Protect, Preserve, Promote!

Welcome to the Newtown Square Historical Society!

Welcome to our new website. We are currently undergoing technological changes at NSHS and our web presence is being revamped. We have archived all of our content from our old site and will be reviewing and cleaning up that content to be republished here, over time. If you have any specific requests for content that was available on the old site, but which does not yet appear here, please email us at We will do what we can to accommodate your requests. NSHS would like to ask everyone to bear with us during our digital transformation, and thank you for your patience and understanding.

About the Society

In 1981 several historically minded residents of Newtown (Delaware County, PA) decided to host a celebration for Newtown’s 300th anniversary. A year of activities and a wonderful parade were the impetus to the creation of the Newtown Square Historical Society in 1984. The main purposes of the Society are to protect, preserve and promote the historic resources of the Township, as well as to tell its story. We are an all volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization funded through member donations, fundraising and grants. All contributions to the Society are tax deductible, and go to support the work and programs of the Society.


Due to COVID-19 all public events are SUSPENDED until further notice. We will announce any openings and/or changes as advised by state and local authorities. Please be safe, and remember to wash your hands!

  • Opening of the Square Tavern – TBA

  • Opening of the Paper Mill House – TBA

If you have any questions regarding events please contact us at

Why Preserve History?

As historians and preservationists, we must decide what to work to preserve, determine how best to preserve it, and then what to do with it. Pictures and newspaper clippings in folders in filing cabinets are a beginning, but not an ending. Our history is recorded in photographs, documents, census records, tax records, but also in household goods, tools, diaries, and oral histories that recount daily life. We can bring particular stories to public view through articles in local newspapers, blogs, and social media posts. All of these items help to bring history alive. Education programs can bring that history to the community – through monthly programs aimed at adults, and through educational programs aimed at children. Having a museum that preserves these historic items is a wonderful way to educate our residents, young and old alike, about the importance of our history. We do all of this and more. But it takes a lot of volunteer effort to make it all happen. The wonderful thing is that for every interest, and for every skill, there is a place for you to shine in the Society – a place for artists, photographers, writers, teachers, catalogers, guides, program and ad sellers, event planners, and business people who can coordinate the multifaceted efforts that are needed.