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  1. The seeds of Kutztown were sown on June 16, 1755 when George (Coots) Kutz purchased 130 acres from Peter Wentz (who patented much of what is now known as Maxatawny Township on December 1, 1724). Kutz first laid out his plans for the town in 1779. The first lots in the new town of Cootstown (later named Kutztown) were purchased in 1785 by Adam Dietrich and Henry Schweier. The town was located on the Easton Road, a main road in colonial Pennsylvania, and was a lodging place for many travelers as it was a one-day ride from both Reading and Allentown. http://www.kutztownhistory.org/ The mission of the Kutztown Area Historical Society is to collect and preserve, in a museum environment, material culture artifacts relevant to the history of the greater Kutztown area, to maintain a non-circulating library of publications and manuscripts relating to local and regional history, and to encourage the local conservation of sites and structures of historical and cultural significance to the region. Since its organization, the KAHS has been vitally interested in preserving all that we can of the history and records of the Kutztown area and of the local Pennsylvania German dialect and culture that has informed it. Based on our mission statement, the society remains committed to the following objectives: 1) to collecting and preserving material culture artifacts (tools and implements, textiles, photographs, folk art, advertising, etc.) relevant to, or representative of, the history and culture of Kutztown and its environs, including the greater northeastern Berks County region, and to operate a museum where those artifacts may be publicly displayed; 2) to collecting and maintaining a non-circulating library and archive of books, periodicals, manuscripts, and other materials reflecting the history, culture, and genealogy of the Kutztown area; 3) to restoring and maintaining the historic 1892 Public School Building as a permanent repository for donated and loaned objects of historical interest; 4) to encouraging preservation of historically significant sites, structures, and material culture artifacts throughout its area of influence; 5) to extending its services and collections to local educational institutions and civic organizations by way of an outreach docent program, so as to promote awareness of local historical issues; 6) to promoting historical inquiry on all levels, from grass-roots curiosity to academic research, thus fostering widespread appreciation of a distinct, vital regional culture.
  2. The Hereford Township Heritage Society, Inc. was organized for the purpose of preserving, collecting, and displaying historical artifacts of the township. Our objective is to educate the public about the unique history of the villages and farms within present-day Hereford Township, Berks County Pa. in an effort to foster preservation of our heritage. http://www.herefordt...agesociety.org/
  3. The Hamburg Area Historical Society was incorporated August 23, 2001. The purpose of the society is to preserve the historic records of the area encompassing the Hamburg Area School District by collecting historical materials and pertinent artifacts. In March of 2002, the Hamburg Area Historical Society purchased a two-story stone house for use as a museum. The society has been able to trace the house back to 1876, but records show that the home is quite older than that. http://hamburgpa.org...orical-society/ Membership is open to any United States citizen who is interested in helping to preserve local history along with learning about the lives of local ancestors and how or what they contributed to the growth of our country, state, and nation.
  4. Located in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, the South Park Community has an abundance of history. South Park Township was established in 1966 but a look at history shows when it really began. In 1788 Allegheny County was formed from parts of Westmoreland and Washington Counties. Among the newly formed townships of Allegheny County were St. Clair and Jefferson, and in 1845 Snowden Township was formed from parts of these two townships. The new township was named for Judge Snowden of Pittsburgh. In 1966, by referendum of the electorate, the name of Snowden Township was changed to South Park. The communities of South Park that have greatly contributed to the growth of our township are Curry, Broughton, Bruceton, Snowden, Windover Hills, Piney Fork, Knothole, and Library. The rich and abundant history of our area includes early settlers, the Whiskey Insurrection, coal mining, Allegheny County Fairs, the Bureau of Mines, historic homesteads, and so much more. http://www.southpark...calsociety.com/ The South Park Historical Society’s mission is to research and preserve artifacts, documents, photographs and oral histories of this area and of our ancestors who settled here. We encourage education of our history through dissemination of this information to the community.he South Park Historical Society’s mission is to research and preserve artifacts, documents, photographs and oral histories of this area and of our ancestors who settled here. We encourage education of our history through dissemination of this information to the community. The South Park Historical Society meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 P.M. in the Library Fire Hall, 6581 Library Road, Library, Pennsylvania.
  5. The mission of the Sewickley Valley Historical Society is to promote interest in and to record, collect, preserve, and document the history of the Sewickley Valley. http://www.sewickleyhistory.org/ By joining the Sewickley Valley Historical Society, you will be helping to further our mission: to promote interest in and to record, collect, preserve, and document the history of the Sewickley Valley. In addition, you will receive our newsletter, Signals, and notices of special events.
  6. Our Mission: The Berks History Center is an educational organization that serves to engage and excite our community by interpreting its unique past to understand the present and inspire the future. http://www.berkshistory.org/
  7. Visitors to our museum are always welcomed. Our regular hours are each Wednesday from 11 am to 1 pm , but we are also glad to accommodate individuals and groups who would like to arrange a personalized tour of the museum and its exhibits, guided by one of our knowledgeable volunteers. The Pitcairn Historical Society Museum is located at the corner of Center Ave. and Agatha Streets, and admission is FREE. And please remember: The exhibits are always being changed and added to as contributions come to us from the community. If you have photos or family memorabilia that touches on Pitcairn's history please contact Carl Howard. http://pitcairn-historical.webs.com/ The Borough of Pitcairn is named for Robert Pitcairn, a former superintendent of the Pittsburgh division of the Pennsylvania Railroad. In 1880, Pitcairn ordered construction of a rail yard along Turtle Creek near Pittsburgh that would become the largest rail yard in the world. He was instrumental in locating switching yards, an engine roundhouse and car repair shops in the yard. With the expansion of the rail yards, several plans of lots were laid out to accommodate railroad workers. As the village grew and with the residents desire to form their own community, in 1894 the Borough of Pitcairn was born. During World War II, more then 200 trains steamed through the huge Pitcairn rail yards each day, carrying troops, supplies and material critical to the war effort. In 1996 the 250 acre sight formerly occupied by the Pitcairn rail yards was formally dedicated as the Conrail Pittsburgh Intermodal Facility. The Pitcairn site now handles more than 100 trains daily.
  8. The BCGS features a knowledgeable all-volunteer staff, who like yourself, is interested in the family history of our hometown residents. Berks County, erected in 1752, features a rich history and diverse culture. It is the ancestral home of Abraham Lincoln and the birthplace of Daniel Boone, the famous Kentucky pioneer. The county seat, Reading, was founded in 1748 by sons of William Penn, Richard and Thomas, along with Conrad Weiser. http://www.berksgenes.org/ The Online Reading Room is located here: https://berksgenes.org/research.html. Categories include: Churches, Cemeteries, and Religion; Government; Immigration; Military; Local; and Surnames. There are some broken links in this listing and several of the links are to websites that are commonly known such as Ellis Island, Fold3, and National Archives. However, there are quite a few local (to Berks County) resources listed which look valulable. Three that I want to check out further are Berks County Register of Wills and Berks County Office of the Prothonotary under Government and The Archive Records Information Access System (ARIAS) under Military (a great listing of surnames here for multiple military conflicts).
  9. The mission of the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area is to identify, collect, preserve, interpret, and disseminate materials and information pertaining to Phoenixville area history in order to assist and educate the public in understanding and appreciating their Phoenixville area heritage and how it relates to their lives. http://www.hspa-pa.org/ 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'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.
  10. Downingtown’s origins are of a small village located midway between Philadelphia and Lancaster. The village was first known as Milltown since it was the location of the last mills on the edge of the unsettled western frontier. Thomas Moore erected ‘a water corn mill’ in 1716 and Roger Hunt established a gristmill in 1739. The deteriorated structure of the Roger Hunt mill and millrace still survives in Downingtown to this day, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. In 1761, John Downing opened a tavern on the east side of the Brandywine Creek, which was first known as the Downing Mill Inn; not long thereafter, his father, Thomas, developed an industrial complex of mills on the Lancaster Road in Milltown. http://www.downingto...calsociety.org/ Since we're an all-volunteer organization, we can't be open to the public every day. However, we are open from 1-4 PM every Sunday, except for major holidays. And we can arrange to be open on other occasions.
  11. The TOHICKON Union Church is beautifully situated near the village of Keelersville, in the extreme western corner of Bedminster township, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, on the Old Bethlehem road, half a mile from its intersection with the Ridge road. It is three-tenths of a mile south of Weisel postoffice and four-tenths of a mile south of the point where the Old Bethlehem road crosses the Tohickon creek. The church stands on the east side fronting on the Old Bethlehem road, which is the dividing line between Bedminster and Rockhill townships. About 1745 a log church was erected on the Rockhill township side of the road, but the deed for the land, 1 acre 56 perches, did not pass until September 1, 1753. In 1766 a stone church was built on that property, and it was not until 1838 that a church was erected on the Bedminster side of the road, where the present church stands. The old burying-ground is in the church-yard back of the church, but extending for some distance both north and south thereof, the northern part extends out to the public road. This old cemetery appears to be reasonably well cared for and is enclosed by a substantial stone wall. As is usual in old cemeteries, many of the earliest burials are not marked, while others are marked only with sandstone markers without inscriptions of any kind. The new cemetery (which is incorporated) lies on the west side of the road in Rockhill township, immediately across from the church and facing its front entrance. But if all old graves were marked, and all old church records and documents preserved, there would be but very little research work left for the church historian. This is equally true of all research work, which affords many people a great deal of pleasure. Many of our graveyards are sadly neglected, with markers falling into decay, and many of the inscriptions slowly but surely becoming illegible. Much work is being done however by members of our local historical societies and others in copying tombstone-inscriptions in order to preserve them, but much still remains to be done. Fortunately the records of the Tohickon Reformed congregation begun in 1745, and therefore the earliest in Bucks county, and the Lutheran records begun in 1750, are at hand, and we are able to present the translations thereof in this volume. As will be seen the Lutheran records are not as full and complete as those of the Reformed congregation; they consist mostly of births and baptisms, with but four communion lists, viz—for the years 1826-28-30 and 34. There are no records of either marriages or deaths; if such records were kept, as would seem likely, they must have been recorded in some other book which has not been discovered, or the pastors may have kept private records, which did not become the property of the church.
  12. The Mifflin Township Historical Society covers 14 communities which accounts for over 10% of all Allegheny County municipalities, over 40 square miles, has 80,000 residents. The present day communities of Baldwin (part), Clairton, Duquesne, Dravosburg, Hays, Homestead, Jefferson Hills, Lincoln Place, Munhall, Pleasant Hills, West Elizabeth, West Homestead, West Mifflin & Whitaker are in this area. http://mifflintownship.org/ We openly invite all members of the communities above and anyone else interested in the history of those communities to join the Society as active volunteers to accomplish this goal of preserving our heritage for future generations.
  13. The Mission of the Oakmont Historical Society is to: "Research, preserve and share the history of our community" Oakmont Pennsylvania. http://www.oakmonthi...calsociety.org/ The Oakmont Historical Society was founded to research, preserve and share the history of Oakmont. The society was founded by a small group of people who had a common interest in the history of Oakmont. Over the years membership has grown to over 75 members from all parts of the country including Florida, California and Colorado. The Oakmont Historical Society was incorporated in 2008 and is designated as a 501-3C organization. In addition to preserving our heritage, the members of the Oakmont Historical Society play an active role in our community. Our recent projects include; Restoration of the old mile post and whistle post signs on the Allegheny Valley Railroad Sponsor the Alumni Reception Tent each year at the Riverview High School Homecoming Collect and transcribe oral histories of longtime Oakmont residents Pancakes for Soldiers-collected breakfast foods and $1400 in donations for the troops in Afghanistan Establish the Golden Oak Award to recognize a person each year who has impacted the history of our community Sponsor walking history tours of Oakmont Establish the Oakmont Museum & History Center Establish the Oakmont Historical Society Scholarship at Riverview High School Host a monthly speaker series on historical topics which are open to the public "A Portrait of Camp Wright" commissioned by artist Thomas McCrady to create a picture of Camp Wright, the Civil War training camp located in Oakmont As you can see the Oakmont Historical Society is a very active organization. We welcome anyone who has an interest or would like to learn more about the history of our area. The society meets the 4th Monday of each month at 6:30 at the Oakmont Carnegie Library. Our mission is to "Research, preserve and share the history of our community" with an emphasis on sharing that history to ensure that our heritage is passed on to future generations. Like this
  14. Whether you live in Cumberland Township in Adams County, Pa., or are a nonresident interested in the history of this community, we welcome you to our website http://www.cumberlandtownship.org/ The mission of the Cumberland Township Historical Society in Adams County, Pennsylvania, is to foster identification and preservation of the township heritage and to promote the public awareness and appreciation of this legacy. We are a 501c3 organization, founded in 2010.
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