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History Display at Conshohocken Borough Hall

History Display at Conshohocken Borough Hall

2/19/2019

by Brian Coll

A few weeks ago I watched as a few kids brought stuff into borough hall, when I took a peek in to see what was going on… I watched Eagle Scout Brendan Flanagan directing some friends (fellow scouts) on how to take care of these historical items. I recognized some of the items as coming out of the Conshohocken Historical Society. By the way, the historical society is located at the Mary Wood Parkhouse and these items will go back on display there in a year when the display at borough hall comes down.

A week or so later I took another peek in on what they did with all the cool stuff and I took a video that we posted on our YouTube channel. You can watch it here, but you should really go check it out in person as it has evolved since this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDKrZvCY91w

Over the course of the past month or so we spoke to Eagle Scout Brendan Flanagan’s father Stephen. He and his family have went all in with this project. They have learned more about John Elwood Lee and Alan Wood in the past couple months than they ever imagined they would. They sent me some info and I’m going to share it here with you:

Conshohocken History Exhibition at Borough Hall

Community, Hosted By the Conshohocken Historical Society, The Borough Council and Borough of Conshohocken, The Friends of Conshohocken Parks Mary Wood Park Centennial Celebration & Restoration and Brendan Flanagan & Boy Scout Troop 12 Barren Hill PA

1.     When

Wednesday, February 20th from 7:00pm
to 7:30pm 

2.     Where

Conshohocken Borough Hall
401 Fayette Street, Conshohocken, PA 19428

3.     Details

Brendan Flanagan, Eagle Scout Candidate of Boy Scout Troop 12, in conjunction with the Conshohocken Historical Society, The Borough Council and Borough of Conshohocken, The Friends of Conshohocken Parks Mary Wood Park Centennial Celebration & Restoration and Scouts BSA Troop 12 Barren Hill PA Boy Scouts of America and many volunteers, will unveil the Conshohocken History Exhibition at Borough Hall on Wednesday night at 7:00 PM, February 20th, 2019 at the opening of the Borough Council meeting at 401 Fayette Street and 4th Avenue in Conshohocken. The Exhibition of Conshohocken’s history includes over 150 pictures and pieces of memorabilia from the Conshohocken Historical Society that were catalogued, cleaned, organized and installed for the display. Through the Exhibition, visitors to Conshohocken Borough Hall will be exposed to the rich history of Conshohocken, particularly the role of two prominent companies, Lee Tire & Rubber Company and Alan Wood Steel, which provided a livelihood to thousands of Conshohocken residents. The display also includes details around the bequest of the Mary H. Wood Park House and property to the Borough of Conshohocken by Mary H. Wood, wife of Alan Wood, Jr, to be set aside as a “public park or playground for the recreation and enjoyment of the public.”

Free Admission – Kid Friendly

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Brendan Flanagan, Eagle Scout Candidate of Boy Scout Troop 12, in conjunction with the Conshohocken Historical Society, The Borough Council and Borough of Conshohocken, The Friends of Conshohocken Parks Mary Wood Park Centennial Celebration & Restoration and Scouts BSA Troop 12 Barren Hill PA Boy Scouts of America and many volunteers, will unveil the Conshohocken History Exhibition at Borough Hall on Wednesday night at 7:00 PM, February 20th, 2019 at the opening of the Borough Council meeting  at 401 Fayette Street and 4th Avenue in Conshohocken.

The Exhibition of Conshohocken’s history includes over 150 pictures and pieces of memorabilia from the Conshohocken Historical Society that were catalogued, cleaned, organized and installed for the display.

Through the Exhibition, visitors to Conshohocken Borough Hall will be exposed to the rich history of Conshohocken, particularly the role of two prominent companies, Lee Tire & Rubber Company and Alan Wood Steel, which provided a livelihood to thousands of Conshohocken residents. The display also includes details around the bequest of the Mary H. Wood Park House and property to the Borough of Conshohocken by Mary H. Wood, wife of Alan Wood, Jr, to be set aside as a “public park or playground for the recreation and enjoyment of the public.”

Thank you Brendan Flanagan for working hard on this project. It looks amazing. I took some photos and am going to post them here, but you really need to see this in person.

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