Historic timeline at Hallowell Elementary School by Justine Musick
Historic timeline at Hallowell Elementary School by Justine Musick

Document Preservation Project

projects Document Preservation Project

Historic Document Preservation Project

HPHA has an extensive collection of local documents, maps, books, photos that we are working to restore, catalog, preserve, and share. We were recently awarded a $5,000 grant by the Horsham Industrial and Commercial Development Authority, a $10,000 donation from an anonymous relative of Welsh Strawbridge towards this project ...plus 2 sets of flat files for storing these objects as a donation from Chambers Associates, Inc., Worcester, PA. Thank you!

detail of 1718 Indenture
detail of 1718 Indenture

HPHA has an extensive collection of local documents, maps, books, photos that we are working to restore, catalog, preserve, and share. These include a 1718 Indenture from Samuel Carpenter in which most of present day Horsham Township is left to his heirs, maps of the area, local family histories, photos, property records dating back to the 1680's and much more.

Many of these are records of transactions of the Strawbridge family from the 17th-19th centuries for properties in and around Philadelphia. These were rescued by HPHA when we began the restoration work on the Penrose Strawbridge House. We also have a collection of other documents: maps, indentures, coorespondence, family histories; that were donated to us by folks such as Mr. Joseph H (Buck). Penrose Jr., Carol DiJoseph, Mary Day, and others.

Our goal is to catalog, restore and preserve the objects that we have and hopefully digitize most of the collection so that the content is readily available and accessible to those interested in studying our past.

Michael Gubicza, wrote a blog article about HPHA's collection for the Historical Society of Philadelphia as part of HSP's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories.

We have done some preliminary work such as restoring the 1718 Carpenter Indenture but the first significant step in addressing the entire collection was a meeting with Susan Duhl from Art Conservator's Alliance in early September, 2013. Ms Duhl has given us the basics in organizing and protecting the pieces in our collection so we now have a pretty good foundation to get started. Horsham Township Manager Bill Walker sat in our meeting to see where the Township can help.

Volunteers are always needed so if you have an interest in this project or especially if you have some expertise, please contact us.

Internships for qualified students (post-graduate) may be available.

Funding

We estimate that the 1st phase of this project will cost about $25,000. The objective of this initial part of the project is to develop a strategy to meet our overall goal and acquire the skills and tools needed to do this. Funding from sources such as the National Endowment for the Arts and others may be available for later stages of the project but it is necessary to define the collection and a strategy before even applying for funding from these sources.

We have made great progress toward this goal in a very short time thanks to the donations listed below. Please contact us if you would like to donate to this project.

HPHA received a donation of $10,000 towards this project from an anonymous relative of Welsh Strawbridge. Thank You!
HPHA was recently awarded a $5,000 grant by the Horsham Industrial and Commercial Development Authority to assist with our Document Preservation project. Thank you!
HPHA received 2 steel flat file cabinets as a donation from Chambers Associates, Inc., Worcester, PA. Thank you! .

Brief Overview

The following is an approximation. There are still boxes and files donated to HPHA that we have not cataloged.(12/2013).

1Documents and maps Est. # Items
Strawbridge, Marshal and West families properties owned in Philadelphia 1683 until 1920 76
Strawbridge property in Horsham 1920 + 25
private Marshal and Strawbridge correspondence and records 250
Penrose Family Property records (indentures) 1718 until 1920 30+
Other Horsham area families and buildings 100+
2Artifacts (books, furniture, clothing, photographs)
Strawbridge and Marshal items 150
Penrose Items 65
Horsham Items 35
Library books on general historical subjects 125

One of our key historic documents - 1718 Samuel Carpenter Indenture - hangs in the Penrose-Strawbridge House. It has also been exhibited at the Horsham Library.

February 3, 1718 From Samuel Carpenter 5500 acres with a Quit rent of one English Shilling for every 100 acres. Shows the meets and bounds of the 5500 acres. Signed and sealed by Hannah Fishbourne, (daughter) William Fishbourne (son-in-law), Samuel Carpenter, John Carpenter (sons) and Hannah Carpenter (wife).

This document shows the original owner of over 75% of Horsham. Samuel Carpenter purchased this land from William Penn.

The Horsham Preservation and Historical Association found this and similar documents in the papers donated to them by Joseph Hollowell Penrose, Jr. Conservation and framing cost $1200 and was done by a professional, Elizabeth Wendelin of Warrington.

Advisors

Susan Duhl provides preservation consultations and conservation treatment to institutions and private individuals throughout the United States and internationally. She completed her Master of Art degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation from the State University College at Buffalo Art Conservation Program in 1987, and was named a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC) in 1990. Susan is a founding member of the Art Conservator Alliance, formed in 1991.

Jefferson Moak is a professional archivist, historian and genealogist. He has worked at the Map Collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Historical Commission, the Philadelphia City Archives, and most recently as senior archivist at the National Archives at Philadelphia. He has been working with the HPHA collection beginning in fall of 2015.

Intern

Justine Musick is a graduate of Archbishop Wood High School, and Temple University. She has trained in painting throughout her entire childhood, and continued her studies by spending a year in the Fine Arts program at Bucks County Community College. After this, she entered into the Architectural Preservation program at the Tyler School of Arts, and added an additional focus on Anthropology. Justine graduated with a B.S. in Architectural Preservation. The lens of Anthropology through which she conducted her preservation studies, has given her a unique perspective on heritage management, history, and community development.

In addition to working on this project Justine has also been commissioned by Pete Choate to paint a historical mural at the new Hallowell Elementary School

Donating to our Collection

We said above that we have an extensive collection but we're also always looking for more. Please Contact Us if you have any items that relate to the history of our area that you might be interested in donating to HPHA. If they meet the criteria for inclusion in our collection then we will be happy to accept them.

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Support the Future of Horsham's History!

Horsham Preservation and Historical Association (HPHA)
900 Governor Road
Horsham, PA 19044 USA
© 2000- Horsham Preservation and Historical Association
A Community Benefit Organization

Horsham Preservation and Historical Association (HPHA)
900 Governor Road
Horsham, PA 19044 USA
© 2000- Horsham Preservation and Historical Association
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