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Lansdale Historical Society local history subject files


Held at: Lansdale Historical Society [Contact Us]137 Jenkins Ave., Lansdale, Pa., 19446

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Lansdale Historical Society. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.


Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012.

The collection documents the history of Lansdale, its organizations, and residents. There are also materials relating to Hatfield and other neighboring Montgomery County towns. Subject files mostly consist of newspaper clippings, with copies of secondary research materials, some pamphlets and ephemera, and a very small amount of original primary documents including a couple 18th century deeds. The subjects include churches, community histories, people, organizations, businesses and local government agencies, schools, cemetery records and genealogies, and the newsletters of neighboring historical societies, as well as specific organizations, such as Fairmount Fire Company, North Penn Hospital, Lansdale Rail Road and Trolley, and Lansdale Library. Of special interest is a Campfire Girls of the First Baptist Church record book with membership information, circa 1925-1928.

The collection also includes binders of local history and genealogy are composed of clippings (mostly photocopies), pamphlets, photocopies of secondary articles, and a small amount of primary source materials including photographs. Of special interest is a scrapbook of ephemera from Lansdale's Diamond Jubilee (75 year anniversary), 1947.

Materials collected by the Lansdale Historical Society over time.

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 Lansdale Historical Society 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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