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Cheltenham Township Historical Commission

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Commission Presentation on Thursday

On May 13th at 7:30 PM, join the Historical Commission for an online presentation.

Preserving Pennsylvania

May is Preservation Month and a perfect time to learn about the work of Pennsylvania’s statewide nonprofit advocacy organization, Preservation Pennsylvania. Since 1982, this organization has been working to preserve historic places across Pennsylvania as well as advocating for good legislation and policies that help make saving these historic resources easier. The Pennsylvania At Risk program started in 1992 and each year, the list includes resources that are in danger of being lost through demolition, inappropriate alteration, neglect, or loss of setting. There have been some amazing saves, some very tragic losses, and some properties that are still at risk. This presentation will highlight some of this work as well as sharing stories about projects in Montgomery County and nearby.

About the Speaker: Mindy Gulden Crawford

A part-time job typing National Register Nominations in 1982 turned into a long career for Mindy. She has been the Executive Director of Preservation Pennsylvania since 2006, after spending 24 years at Historic York, Inc. (20 years as Executive Director). A Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from York College coupled with a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation from Goucher College has opened up many opportunities for work and volunteering.

Mindy serves on the boards of several history and preservation organizations: the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC), the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association, the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Authority, and Main Street Hanover.

In her spare time, you’ll find Mindy exploring the Lincoln Highway and other old roads looking for great roadside architecture and searching for the perfect souvenir snowglobe. You might also find her wearing seven layers of period clothing to participate in Civil War dancing or living history events with her husband, Rodney.

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Upcoming Historical Commission Meeting

The next meeting of the Cheltenham Township Historical Commission will be May 13th at 6:30 PM via Zoom. Here is the agenda.

Join via the free Zoom app. If the link does not work use the ID and password.

Old York Road Historical Society

Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the Society will host lectures virtually over the internet via Zoom. Lectures will be held live and will not be recorded for later playback. A link will be sent out to those on our email list several days in advance. Additionally, the link will be posted on our website and Facebook page a day prior to the presentation. If you would like to be on our reminder list, please send an email to

Lectures will be held live and will NOT be recorded for later playback due to copyright restrictions on the images used in the presentations.
The lecture series is sponsored by a grant from the Jenkinstown Lyceum and all programs are offered on Zoom free of charge. For more information please call the Old York Road Historical Society at 215–886–8590.

The Ridley/Fox Shooting and Its Aftermath: An American Tragedy

  • When: 7:30 pm, Wednesday,  May 12, 2021 
  • Speaker: Dr. Thomas Wieckowski, Society Vice-President

Camp William Penn, the first and largest training camp for Black soldiers in the Civil War, was an important factor in the emerging quest for racial equality. The Camp was generally a peaceful and successful experiment. The fatal shooting of white local gardener William Fox at Camp William Penn by Black soldier Private Charles Ridley on August 7, 1863, has been well documented. Politically, it played into the hands of those who argued to keep arms out of the hands of Blacks as well as keep them out of service in the Army.

Join us as Society Vice-president Dr. Thomas Wieckowski reviews his current research on the circumstances of the shooting and the devastating impact on Ridley and the Fox family of La Mott.

A brief Society business meeting will occur prior to the start of the lecture.

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