Millbrook Society oral history collection
Held at: Millbrook Society [Contact Us]32 North York Road, P.O. Box 506, Hatboro, PA, 19040
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Millbrook Society. 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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In 1715, the Crooked Billet Inn was built by John Dawson in what is now known as Hatboro Township. It was a farming village that boasted one of the first rural libraries in Pennsylvania, the Union Library Company. The town put great emphasis on education and built the Loller Academy in 1811. Originally a private school, it became the public school for the village in 1848. As of 2011, the building still stands and is currently used as Borough Administrative Offices and Montgomery County District Court.
Hatboro is also known for its role in the Revolutionary War. The Battle of Crooked Billett took place there in 1778 while Philadelphia was occupied by the British. "The militia, commanded by General John Lacey and assigned to cut off British supplies, was encamped here. Surprised by British troops, they were defeated and driven off with heavy losses."
Greater Hatboro Chamber of Commerce. "Hatboro History." Accessed October 24, 2011. http://www.hatboro-pa.com/hathist.htm.
This collection comprises 22 audiocassette tapes of interviews with elderly residents of Hatboro. The interviews were conducted by David Shannon in his capacity as Hatboro Baptist Church Historian, for a project with the American Association of State and Local History. The interviewees include: prominent Hatboro citizen Linwood Reading; Thomas Kingsley, World War II serviceman and survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor); the editor of the local newspaper; and the Borough Engineer. Most tapes are labeled only with the name of the interviewee.
The interview included questions such as: What was Hatboro like during your childhood? Who were the important/influential people of the time? What were some local businesses?
Collected by David Shannon in his capacity as Hatboro Baptist Church Historian, circa 1978.
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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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