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






NEXT MEETING - Annual Banquet

Our next meeting will be our annual banquet on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 1 pm. It will be held at the Phoenixville Country Club, 355 Country Club Road, Phoenixville, PA  19460. Our guest speaker will be Associate Professor Dr. Laura Sherrod. Last Fall she and some of her students at Kutztown University conducted a geophysical site survey of the grounds of the Society. They used high tech ground penetrating radar to search for buried graves on the property.

Please click here to view an invitation to the annual banquet.

Please click here to view a list of past Society speakers.  


This exciting special exhibit entitled "Writing Our Lives: Diaries, Memoirs and Letters" opened on April 1, 2016, and will continue through through July 2016.

This new special exhibit will feature diaries and letters of Phoenxiville residents, some fondly remembered, and some lost to time.  Also included will be artifacts owned by some of the writers and items that reflect certain time periods.  The extensive travel diaries of Esther Legget will be featured, which have been painstakingly transcribed from her fancy script, and tell the story of a local woman who traveled to the far reaches of the Earth at the turn of the last century. This exhibit will be a window into the lives of long lost Phoenixville relations and neighbors, who walked the same streets and left the written word to spell out their legacy.




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Museum Hours 

The Museum is free and open all year to the public (except on holidays or when the Phoenixville schools are closed for inclement weather) 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 can also be open by special appointment. 

The Society's hours on First Fridays in Phoenixville from April through November as well as the first Friday of December through March is also from 6 pm to 9 pm.  Please note that the research library is not open on Friday evenings. 

The entrance to the Museum is on Church Street and is handicap accessible.


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.


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, Postcards & Items For Sale  

The 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.

Below is a flyer about a new series of Postcards created from the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area's most iconic photos. This is the first set in a series of Postcards that will be produced annually. Postcards are priced at $1 each and $10 for a complete set of 12 Postcards. Postcards may be purchased at our bookstore or by mail. Please add $4.99 for mail purchases for shipping and handling.  



The Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area (HSPA) welcomes and appreciates monetary donations.  HSPA is a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation.  HSPA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and all donations should be tax exempt.  Please note that some employers and organizations will make matching contributions.

The Society also seeks donations of historical artifacts, photographs, yearbooks, majolica, and materials related to the history of Phoenixville and the surrounding area. Those interested in making a donation should contact the Society.   A donation form must accompany all such donations.  Please click here to download a copy of the Donation Form.


Charters of Freedom

Please click here to link to the National Archive's web site that contains a copy of the Declaration of Independence, the original U. S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Please click here to link to the web site of the National Archives that has a copy of all of the amendments to the U. S. Constitution that also includes the ratification date of the amendments.


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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.  You may 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, PA


A 2012 photo of a gear from Phoenix Steel Co. near the Foundry Building.  The near 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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