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A Lower Merion History Event

3 rows of young children, top row all Black
Bryn Mawr school class 1890s

A Lower Merion History Event

A Brief History of Racism and Ethnic Inequality in Lower Merion

This exploration of Lower Merion’s legacy as a Quaker suburb populated with a patchwork of ethnicities is a thought-provoking and topical journey through time that will add historical perspective to conversations about social justice. Sourced from the Lower Merion Historical Society’s extensive archive. Q & A to follow. Sponsored by The Bala Cynwyd Library.

Jerry Francis, President, LM Historical Society

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A new book on Lower Merion’s heritage!

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A new book on Lower Merion’s heritage!

Philadelphia’s Pencoyd Iron Works

The story of Lower Merion’s greatest industrial enterprise is recounted by Kevin Righter, whose family, like the Roberts who founded Pencoyd, were among our earliest settlers in the 1600s. Kevin’s great-grandfather worked at Pencoyd for nearly 50 years at the foot of Righters Ferry Road in Bala Cynwyd, on the spot where Kevin’s ancestors operated a river crossing for generations. Chockfull of photos, maps and diagrams, Philadelphia’s Pencoyd Iron Works, Forging Along the Schuylkill River was written with the support of The Lower Merion Historical Society.

Available locally at The Narberth Bookshop or from Arcadia Publishing.

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