Bequests of Artifacts


Does the Newtown Historic Association accept unsolicited donations of artifacts or historic materials?
Yes. The Newtown Historic Association accepts bequests and donations of artifacts when the items support the existing collections and the mission of the Organization. Items must be related to “NEWTOWN”. As not all historic items assist in the Half Moon Inn displays for interpretation, nor the archives, the Newtown Historic Association reserves the right to reject, prior to receipt, or dispose after receipt, any items or materials deemed inappropriate for the NHA Collections.

Who should I contact to make a donation?
Please contact the Newtown Historic Association’s Honorary Life Director, David Callahan at 215.968.4004 or email to schedule an appointment to discuss your potential gift. Please do not drop-off or send items without first contacting the Newtown Historic Association. Your potential gift should be handled appropriately, and we want to ensure that it is identified and acknowledged.

Is my donation tax deductible?
Artifact and historic material donations may be tax deductible for tax purposes. You should consult your tax advisor for additional information. If you are planning a tax deduction, the item or materials must be appraised at the donor’s expense before delivery to the Newtown Historic Association. For tax reasons, the appraisal is the responsibility of the donor, the amount of the donation is filed by you for tax purposes and the Newtown Historic Association does not see the appraisal amount.

What happens to my artifact or historic material after it is offered to the Newtown Historic Association?
All items offered to the Newtown Historic Association go through a review process:
– When donating items, please provide as much information as possible about them. If possible, send photographs of the items for consideration.
– If your item is accepted, you will receive a Deed of Gift form which transfers legal title of the gift to the Newtown Historic Association.
– All donated artifacts and historic materials are documented and cataloged in the Newtown Historic Associations database and archives.

How will my artifact be used?
Your item may be used in a permanent display at the Half Moon Inn or as part of a special exhibit. Due to limited space, displaying every item is not possible and we cannot guarantee that any artifact or historic material will be displayed. However, while your item may not be exhibited, it will be available to researchers.

Upcoming Events

Market Day

October 2 @ 10:00 am

Save the date! Market Day is returning for 2021 on October 2nd. It is our proud tradition to feature high-quality crafters, artisans & fine artists; colonial-era demonstrations, reenactments & activities; farm stands; entertainment for all ages; and food from local restaurants.


Historic Walking Tour of Tyler Park (Saturday)

October 9 @ 10:00 am

This annual event is designed as a self-guided walking tour of the historic properties and farmhouses scattered throughout the Tyler State Park grounds. The self-guided tour will begin at 10am at the Boathouse Pavilion on Saturday, October 9th and again on Sunday, October 10th. Representatives from both the Newtown Historic Association and the Pennsylvania Department … Continue reading Historic Walking Tour of Tyler Park (Saturday)


Historic Walking Tour of Tyler Park (Sunday)

October 10 @ 10:00 am

This tour will take place on Saturday, Oct 9 and again on Sunday Oct 10.



The Edward Hicks Room

The Newtown Historic Association invites you back in time to experience the life of Newtown's most famous artist, Edward Hicks. The Edward Hicks Room displays many of the treasurers owned by Hicks during his lifetime. These items include a double-faced swinging sign portraying William Penn's Treaty with the Indians and Penn's Landing at Chester in 1844...learn more


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