The Association meets on the fourth Tuesday of the months of January - May and September - November at 7:30pm. Programs are held in the Upper Moreland Township Building Council Room, located at 117 Park Avenue in Willow Grove. Public programs of UMHA are free and open to the public.

The programs feature speakers on a variety of historical and not-so historical topics followed by refreshments. The agenda generally includes time for attendees to question our experts on matters of local history and also provides an opportunity for attendees to bring artifacts and documents to show to the audience.

Recommendations for topics for future programs are always welcome and encouraged.

2017 Programs

January 24

Movie Night

Guest Speaker: Ray Stahl , Vice President, UMHA, will present his collection of Willow Grove Park movies.

February 28

Joe Kirkwood – Cheltenham resident, international golfing celebrity, and an accusation!

Guest Speaker: Jim Rubillo, local historian and speaker.

March 28

Becoming Valley Forge – a novel: when the war came to the backyards of ordinary people

Guest Speaker: Sheilah Vance, author and Valley Forge resident.

April 25

*NOTE: New location!

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Guest Speaker: Neill Hartley is Ichabod Crane in an interactive adaptation of the classic horror tale by Washiington Irving.

Reservations required for the Annual Dinner. Registration forms are available here.

Directions to the VE Club can be downloaded here.

May 6

Boileau Festival

A day of fun and festivites at the Boileau Farmstead.

May 23

The Story of the King’s Highway

Guest Speaker: Jason Sherman, writer and director of the documentary that tells the story, places, history, and preservation of the King’s Highway.

September 26

Philadelphia’s Hog Island Shipyard

Guest Speaker: Jim Rubillo presents the history, impact, and legacy, from swampy bog to world’s largest shipyard, the growth and demise of the facility.

October 24

Gettysburg from Battlefield to Hallowed Ground

Guest Speaker: Herb Kaufman, researcher specializing in the Civil War era, presents photographs of the battlefield as we explore the changes from 1863 to modern times.

November 28

Engraved: The Meanings Behind 19th Century Tombstone Symbols

Guest Speaker: Tammy Schane, historian and docent, presents a look at an almost forgotten language of mourning from the Victorian era.