Upcoming Events & Programs


Middletown Township Historical Society presents

Lectures begin at 7:00 p.m.
at Lima Estates, 411 North Middletown Road, Media, PA 19063
Free and open to the public, no registration required

Our award-winning lecture series begins its 9th year in 2019 when we will be looking at how Philadelphia celebrates the anniversaries of American Independence from the Centennial in 1876 through the planning for the Semiquincentennial in 2026.

Monday, April 15
by Sara MacDonald, Public Services Librarian, University Libraries, University of the Arts
          Philadelphians recognized that the Centennial was a unique opportunity to form a nucleus of objects that could grow and benefit the city ’s industries.  Representatives of the city’s leading educational institutions, as well as state and city authorities, actively pursued this goal.  The result would not only be a museum of art and design, like London's South Kensington Museum (today's Victoria & Albert) but would be an active school; a place where creative craftsmen would be trained for the growing enterprises of the US.  The Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art was chartered in February 1876 and opened in the Centennial's Memorial Hall on May 10, 1877, exactly one year after the Centennial opened.  Eventually the Pennsylvanian Museum would become the Philadelphia Museum of Art, moving to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in 1926, and the Philadelphia Museum School of Art would move to Broad Street.  The school received accreditation as a college in 1959, and in 1964, it separated from the Museum to become the Philadelphia College of Art and continues today as The University of the Arts.

In case of inclement weather or changes in the schedule please visit our website www.mthsdelco.org or call 610-316-5620.

Fall Middletown Mondays dates will be:
Monday, September 23, 2019
Monday, October 21, 2019
Monday, November 18, 2019
Topics and speakers will be announced in summer 2019.













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