Historical Society of Montgomery County

1654 DeKalb Street

For centuries, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, has been making history. From the dramatic re-shaping of Washington's Army at Valley Forge to the lesser known engagement of Lafayette at Barren Hill, this region played an important role in the nation's early history.

Originally, part of Philadelphia County, this fertile land along the Schuylkill River became its own county in 1784. Booming industry and manufacturing, rich farm fields, advanced transportation, artistic endeavors and unique religious beliefs, contributed to the greatness of the county. However, no matter what its ideals or enterprises, it is the people of Montgomery County that remain her greatest asset. Birthplace of General Winfield S. Hancock, General John F. Hartranft and General Henry "Hap" Arnold, the county has sent tens of thousands of its sons and daughters to wars near and far. Abolitionists like Lucretia Mott, inventors like David Rittenhouse and Thaddeus Lowe and artists like Thomas Hovenden have all called Montgomery County home.

It is the Historical Society of Montgomery County's mission to preserve the county's rich heritage and help tell the stories of the many people who have walked and tended its soil.


Recent News

The Culture of Death: Walking Tour & Presentation

  The Historical Society of Montgomery County will present a walking tour and presentation that examines the changing cultural beliefs in America surrounding death and dying.  Nothing is certain except death and taxes. Culturally, however, the…

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Making History Greater Presentation: Montgomery County Trolleys

Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, was once served by 140 miles of trolley lines. In the first half of the 20th century, a wide array of trolley cars rolled over Montgomery County’s rails, from quaint open streetcars rumbling through borough streets…

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Breweries Along the Schuylkill

In our first Making History Greater presentation of 2018, brewing historian Rich Wagner will highlight the many breweries that operated along the Schuylkill River.  He will highlight breweries like Scheidt Brewery in Norristown as well as…

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Lisa Minardi Presents "History of Trappe and Collegeville" @ Historical Society of Montgomery County

Making History Greater Presentation Series: “The History of Trappe & Collegeville" Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Presented by Lisa Minardi Located in the scenic Perkiomen Valley, the adjacent boroughs of Trappe and Collegeville…

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