Germantown Historical Society / Historic Germantown
This local historical society offers a collection of artifacts and a number of exhibits related to the original township of northwest Philadelphia that was home to many German immigrants. The collections include one-of-a-kind books, works of art, furniture, diaries, and manuscript collections drawn from the surrounding neighborhoods in the Pat Henning Library and Archives.
Backstory and Context
The Germantown Historical Society is an educational and research center dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the original German Township in northwest Philadelphia. Encompassing the contemporary neighborhoods of Germantown, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut Hill, greater Germantown is a dynamic and diverse community. The Society houses a unique collection of artifacts, books, manuscripts, maps, and images documenting Germantown’s many stories. Community residents, historians, scholars, anyone interested in experience this history by visiting our museum exhibition and exploring the resources in the Pat Henning Library and Archives.
The building is the headquarters of Historic Germantown.
Historic Germantown is a partnership of 16 extraordinary historic houses, destinations, and museums in Northwest Philadelphia that have joined together to protect, preserve, and share some of Philadelphia's prized historical assets.