Held at: Historic Fallsington, Inc. [Contact Us]4 Yardley Ave., Levittown, PA, 19054
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Historic Fallsington, Inc.. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
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Settled by English Quakers in the late 17th century, the village of Fallsington in Falls Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania became significant as a religious, social and commercial center for the surrounding community. It served as a popular stopover point for travelers due to its location along several major transportation systems.
Fallsington became the first historic district in Bucks County in 1955 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, largely due to the efforts of Historic Fallsington, Inc. This historic preservation organization and museum formed in the early 1950s as a response to the suburban development that threatened the destruction of historic homes and buildings in the 300 year-old village. Historic Fallsington's mission is to preserve and maintain the historic structures under its stewardship for future generations and to educate the public about the culture and history of the Village of Fallsington. Since its founding, the organization has continued to work to protect the heritage of the Village, and while doing so, has amassed a considerable archives that documents the history of the Falls Township and its residents.
Falls Township. "History of Falls Township." Accessed January 25, 2013. http://www.fallstwp.com/?page_id=175
Historic Fallsington, Inc. "Fallsington's History." Accessed January 25, 2013. http://www.historicfallsington.org/html/about_us/history.htm
This collection consists of files on Historic Fallsington, Inc. that were maintained by former board members and donated back to the organization. The files include Historic Fallsington, Inc. minutes, financial records, correspondence, ephemera, photocopies of research materials, and photocopies of newspaper clippings on Historic Fallsington. The following members are represented: Sam Snipes (1970s-1990s), Mrs. Kenneth W. Gemmill (1970s), Ruth Burton (1956-1990), George Pickering (1970s-1980s), Charlotte Gode (1956-1970s), Sally Biddle (1979-1981), and Ruth Paine (1956-1980).
Also included in the collection is a box of materials from an oral history project conducted in 1989 by Historic Fallsington, Inc. (with funding from the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission). These materials consist of planning documents, correspondence with interviewees, audio recordings (reel-to-reel) of the interviews, and related color slides.
Historic Fallsington, Inc.
Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.
In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Historic Fallsington, Inc. directly for more information.
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- Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Faith Charlton 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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