Haverford Township Historical Society to Publish Township History

Imagine you are new to Haverford and you know nothing about the history of the township, or your neighborhood, or even why places are called what they are.  In time you might find bits and pieces of information, but the story of Haverford Township largely lies scattered in the records, photographs, and memories of our citizens and institutions.  It is a story of historic structures and unique neighborhoods; of civic pride and engagement; of the famous, the infamous and the not so famous; and of our work, beliefs, service to country, and our leisure activities.  It is also the story of our epic battles over education, land development, and governance.

Haverford history has never been presented in one complete account. Although the Historical Society’s well-regarded Images of America book, published in 2003, was a first step toward capturing our identity, the Society’s Board of Directors believes a comprehensive township history is needed. At its September meeting, the Board voted to publish such a history.

The HTHS Board will serve as an advisory committee for the project and will help with research and writing.  HTHS member Kathy Case, who has extensive experience in editing and scholarly publishing, and Rich Kerr, HTHS historian and author of much of the content on our website, will serve as editors.  Content will be posted on the HTHS website throughout the project, with the goal of having a printed book published in about 4 years.

A vital component of the history will be recollections from township residents, both past and current.  HTHS has some of these first-hand stories on tapes, in interviews notes, and in letters, but we will be seeking more interviews as well as photographs and documents.  We are also looking for a few committed volunteers to draft chapters and do research.  If you are interested in becoming involved in this project, please contact HTHS at 484-452-3382 or info@haverfordhistoricalsociety.org

The Historical Society looks forward to producing a work that says, like the PBS series The American Experience, “This is who we are.”