Preserving Upper Merion's Past To Enlighten Its Future
King of Prussia Historical Society

Our Mission
To preserve and interpret the history of Upper Merion Township, and to stimulate public interest and to support the township’s heritage through educational programs and public events focusing on preserving the past and shaping the future.
What We’re Doing
Monthly Events – Held at Christ Church (Old Swedes) Upper Merion.

Register of Historic Places – Help us to identify places in need of preservation.

Digital Archive Project – We are digitizing our collection of maps, aerial photos and more.

Latest News – See what’s going on.

Facebook Page – Join the conversation!
How You Can Help
Become a member or renew – join the fine group of people learning, preserving and educating, and receive quarterly issues of the King of Prussia Gazette – our newsletter.

Donate via Paypal – help us in our mission; receive a thank you gift of a print of a panoramic photograph of King of Prussia for donations at a certain level.

Amazon Smile – Amazon donates to us every time you make a purchase.

Donate items of historical interest.

Volunteer – opportunities to help out are available.

Join our mailing list
Learn More
E-History Facts – See a list of the facts posted weekly on Facebook.

Educational Resources – A detailed list of resources on Upper Merion History.

Books & Publications – Read about Upper Merion’s 300 year history.

Digital Archive – Old maps, aerial photos and other items of historical interest.

The Gazette – Our monthly newsletter which includes articles on our local history.


KING OF PRUSSIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY FACEBOOK PAGE

FRIDAY FACT: RESEARCHERS DISCOVER "WIDDICOMVILLE" IN UM

Read the January 1967 article by Ed Dybicz and view some photos of the area which became the site of the Upper Merion Township building and park.

Followers of this page may recall these posts in late August, 2016 when the last remaining structure was demolished to make room for the new skate park.

History of the family farm with pictures before and during the demolition: www.facebook.com/kophistory/posts/824672420965857 and
www.facebook.com/kophistory/posts/827615260671573
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A HOLIDAY WISH LIST
From Michael Morrison, President

As we approach the holiday season I am reminded that it is a time to share stories of hope and redemption, and this year is no exception. This is my wish list for this holiday season:

Wish #1- I wish that in 2018 we would have enough members to sustain society expenses. You know, we survive almost entirely on the generosity of our membership. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the thousands of people who follow us on Facebook each week would take the time to support us, and insure that we will continue to be there to keep our rich local history alive.

Wish #2- I wish we had a place for our Archive and Special Collections. Our collection of local history artifacts, manuscripts and photographs is growing rapidly, and to do our job effectively we need a place to keep it. Right now, it is spread far and wide, and will never be curated until such time as we have a place to work on it. I can’t believe that there isn’t somewhere in Upper Merion that we could call home.

Wish #3- I wish we had volunteers to fill the needs of our society. Right now, we need someone to prepare and send the monthly newsletter and meeting reminders. We also need someone to research and prepare our “Friday History fact” for Facebook, which reaches thousands of people. We also need someone to maintain and update our membership list. Each job is simple and fun, and we would love to have some help.

In order to maintain the quality of our monthly presentations, and in order to preserve our meetings as being “free to the public” we need your help. Pease take a moment to help grant our wishes.
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FRIDAY FACT: DECEMBER 1, 1937 UPPER MERION AERIAL

Can you identify anything in this 80 year old photo?

The Colonial Village residential development is visible at the bottom of the photo. J. Howard Mecke, a realtor and well known developer, started building Colonial Village in 1928 in Upper Merion Township. Mecke’s houses were enhanced by the addition of garages with rooms above. For the local residents, Mecke also built the Colonial Village Swimming Club, one of the early swimming clubs in Upper Merion.
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From the Digital Archive
Visit our collection of images, audio files and documents – new material will continue to be added.