Research Center

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

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.

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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)

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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.

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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 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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