Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Lansdale Historical Society presents 'Faith of Our Founders' Tuesday night, which looks at the history of Lansdale's earliest churches.
The first of a new series by Lansdale Historical Society premieres Tuesday night at Lansdale Parks and Recreation Building. “Faith of Our Founders” looks at when religion came to Lansdale at the 7:30 free community program. The presentation will look at the history of Lansdale’s earliest churches: St. John’s United Church of Christ, Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Stanislaus Catholic Church and Lansdale Methodist Church. Check out more details at this link.
PennSuburban Chamber of Commerce holds a business card exchange from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Whole Foods Market, 1210 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomery Township.
1. Lansdale Historical Society looks at the history of four of Lansdale’s earliest churches at its “Faith of Our Founders” presentation at 7:30 p.m. at the Lansdale Parks and Recreation Building. Admission is free, donations accepted. 2. There’s a “Noche Mexicana” Fundraiser for Montgomery County 4-H Seeing Eye Puppy Club at Margaritas in Towamencin today. Between 4 p.m and 10 p.m., 15 percent of each diner’s bill will be donated to the club. 3. PennSuburban Chamber of Commerce holds a business card exchange from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Whole Foods Market, 1210 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomery Township. 4. It’s Photo Night at Hatfield Township Aquatic Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 5. Misericordia University will host the eight-team NCAA Mid-Atlantic …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Lansdale Historical Society has named author and historian John L. Ruth as recipient for the 2013 Edwin G. Holl Historic Achivement Award. Ruth will be given the award at an April 9 annual banquet at William Penn Inn.
Lansdale Historical Society has tapped a Lower Salford Township author and Mennonite historian as its recipient of the 2013 Edwin G. Holl Historic Achivement Award. John L. Ruth, 83, will be bestowed the honor at a public April 9 annual Lansdale Historical Society banquet at William Penn Inn in Lower Gwynedd. "John Ruth’s contributions to our region’s history are sometimes understated,” said Lansdale Historical Society President Dick Shearer. "They shouldn’t be, because his books and essays, films, lectures and wealth of background knowledge have enabled so many of us to appreciate the faith and traditions of the Mennonite community." Ruth's work, Shearer said, has helped preserve Mennonite history and foster understanding in the North …
Monday, February 18, 2013
While most residents concede the 79-year-old building needs major repairs, the overriding question is whether to fix it or tear it down and start over. Here's a bit of the history of the former post office at Vine and Broad streets
In recent weeks there has been much discussion about the future of Lansdale’s Borough Hall. While most residents concede the 79-year-old building needs major repairs the overriding question is whether to fix it or tear it down and start over. Is the former post office a landmark worthy of preservation or just another old downtown building to be demolished along with the 75 others – including the Hotel Tremont and the Lansdale Theatre – that were razed over the last half century? A recent study concluded that both borough hall and the adjacent police station desperately need attention. The police station, originally built in 1957 as a library, has little historic significance and, in fact, served its original purpose for only 15 years. …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Lansdale Historical Society looks back 50 years ago to the events that shaped our area during a community presentation tonight
Fifty years ago, the radio waves were alive with the voice of Lansdale's own Margaret Annemarie Battavio — better known as Little Peggy March — and her hit "I Will Follow Him." It was 1963, and Lansdale was basking in the musical glory of one of its own. During this time, the borough would also see new housing developments take over farmland, and shopping centers and new schools being built to meet demands. At one time, the North Penn area was running out of water because of the population boom. Although Little Peggy March took over the airwaves and Lansdalians took over the community, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy would be the defining event in 1963 for an entire generation of Americans. Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the …
Monday, January 7, 2013
"Then You Saw It ... Now You Don't" will be presented Tuesday night at the Lansdale Parks and Recreation Building, courtesy of the Lansdale Historical Society
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Monday, January 7
The old days of Lansdale will come alive again during Lansdale Historical Society's sixth-annul edition of "Then You Saw It ... Now You Don't." The community program is Tuesday night at 7:30 at the Lansdale Parks and Recreation Building on Lansdale Avenue. The society's video series matches vintage photographs and postcards with an updated view of the same location today, usually captured from the same angle. The presentation is produced by society video archivist and Vice President Steve Moyer. More than 500 photographs of local scenes have comprised the first five editions of "Then You See It ..." The event is free, but donations are accepted. You can read about a the fifth "Then You See It..." program here. Contact the Lansdale …
Friday, November 30, 2012
Santa Claus will arrive in the borough this evening to light the traditional Christmas tree at Railroad Plaza. Then, Santa takes a seat in the Santa House for the rest of the night. Meanwhile, it's also First Friday
Christmas comes to Lansdale tonight. Santa Claus — good ol' belly-like-a-bowlful-of-jelly St. Nick — arrives in the borough this evening, with Fairmount Fire Co. as his sleigh, to hit the switch and light up Railroad Plaza with Lansdale resident Randall Rosenberg's donated Christmas tree, signaling the start of the holiday in Lansdale. Be sure to say "hi" to Little Miss Lansdale and Mayor Andy Szekely too. Then, Santa will take a seat in the Santa House for the rest of the night. Oh, might I also mention it's December's First Friday (on the fourth Friday), courtesy of Discover Lansdale? Let's not forget — 311 W. Main St. opens its doors, somewhat, to the Lansdale Business Association's Holiday Christmas Tree Display. The Grinch will be at …
Lansdale Historical Society presents "Holidays at the Homestead" on Saturday, complete with artifacts and antique toys
In what has become an annual tradition, the Lansdale Historical Society will host its annual holiday open house, "Holidays at the Homestead" on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jenkins Homestead. On hand to greet visitors will be John and Sarah Jenkins, who will invite their guests to what John Jenkins referred to as his "mansion" in the late 1700s. Playing the role of John Jenkins I will be Bob Gleason, a member of the American Historical Theatre of Philadelphia, who has performed in such venues as the White House Visitors Center, Ford’s Theatre, the Smithsonian, Independence Hall, Constitution Hall and the National Constitution Center. This will be his second appearance as John Jenkins at the homestead. Joining him will be …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Lansdale Historical Society presented "Revitalization Through the Years" last week, which looked at development projects then and now
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Sunday, November 18, 2012
"Revitalization" is a term that has been associated with Lansdale’s shopping district since the days of Elvis, poodle skirts and tail fins. You see it, hear it and read about it today with Madison Lot redevelopment, 311 W. Main St., the Lansdale Collaborative Project, The Pavilion, Wood-Vine Connector and so on. But the idea of improving the center of town goes back far beyond that — all the way to the Victorian Age. The Lansdale Historical Society addressed this controversial topic at a program entitled "Revitalization Down Through the Years" Tuesday night at the Lansdale Parks and Recreation Building. "Almost from the beginning Lansdale was a town waiting to be rebuilt," said society President Dick Shearer, one of the narrators of the …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Tony Zanzinger, of Abington, will share his experiences of jumping behind enemy lines during a Lansdale Historical Society presentation
Prior to the Invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, Abington resident Tony Zanzinger was there first. The World War II paratrooper with the 501st Parachute Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division will share his experiences jumping behind enemy lines at a Lansdale Historical Society community program at 7:30 p.m. at Lansdale Parks and Recreation Building. "Tales of a World War II Paratrooper" will have Zanzinger, a staff sergeant, recount how he parachuted into Normandy and then, six weeks later in England, trained for Operation Market Garden. This operation had him jump 25 miles behind German lines in Holland. He was supposed to be there for 72 hours — he was there 72 days. The 501st returned to France for rebuilding of the unit, but it was…