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A Walking Tour of The Oak Road and Vicinity

On April 20, 2024, Steve Peitzman and Nancy Pontone led a tour of The Oak Road. Click here to see the tour description. Here are a few of the historic sites that we saw:
Alden Park; Steel’s Stone Stable; Henry W. Brown residence (Timmons House); Ivy Cottage; Memorial Church of the Good Shepherd 

Click here to see photos from the tour.

Reporting East Falls: A History of Local Newspapers” – Video and slides

With Nina Coffin, Supervisor, Newspaper Center, Free Library of Philadelphia

On February 28, 2024, Nina Coffin gave us a tour, via Zoom, the pages of the hyper-local newspapers for East Falls, Roxborough and Manayunk.  Since about 1870, our part of Northwest Philadelphia has been well-represented in newsprint. These historic newspapers offer fascinating insight into venerable institutions, local businesses and schools. You may recognize names and addresses from the advertising pages.  Photo: from The Suburban Press.

Click here for YouTube video of the presentation. Click here to view the slides from this presentation (2 Meg PDF). They have links to many newspaper resources

Highlighting the ‘East Falls’ in Jefferson-East Falls

In the April issue of East Falls NOW, Rich Lampert writes of a collaboration with Jefferson-East Falls to research historic buildings for inclusion in an online encyclopedia of East Falls History.

Remembered in Women’s History Month: Elizabeth Fleisher, East Falls architect

The March issue of East Falls NOW tells her story. Among her works was their home, Tulipwood,” on Apalogen Road.

East Falls Historical Society has recorded more than 60 oral histories! Here are the latest:

Freda Gowling shares her memories of the neighborhood, especially focusing on her involvement with both Old Academy Players and Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Gus Krebs and Tony DiStefano grew up together in East Falls. Tony describes growing up at the “Lower End” of East Falls on Allegheny Avenue, with his memories of St. Bridget School and Church. Gus recalled playing in East Falls with his friends in the late 1940s – with some mischief involved, schooling at St. Bridget, and, later, volunteering for the church and the Franciscans.

Mt. Vernon Cemetery Tour

On April 15, 2023, historian Brandon Zimmerman led a walking tour of Historic Mount Vernon Cemetery. He and an intrepid crew of volunteers are restoring this long-neglected historic cemetery. Click here to learn more and see our pictures of this strange and fascinating place

Chadwick Papers Index online!

Adapted from The Chadwick Papers Index by Katy Hineline, 1991. Click here to open in a new tab.

Visit the Grace Kelly Gallery at NewCourtland!
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East Falls Family Dentistry 
F.X. Duffy & Co. 
Hyde Electric Corp.   
Laurel Hill Cemeteries  
Eugene Mattioni, Esq.  
McIlvaine Funeral Home 
Old Academy Players
William Ross III  

John Calvitti Co.
Saint James the Less School 
Joe Boyle Insurance Agency
Slices Pizza
Wee Care Child Care
Martin Tyler
Elfant Wissahickon

Ray Kaller and Sons Roofing