The mission of the Haverford Township Historical Society is to protect, preserve and promote the history of our community and to sustain its cultural heritage for future generations through educational programs, accessible archives and site preservation.
The Haverford Township Historical Society was formed in 1939 to promote and sustain interest in the history of our community. With the specific function of preserving property, documents and information of historic value pertaining to Haverford Township, the Haverford Township Historical Society has played a critical role in local preservation efforts.
The Society saved, rebuilt and furnished the 1710 Lawrence Cabin, now located on Karakung Drive in Powder Mill Valley Park, and entered into a formal agreement with Haverford Township to reshoppe, maintain and administer Nitre Hall (1810) and the Federal School (1797). In these historic sites, award winning educational programs are designed and staffed by the Historical Society. Visitors may also enjoy these local treasures during open houses, special events and by appointment.
9th Annual Heritage Festival
The 9th annual Heritage Festival will take place on Sunday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Karakung Drive near Nitre Hall in Havertown.
(interested in VOLUNTEERING for an hour? We need your help! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084BACAA28A0F94-20151 )
The Haverford Township Historical Society event will include:
- Tours of Lawrence Cabin & Nitre Hall
- Haverford Township's own historical re-enactors with butter churning demos, candle dipping, soap making, blacksmithing and weaving demos
- Ned Hector and our friends from Colonial Plantation and Massey House
- the pirates of Marcus Hook Preservation Society
- the pilgrims of Mayflower Society
- Dr. Benjamin Franklin and his experiments
- Fort Mifflin
- 3rd US Colored Infantry Regiment - Civil War re-enactors
- The Wheelmen and their high wheel bikes!
- Colonial Beer Brewing demonstrations - Philadelphia beer historian Rich Wagner gives unique demonstration of house beer was brewed in Colonial times
- Colonial Conjurer, Levram the Great - Come see Levram the "Great" , magic with a Colonial era twist!
- Information & Craft Booths
- Food Vendors (thanks to Hoopty's Pizza, Koffmeyers Old Fashioned Cookies & Ice Cream, Vernalicous, Centrellas Deli, Say Cheese and others)
- Beer Tent (serving Twin Lakes, and Evil Genius)
- Pony Rides
- Model Train Display
Pics from previous years: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjzzYUCx
The live music schedule provided is as follows:
- 11:00 7th Heaven (HMS choir)
- 11:25 Without a Paddle (bluegrass)
- 12:30 Young performers featuring Issy Swantak, Sofia Ryan and friends
- 1:00 Barakka featuring belly dancer Amalia (middle eastern music)
- 2:00 Broesler School of Irish Dance (Irish dancers)
- 2:30 John and Friends
- 3:00 Adam (light reggae/pop)
Would you like to participate as a vendor, or non-profit participant? We will be looking for local artists and artisans, or folks selling things related to history or our area's rich cultural heritage.
Would like to participate as a vendor, or non-profit participant? We look are looking for local artists and artisans, or folks selling things related to history or our area's rich cultural heritage.
- download the non-profit/community organization registration form here
- download the Artisan and Vendor form here
- download the food vendor registration form
- download the Haverford Twp Health Form here
Hidden Collections Initiative
Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
In April 2014, The Haverford Township Historical Society participated in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR). " The goal of the HCI-PSAR project is to make better known and more accessible the important but often "hidden" archival collections in the many small historical repositories in the Philadelphia region."
The HTHS archival collections descriptions have been added to the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) finding aid site, http://dla.library.upenn.edu/dla/pacscl/index.html .
HTHS is also included in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's History Affiliates Organization Directory, http://hsp.org/history-affiliates/resources/affiliate-organization-directory-0, which is an online directory of small and mid-sized history and heritage organizations in the Philadelphia area.