Welcome to Germantown!

The Germantown Historical Society is an educational and research center dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the original German Township in northwest Philadelphia. Encompassing the contemporary neighborhoods of Germantown, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut Hill, greater Germantown is a dynamic and diverse community. The Society houses a unique collection of artifacts, books, manuscripts, maps, and images documenting Germantown’s many stories. Community residents, historians, scholars, anyone interested in  experience this history by visiting our museum exhibition and exploring the resources in the Pat Henning Library and Archives.



Each week, our volunteers contribute over 40 hours of assistance to the library, museum and administrative offices, the equivalent of a full-time staff person! Our volunteers assist researchers, transcribe oral histories, conduct research, re-house collections, catalog and scan digital photos, care for and maintain our library, artifact and archival collections, support membership and administrative functions, and work together to make GHS an amazing resource to our many neighbors and audiences.

We are so grateful for our volunteers and the support they provide for our collections!

Samuel Whyte: Since 1989 Gayl Koster: Since 2008
Irv Miller: Since 1992 Tom Bartlow: Since 2009
James Moore: Since 1993 Pamela Moore: Since 2009
Gene Stackhouse: Since 1993 Barbara Dowdall: Since 2009
Judith Callard: Since 1996 Jenny Barr: Since 2012
Gordon Howard: Since 1999 Katy Hineline: Since 2010
Grace Dutot: Since 2008  

If you have a few free hours each week and are interested in joining our group of wonderful volunteers, please let us know by email: library@germantownhistory.org

Library Museum Hours

Tuesdays 9am - 1pm, Thursdays 1pm - 5pm
Sunday hours by appointment.


2013 Wall Calendar

Featuring remarkable historic images of Northwest Philadelphia and stunning new photographs from the GHS museum collections.

A wonderful gift for those who love architecture, history or vintage photography. ON SALE NOW!

$10, includes free shipping (a $1.70 value)

Purchace on HG Store


The Germantown Historical Society features three new publications.

GHS calendar 2011 GHS calendar 2011 Germantown in the Civil War

For more information or to purchase, see our HG Store