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150 years of Jenkintown will be presented during the event on Saturday

Historian and author Marion K. Rosenbaum will chronicle Jenkintown’s growth over the past 150 years in a presentation at the Hiway Theater.



JENKINTOWN, PA — Jenkintown’s 150 years will be on full display Saturday when an author recounts the borough’s history during a presentation Saturday.

Local historian and author Marion K. Rosenbaum will be at the Hiway Theater at 10:30 a.m. Saturday to celebrate Jenkintown’s 150th anniversary with a special presentation documenting the borough’s growth over the past 150 years.

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Featuring rare photographs from a variety of sources, including the extensive collections of the Old York Road Historical Society, and interesting insights into the borough’s rich history, this is a presentation that Jenkinton residents won’t want to miss, the organization said on the 150th anniversary of Jenkintown.

Following the presentation, Rosenbaum will host a question-and-answer session in the theater.

She will also be selling and signing copies of her new book, “Jenkintown from Images of America,” in the lobby after the show. This event is free for members of the nonprofit Hiway Theater. Tickets are available today at hiwaytheater.org/specials

About the author

Rosenbaum, a Jenkintown resident, graduated from Jenkintown High School (1964) and Beaver College (1968). She is a retired librarian, archivist and genealogist with extensive experience conducting historical research in local archives in the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania areas.

She worked with the Old York Road Historical Society, which was founded in 1936 to preserve and promote the history of the communities along and adjacent to the Old York Road.

About the book

Jenkintown celebrates its 150th anniversary of the town’s founding and features many well-known places and organizations as well as those that shaped the area but no longer exist. Marion K. Rosenbaum and the Old York Historical Society use images from the historical society’s collection to trace Jenkintown’s rise from a stop on the stagecoach lines to New York City along Old York Road to a shopping, transportation and cultural center.

Jenkintown was originally part of Abington Township and became an independent municipality on December 4, 1874. The school district was established shortly thereafter. Jenkintown was also the center of numerous social, civic, fraternal, patriotic and religious organizations, beginning with the founding of the Abington Library Society (now known as the Jenkintown Library) in 1803.

The collections of the Old York Road Historical Society include more than 250,000 photographic images, some of which have been selected for this book, supplemented by photographs in private and institutional collections.