•Monthly lectures March-June and September-December
•Museum open to public by appointment
•Library reference and research services
The Historical Society of Frankford collects, preserves and presents the history of Frankford and vicinity. The Society documents and interprets the history of the people, places, events, and traditions of this area and serves as an advocate for the preservation of the region’s historic resources. Through its collections and programs, the HSoF provides opportunities for its members, the surrounding community, and the general public to explore and appreciate the history of Frankford and its place in the world.
The Historical Society of Frankford is currently closed to the public due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Events listed are virtual/streamed events. We look forward to the return of our in house activities and hope all our members and friends stay safe in the interim.
2021 Lecture Season
A Womens' Month Tribute to Mabel Corson
Speaker: Jerry Kolankiewicz
Our president Jerry will revisit a lecture given in 1929 by Mabel Corson of the Society, in which she discussed the first Presbyterian church in Frankford, the immediate surrounding neighborhood, and the towering elms that once stood in front of the building.
Frankford During the Colonial and Revolutionary Times
Speaker: Jerry Kolankiewicz
Our president Jerry will present a reading of an original manuscript from the 1930's written by Horace Castor.
A History of Frankford Arsenal
Speaker: John Buffington
John will present the history of Frankford Arsenal, a National Historic Register site, from the near-disaster of American military inadequacy during the War of 1812 through base closure in 1971 and privatization in 1977, to current status, threats and opportunities.
Memories of Swimming at Hedge Street and More Summer Fun
by Fred Prescott
As summer approaches, Fred Prescott of our society takes us for a visit to the bath house on Hedge Street, an alternative to the outdoor swimming holes we discovered last year.
The History of the Dummy Car
by John Buffington
Following a discussion of current activities at the Society, Director John Buffington will present Thomas Creighton's paper entitled "The History of the Dummy Car", first delivered to the Society on January 28, 1916. Join us to learn more of these one-time Frankford commodities.
The Lewis and Clark Expedition: a Tale of Two Cities
by Professor Stephen Medvec
President Thomas Jefferson commissioned fellow Virginians Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the newly purchased western lands and to report on native tribes, wildlife and terrain encountered therein. Professor Medvec will discuss his findings from examination of the Journals of the Expedition found in the Special Collections Library of the American Philosophical Society here in Philadelphia.
From Caves and Canals to Tunnels and Transit
by Joel Spivak and Harry Kyriakodis
Joel Spivak, an architect, artist, author and community activist, leads us through some subterranean spaces that date back as far as colonial days. We will hear about caves, vaults, utility conduits, transit tunnels and more. Some were never used and many remain under our streets and buildings. Renowned author Harry Kyriakodis will participate by telephone. Let's take a look underground!
Philadelphia Football History
by Brian Michael and Andrew Weicker
Explore the new book "The Philadelphia Eagles" by local authors Brian Michael and Andrew Weicker as they trace the history of football in Philadelphia using photos. Come see never-before-published photos from the archives of The Historical Society of Frankford and discuss local teams like the Frankford Yellow Jackets and Frankford High School.
Note: This meeting is anticipated to be our first in-person lecture since the pandemic began, pending guidelines from local health authorities. We also anticipate streaming the lecture as we have done in the past two seasons.
Facebook Live Event
Parking is available in the lot across the street thanks to Frankford Friends.
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