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 Eileen Shapiro, Development Coordinator, at (215) 345-0210 ext. 132.

Upcoming Programs

Friends of BCHS Quarterly Meeting
Virtual Lecture: The Private Henry Mercer

Monday, March 15, 2021
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Free, advanced registration required.

This multimedia presentation by BCHS Vice President of Collections 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.

Register for “The Private Henry Mercer”

Once you register, you will receive a personalized link to this Zoom virtual program from our museum team.

ROLLO'S FACTS

Henry Mercer was 51 when he began building the first of his three concrete structures, his home Fonthill, 1908-1910.
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Beginning Monday, March 1, 2021 the Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle will be open 6 days per week, Tuesdays – Sundays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and will be closed on Mondays. The Mercer Museum Research Library will be closed from Saturday, March 6 - Saturday, March 13, 2021 to upgrade our facilities. The library will reopen on Tuesday, March 16, 2021.
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