Rain or Shine!
Merion Friends Meeting
History FestivalSaturday May 19, 2018
10am - 3pm RAIN OR SHINE
Join us as we explore the lives of Quakers in 1820-1860 in Merion, PA
There will be historic exhibits for the adults,
plenty of fun for the kids, and food for everyone.
Meeting House Tours
See inside the region's oldest Quaker Meeting House, built in 1695. Hear how Welsh settlers chose and constructed the meetinghouse and how preservation continues today.
Burying Ground Tours
Visit Merion Friends Meeting's historic burying ground and hear how our oldest cherry trees came to be donated to our meeting by the Japanese government.
Traditional Quaker Wedding
"Friends know that marriage depends on this mutual commitment of the couple and not on any external service or words. Thus, the ceremony in which the couple formally announces this commitment is performed by the couple alone, in the presence of God, the families, and the worshiping community. Both the solemnity and the joy of the occasion are enhanced by its simplicity."
Be a participant in a re-enactment of a Quaker wedding at 1:30 pm in the Meetinghouse.
Hear the stories of Underground Railroad Agent William Still, abolitionist and suffragette Lucretia Mott, and others. How many locals were slavery sympathizers or not? Were Quakers really pacificists? Is there any truth to the legend of a witch being buried in Merion?
And meet our newest historic figure, Rebecca Lukens
Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Experience 1850s-style transportation on the Great Conestoga Road -- now known as Montgomery Avenue -- for a small fee.
Children (and adults) may pet and brush ponies.
Handcrafted hot and cold dishes of the 1800s will be available for sale.
Quilts and their significance to the period will be presented, as well as clothing styles from the time.
Games and Crafts for Children
Young people will enjoy the "game of graces," rolling a hoop, making a bonnet from paper, and other diversions from the 1850s. Learn how children entertained themselves without screens.
Before selfies and the Instax camera, there were silhouette artisans. Capture your loved ones with this timeless craft.
Watch a blacksmith ply his trade and artistry, just as would have occurred daily at the General Wayne Smithy across the way (now the Krinsky Camp complex).
There will be a new exhibit on Quaker Families and Children in addition to those on Antislavery, the Underground Railroad, Quaker Plainness, Horses and Carriages, and Quaker beliefs in action in the 21st Century.
... and more!
Merion Friends Meeting
Lower Merion Historical Society
Lower Merion Conservancy
Harriton Plantation of Bryn Mawr
Lower Merion Society for the Detection and Prosecution of Horse Thieves
Township of Lower Merion
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
of the Religious Society of Friends