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Museum Co-Hosts Needed

Posted February 18, 2019

The Spring-Ford Area Historical Society is in need of additional society members to serve as co-hosts during the hours that the museum is open to the public.  The layout of the museum, which is housed in two buildings requires that two hosts be present when the museum operates.  Hosting involves greeting the public, giving tours, and assisting visitors in locating what they're looking for.  Currently, the museum is open on Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Hours are limited due to the shortage of hosts.  If you are interested, please contact museum president William Brunner using the contact information or by filling out the contact form on the website's Contact Us page.  

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Amster Negatives Donated

Posted January 21, 2019


Harold Amster was a Spring City resident who was well-known for his photography.  In December, 2018, Ruth Marquette, Amster's daughter, donated a box of 3"x4" black and white negatives to the museum.  Spanning a 30-year period from 1940-1970, the hundreds of negatives capture buildings, family photos, floods, fires, snowstorms, auto accidents, and much more. Glenn Holcombe, Royersford photographer, digitized the negatives and the quality and clarity are incredible.  This donation is an absolute treasure trove for the society and the Spring-Ford community.  A program featuring images from the collection will be scheduled for later in 2019.

Society Acquires Walters Painting

Posted October 25, 2018


SFAHS recently acquired a 1962 painting by Spring City native George F. H. "Bucky" Walters.  Painted in 1962 and originally displayed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Phoenixville, the painting is entitled "Lutheran Veterans at Valley Forge."  The large work of art measures almost 5x7 feet.  "Bucky" was an avid historian and often dressed in a revolutionary uniform, (also on display at the society's museum).  The painting will become the centerpiece of the society's new military memorabilia room on the second floor of the Fetterolf Gallery

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McCabe Military Collection Donated

Posted December 11, 2018

An extensive collection of military memorabilia and artifacts collected over 40 years by Col. Thomas M. McCabe USMCR (Ret.) was recently moved to the Spring-Ford Area Historical Society.  Necessitated by renovations planned at the collection's former home, the Spring City Armory, Col McCabe has donated his collection and it will be located on the second floor of the Fetterolf Gallery.  Twelve glass display cabinets and 40 boxes of memorabilia were moved, including helmets, flags, banners, canteens, weapons, medals, and much more.  In addition, 8 mannequins in uniform also made the trip.  The collection is comprised of artifacts from the Spanish American War, the Civil War, WWI, WWII, and the Korean Conflict.  Museum volunteers are working alongside two military experts, Jim Brumbach and Ray Paski, to identify, label and display the collection.  While it is difficult to determine a grand opening of the display, Fall 2019 is anticipated.



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