Faith Charlton

Faith Charlton is a Project Surveyor for the Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories project. Faith joined HSP as Project Assistant for the Greenfield Digital Project in November 2010, and was previously the Reference and Technical Services Archivist at the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center. She holds an MSLIS degree with a concentration in Archival Studies from Drexel University as well as an M.A. in History from Villanova University and a B.A. in History from The College of New Jersey.

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William Edgar Geil (1865-1925) was an evangelical missionary and international explorer from Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania who was most likely the first individual--Chinese included-- to travel the entire Great Wall of China (in 1908).


As we've recounted before, not all of the small repositories that we survey for this project are necessarily "small." Most of the places we visit have, on average, about 7 to 10 archival collections. However, there have been a couple of outliers whose numbers far exceed the average, including the Delaware County Historical Society (located in Chester, Pa.), which has over 45 collections!

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Initially earning his living by farming and cattle droving, Newtown Square resident William T. Davis (1830-1916) decided to purchase the Newtown Square Inn in 1868.


Some of the historical societies/ historic sites that Celia and I have recently visited are located in fairly rural areas of Bucks and Delaware Counties. So, it's not surprising that we've come across several collections that relate to local general stores, which had played a significant role in the life of these small towns and villages.

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Celia and I recently visited the Concord Township Historical Society, headquartered at the Pierce-Willits House. Frank Willits was an important figure in establishing the mushroom industry in America.


Last week, Celia and I returned to the behemoth that is the Old York Road Historical Society to finally complete the surveying that she and Michael began during the fall of 2011 which was documented in an earlier blog post


This past Saturday (April 13), HCI-PSAR staff held a symposium for Philadelphia and Montgomery County repositories that participated in the Small Repositories Project at The Highlands Mansion and Garden located in Fort Washington. 


During the late 1930s and early 1940s Bensalem High School was a powerhouse for girls' sports. Their basketball, softball, and field hockey teams, led by Coach Helen M. Smith (d. 1989), all won several championship titles.


If one thing is clear about Perkasie Historical Society's archival collection it's that it is not lacking in materials relating to World War I and World War II. 

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Since it's Women's History Month, I thought I would highlight some of the collections relating to women's history that Celia and I have surveyed since beginning Phase II of the Small Repositories project.