Wednesday, February 5, 2020


The Battles of Germantown: Effective Public History in America

 David Young, Author

Falls of Schuylkill Library, Midvale Ave. and Warden Dr.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 6:30 PM (immediately following East Falls Historical Society Members Meeting at 6 PM)

 David  Young is Executive Director of the Delaware Historical Society and  previous Executive Director of Cliveden. He will discuss his book, The Battles of Germantown: Effective Public History in America.

Known as America’s most historic neighborhood, Germantown has  distinguished itself by using public history initiatives to forge  community. Progressive programs about ethnic history, postwar urban  planning, and civil rights have helped make historic preservation and  public history meaningful. The Battles of Germantown considers what these efforts can tell us about public history’s practice and purpose in the United States. 

Sponsored by East Falls Historical Society

Accessible.  Everyone welcome.  Free.  No advance registration. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019


Grace Kelly in the Cinema

 Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019, 6:30 PM

Falls Library, Midvale Ave and Warden Dr.

2019 will mark the 90th Anniversary of the birth of Grace Kelly of East Falls.

To celebrate what Grace meant to East Falls and eventually to the  world, the East Falls Historical Society will present a tribute to her  memory in her chosen profession on Wednesday, October 9, at the Falls of  Schuylkill Library,Midvale Avenue and Warden Drive at 6:30 pm. The program is free and open to the public.  

Grace Kelly’s career in acting began in East Falls at the Old Academy Playhouse. At  the age of 12, Grace stepped on stage for the first time replacing her  sister, Peggy, who came down with Chicken Pox on opening night. Six appearances in other plays followed including a production by her uncle, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, George Kelly. She left for New York as a teenager and we all know the rest.  

Or do we? Albert Crescenzo, historian with  the Ocean City Historical Society, has made a study of the career of  Grace Kelly, actress, of stage, TV and screen. Mr. Crescenzo will provide little known details of her performances. How much does he know about her television appearances? Quite a bit actually.  
The program will be enhanced by film snippets of her popular movies. Details will explain how she got the parts in each of her movies and what each meant to her career. The movies progressed from seconds on screen to star billing and leading lady status accommodating her meteoric rise to stardom. Her career culminated in and Academy Award in 1954 for the only part that did not capitalize on her beauty and style.  
Parking is available on street. Come and bring a friend. Refreshments will be provided. For details contact Ellen Sheehan at 215-848-8396.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019


How William Penn Turned a 'Howling Wilderness' into America's Fastest Growing City

 Wednesday, Sept. 18, 6:30 PM
Falls Library, Midvale Ave. and Warden Dr. (Midvale Ave. entrance)

Presented by Jim Murphy, Certified Philadelphia tour guide, writer, and lecturer.

With the William Penn Charter School as a neighbor, and some of us on  living on Penn Street, we can still take Penn for granted. Was he not  the progressive founder of Pennsylvania, seeking religious tolerance for  all, and concerned for fairness to the Lenape Indians? Does he not look  benignly down on us from the peak of City Hall? All of this is true, at  least in good part, but Penn was also a real estate dealer and  trans-oceanic urban planner. Jim Murphy will present his lively overview  of one of Penn’s singular achievements, and more. Mr. Murphy likes to  season his presentations with little-known facts, so be prepared for  education and entertainment.

Accessible. Everyone welcome.  Free. No advance registration. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019


What Style is My House? 200 Years of East Falls Architecture

 Wednesday, April 10, 6:30 PM, Falls Library  

KEN HINDE Architectural guide and lecturer, guide at the Fairmount Water Works

Continuing our 2018-2019 focus on places and design in East Falls, the  EFHS is pleased to host Ken Hinde, one of Philadelphia’s most  experienced architectural tour guides and lecturers, and also a Falls  resident. He will present an overview of architecture in our region from  the Old Academy through recent times.

The program is free and refreshment will be served.