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South Main Street, Cullen House, c. 1920.


Trolley Incline on Nutt Road, early 1900s.


Vanderslice Carriage & Horse Shoeing at Church & Bridge Streets, c. 1900.


Wilson's Corner, c. 1900.


166 Bridge Street, late 1800s.


Borough Hall, c. 1940s.


Phoenixville Hospital, c. 1900.


Black Rock train tunnel, c. 1890s.


Farmers & Mechanics Bank, c. 1915.


Heine Boiler delivery to Silk Mill, Franklin Street, c. 1908.


First Gay Street Bridge, c. 1902.


Aerial view of Reeves Estate, c. 1938.

Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area

204 Church Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460

hspa@verizon.net   610-935-7646

www.hspa-pa.org   or   www.phoenixvillehistoricalsociety.org

 

 

 

 

Holiday Hours

The Society will be closed from Wednesday, December 24, 2014 through Friday, January 2, 2015 during our usual daytime hours.  However, the Museum will be open on First Friday, January 2, 2015, from 6 pm to 9 pm.  Our normal hours will resume on Wednesday, January 7, 2015.   Our normal open hours are Wednesdays and Fridays between 9 am and 3 pm and the first Sunday of each month between 1 pm and 4 pm.

Winter Flea Market  

Our annual winter flea market will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at the Society. 

Next Meeting

Our next quarterly meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm at the Phoenixville Federal Bank & Trust Conference Center at 564 Nutt Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460.   Our speaker will be announced at a later date. 

Special Exhibit 

The next special exhibit  called "Meet Me Downtown" will open on the First Friday in December 2014 and run through March of 2015.  The exciting exhibit is about rare photos and artifacts of people, businesses, parades, and advertising from a bygone age in Phoenixville.


 

Museum Hours  

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. 

For the Christmas and New Year's Holidays 2014, the HSPA Museum and Library will be closed Wednesday, December 24, 2014 through Friday, January 2, 2015.  The Society will re-open on Sunday, January 4, 2015, from 1 pm to 4 pm.  The Museum will be open on First Friday, January 2, 2015, from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Museum Information  

Please click here to link to a page in this web site about our Museum.  The Society has information about local genealogy, history, 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.

Meetings  

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 view a list of past Society speakers.

Newsletters 

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.

Members Only Upcoming Events

January 30, 2015, from 7 pm to 9 pm:  A Winter Flea Market preview & special sale to members.

February 22, 2015, "School Daze - A History of Phoenixville Schools".  An exciting presentation by Jack Ertell.

April 19, 2015: "Forged in Fire - The Genesis and Growth of The Phoenix Iron Company".  A presentation by Marji Rohrbach about the Phoenix Iron Co. that operated for over a century and invented the famous Phoenix Column and the Griffen Gun of Civil War fame.

Pictures & Items For Sale  

Tthe Society has for sale at reasonable prices old photos, old local maps, books about the area and history such as the Civil War, ceramic tiles with local historical drawings on them, old calendars with pictures of local buildings and scenes, and artifacts of local historical interest.  Please contact the Society for all details. 

 



You may follow the Society on Facebook.  Please click to link to our Facebook site.  You may also follow the Society on Twitter at hashtag @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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