Preserving and Presenting
the History of Northeast
Philadelphia since 1905
   Historical Society of Frankford
1507 Orthodox St. • Philadelphia, PA 19124 • 215.743.6030
You can find us at:
frankfordhistoricalsociety.org,
frankfordhistory.org,
thehistoricalsocietyoffrankford.org

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Contact Information:

Historical Society of Frankford
1507 Orthodox Street
Philadelphia, PA 19124
215.743.6030

Please send all inquiries and member­ship correspondence to HSF, P.O. Box 4888, Philadelphia, PA 19124.

Please call the Society and
leave a message or email us:

frankfordhistorical@gmail.com

Programs and Events
The monthly program meetings (open to the public) of the Historical Society of Frankford (HSF – Preserving and Presenting the History of Northeast Philadelphia since 1905) are held in its own Museum and Library, built in 1930. Enjoy the Society’s collections and exhibitions as you learn something new each month. Following each program, light refreshments are served so participants and presenters can refresh and exchange ideas on the topic.

To renew your membership, click here.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 7:30 pm
MY AMERICAN ODYSSEY

Speaker James Byers will discuss his book about the story of his grandfather, Donald Byers, who was a Frankford native and kept a journal of his time in the army during WWII. Donald Byers served as a wireman setting up the communication centers that relayed information between the Division and others.
     Letters to family and friends as well as maps were included in the book to give readers more insight into the author and his route through North Africa and Italy as part of the 337th Infantry Regiment.
     To read more about this book: http://337thinfantry.com/world-war-ii-book-337th-infantry-book-my-american-odyssey-donald-byers/

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 7:30 pm
THE NATURAL WORLD UNDER GLASS
John Whitenight,www.underglassavictorianobsession.com
John is a retired art teacher and an avid collector, author, and lecturer on Victorian Glass Domes which were a prominent fixture in the parlors of many 19th Century homes. Within the domes were arrangements of dried flowers and wax fruit, as well as constructions from nature which included taxidermied birds, wildlife, and even deceased pets. The Historical Society’s collection of Victorian Parlor Domes from homes in Frankford will be displayed.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 7:30 pm
STAGECOACH TRAVEL ALONG THE KING’S HIGHWAY
Charles Moody,  moody@kutztown.edu
Charles will present the results of his research on stagecoach travel during the early 1800’s along the King’s Highway that connected Philadelphia and New York. Unpaved roads embellished with deep ruts and tree stumps were common obstacles to a smooth ride. Toll gates and inns were prevalent, and the journey’s progress was measured by roadside mile markers. The route along Frankford Avenue included stops at the Seven Stars Hotel, the Jolly Post and the Red Lion Inn at the northern edge of the city.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 7:30 pm
KITTY FOYLE: THE BOOK AND THE ACADEMY AWARD WINNING MOVIE ABOUT A GIRL FROM FRANKFORD
Jim Young, jvyoung822@comcast.net
Ginger Rogers won the Oscar for her performance in the title role of the 1940 Movie “Kitty Foyle” about the star crossed love between a girl from Frankford and the son of an aristocratic Main Line Family. The book upon which the movie is based, written by Christopher Morley, contained much coverage of her early years in Frankford but that was non-existent in the movie. Although it would not have had much meaning to a nationwide movie audience, that omitted part is very interesting to a Frankford audience and will be discussed in detail along with a display of artifacts associated with the missing information.
 ✥ ANNUAL HOLIDAY TEA precedes December Program All welcome. Please bring tea sandwiches/desserts to share.

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REFRESHMENTS SERVED.
ADMISSION FREE – DONATIONS ACCEPTED

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Memberships and Society publications (including the “Illustrated Frankford Walking Tour”) are available at the meeting.

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NEWS FROM PREVIOUS EVENTS

Events take place at Historical Society of Frankford, 1507 Orthodox Street, Philadelphia, PA (unless indicated). For more information call 215.743.6030.


PROGRAMS
Program meetings are held on the Second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm. Program speakers offer presentations on local history that usually run approximately one hour. Programs are not held in the months of July, August, January and February.

 

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