Next Meeting: Our next Quarterly Meeting that will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, starting at 7:30 pm. It will be held at the Phoenixville Federal Bank & Trust Conference Center, 564 Nutt Road, Phoenixville, PA. The meeting is free and open to Society members and their friends as well as to the
general public. Lite refreshments will be served following the meeting. Several members of the Society including Ryan Conroy and Jack Ertell will present a special program about the Civil War. This year is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg that took place from July 1, 1863 to July 3, 1863.
Church Street Walking Tour 2013: The walking tour of four of the early churches on Church Street will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The free Tours will begin at 5:30 pm at the Society and the last tour will leave at 7 pm. You can also learn about two early churches that are no longer there. This will be an opportunity to see Sacred Heart Catholic Church one last time and to learn more about St. Peter's Episcopal Church in its 175th year. The walking tour is sponsored by the Chester County Board of Commissioners and the Chester County Preservation Network.
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.
Special Exhibit: The new special exhibit that started on the First Friday in March of 2013 is called Praise: Phoenixville's Spiritual Legacy. It features the religious, traditions, architecture, and history of the religious institutions in Phoenixville. It displays artifacts from local churches and a unique mennorah collection.
Blobfest 2013: The Colonial Theatre will hold its annual Blobfest event on July 12, 2013 through July 14, 2013.
Duck Race 2013: It will be held in conjunction with the Blobfest. Hundreds of cute little ducks get their chance to race in the French Creek from the Foundry Building, over the dam, and on to the finish line by the low bridge. Race time is 4 pm on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at French Creek adjacent to the Foundry Building. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Strawberry Festival.
Museum Information: The Museum is free and open all year to the public 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 Fridays.
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.
The Society has for sale at reasonable prices old maps, books about the area, ceramic tiles with historical drawings on them, old photographs, old calendars with pictures of local scenes, and artifacts of local historical interest.
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 announcements.
Phoenixville History: Please click to view a brief History of Phoenixville.
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 our past meeting speakers.
The Newsletter: 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 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.
Please click to view Phoenixville weather.
Looking West on Bridge Street in the 1950s
A 1914 picture of Phoenix Iron Co.
A 1960s aerial photo of Phoenixville
A 2012 photo of a gear from Phoenix Steel near the Foundry Building.
A 2012 photo of the French Creek and Dam near the Foundry Building.
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