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Callahan Research Center and Barnsley Room of Newtown History

The Callahan Research Center is a repository of records focusing on Newtown history from its founding to the present time. The collection includes deeds, wills, diaries, genealogies, photographs, directories, inventories and maps dealing with Newtown people, land, houses, farms, schools, service organizations, events and many other topics of interest. The collections are strong in the period 1725 to 1813, when the village served as the county seat. Edward Hicks, America’s foremost primitive painter, is also well represented. The collections are of particular value to persons interested in genealogical information of former Newtown residents, and the maps and deeds are of assistance to those studying land history or dating historic houses in the Newtown area. In 2001, the archives were supplemented by a donation of over 150 photographs from the estate of Norman Kitchin.

The Newtown Historic Association’s Research Center was opened in 1982 at the Half Moon Inn and the core of the collection was a gift from Edward R. Barnsley, a long time Newtown resident, collector and preservationist. In 2019, the Research Center and archives had outgrown the space at the Half Moon Inn and were moved to the current and larger location on Mercer Street. In September 2020, the Research Center was dedicated to Mary and David Callahan to honor their years of dedicated service to the Newtown Historic Association and the Newtown Community.

The Callahan Research Center & Barnsley Room of Newtown History are normally open to the public without charge on Tuesdays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Thursdays from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, and by appointment. Please call 215-805-8772 for more information. Copying facilities are available. Research is also done by request. Download a copy of the Research Request Form.

HOURS

The Callahan Research Center
100 Mercer St
Newtown, PA 18940

Tuesdays 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Thursdays 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
And by Appointment

Upcoming Events

Annual Winter Dinner

February 05, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Join us for the NHA Annual Winter Dinner to recognize Homeowners and public building stewards for their efforts in making the 2022 Holiday Open House Tour a success.

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General Meeting

February 21, 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Hear Doug Miller, Director of Pennsbury Manor, discuss William Penn and the beginnings of the colony of Pennsylvania.

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General Meeting

March 20, 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Doesn’t everyone have their favorite electioneering plate? Join us, as Kevin Kerchner, long time antiques enthusiast, shares his “Favorite Things” from his extensive collection.

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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 treasures 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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