Local Area Historical Society
March, April & May 2018 Events


Lansdale Historical Society

March13, 2018:  Lansdale Baseball History: This program will be presented by Ronald Ziegler and will feature non-school teams from the 1880s to the 1920s era and will include information on Lansdale's semi-professional baseball team.

April 10, 2018:  Annual Awards Banquet at the William Penn Inn with 6:00 P.M. Cocktails
(Cash bar) and 7:00 P.M. Dinner

May 8, 2018
: History of Lansdale's Memorial Park and Veterans Killed in Action from World
War I through the Vietnam conflict.  This Memorial Day Month's program will recognize those heroes from the past.  Marsha Althouse and Dick Shearer will present the program.

March and May's programs will be held at the Lansdale Parks and Recreation Building at Lansdale Avenue and 7th St. in Lansdale and will begin at 7:30 P.M.  All members and non-members are welcome and there is no admission charge but donations are appreciated.

For additional information please check our website:   www.lansdalehistory.org
Or call us Wed./Thurs. 11 AM-4 PM or Sat. 9AM to Noon at 215 855-1872


North Wales History Commission

March 19, 2018:  History of North Wales Land & Improvement (Development of Elm Ave. & Green Tweed coming to North Wales) by Mike Szilagyi

April 17, 2018:
  No Program-Regular Meeting

May 15, 2018:
  A Salute to Veterans - A Display & History of Past War Weaponry.  Presented by Jim Cherry & Reggie Wirth

All meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM on the first floor of North Wales Borough Hall, 300 School Street, North Wales, PA


Perkasie Historical Society  Museum Events

April 28, 2018:  1:00 PM  "South Perkasie Walking Tour" The walking tour will visit some of the historic structures in South Perkasie ending with tour of Eric & Christopher and Free Will Brewery.  Suggested donation $5.00 for the tour. 
Please call for reservations: Rick Doll 215 453-1062 or e-mail at

May 19-20, 2018:    Noon to 4:00 PM  "Remembering Perkasie's World War I Solders"  This May display features the 100th Anniversary of service by Perkasie's World War I soldiers.  Of note are specific biographies of Perkasie soldiers including Calvin Hartzell and Earl Crouthamel for whom American Legion Post 280 was named.

The Perkasie Museum is located at 513 West Walnut Street in Perkasie
Museum displays are open from Noon to 4 PM.

Perkasie Historical Society: Meeting Topics

March 6, 2018:  "History of Sines 5 & 10" presented by Bill Harr

April 3, 2018:  "Julia says Bon Apetit" by Clay Teunis" portrayed by Linda Kenyon

May 1, 2018:  "History of How Bonsall Baseball Bats are made in Perkasie" presented by Jeff Bonsall

The Perkasie Historical Society Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month and are held at
The First Methodist Church at 5th & Market Street in Perkasie

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

Perkasie Historical Society: May Menlo Park Carousel Schedule

Sunday May 13: from Noon to 5:00 PM

Monday May 28:
from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

For additional information please check our website  

Historical Society of Hilltown Township

Wednesday, March 28:  The Meaning Behind 19th Century Tombstone Symbols by Tammy Shane.  Ms. Shane has photographed and studied 19th century tombstone carvings in Pennsylvania and surrounding states and will present the meaning behind them

Hilltown Township Building @ 7:00 PM, 17 W. Creamery Rd. & Rte. 152, Silverdale

Sunday, April 8:  Genealogy of Joseph Stratton by Judith Stratton.  Ms. Stratton's presentation will focus on the service of her grandfather Joseph Stratton, who was a sailor during the Civil War.  A letter he wrote to his sister while serving in the Navy is the highlight.  Presentation @ 2:00 PM.

Strassburger Homestead, Bethlehem Pike and 407 Keystone Drive, Sellersville
Open House 1:30 - 4:00 PM

Wednesday, April 25:  History of Stanley Tools by Walter Jacob.  Stanley Tools have been a part of America since 1843. Samples will be on display as well as a slide presentation. 

Hilltown Township Building @ 7:00 PM  17 W. Creamery Rd. & Rte. 152, Silverdale

Sunday, May 13:  Metal Detecting for Historical Artifacts by Bill Beers and Jim Bongiovanni.  They will show artifacts discovered from the Strassburger Homestead as well as other nearby locations

Strassburger Homestead, Bethlehem Pike & 407 Keystone Dr.  Sellersville  Open House 1:30-4:00 PM

Wednesday, May 23:  Petticoats and Picketts:  Women's Role in the civil war by Kathryn Finch.  Women rallied and assumed many roles during this period of time.

Hilltown Township Building @ &7:00 PM  17 W. Creamery Road & Rte. 152, Silverdale

All events are free, donations always welcome.
Additional information is available on our Facebook page or email us at Hilltownhistory@yahoo.com


Worcester Historical Society

April 13, 2018: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and the Hessians  The residents of Sleepy Hollow believed the Headless Horseman to have been a Hessian.  The Hessians were soldiers from Northern Germany who were rented from German princes to fight for the British in the Revolutionary War.  Although six German princes rented out their troops to the British, the Hessians, from Hesse-Kassel in Hesse were the most numerous and most important, making up about 17,000 of the 30,000 total troops sent.  Join Historical Reenactor and Lecturer Michael Jesberger for a program on one of America's oldest short stories based on real events that took place in the Hudson Valley of New York during the American Revolution.

Location: Farmer's Union Hall in Center Point (2011 Valley Forge Road, Lansdale), 7:00 p.m.                  All members and non-members are welcome and there is no admission charge but donations are appreciated.  Light refreshments will be served.

May 5, 2018:  Annual Antique & Collectibles Market  Shop a wide range of antique and collectible dealers, join your friends for lunch and music under the tent, and take home a home-made cake or pie from our Bake Table.
Location:  Heyser Field/Worcester Community Hall (1031 Valley Forge Road, Fairview                                 Village), 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For additional information please check our website at www.worcesterhistorical.org

Morgan Log House

Join us for our special exhibit: "Empire in Your Pantry."  The exhibit places local 18th century life in the context of the English empire by looking at trade good like tea, china, coffee, and cloth.  It also looks at the ways that these trades were affected by the American Revolution.  The exhibit is open from April 7 through December.

April 7, 2018:  Dusty Attic, Creepy Celler  Open House,  10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Join us for an open house, self guided tour of the Morgan Log House, and explore our attic and celler, which are only open to the public once a year!  Admission is free.

May 26, 2018:  Military Might, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  Come experience artifact exhibits, reenactors, and demonstrations covering America's history of war:  it's a great way to start your Memorial Day weekend! Admission is free.

Morgan Log House (850 Weikel Road, Lansdale, PA  19446)

For more information, and for information on our workshops, visit  www.morganloghouse.org