The Historical Society of Montgomery County is located in the county seat of Norristown, and began in 1881. A handful of notable county residents created the Historical Society to protect local history, shortly before the county’s centennial celebration. The society quickly sought to collect public and private collections related to county’s people, events, and places; public records from the county records that were to be destroyed; newspaper files printed throughout the county; and, census, church and cemetery records.
In addition to its physical home on DeKalb Street, the Historical Society acquired the Montgomery Cemetery in 1997 after years of neglect and vandalism. This acquisition was supported by community groups, Civil War groups, and private citizens throughout the restoration and beautification efforts at the cemetery.
Currently, the Historical Society has a new exhibit featuring photographs from its collections. The exhibit, Pairings: Photographs from the Collections of the Historical Society of Montgomery County, runs through August 2016.
The Historical Society’s Photograph Collection includes tens of thousands of photographs that cover a wide span of events, people, and places from around the county. This particular exhibit features pairs of photos from the collection that work in tandem to tell stories about the county. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
The Historical Society of Montgomery County is open Mondays and Thursdays from 10am to 5pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1pm to 8pm, and on most Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. It is located at 1654 DeKalb Street, Norristown, and is handicapped accessible. For more information call 610-272-0297 or visit the website.
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