OYRHS to host final spring lecture ‘Philadelphia’s Strawbridge & Clothier: From Our Family to Yours’ on May 8

The Old York Road Historical Society will host their final spring lecture, “Philadelphia’s Strawbridge & Clothier: From Our Family to Yours” by Margaret Strawbridge Butterworth, on Wednesday, May 8 at 7:30pm.

The lecture will discuss Strawbridge Butterworth’s new book, which charts the history of Philadelphia’s iconic department store through vivid stories from past employees.

From the description:

For 128 years, Strawbridge & Clothier strove to meet the needs of its customers and employees. It held fast to its founding principles of integrity and character, and built a ‘store family’ culture that adapted to changing times. The department store branched out to nearby New Jersey and Delaware in the mid to late twentieth century. At the time of its sale in 1996, Strawbridge & Clothier was the oldest department store in the country with continuous family ownership and management. Margaret invites you to join the ‘store family’ as she shares Strawbridge & Clothier’s rich history. Please come with your own stories and memories to share!

Due to renovations at Abington Friends Meeting, the lecture will be held in the Meeting Room at Abington Friends instead of the John Barnes Room. There will be a short business meeting prior to the start of the lecture.

For more on Old York Road Historical Society, you can visit their website.

OYRHS lectures are free and open to the public both in-person and on Zoom. Login details will be posted day of the event. Lectures are not recorded for later playback.

The lecture series is sponsored by a grant from the Jenkinstown Lyceum. For more information, please call the Old York Road Historical Society at 215-886-8590.

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