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Phoenixville Historical Soc.  Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area 204 Church St, Phoenixville, PA Hours: Weds & Fri, 9a-3p; First Fridays, 6-9pm


This week, Voxipop is coming to the museum to interview @kusko_pk about Native Americans living in our area before Phoenixville was Phoenixville. We'll be sure to let you know once the episode is released, but for now, here's a sneak preview of some of the artifacts from our collection that will be featured during the interview, all found in Phoenixville!
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In honor of Blob Fest this weekend, we wanted to share this little gem from our collection! It's an 8mm "digest" that's silent and in black and white - think of it sort of like an extended-cut 8 minute movie trailer (with spoilers) before there was YouTube. We hope everyone has a great time at the festival this weekend!
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As a follow-up to our table for First Friday, we wanted to share this great photo with you of the bridge fire in 1915! The original bridge over the Schuylkill (present day route 29) from Phoenixville to Mont Clare was a covered wooden bridge and was referred to as the Inter-County Bridge. On May 9, 1915 at about 3am, the fire was discovered, and it quickly engulfed the structure, injuring two firefighters attempting to extinguish the flames. The newspaper reported that the cause would likely remain unknown, but speculated that a spark may have caught on the structure which was built in 1844 for the cost of $10,000. There had been talk of replacing the structure in the two years prior to the fire, but no plans had been finalized at the time of the fire. A temporary bridge was put in place by August of that year, and within 3 years, construction was completed on the permanent bridge.
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We are set up at First Friday with a little bit of what was happening in Phoenixville today in 1915. Stop by and learn something new tonight! The museum is also open tonight till 9pm, free admission!
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We are set up and ready to go for the Strawberry Festival! Stop by for some lunch, and of course, strawberry shortcake and strawberry ice cream!
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Don't forget, our annual Strawberry Festival is tomorrow, Saturday, June 10! As a special bonus, we've teamed up with @bridgestreetchocolates - for every $20 worth of food tickets purchased at the festival, you'll receive a voucher for a free chocolate covered strawberry redeemable at @bridgestreetchocolates, just a short walk from the festival (valid Saturday only).
There's also a flea market full of all kinds of goods from books to tools, kitchen wares, records, and so much more. Shop the market and stay for lunch and strawberries! Hope to see you there!
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Don't forget!  Tonight is the opening of our exhibit, "Over There and Over Here: Phoenixville and the Great War." Visit us at the corner of Church and Main on First Friday from 6-9pm.
We also have a table on Main Street right outside Browns Cow with information about our upcoming Strawberry Festival - stop by and say hello!
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Join us on First Friday for the grand opening of our exhibit, "Over There and Over Here: Phoenixville and the Great War." The museum will be open from 6-9pm on Friday, June 2, so please stop by!
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WWI cigarette lighter. Has an image of a tank on the medallion.

New donation. Memorial Junior High School varsity letter. 1960s

PHS circa 1950s letter for school paper. New donation to Historical Society. Thank you Ken Woodruff.

Martha Parker planned the whole event. Nice job

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