Philadelphia: The World War I Years is a window to a time and a city now gone. One hundred years ago Philadelphia was a very different place. In 1914 Philadelphia was the third largest city in the United States with a population of over one and a half million people. It was a major manufacturing center nicknamed “The Workshop of the World.” Factories and mills dotted its landscape, and construction was taking place at a massive rate. Miles upon miles of two and three story row homes and schools were being built to accommodate a growing population. A modern subway system and an elevated rail line were under construction. And a grand boulevard modeled on the Champs Elysees in Paris began to stretch from the center of the city to Fairmount Park.

When The Great War finally engulfed a reluctant America, the city and its citizens fully mobilized in the war effort. Almost overnight, manufacturing and textile companies converted to war material production. The shipyards on the Delaware River waterfront would produce hundreds of ships including battleships, destroyers, submarine chasers, and troop transports. The Great War would forever alter the city’s landscape and its people as they joined together to support the war effort at home and their boys over there.

Philadelphia: The World War I Years

provides a look at these sweeping changes which took place in the city once called by its founder, William Penn, his “greene country towne.”


Come meet the other members of your Society, and help to clean, organize, and explore your Paper Mill House Museum. We are having two volunteer days in October, where we ask each member to come out and help with what is needed, and perhaps add your thoughts on what we are doing there. Come for as much or as little time as you have available. We will find you something that fits your time; or you can simply look around the place and give us your thoughts on what else we can do to make it an interesting community resource.


In the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum's new exhibit,

there is a special baseball section saluting those Delaware County players who served in the military.  Given special recognition in this section are Jimmy Dykes (WW I ), Mickey Vernon, Danny Murtaugh, and Stanley Glenn (WW II), and Terry Allvord  (Iraq). 
    In association with this exhibit, the museum is sponsoring a Veterans Day Contest.  If you know the names of the living members of Baseball's Hall of Fame that served in the military during WW II, email your answer to  On November 11th (Veterans Day), a winner will be selected from all correct answers submitted.  The museum has a nice surprise gift for the winner. 

    The Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum is located in the Granite Run Mall, on the second floor near Boscov's, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 4:30 pm.



Home for the Holidays

welcomes the public to it's annual Holiday Tea, Tour, and Tree Trimming event at the Village Green School House.   

This charming one room school house offers a step back in time.   Help decorate the Christmas Tree, ring the school bell, enjoy the antique toy display, sit in a replica outhouse, sit at an old fashion desk and put your head through the story board to take pictures!  Plus free goodies!  What a delightful way to start off the Holiday Season and gift shopping!   Village Green School House is located on Old Pennell Road,  just off Pennell Road north of 5 Points next to Aston Vets.  The event is free and open to the public.  Aston Historical  welcomes old photos, donations and volunteers.   To make this day even better, the beautiful historic Cavalry Episcopal Church is conducting free guided tours of their historic cemetery which dates back to the early 1800's.  Take a leisurely stroll to meet and learn about our interesting and noted "neighbors" from 11:30am to 2pm.  There will be actors depicting the notable "guests" to enhance the guided tour!   The cemetery is located behind this quaint and treasured church on Mount Road just off Pennell Road across from Kings Mill. This event is also free and open to the public.  Donations are also welcomed.   This also is a great opportunity for Passport to History students to get their passports stamped!  Please start the Holiday Season in Aston at these events!


An early start  to the Holiday Season can be found in Aston Township Historical Society's closing of their 2014 season with two very special guests from Concord Township Historical Society on Thursday November 13, 2014!  

    Al and Ed will share their information and pictures on the railways between 1857-1972.  This local railway even transported troops during WWII and was also used to ship mushrooms from this area to Philadelphia.  The railway once went from WaWa to Perryville and from Philadelphia to Perryville and up the Port Deposit Road to Harrisburg.  At first it was called the Philadelphia and Baltimore Central and later the Octorara branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad.   Please join Aston Historical for a fun and interesting "train ride" to history on Thursday November 13Th, 2014 at 7pm at the Aston Township Municipal Building located on Pennell Road, just south of 5 Points, next to TD Bank, rear entrance.  There will be a brief meeting initially.  The event is free and open to the public.  Doors open at 6:45pm.  The Society welcomes old photos, donations and volunteers.  


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