Historical Society of Trappe, Collegeville, Perkiomen Valley subject files
Held at: The Historical Society of Trappe, Collegeville, Perkiomen Valley [Contact Us]301 West Main Street, Trappe, Pennsylvania, 19426
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the The Historical Society of Trappe, Collegeville, Perkiomen Valley. 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
"The Perkiomen Valley, in Montgomery County, was important from Pennsylvania's earliest days because its rich farmlands provided food for residents of Philadelphia. During the Revolutionary War, Washington's troops wintered in nearby Valley Forge...
"Collegeville (formerly called "Perkiomen Bridge" and "Freeland") and Trappe were incorporated in 1896 from land that had been part of Upper Providence Township. Freeland Seminary was founded in 1848 by Abraham Hunsicker in what is now Collegeville. Ursinus College purchased it in 1869. Pennsylvania Female College was founded in 1851 and closed in 1880, at which time Ursinus began to admit women.
"Until the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the more recently opened 422 Expressway, Collegeville and Trappe had a strategic position at the midpoint of the Philadelphia-Reading Pike. The Perkiomen Bridge Hotel, built in Collegeville in the 1700s, is one surviving example of the taverns and inns built to service this travel trade.
"Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, whose restored home is on Main Street in Trappe, founded the Lutheran Church in America. His eldest son, John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg, became a major general in the Continental Army, was a vice-president of Pennsylvania and a U.S. representative. Another son, Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg, served various Lutheran congregations until he was elected to the Continental Congress in 1779. A member of the U.S. House of Representatives, he was its first Speaker. A grandson, Henry Augustus Philip Muhlenberg, was the first U.S. minister to Austria."
Quoted text from: Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce. "About the Valley." 2012. Accessed April 2, 2012. http://www.pvchamber.net/about_valley_history.asp
These files consist of photocopies of scholarly articles, ephemera and pamphlets, and newspaper clippings on various topics of local interest. The subjects include: historic sites, bridges, cemeteries, schools, clubs and societies, crafts, music, wars, Pennsylvania German culture, taverns and businesses, townships/boroughs/locales, and significant families. The bulk of the files are organized in alphabetical order, but large sections (such as "Churches," "Trappe," etc.) are filed at the end, or in flat boxes on nearby shelves. There are separate file drawers with information on the Muhlenberg family, the Muhlenberg House restoration, and the Dewees House restoration. There are also large-format blueprints of the Muhlenberg House in a separate file cabinet.
Materials collected at various times by the Historical Society of Trappe, Collegeville, Perkiomen Valley.
- Cultural property--Protection
- Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration
- Historic preservation
- Historic sites--Conservation and restoration
- Local history
- The Historical Society of Trappe, Collegeville, Perkiomen Valley
- Finding Aid Author
- 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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