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The Historical


                 of Frankford

                      and Museum


•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.

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The Historical Society of Frankford is happy to announce that we have returned to in-person lectures. Masks are optional and we have also resumed serving refreshments. Y'all come!

Note that we will continue to stream our live meetings in real time for those unable to attend in person.

Upcoming Lectures

"A Victorian Lecturer and Lanternist of Frankford"
Speaker:William R. Wikoff, PhD


Mr. George Pattison,'lecturer', lived his entire life in Frankford, as did his antecedents. He delivered public lectures wherever and whenever he could, on a wide variety of topics, spiritual, political and historical. To that end, he produced an extraordinary number of lantern slides. He also left a significant manuscript archive,

including original artwork for producing the lantern slides, with outlines of lectures with slide lists and other primary material. All of this, including about 1500 lantern slides, were donated in their entirety to HSF during his lifetime, and formed the nucleus of the HSF lantern slide collection. His archive includes a significant quantity of local political cartooning and commentary as well as riffs on American religious

and political exceptionalism. His archive provides a unique insight into the Victorian slide lecture, as well as local Frankford (23rd ward) politics of the era and social history. This talk will summarize a very preliminary interpretation of George Pattison's work, as reflected in the collection of his manuscripts and lantern slides at HSF. Artifacts related to tonight's lecture will be on display after the talk

1507 Orthodox Street

Philadelphia, PA


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18th Century Pennypack Creek Mills Holmesburg to Horsham

Speaker:  Fred Moore

Pennypack Creek is the central geographic feature of Northeast Philadelphia.  It was also an important economic feature in the 18th and 19th centuries with numerous mills operating along its 20-mile run to the Delaware River.  Northeast Philadelphia historian Fred Moore’s particular interest is Pennypack Creek.  He will discuss the application of historic maps, tax lists, deeds, and road petitions to identify the location, ownership, and estimated build dates of 18th century mills along the creek from Holmesburg to Horsham.

1507 Orthodox Street

Philadelphia, PA


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For videos of past programs click 

Parking is available in the lot across the street thanks to Frankford Friends.

For more information on events see our Facebook page by following the link in our contact section below. 

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