Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at 7:30 pm at the Phoenixville Federal Bank & Trust Conference Center at 564 Nutt Road, Phoenixville, PA. Society President Ryan Conroy will speak about Phoenixville, photography, and World War I. The talk's title will be "From the Trenches to the Studio, U.S. Photography in WWI".
The exhibit that opens on the First Friday in April of 2014 will be on rare Phoenixville documents, scrolls, maps and tomes from our collections that relate to the founding of Phoenixville and the unique people who put us on the map. You will see rarely seen documents and photos that depict life in Phoenixville through good times, wartime, business and everyday life in Phoenixville of the past. You will see rare documents that illustrate the incorporation of Phoenixville in 1849. This exhibit will run through May of 2014.
The Museum is free and open all year to the public (except on holidays) on Wednesdays and Fridays between 9 am and 3 pm and the first Sunday of each month between 1 pm and 4 pm. The Society's hours on First Fridays is also from 6 pm to 9 pm. Please note that the research library is not open on First Friday evenings. The entrance to the Museum is on Church Street and is handicap accessible.
Pictures & Items For Sale
The Society has many very interesting old photos of Phoenixville for sale. On the left side of this page are 12 photos that are being offered for sale At the Society the price is $14 for unframed 8" by 10" prints and $20 for unframed 11" by 14" prints. Please contact the Society for purchases as well as shipping and handling charges for mailed prints. The watermarks will not show in the prints. You may call the Society at 610-935-7646, e-mail the Society at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the Contact Us page in this web site.
Also, the Society has for sale at reasonable prices old local maps, books about the area and history such as the Civil War, ceramic tiles with local historical drawings on them, old photographs of the area, old calendars with pictures of local buildings and scenes, and artifacts of local historical interest.
Valley Forge General Hospital Marker Ceremony
On October 27, 2012, a ceremony honoring the Valley Forge General Hospital's new Pennsylvania Historical Marker was held.
The marker is on the property of the Valley Forge Christian College, which is the former site of the Valley Forge General Hospital that was open from 1943 to 1974. Please click here to view a page about the marker ceremony and view a slide show about the ceremony.
Please click here to link to a page in this web site about our Museum. The Society has information about local genealogy, old local newspapers on microfilm and CDs, information as well as an extensive collection of old photographs of Phoenix Iron Co., old buildings and homes, people, and Phoenixville, yearbooks from Phoenixville High School, many historical artifacts, a Phoenix Steel Column, and over 300 pieces of Etruscan Majolica.
The Museum has an interesting collection on display of Griffen, Smith & Hill Etruscan Majolica. Etruscan Majolica was made in Phoenixville from 1879 to 1890 when a fire destroyed the plant.
Our quarterly meetings are held in March, June, September, and December on a Wednesday evening starting at 7:30 pm. Our annual dinner meeting is held in September. All meetings are free and open to Society members and their friends as well as to the
general public. We have guest speakers at our meetings. Lite refreshments are served after the quarterly meetings.
Please Click Here to see a list of past Society speakers.
Our newsletter is
published quarterly and contains articles of local
historical interest as well as news of the Society's activities,
membership, and local events.
Members of the Society
Members receive a newsletter and may conduct free research at the Society library and museum and obtain a discount on purchases of old maps, photographs, books, and historical items. In addition, members may attend special members only events and talks.
General Nathanael Greene Talk
On Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm, at the Phoenixville Country Club there will be a talk on General Nathanael Greene by Janet Uhlar who is the author of the book FREEDOM'S COST: THE STORY OF GENERAL NATHANAEL GREENE. General Greene was a friend of General George Washington and he served as head of the Quartermaster Department in 1777. He set up his headquarters at Moore Hall in Schuylkill Township. Moore Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places. The talk is being presented by the Society and the Historical Commission of Schuylkill Township.
Upcoming Members Only Events
April 6, 2014: A screening of the movie "Bright Victory". Reservations required.
May 22, 2014: A hike along railraod tracks. The hike will be over uneven terrain. Reservations required.
June 13, 2014: Strawberry Festival Preview Sale. Reservations not required.
You may follow the Society on Facebook. Please click to link to our Facebook site. You may also follow the Society on Twitter @HisSocPville. Please click to link to Phoenixville.Patch.com that is a local web site about Phoenixville news, events, meetings, and community announcements.
Looking West on Bridge Street in the 1950s
A 1914 post card of the Phoenix Iron Co. along the French Creek.
A 1960s aerial photo of Phoenixville
A 2012 photo of a gear from Phoenix Steel Co. near the Foundry Building. The bridge in the background is over the French Creek. It is made with Phoenix Columns.
A 2012 photo of the French Creek and Dam near the Foundry Building.
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