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.
2014 Annual Meeting
Historical Society Annual Meeting
Thursday, April 17, 7:30pm, Grange Estate
The annual meeting of the Haverford Township Historical Society begins with a brief business meeting and board member elections. After the meeting our guest speaker, Dr. George Boudreau, will take the floor. Refreshments will follow. Members as well as guests are welcome to attend. This event is open to the public! Please come and see what the Historical Society is about!
“Independence Square : America’s Birthplace” Dr. Boudreau’s presentation looks at the place we think of as
Independence Hall and the square that surrounds it. We will explore the hall’s location, appearance and how it’s creation reflects the culture and society of 18th century Pennsylvania. The presentation recounts how these spaces were used by the people of Philadelphia to proclaim their independence. Many familiar and unfamiliar biographies flesh out the story, including those of William Penn, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington.
Dr. Boudreau is an Associate Professor of History & Humanities at Penn State University-Harrisburg. He has taught early American history for over 20 years with a particular emphasis on physical spaces and material culture, the transformation of early Philadelphia’s culture, and the life and writings of Benjamin Franklin. He has spoken to patriotic, heritage and historical organizations, and has lectured for Philadelphia's Elderhostel Program. He was the Director of the Powel House museum from 1996-1998.
8th Annual Heritage Festival
The 8th annual Heritage Festival will take place on Sunday, June 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Karakung Drive near Nitre Hall in Havertown.
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Native Peoples In The Haverford Area
Native Peoples in the Haverford Area
First documented humans in our region
Learn more about the Lenni Lenape people who roamed Haverford Township long before explorers and settlers arrived across the ocean from England and Europe. Read about their interactions with William Penn, and their ultimate fate.