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  • RMWHS | About Our Website

    About the RMWHS Website Dear members, neighbors, and friends, ​ The Roxborough Manayunk Wissahickon Historical Society's website was launched in December 2020 and built to extend our group's presence beyond the meetings at Journey's Way and the Archive nestled in the Roxborough branch of the Philadelphia Free Library. ​ The goal of the site is to: promote local history, art and culture produce greater awareness of RMWHS and our activities grow our membership and donor base Though this current website is modest, it is my intention to see the RMWHS website expand its offerings and become an extension of the RMWHS Archive. It is my hope that members, neighbors, researchers, and other visitors will be able to discover and explore our area's history and the Archive's treasures from wherever they may be via laptop, phone, tablet, etc. Feel free to "Contact Us" through the website with questions or comments -- or email me directly at rmwhsarchives@gmail.com . ​ ​​​​​​Be well and stay safe! ​ Georgie Gould RMWHS Webmaster rmwhsarchives@gmail.com ​ Writers, Historians, and Photographers Welcome ​If you would like to contribute to the website ... please contact us via the website or send us an email . Show us your treasures! ​ RMWHS is always on the lookout for vintage images of the area and you may have something we've not seen. If you think you might, we'd love to take a peek. ​ Please contact us via the website or send us an email . Digital Image Donations ​​ ​ The Archive is being digitized -- so if you do not want to part with your original historic images -- you don't have to! If your image is an appropriate addition to our collection , an archivist can make a professional quality scan for our collection and you can keep your original. ​ No image is too damaged or faded to evaluate -- we can restore, rescue, or revive a great deal of an image digitally. (See "Capture, Preserve, & Restore - Oh My !" ) ​ For more information, please contact us via the website or send us an email . Web Visitors from Near & Far While Roxborough Manayunk Wissahickon Historical Society is a small organization located within Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, we have members in other states and web visitors from across the U.S. and around the world including ... ​ UNITED STATES Alabama Arkasas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Missouri Mississippi ​ CANADA British Columbia New Brunswick Ontario Quebec ​ CENTRAL AMERICA Guatemala ​ ASIA China India Indonesia Philippines ​ AFRICA Kenya Togo ​ AUSTRALIA ​Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island ​South C arolina Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington Washington DC Wisconsin Wyoming ​​ EUROPE England France Greece Ireland Italy North Macedonia Norway Portugal Scotland Serbi a Sweden Ukraine (as of November 16, 2022)

  • Roxborough Manayunk Wissahickon Historical Society - Philadelphia

    You Rocked Our World Since our website launched in December 2019, we've had thousands of visitors from more cities, states, and countries than we ever imagined. The impact was not just felt on the web, but across the organization and has changed us in many ways. Research requests have come from 3 different continents as a result of our launch into the public eye. More requests than our volunteers expected, but we address them all despite the language barriers and time zone differences and offer virtual meetings as well as phone calls. We thank everyone near and far for their patience as our 2 volunteer archivists -- Sylvia Myers and I -- respond to questions. ​ Membership has more than doubled in size despite the pandemic! Today we have members not just across the city of Philadelphia, but across the United States. Contact us if you're interested in joining. ​Marks indicate city locations of our website visitors. While the majority have been from the Mid-Atlantic region of the US, more than 20 countries are represented. For a state/region/country list of visitor locations, see About Our Website . ​ Donations -- both financial and physical -- are being sent in to us. Books, photos, maps, posters, genealogies, manuscripts, and more have come to us in boxes, envelopes, emails attachments, and Christmas cards. People want to see local history, art, and culture saved and are reaching out to help by donating items that they have, find, or inherit to see the materials preserved for the future. ​ "Warm Fuzzies" -- Important and intangible benefits have been had as RMWHS has been able to connect individuals doing genealogical/family history research with others working the same family tree/branch. We've been able to connect folks who are half way across the country or around the globe and might not have otherwise been able to find each other. There have also been many questions we've answered that have helped folks discover their ancestors, understand old stories, and separate family fact from fiction. On more than a few occasions we've heard, "I've wondered about that for decades, and now I know -- thank you." ​ But I have not disclosed all of this to brag or boast but rather as a means to legitimize my statement that I am truly humbled by the response RMWHS has had to creating a presence on the web. I hope each of you will continue to visit rmwhs.org for years to come to see how our website and organization grow. I also offer you the opportunity to become a member and/or to volunteer to help us with our mission to preserve and promote local history, art, and culture. ​ Wishing you Peace and Joy in 2023. ​​Georgie Gould, President, RMWHS rmwhsarchives@gmail.com ​ Memorials of the 21st Ward RMWHS has launched a new web section -- Memorials of the 21st Ward -- which provides a listing of the 8 memorials within our area and includes a photo gallery of each. Each memorial page will be expanded in the months and years to come as images and newspapers clippings (both new and historic) are added. ​If you would like to contribute an image or information for any of the memorials, please contact us . Also, if we have missed a public memorial within the Roxborough Manayunk Wissahickon area, please let us know. ​ Each of the memorials is open to the public and all visitors (including service animals) are welcome. We remind all visitors to be respectful not only to the memorial and grounds, but of the others who may be there remembering loved ones lost, for whom these special places were created to honor. ​ ​Explore the Memorials of the 21st Ward. RMWHS thanks all who have served. Got Cell Photos? See submitted photos and image collections below RMWHS needs your help -- specifically we need cell photos that capture our neighborhoods as they are today. You may already have some on your phone that would be perfect to share with RMWHS. Whether you've captured a quiet moment at your favorite park, a sidewalk cafe filled with diners, a blizzard in Andorra, the flowering vines on a historic home, the radio tower repair team dangling from a helicopter over Domino Lane towers, or someone dressed giving tours along the Wissahickon -- RMWHS would love to see them. ​ If you have a photo that captures something special about our area, or a special moment in time in any of our neighborhoods, send it to RMWHSarchives@gmail.com . Photos shared with RMWHS will be consider image donations. Please include your full name and a few details about the photo -- such as a street or event name especially if it is not obvious -- so we can put a description on the photo. (Mouse over the photos below to see examples.) Keep in mind these should be photos you have taken -- not ones someone else took that you are passing along. Any age is welcome to submit photos. All photos shared will be considered an image donation. ​ There is no "deadline" on this request. RMWHS is always interested in images of the 21st Ward -- new or old. All photos are reviewed by RMWHS archivists to ensure they are appropriate for display and incorporation into the permanent RMWHS Image Collection. ​ Your photos can become a part of our collection -- your photos can become part of our local history. ​ Photos received will be posted below. We will update the gallery as more photos come in. Keep checking back! ​ Email your photos or scans to RMWHS. The Blair Family Collection Special thanks to the Blair Family for donating +30 images taken between 1890 and 1910. To see the full collection, visit the RMWHS Archive. Mouse over to pause slideshow Click on image to enlarge Falls on Wissahickon Creek at Livezy's on Christmas Day 1898 Devil's Pool at Wissahickon Creek taken Christmas Day 1898 Spanish American War Vets parade up Roxborough Ave by Freeland Ave in 1898 Salvation Army on Roxborough Avenue Unidentified house in Manayunk/Roxborough Manayunk Trolley Train Bridge over Wissahickon Falls Blue Stone Bridge over Wissahickon Creek Local House: 1906 & 2014 Thanks to Paul Ricker for snapping a new image of this 1906 photo of 566 Jamestown (before it was a twin) and sharing it with us. We've paired the 1906 image with a Google Maps image so you can see it as it stands today. Images of the 21st Ward - Submitted in 2022 New Photos Added December 27 Mouse over image for details / Click to enlarge Load More 2022 Independence Day Parade Memorial Day 2022: Remembering the Words of John A. Logan Hurricane Ida vs The Great Freshet of 1869 Ridge Avenue Roxborough Historic District Discover Historical Maps 1304 Steps of Our Town

  • Memorials of the 21st Ward

    Veterans Day 2022 brought the launch of RMWHS's "Memorials of the 21st Ward" which provides a page dedicated to each of the 8 memorials within the 21st Ward. Each memorial page will be expanded in the months and years to come as both old and new images and newspapers clippings are added as well as a history of the memorial. ​ ​If you would like to contribute an image or information for any of the memorials, please contact us . Also, if we have missed a public memorial within the Roxborough Manayunk Wissahickon area, please let us know. Memorials of the 21st Ward RMWHS reminds all visitors to be respectful not only to the memorial and the grounds, but also of the others who may be there remembering loved ones lost, for whom these special places were created to honor. 21st Ward War Memorial (Gorgas Park) Learn More Civil War Soldier Memorial (Leverington Cemetery) Learn More Korean & Vietnam War Memorial (Hattal-Taylor VFW) Learn More Old Glory Memorial (Germany Hill) Learn More Revolutionary Soldiers Memorial (Leverington Cemetery) Learn More Shawmont Roll of Honor Memorial (Shawmont & Nixon) Learn More WWI & WWII Memorial (Hattal-Taylor VFW) Learn More Wissahickon War Memorial (Sumac St & Rochelle Ave) Learn More

  • RMWHS | Contact Us

    CONTACT US We welcome your questions, suggestions, ideas, and feedback. Winter Vacation December 15 - January 15 Responses will be delayed due to the holidays and winter vacations of our volunteer archivists. ​ If you have a request that is urgent in nature or you are trying to make an appointment to visit the Archive before January 15, please specify that in your note so we can try to accommodate your travel schedule and time limitations. Thank you. Our mailing address: RMWHS Archive 6245 Ridge Ave Philadelphia, PA 19128 We will not share your contact information beyond the RMWHS team member or fulfillment partner that needs to address your inquiry or research request. RMWHS Privacy Policy. Send me details about membership & financial donations Submit Thank you for your interest in the Roxborough Manayunk Wissahickon Historical Society

  • Historical Maps 1861

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1861-1865 - Civil War Military Source: URL: Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g3824p.cw0358100 Full Name: Military map of Philadelphia 1861-1865 Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1869

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1869 - Survey of Wissahickon Source: URL: Free Library of Philadelphia https://libwww.freelibrary.org/digital/item/65525 Full Name: Map of the Survey of Wissahickon Creek from its Mouth to Paul's Mill Road Defining Boundaries of Land Appropriated by the Commissioners of Fairmount Park, ca. 1869, Map Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1847

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1847 - Phila & 10 Miles Around Source: URL: Free Library of Philadelphia https://libwww.freelibrary.org/digital/item/42118 Full Name: Map of the Circuit of Ten Miles Around the City of Philadelphia, 1847, Map Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1753

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1753 - Phila & Adjacent Source: URL: Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g3824p.ar130600 Full Name: A map of Philadelphia and parts adjacent Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1982

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1982 - Manayunk Canal (Part 1) Source: URL: Free Library of Philadelphia https://libwww.freelibrary.org/digital/item/48041 Full Name: Manayunk Canal, 1982, Map 1 Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1843

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1843 - Phila County Source: URL: Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division https://www.loc.gov/resource/g3824p.la000784b/ Full Name: A map of the county of Philadelphia : from actual survey Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1816

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1816 - Phila County Source: URL: Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g3824p.la000783 Full Name: Map of Philadelphia County : constructed by virtue of an act of the Legislature of Pennsylvania passed 19th March 1816 Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1681

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1681 - Province of PA Source: URL: Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division https://www.loc.gov/item/2006625100/ Full Name: A map of the improved part of the Province of Pennsilvania in America: begun by Wil. Penn, Proprietary & Governour thereof anno 1681 Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1863

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1863 - Military Reconnaissance Source: URL: Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g3824p.cw0358250 Full Name: Map of a reconnaissance of the approaches to Philadelphia showing the positions and lines of defence on the north front of the city Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1876

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1876 - Fairmount Park Int'l Exhibit Source: URL: Free Library of Philadelphia https://libwww.freelibrary.org/digital/item/52583 Full Name: Fairmount Park International Exhibition: Philadelphia, 1876, Map Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1752

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1752 - Phila & Adjacent Source: URL: Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g3824p.ct000294 Full Name: A map of Philadelphia and parts adjacent : with a perspective view of the State-House Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1855

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1855 - Consolidated City of Phila Source: URL: Free Library of Philadelphia https://libwww.freelibrary.org/digital/item/11728 Full Name: New Map of the Consolidated City of Philadelphia, 1855, Map Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1862

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1862 - Atlas of Phila (NW) Source: URL: Free Library of Philadelphia https://libwww.freelibrary.org/digital/item/12334 Full Name: Atlas of the City of Philadelphia, 1862, Section 20 [Northwest] Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1862

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1862 - Atlas of Phila (Manayunk) Source: URL: Free Library of Philadelphia https://libwww.freelibrary.org/digital/item/12336 Full Name: Atlas of the City of Philadelphia, 1862, Section 22 [Manayunk] Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1982

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1982 - Manayunk Canal (Part 2) Source: URL: Free Library of Philadelphia https://libwww.freelibrary.org/digital/item/48042 Full Name: Manayunk Canal, 1982, Map 2 Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1854 - Consolidated Phila Wards

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1854 - Consolidated Phila Wards Source: URL: Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g3824p.ct008335 Full Name: An outline of the newly consolidated city, showing the boundaries of the wards : according to the act passed by the Legislature, Jany. 31st, 1854 Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

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