About Us

Mission Statement

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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Lower Merion Academy

Lower Merion Academy

506 Bryn Mawr Avenue

Box 2602

Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania 19004

phone: (610) 664-3216

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

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

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

E-mail address: LMHistory@comcast.net

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Officers, Directors and Committee Assignments

Effective April 2017 Officers:
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

Directors:
Class of 2018 – Louis Barson, Joanne Murray, (vacant)
Class of 2019 – Gary Brock, Max Buten, Alexander (Pete) Hoskins
Class of 2020 – Christina Fink, Martha Moffat, Carole Strickland

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

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.