Calendar of Events

Saturday, October 15th, 2022 at Noon

The Wissahickon Valley Historical Society warmly invites you to honor:

Russ Bellavance

 For his Decades-Long Contribution as WVHS President and as a Leader to Preserve Local History

Saturday, October 15, 2022

 12 Noon

William Penn Inn, The Carriage Ballroom

 Buffet Lunch $65 per person*

Business casual attire

RSVP with payment by October 10 at https://www.wvalleyhs.org/get-involved/

To purchase a ticket, please scroll down to “Make a Donation.” Then at the “Write a Note” box, type in “Lunch with Russ.”

 If you are paying by check, please make it payable to: WVHS and mail it to:  P.O. Box 96, Ambler, PA 19002

*Please consider an additional contribution!

All proceeds will benefit a fund to air condition the 1895 Whitpain Public School, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

UPCOMING WVHS EVENTS

Saturday, October 15, 22, and 29 – 3pm. Ambler Historic Walking Tours. Tours will be conducted by Amber Storytellers, a committee of WVHS. Space is limited, register here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e44abac23a0fece9-historic

Sunday, October 16 – 1-3 PM. Open House at the 1895 School, featuring a special Amchem exhibit.

Monday, October 17 – 7pm. Tom Wieckowski, PhD, Chair of the Cheltenham Historical Commission and Vice-President of the Old York Road Historical Society: on his new book about three generations of the Barkers, influential 19-century bankers.

Monday, November 14 – 7pm. Jeff Marshall, retired President of the Heritage Conservancy and President of the Historic Barn and Farm Foundation of PA: on his book, Barnstorming in Eastern Pennsylvania & Beyond.

Monday, December 12 –  7pm. Holiday Party

PAST EVENTS
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
 
 
On September 14, WVHS celebrated the safeguarding of the historic Milestone, located at the Centre Square Fire Company.  The fire department and Whitpain Township were both acknowledged for moving the road marker and storing it for four years during road construction.  The 250-year-old Milestone was recently returned to its original position.
 
The Mileston states “18 M to P,” meaning “18 miles to Philadelphia.”  Placed by the Crown, the markers were used to set postal rates and served as addresses for the scattered property owners in the area.
 
 WVHS extends it appreciation to the following businesses who donated to the event:  Giant Foods, Pudges Steaks and Hoagies, Roma Bakery, and Whitpain Tavern.
 
Thursday, June 23, 2022
 
 
A Members Party with a Reservation at Bluestone
Country Club. Please enjoy a tour and complimentary reception. The
optional tour will be indoors, so bring a mask; the reception is outdoors.
Due to limited space, WVHS has sent an email with details to paid
members only. For non-members who wish to attend, it’s not too late: The
membership application is online at https://www.wvalleyhs.org/getinvolved/
 
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
 

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Special Open House for WVHS at the EvansMumbower Mill, located at the junction of Swedesford and Township Line Roads in Upper Gwynedd. Wissahickon Trails has invited WVHS as guests to see the mill in operation!

Monday, May 4, 2022

Come join us this coming Monday May 9 at 6:30PM in the Wissahickon Valley Library Community Room (at 650 Skippack Pike in Blue Bell) for a talk entitled “Typhoid Mary: Irish Immigrant” presented by local historian Jim Miller.

Monday, April 11, 2022

Mark Ashton, lawyer and longtime WVHS member, will talk about the Golden Age of Piracy in the Americas and muse about how a class of people — noted mostly for rape, robbery, and other hanging offenses– are still celebrated by the Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay sports franchises.

Monday, March 14, 2022

Our speaker for March is Jenn Bilger, Executive Director of  Wissahickon Trails (formerly the Wissahickon Watershed). She will be talking about the history of the Wissahickon and especially the connections it provides.

The Wissahickon Creek Watershed begins in the middle of Montgomery County, creates a lovely valley in Fairmount Park, and then enters the Schuylkill River. It has a rich history. Early mills, like the nearby Evans-Mumbower Mill, harnessed its energy to provide mill services and power for the early settlers in our area; Washington’s army camped along its banks; and many of us have hiked its Green Ribbon Trail.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Monday, February 7, 2022

Great topic! Author Tamra Phillips will speak on The History of Blue Bell’s Grace Baptist Church on its 150th Anniversary

Monday, September 13th, 2021 – Researching Historic Deeds

If you are fully vaccinated, please join us for the first meeting of our new year to be held on Monday, September 13, starting at 6 PM.  Please note the time and location:  We will meet at the Wissahickon Valley Public LIbrary at
 
650 W Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422.

We will be following Montgomery County COVID restrictions, so masks will be required for everyone throughout the meeting. 
We are meeting at the library to help with social distancing.

In addition, individuals who are fully vaccinated are welcome. 

A membership meeting with the election of officers will begin at 6 PM.

The speaker will begin promptly at 6:30 PM.  Jeanne Sorg, Ambler Mayor and Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds, will present “Researching Historic Deeds.”

The remarks will end by 7:45 to allow time for the library’s closing at 8.  No refreshments are planned.

Monday, March 9th, 2020 – Area Colonial Taverns

Light Refreshments at 6:30, Presentation at 7:00

Presented by Russ Bellavance

The Wissahickon Valley Historical Society invites the public to a meeting on Monday, March 9 at 7:00 PM at the 1895 Schoolhouse, 799  Skippack Pike at School Road in Blue Bell. Light refreshments will be served at 6:30.  The  program will be Area Colonial Taverns including William Penn Inn, Spring House Tavern and the Blue Bell Inn. The program is presented by Russ Bellavance.

Three of the oldest colonial taverns in the area are the William Penn Inn and Spring House Tavern in Lower Gwynedd Township and the Blue Bell Inn in Whitpain Township. Delve into the history of these three taverns with Russ, who is apparently no stranger to
colonial taverns.

Monday February 10th, 2020 – The Battle of Whitemarsh

Light Refreshments at 6:30, Presentation at 7:00

Presented by Bob Bradley

The Wissahickon Valley Historical Society invites the public to a meeting on Monday, February 10 at 7:00 PM at the 1895 Schoolhouse, 799  Skippack Pike at School Road in Blue Bell. The program will be The Battle of Whitemarsh presented by Bob Bradley.

Bob will give an overview of the events in 1777 following the Battle of Germantown to the march into the winter camp at Valley Forge. Having lost two major battles within a month, the Continental Army was utterly exhausted and needed rest and resupply. George Washington and the army spent weeks attempting to resupply and make their way closer to British occupied Philadelphia, all while figuring out their next move. Find out what happened during the final chapter of the Philadelphia Campaign with army’s encampment in the hills of the Whitemarsh area, and Sir William Howe’s attack on the Continental position in early December. Several local sites (St. Thomas Church, Emlen House, Hope Lodge, Skippack Pike) played roles in the Battle of Whitemarsh

Monday January 13th, 2020 – The Writings of George Washington

Presented by Russ Bellavance 

Wissahickon Valley Historical Society is a certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization