•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. All events listed here are subject to change or cancellation. We look forward to the return of our activities and hope all our members and friends stay safe in the interim.


339th Pennsylvania Charter Day
Speaker: John Buffington

On March 4, 1681, English King Charles II signed a charter granting William Penn the right to govern a vast territory west of New Jeersey, south of New England, and north of Maryland.  The shaky English claim to this territory began with gunboat diplomacy when King Charles ordered the suppression of Dutch control, but became an astonishing experiment in religious liberty, thanks to the genius of Proprietor Penn.  A few decades later, Virginian Thomas Jefferson further advanced the idea of religious liberty in the western hemisphere by promoting the Virginia Statute of Religious Liberty.


For the March meeting, HSoF Board member and retired lawyer John Buffington will discuss the respective contributions of these two great men in setting the roots of Religious Freedom in the United States of America. John's presentation will be preceded by the annual membership meeting and election of Directors. Refreshments to follow.

1507 Orthodox Street

Philadelphia, PA

7:30 PM


Membership Lecture
The April Meeting has been cancelled.

1507 Orthodox Street

Philadelphia, PA

7:30 PM


Underground Philadelphia:
From Caves and Canals to Tunnels and Transit

Joel Spivak and Harry Kyriakodis

Authors Joel Spivak and Harry Kyriakodis will discuss their book, Underground Philadelphia. Discover what has lain below the feet of generations of Philadelphians.

Refreshments will be served following the lecture.

1507 Orthodox Street

Philadelphia, PA

7:30 PM



"Swimmin' Holes I know"- a presentation of a papers read on Facebook Live

Vanessa Couvreur

HSoF Secretary and member, Vanessa Couvreur will present a papers read in our very first Facebook Live lecture night. "Swimmin Holes I Know" was a paper written in 1934 which fondly walks you through the day of an "average Frankford boy" as he tours as many local swimming holes as he can. There will be slides/photos for viewing and a map so you can follow along as we explore all the places mentioned.

1507 Orthodox Street

Philadelphia, PA

7:30 PM

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

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Philadelphia, PA 19124

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