Our next quarterly meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm at the Phoenixville Federal Bank & Trust Conference Center at 564 Nutt Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460. Our guest speaker will be Michael Axlerod of the Philadelphia Flag Day Association. He is their Vice President. His talk will be on the flag and its history.
The new special exhibit opened on First Friday, August 1, 2014, is entitled "Blasting Heavy Metal!" The exhibit will run through November 2014. The exciting new exhibit is about the Phoenix Iron & Steel Company that closed in 1976. You will be able to see many vintage photos and artifacts of the Phoenix Iron & Steel Company, including a sample of the famous Phoenix Column.
History on Tap
Monday, September 22 at 6:30 pm at Molly Maguire's, 197 Bridge Street, Phoenixville.
In partnership with the Chester County Historical Society, Society President Ryan Conroy will present a brief history of the Irish in Phoenixville starting with the first immigrants in the 1810s to boxing in the 1950s. They dug the canal, built the railroad, worked in the mills, boxed, and fought in the Civil War. One was even the last survivor of the 1854 Charge of the Light Brigade! Hear their stories with plenty of heroics and humor. The program is free for the community to enjoy but an RSVP is required by September 15, 2014 as space is limited.
Upcoming Members Only Events
September 28, 2014: "Are You Game?" Enjoy a game night here at the Society with fellow Society members. Enjoy Phoenixopoly and other board games.
October 2014: "How to eBay". An encore presentation by John Keenan. Turn your extra "stuff" into cash on eBay with step by step instructions. The date will be announced at a later date.
November 19, 2014: "School Days." Learn about the history of education in Phoenixville including the earliest schools, such as Paddy O'Doyle's school by the Phoenix Iron Works and the "Yellow Schoolhouse." Jack Ertell will present the program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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