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Posted on: February 2, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Pennypacker Mills to Host Talk on Philadelphia Immigrants

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SCHWENKSVILLE, PA – On Saturday, March 5, Pennypacker Mills will host "Ghosts of Immigrants Past," a program to discuss the stories of immigrants who arrived in Philadelphia at Pier 53 between 1873 and 1915. Historian Susan McAninley will bring to life the story of immigration at what was then the third busiest immigration port in the United States where immigrants started their new lives in America.

After tracing the history of her own ancestors, McAninley realized there were many immigrants whose stories spoke of hardship, wartime experiences, and religious persecution that needed to be told. With so much research uncovered, she began pairing names she found from passenger lists to marriage licenses, death certificates and census records. She dug deeper into records and began tracking down their descendants. “I collected stories,” she said. She began writing them down and creating cards telling the passengers’ stories. “The more stories that are found that are collected, the stronger the bonds become with the immigrant experience,” McAninley said. “They tell of the richness of the American experience; of how complicated it was.”

Pre-registration is required for this program which will be held on Saturday, March 5 at 11 a.m. Please call (610) 287-9349 or email Masks must be worn indoors and social distancing is encouraged. Guided tours are offered free from Tuesday through Sunday with a suggested donation of $2 per person.

To see a full list of upcoming events at Pennypacker Mills click here.

About Pennypacker Mills
Looking for an interesting place to visit that’s close to home? Pennypacker Mills is the answer! This historic site is open year-round for free guided tours of the home of Pennsylvania Governor Samuel Pennypacker and his family. Known for its collection of 18th and 19th century decorative arts, furnishings, personal and official documents, the story of this famous Pennsylvania family reflects the lives of those who lived in Montgomery County in the early 1900’s.

Pennypacker Mills is open Tuesdays thru Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays: 1 to 4 p.m., with the last tour at 3 p.m. each day. Pennypacker Mills is closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. Tours take approximately one hour and are free, with a suggested donation of $2 per person.

Pennypacker Mills is operated by the Montgomery County Division of Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites. Pennypacker Mills is located off Route 73 (Skippack Pike) at 5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville, PA 19473.

Media Contact: Kelly Cofrancisco,

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