The Leesport Area Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the history of the area served by the Schuylkill Valley School District, including Ontelaunee, Centre, Bern Townships and of course the Borough of Leesport. We are one of the few local Historical Societies in Berks County that actually owns it’s own building. Our headquarters is a historical 4 room school building built circa 1858 on Main Street in West Leesport. One room has been preserved as a vintage classroom. One room serves as our display room and museum store. It also contains vintage print shop equipment that was used by Mohrsville printer, Milton Blatt. Our store has many of the local post cards and local history publications that were printed on this equipment by Blatt Printing, all available for purchase. One second floor room is being used for our archive of artifacts as well as an extensive library of genealogical research materials. We have an extensive digital archive of newspaper articles, obituaries, PA Birth and Death Certificates for local genealogists plus vintage photos scanned and stored in modern computers with high speed internet access. The fourth room in our building is mainly used for storage.
Each year we present several programs, including our Magical Mystery Tour each June, a narrated bus tour of a local area of interest. Leesport Area Community Days in September is a family friendly carnival with rides, food, games and live music, featuring local non-profits and business displays. Our annual Harvest Moon Festival the first Saturday in November is a unique family fun night that grows in popularity each year, with hay rides, bon fires, food, drinks, games, petting zoo, face painting, live music and River Walk. Both of these events are held on the Leesport Playground behind our building. We meet the 4th Monday of the month at Bethany Church in West Leesport for business meetings and speaker programs in alternate months. All of our meetings are open to the public free of charge but donations are always welcome. Several fund raising events are held throughout the year, with the most popular being the Community Flower Sale each Spring just before Easter. Information and details about all of our events, meetings, Speakers and programs can be found on our website calendar of events.
Hours of Operation
Open House the 1st Sunday of the month (except holiday weekends) 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Other times by appointment.