Local Area Historical Society
Sept., Oct., Nov., & Dec. 2018 Events
LANSDALE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
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.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF HILLTOWN TOWNSHIP
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
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.
PERKASIE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
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
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 <http://www.perkasiehistory.org>
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.
WORCESTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY
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.
MORGAN LOG HOUSE
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