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About The Lower Merion Historical Society

Our Mission

The Lower Merion Historical Society is an organization dedicated to “Preserving Our Past For The Future.” This is accomplished by stewardship of local history, education of the community, preservation of historic resources and outreach to promote awareness of the cultural heritage of the Township of Lower Merion and the Borough of Narberth.

The Historical Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization serving the community since 1949. For more than 60 years, our volunteers have provided educational programs to the public. Thousands of students, residents and scholars have worked with the Society’s extensive resources. The Historical Society is a vital force in preserving the rich history of the Lower Merion community.

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We are located in the beautifully restored 1812 Lower Merion Academy, the oldest existing school building in Montgomery County.

Library Hours

Wednesday Evenings, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Saturday Afternoons, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
(Also, by appointment)

The Library is closed on major holidays and the last 2 weeks in August.

Lower Merion Academy

Lower Merion Academy
506 Bryn Mawr Avenue
Box 2602
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania 19004

Phone: (610) 664-3216
E-mail: LMHistory@comcast.net

The Academy is the light tan stucco building located between the Cynwyd Elementary School and the Bala Cynwyd Middle School.

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Reference Room– Our library of general reference materials; a reading room with Internet access.

Archive Room – A conservation environment (a room-within-a-room) housing our primary source materials; maps, books, papers, photographs, fabrics.

File Room – Collections of pamphlets, brochures, papers, newspapers, reprints; also, a display case exhibiting some Society artifacts.

Administration Office – The administrative and computer center.

Officers, Directors and Committees

Effective April 2019

President: Gerald A. Francis
Vice President: Ken L. Brier
Treasurer: Leon Levine
Corresponding Secretary: Barbara McElroy
Recording Secretary: Perrin C. Hamilton, Jr.
Immediate Past President:  Edmund L. Goldsborough

Class of 2020 – Christina Fink, Martha Moffat, Carole Strickland
Class of 2021 – Ross L. Mitchell, Joanne Murray, Brad Upp
Class of 2022 – Gary Brock, Max Buten, Rachel Wolgemuth

Ex Officio, Lower Merion Horse Company: Bruce Gill
Ad Hoc Solicitor: James S. Ettelson, Esq.

Standing Committees:
Database Administrator:
 Joanne Murray (chair)
Education: vacant
Library: Gerald A. Francis (chair)
Membership: (vacant)
Program: (vacant)
Property: Pete Hoskins (chair)
Publications: (vacant)
Strategic Planning: Ken L. Brier (chair)
Website: Joanne Murray  (chairs)

Ad Hoc Committees:
Budget: appointed at the January Board Meeting
Financial Review: appointed at the January Board Meeting
Nominating: appointed at the January Board Meeting

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