Friends of BCHS

Friends of the Bucks County Historical Society

The Friends of the Bucks County Historical Society (BCHS) is a group of community members with a shared interest in history, culture, and the arts.  Formerly known as the Women’s Committee, the group was founded on May 11, 1967, as a volunteer auxiliary group with a commitment and dedication to support the mission of the Mercer Museum and Library & Fonthill Castle. The group officially changed its name to the Friends of the Bucks County Historical Society to better reflect its growing membership.

The Friends of BCHS provide educational programs four times a year at no charge to the public.  Presentations have focused on topics of local and national interest, as well as many visits from first-person interpreters.  Beyond programs, the Friends of BCHS have sponsored a variety of fundraising events over the years, including bus trips, masquerade balls, card parties, tavern nights, musical performances and more.

For additional information or to join the Friends of the BCHS, call Marjan Shirzad, Chief Operations Officer, at (215) 345-0210 ext. 114.

2022 Upcoming Programs

Friends of BCHS Program Series:
True Crime in Bucks County

Monday, May 16th, 2022
Two sessions:
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Putman Learning Center – Mercer Museum (84 S. Pine St. Doylestown, PA)
Free – Advanced Registration Required (All donations support future programs)

Delve into archival and museum objects that tell the fascinating stories of true crime in Bucks County as told by Annie Halliday, Bucks County Historical Society Library and Archives Manager. Discover the history of the 1831 Mina-Chapman murder case, the 1893 Rightly murders, and other surprise treasures from the collections and archives, including clues from investigations, images of suspects, stories of attempted jail breaks, and more!

Seating is limited per session and pre-registration is required.

Register for the 11:00 a.m. session of True Crime in Bucks County

Register for the 1:00 p.m. session of True Crime in Bucks County


6th Annual Kite Day

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Time slots from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Fonthill Castle (525 East Court St, Doylestown, PA)
$10 per family – includes 1 kite
$15 per family – includes 2 kites
$20 per family – includes 3 kites

Join the Friends of the Bucks County Historical Society at Fonthill Castle for this spectacular spring event! Learn to build and fly a kite with internationally renowned Clifford “The Kiteman” Quinn, who has led kite workshops throughout the world.
Each ticket reserves space for a family of 5, and includes either one, two, or three kites, depending on the ticket level. Tickets also include a 30-minute session to decorate and build your kite(s) in the Fonthill Castle tent, as well as time on your own to fly kites on the grounds at Fonthill Castle. 
Limited capacity per time slot ensures a safe and enjoyable experience. This event will be held rain or shine, so please dress appropriately.

* Please Note: You can search for additional dates and times by clicking “Other Dates” and “Other Times” within the ticketing platform.

Previous Programs:

Friends of BCHS Quarterly Meeting – March 15, 2021
Virtual Lecture: The Private Henry Mercer

This multimedia presentation by BCHS Vice President of Collections and Interpretation Cory Amsler touches on some of the lesser-known aspects of Henry Mercer’s daily life at Fonthill Castle – his intimate and personal relationships, his interactions with household staff, his political and social positions, and his private concerns and passions.



There are 44 rooms in Fonthill including 10 bathrooms, 5 bedrooms and 18 fireplaces.
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•On Saturday, June 25th, 2022, the last tour at Fonthill Castle will be at 2pm due to a private event.
•On Tuesday, July 5th, 2022, Fonthill Castle will be closed to the public. The Mercer Museum will be open on July 5th.
• Effective Tuesday, March 1, 2022, face coverings are optional at our two sites. Learn more about our Covid-19 policies.