attending.  You may even run into some of your old classmates.
                              Period music will be played throughout the day and if you want to photograph a relative 
                              or friend from the yearbooks or one of our photographs on display, don't forget to
                              bring your phone camera and take a photo of one of our photos.

                             The all day event will be held at the Lansdale Parks & Recreation Building at 7th Street
                             and Lansdale Avenue and will be open from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM.  All are invited, there is
                             no admission charge but donations are greatly appreciated.

November 6, 2018 - The Lansdale Historical Society will meet together with the RootsWeb Genealogy
                               Group at the Lansdale Public Library on Vine Street in Lansdale at 7:00 PM.  Candace
                               Perry, curator of Collections at the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center in
                               Pennsburg will present a program titled "Preserving Our Family Treasures".  She
                               encourages attendees to bring "pieces to discuss-documents, photos, textile, any types
                               of paintings-but anything else, too".  Everyone is welcome and there is no admission
                               charge but donations are appreciated.
December 15, 2018 - The Lansdale Historical Society will present a different type of program during the
                                 holiday season this year.  We're very excited to announce our Holiday Tour of six of
                                 Lansdale's historic churches.  The churches participating are Trinity Evangelical
                                 Lutheran Church, St. John's United Church of Christ, Lansdale United Methodist
                                 Church, First Baptist Church, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, and St. Mary Chapel (on
                                 the grounds of St. Mary Manor). At each of the churches, visitors will be told about the 
                                 history and architecture of the sanctuary.  Each sanctuary will be decorated for the
                                 Advent/Christmas season and holiday music will be played/sung as a part of the
                                 program.  Check our fall newsletter or website (
www.lansdalehistory.org <http://www.lansdalehistory.org>) in November               
                                 for information on starting times, admission fee, etc.


Saturday, September 15 - "11th Annual Fall Festival" to be held from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the
                                     Strassburger Homestead, Bethlehem Pike & 407 Keystone Drive, Sellersville, 18960

                                     Almost too much going on to mention.  Baked goods, crafts, farm animals, period
                                     music, wine tasting, local artisans, a large silent auction, and antique venders.  One of
                                     the best local history "fairs" around.  And, best of all, it is a free event with plenty of
                                     free parking.  A superb family destination.

Sunday, October 14 - "Women in Trade in Early America"
Open house from 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM at
                                     The Strassburger Homestead, Bethlehem Pike and 407 Keystone Drive, Sellersville

                                     Historical interpreter Deborah Peterson will describe how women in the
                                     Philadelphia area, including urban and rural, conducted business outside of their
                                     home chores.  She uses tax records, early newspapers, diaries, legers and journals
                                     to discover that a surprising number of women were independent trades women.
                                     Ms. Peterson will explain how the Society's Farmstead is an example of women's
                                     economic roles.

Wednesday, October 24 - "The Horrors of the Great Flood in Johnston, PA - 1889 
7:00 PM at
                                     The Hilltown Township Building, 17 W. Creamery Road & Rte. 152, Silverdale.

                                     This program will be presented by Bill Stahl.  On Memorial Day weekend 1889, a
                                     large dam burst causing a disastrous flood that devastated the countryside for miles. 
                                     Thousands perished.  What happened and why will be discussed.  View many photo-
                                     graphs that were taken in the aftermath of the floor, including massive rescue

Sunday, November 11 - Tour the three building on the Strassburger Farmstead site @ 2:00 PM. 
                                     Open house from 1:30 PM-4:00 PM at the Strassburger Homestead, Bethlehem Pike
                                     And 407 Keystone Drive, Sellersville  18960.

                                    See why it is now listed on the Nation Register of Historic Places. Docents in each
                                    building will take you through. Ivan Jurin will handle the furnished Strassburger home-
                                    stead.  Bill Stahl will guide you through the tenant house and David Kimmerly will
                                    explain the 1830s bank barn.  A learning experience for everyone.


1.         Perkasie Historical Society: Museum Events             

The Perkasie Historical Society Museum is located at 513 W. Walnut St., Perkasie, PA

September 8 & 9, 2018  Noon to 4:00 PM 
60th Anniversary of Moving the 1832 South Perkasie Covered Bridge.  Donation collected during this museum display will be used for the Perkasie Historical Society South Perkasie Covered Bridge Restoration Drive.  Thank you for helping preserve Perkasie's history.
September 30, 2018  Noon to 4:00 PM 
Perkasie Fall Fest "Peek of Perkasie".  The display
will feature historic photos and items from the museum collection relating to Perkasie's rich history.

October 20 & 21, 2018  Noon to 4:00 PM 
"Peek of Perkasie" The display will feature
historic photos and items from the museum collection relating to Perkasie's rich history.

November 10 & 11, 2018  Noon to 4:00 PM 
"Trains & Trolleys"  The display will
feature a model train display with Perkasie area train and trolley items. 

December 1, 2018 
Mark your calendars for "Perkasie Tree Lighting".  The museum will be open from 3:00 PM-8:00 PM.  There will be model trains and Perkasie Christmas items on display.

Perkasie Historical Society: Meeting Alert

Come join us at 6:30 PM the first Tuesday of the month at our new meeting location,
St. Stephens Church 110 North 6th Street in Perkasie

Fall/Winter Meeting Topics

September 4  "
Recollections and Experiences of Working in Benner's Store" presented by
Jeff Haring.

October 2  The History & Memories of Benfield Mill" presented by Ken Barndt

November 6 
"Tis Well: The Life and Death of George Washington presented by Jeff Finegan

December 4   Pennridge High School Chamber Chior

Please call Pat Gehman at 215 257-9624 to reserve your seat.  Dinners are $12, payable at the door.  The deadline for reservations for dinner is the Friday before each meeting.

For additional information please check our website 
www.perkasiehistory.org <http://www.perkasiehistory.org>

Perkasie Carousel Schedule

Sunday September 9, 2018  Noon to 5:00 PM
Sunday September 30, 2018  Noon to 5:00 PM
Saturday December 1. 2018  Noon to 5:00 PM


The News-Herald Newspaper Digitization Project

Thanks to generous support from our donors and collaboration with the Bucks County Historical Society, the New-Herald editions through 2000 will be available later this year.

Our goal is to preserve 100 years of local newspapers.
-This effort preserves the content documenting social, political and community events as published in the local newspapers for future generations of historic researchers, students and genealogists.  The Central News edition from 1881-1943 and the New-Herald from 1943-2001 are preserved and archived on microfilm.
-The Central News editions from 1881-1943 are available digitally to Newspaper.com subscribers.
-The News-Herald editions through 2000 will be available digitally later this year.
-The Perkasie Historical Society Museum has an access portal for members and community use on an appointment basis.  Please contact the Museum by accessing the website

Placing the Perkasie Historical Society Museum, the former Lehigh Valley Transit Trolley Station, on the National Register of Historic Sites.  An effort to move from being eligible to being a National Register Historic Site is progressing.


Monday, November 12, "The Wogglebug Rides Again"  7:00 PM at the Farmers' Union Hall, Center Point, Worcester, Pa.  (2011 Valley Forge Rd.  Lansdale); plenty of free parking at Worcester Elementary School.  Admission is free, donations appreciated.

Local trolley expert Mike Szilagyi will present highlights of 18 year of electric trolley service from Norristown to Harleysville, including spectacular snowstorms, disastrous derailments,  and 100 year-old photos of trolley's route through Worcester. The museum's newest exhibit will feature a working scale model of the Wogglebug on its run through Center Point, including homes and businesses that were located in the village circa 1920. Come see the trolley run again.


Friday, September 14th   "Tavern Night"  Get ready to party like its 1799!  Join us for our
largest fundraiser that combines local food, local drink, and local history on the grounds of the historic Morgan Log House.  Tickets are limited in number and are available at www.morganloghouse.org/tavernnight <http://www.morganloghouse.org/tavernnight>6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Friday, October 26th   
"Mayhem at Morgan: The Witch's Curse"   Can you and your group break the witch's curse?  Join us for a night of mayhem and mystery.  Tours of the site will open up a world of ghosts and happenings from the past.  Tour times begin at 6:30 PM and run every 15 minutes.  Reservations and proper walking shoes are strongly recommended.  Admission charged.  Members free. Program not recommended for children younger than 8 years of age.  6:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

Sunday, October 28th 
"Mini-Mayhem"  Join us for a toddler and youth friendly program as the Morgan Log House opens its doors FREE of charge to all those in costume!  Families are welcome to bring their tots and children by for free candy being handed out by the Morgan Log House.  Enjoy hands-on activities as well. No charge for the program.  Donations greatly accepted.  12:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

Saturday, December 8th (Snow Day, Sunday, December 9th) 
"Candlelight Night"
Step back in time and listen to stories of the families who lived at the Morgan Log House over 200 years ago.  Tour the house by the glow of candlelight, all decorated in 18th century holiday greenery.  Feel the warmth of the kitchen fire and delight in the holiday scents as you are welcomed by both the Morgan and Cassel families to celebrate the Holiday season.  Find the perfect gift in our Gift Shop.  Enjoy holiday cider while warming yourself by our fire.  Admission is $7 for Adults, $6 for Seniors and Students, Children 5 and under and Members are free. 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

Drop-in workshops are offered on the first and third Saturdays of the month,
10:00 AM to3:00 PM