The Marple Township Historical Society was founded in 1960 and is dedicated to the preservation of the heritage of Marple Township.  We accomplish this goal by using three basic principles, preservation, interpretation and education.

Mission Statement:
To preserve and protect the historical heritage of Marple Township and provide information to the community with regard to that heritage.

President:  Patricia Paul
Vice President:  Patricia Martin
Treasurer:  Richard Paul
Secretary:  Lillian Vecchio

Annual Members Awards Dinner:
At the historical society’s annual dinner in May we present an award to an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to the preservation of the heritage of Marple Township.  We also award, at this time, the Susan Lucas Scholarship to a senior from Marple Newtown High School who is going to further their education in a historically related field.

Susan Lucas Scholarship Fund
Founded in 2002 to honor the memory of Susan Lucas,  Marple Newtown School district history teacher and MarpleHistorical Society member, the fund provides money for a Marple Newtown High School student who intends to pursue their education in a field related to history.

Contribute Today: If you wish to contribute to the Scholarship Fund, please, make donations payable to The Lucas Scholarship Fund and mail to Marple Historical Society Lucas Scholarship, P.O. Box 755, Broomall, Pa. 19008.

The Society provides a serious of public lectures during the year.  The lectures are presented the 4th Tuesday of March, July and October at the Marple Christian Church located next door to the Thomas Massey House on Lawrence Rd. in Broomall.

Each June the Society provides an annual tour and picnic, for our membership, to various historic sites within the region.

The Historical Society meets every month on the 4th Tuesday, with the exception of  December, at 7:30 at the 1696 Thomas Massey House. Dues for the Historical Society are $10.00 annually.   If you are interested in joining the Marple Township Historical Society and helping us meet the challenges and opportunities facing Marple’s heritage, please call 610-353-3644 for more information.

Hilda Lucas Memorial Library and Museum:
Located in the Thomas Massey House this resource contains information on genealogy, social and local history.  We are currently in the process of archiving the Hilda Lucas collection of photographs and records.  The library is also the repository of many of the early maps of Delaware County.

The library is open each Sunday April to October between the hours of 2 and 4 or by appointment.  For information, please, call 610-353-3644 or e-mail All research is to be done on site by the researcher.

The Susan Lucas Scholarship Fund is awarded every year to a Marple Newtown High School student who intends to pursue their education in the field of history. Please Contribute Today!

Contact Information:
P.O. Box 18, Broomall, PA 19008



Special Links:

Brandywine Battlefield
1704 Brinton House
Pa. Colonial Plantation
The Grange Estate
Chadds Ford Hist. Soc.
Radnor Hist. Soc.
Swedish Cabin
Newlin Grist Mill
1696 Thomas Massey House
Tyler Arboretum
Concord  Hist. Soc.
Darby Borough  Hist. Soc.
Haverford Hist. Soc.
Newtown Square Hist. Soc.
Norwood  Hist. Soc.
Ridley Park
Upper Darby Hist Soc.
Marple Hist. Soc.
Ridley Township
Delaware Co. Heritage Comm.
Delaware County History
Delaware County Historical Society

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