In Memoriam - Joanne Brown
The Society was sad to learn of the recent passing of Joanne Brown. She was a wonderful woman who made countless contributions to the community and to the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area. She was a joy to work with and she provided a lot of knowledge about our local history. She was born in Phoenixville. She was a charter member of the Society going back to 1976, a past Board member, and she served a term as our President from 1991 to 1993. She will be greatly missed.
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 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.
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 23, 2014 through Friday, January 2, 2015. The Society will re-open on Sunday, January 4, 2015 from 1 to 4 pm.
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.
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
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 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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