Historical Society of Montgomery County
For centuries, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, has been making history. From the dramatic re-shaping of Washington's Army at Valley Forge to the lesser known engagement of Lafayette at Barren Hill, this region played an important role in the nation's early history.
Originally, part of Philadelphia County, this fertile land along the Schuylkill River became its own county in 1784. Booming industry and manufacturing, rich farm fields, advanced transportation, artistic endeavors and unique religious beliefs, contributed to the greatness of the county. However, no matter what its ideals or enterprises, it is the people of Montgomery County that remain her greatest asset. Birthplace of General Winfield S. Hancock, General John F. Hartranft and General Henry "Hap" Arnold, the county has sent tens of thousands of its sons and daughters to wars near and far. Abolitionists like Lucretia Mott, inventors like David Rittenhouse and Thaddeus Lowe and artists like Thomas Hovenden have all called Montgomery County home.
It is the Historical Society of Montgomery County's mission to preserve the county's rich heritage and help tell the stories of the many people who have walked and tended its soil. Historical Society of Montgomery County was established in 1881 and incorporated in 1884.
The Historical Society of Montgomery County is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization, registered with the Pennsylvania Department of State Bureau of Charitable Organizations. The Historical Society is also a member of American Association of State and Local History, the Alliance of Pennsylvania County Historical Societies and the Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations. A copy of the financial registration of the Society may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free within PA at 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.