The Kutztown Area Historical Society (KAHS) was incorporated in 1976 to serve Kutztown, Brandywine Heights, and Fleetwood. It was one of the first regional historical societies in Berks County.
On February 27, 1979, the KAHS purchased the 1892 Public School Building from the Kutztown Area School District. This late Victorian marvel, on the National Register of Historic Places, houses the society’s museum and administrative offices. The museum showcases many artifacts and photographs from the Kutztown area. The non-circulating library holds many
historical publications and is a great source for local historians. The building is also used for activities throughout the year. The most popular event is an Annual Holiday Festival, which is held on the second weekend in November. Regularly scheduled activities include our Monthly Program Specials (third Wednesdays) and the Ten O'Clock Scholars program in April. The Society also sponsors other special events such as quilt and art shows, open houses, trick-or-treat nights, and special exhibitions relating to specific aspects of local and regional history. Tours of the building can be taken, and library research arranged, during any events or by appointment.
The museum houses a variety of local artifacts including two needlepoint samplers sewn by two Franklin Academy (a 19th century Kutztown school) students from 1842 and 1843, a newspaper announcing the death of George Washington from 1799, original Keith Haring drawings, 19th century textile implements (loom, spinning wheels, yarn wheels), antique toys and books, a Pennsylvania long rifle made by local gunsmith Jacob George in 1817, antique quilts, a replica of a 1930’s school room, antique farm implements, antique fire equipment, 19th and early 20th century garments, and many other historically important items.
National Historic Landmark