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Houston/Meigs Scrapbooks


Held at: Chestnut Hill Historical Society [Contact Us]8708 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 19118

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Margaret Corlies Houston Meigs (1891-1970) was the granddaughter of Henry Howard Houston. Henry Howard Houston (1820-1895) was a prominent Philadelphia businessman and philanthropist. As an executive of the Pennsylvania Railroad and a property developer, he helped establish the affluent neighborhood of Chestnut Hill. He built the Wissahockon Inn, later used by the Chestnut Hill Academy, and the Philadelphia Cricket Club.

Margaret married Robert R. Meigs. She co-founded the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in 1965.


Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. "History." Accessed December 29, 2011.

This collection consists primarily of photography albums and scrapbooks constructed by Margaret Houston Meigs. Topics include Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania, World War I and World War II service, travels in Europe and domestic camping trips, family photographs, and event photographs. The collection also includes two newspaper clippings scrapbooks, mostly with religious articles and articles about the New York draft riots.

Gift of Robert Meigs, 2010.

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Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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