137 Jenkins Ave.
Lansdale PA 19446
Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - Noon
Hear tales of local legends
Join us for our Jan. 14, 2014, Community Program entitled Local Legends and the Stories Behind Them, at the Lansdale Parks and Recreation Building beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The show will feature tales of local legends – stories that may or may not be completely true but seem to have some basis in history. Steve Moyer and Dick Shearer will serve as storytellers.
Reserve the date if you want to hear more about “the headless engineer”, “the death of the crossing guard”, “Lansdale’s big bear barbeque”, “the mysterious depot fire,” and many more tales of the past.
Are they true? Maybe, but you be the judge. As always, there’s no admission charge but we appreciate donations.
Local man to participate in Wreath Day
Towamencin resident Bob Graziano spoke at our November 12 Community Program about the upcoming “Wreaths Across America” event where Christmas wreaths are laid at many veterans’ cemetery grave sites. This is an all-volunteer effort with wreaths provided from donations made to Wreaths Across America and placed on grave sites by volunteers.
Graziano will participate in the December 14 event at Arlington National Cemetery that day to help placing wreaths. If anyone has a friend or relative buried at Arlington and would like a wreath laid there, please contact him with the name and grave site location and he will do his best to make sure it gets a wreath. He will also take a photo.
Bob can be reached at email@example.com or (215) 855-4299.
BACK IN TIME
John “Daddy” Jacobs opened a new chapter in the life of former slave Lucy Johnson. Click here for the story.
Our Back In Time series chronicles North Penn area history down through the decades.
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The Lansdale Historical Society was founded in 1972, and its purpose is to preserve the history of the Borough of Lansdale and the greater North Penn area, and to share its collection of material and resources with the greater community, particularly the youth. It has its headquarters in a two-building complex, located on Jenkins Avenue in the center of Lansdale, Montgomery County, PA. The buildings are owned by the Borough of Lansdale.
The complex includes the Jenkins Homestead, a 1770-era Federalist-style farmstead that is the oldest building within the original borders of Lansdale. Portions of the Homestead have been restored and are open for public tours. The Lansdale Historical Research Center, located less than 60 feet from the Homestead, was acquired by the Borough in 2000 and has undergone extensive renovations to make it computer and Internet friendly and a repository for the Society's vast collection of documents and artifacts related to Lansdale and the surrounding North Penn area. The building is handicapped accessible.
LOCATION: The complex is located one block off Lansdale's Main Street on Jenkins Avenue between Chestnut and Line Streets. On-street parking is available on Jenkins Avenue.
Click here to read the Butler Buick story.
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SAVING HISTORIC LANSDALE
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BACK IN TIME
Churches: Mainstays of Lansdale
by Pat Rieker
When William Penn established the colony of Pennsylvania in 1682 as a haven of religious ...
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Click here to access, read, and/or print out three stories about the current Borough Hall building.
Click here to access and print a brief history of Lansdale's early years entitled "A Town is Born".
Community Program DVDs On Sale
Buy any three LHS DVDs and receive a fourth one free plus some spare change to boot. That’s four (4) DVDs for $55 when purchased at the Research Center, $65 by mail. Regular price: $18 each, $21 by mail. Sorry, we cannot accept credit cards - cash or check only. Please make checks payable to: Lansdale Historical Society. Send mail orders to: 137 Jenkins Ave., Lansdale, PA 19446. Sale is limited to stock on hand. Please list alternate choices.
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