News & Events

Buy a brick and support Renaissance Park!

Honor a friend or family member by purchasing an engraved brick with their name. Bricks will be featured in the Gathering Place at Renaissance Park for all to see. Contributions will help support the Schuylkill River Heritage Center’s preservation of the park and mural.

Please see attached flyer for contribution details.

Gathering Place Buy-a-Brick Form

The Schuylkill River Project ZOOM presentation November 9

Please Join Us

The Schuylkill River Heritage Center is hosting a very special event next month and we hope you can participate.

Chari Towne, a leader of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network for many years, and now its Director of Operations and Grants, will tell the story of how the Schuylkill River became the dirtiest river in the USA, but because of the massive clean – up efforts, it is now clean and was named as one of eleven American Heritage Rivers.

The Schuylkill River Project

Tuesday November 9, 2021 at /7:30 PM

Follow this link to join us on ZOOM.

Save the Date: October 7 Heritage Award Celebration

A Joint 2020 & 2021 Heritage Award Celebration

In 2020, the Schuylkill River Heritage Center recognized Tom Carnevale and Lauren Eustis for their wonderful work and talents to reinvent the Colonial Theater, the Bull Tavern and the former PA Railroad freight station that has now become Uncle B’s Barbeque restaurant. Their commitment to conserving places in the greater Phoenixville region is truly extraordinary.

This year, it is our pleasure to honor Sue Marshall as our 20221 Heritage Award recipient. Sue is so deserving of this recognition. She has been an outstanding leader and active volunteer participant in several non-profit organizations where she has done so much, for so many years, in so many ways. These organizations include the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area (HSPA), the Schuylkill River Heritage Center (SRHC), and the Chester County Historic Preservation Network.

Sue’s leadership at the HSPA included terms as President, Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of several committees, activities and initiatives. These include her being Chair of the Governance, Strategic Planning, and Publicity committees, as well as directing and organizing the HSPA’s participation in several Chester County Town Tours. She also chaired the HSPA’s annual Strawberry Festival and its Oral History program; achieving great successful results for both of these initiatives.

The SRHC is so grateful that Sue served as the Secretary on our Board of Directors for many years. She was also active in helping to organize the SRHC’s participation in public community activities such as First Fridays, organizing historic walking tours, and coordinating 4th grade student visits to the HSPA and SRHC. She has also helped to write successful grants for the SRHC.

This year’s joint 2020 & 2021 Heritage Award Celebration will be held on Thursday evening, October 7th.

Given Chester County’s high number of vaccinations, plans are currently being made for this to be an in-person event. Please save this date on your fall calendar! We will keep everyone informed as plans for this special event move forward.

Summer 2021 Newsletter

Our Summer Newsletter is available here for downloading.

Summer 2021 Newsletter

Summer Newsletter Insert

This issue highlights the new Chester County Interact Exhibit recently launched. The new touch screen exhibit features information and stories for visitors to explore Phoenix Iron & Steel Legacy, Nearby Places to Visit, Phoenixville Walking Tours and the Path to Freedom Trail.

The Barkley Elementary School fourth grade (pictured left) was the first group to see the new sculpture in Renaissance Park.

Download our newsletter and insert now for more information on upcoming fall events.

Thank you for your continued support of the Schuylkill River Heritage Center.

Coming in September: The Coal Industry Along The Schuylkill River

Michael Korb, an honored leader of the Society of Mining Engineers in PA and the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical & Petroleum Engineers, will present the story of

The Coal Industry Along the Schuylkill River

Wednesday, September 8th 2021 at 7:30 PM

This will be an in-person program at the Schuylkill River Heritage Center

located in the Foundry, at 2 Main St. in Phoenixville

Admission is Free for SRHC Members – $5.00 for Non-Members

No registration is required

The image pictured to the left shows the coal transportation depot on the Schuylkill Canal in Port Carbon.

Phoenixville’s Legacy of Inclusiveness and Diversity

Tuesday, May 13th at 7:30 PM The Schuylkill River Heritage Center will host a special program that celebrates Phoenixville’s Multi-Cultural and Multi-Color Historic Legacy.

This ZOOM webinar will be held on
Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 7:30 PM

Download a copy of theMay Event Flyer-2021 here.


The SRHC has been open since September and continues to welcome visitors. No groups larger than 6 people at a time can enter, and everyone needs to be wearing a mask.

SRHC hours are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

We hope everyone is staying safe and HEALTHY !

Phoenixville’s Renaissance by Barbara Cohen

If you missed Barbara Cohen’s Zoom presentation about Phoenixville’s Renaissance, follow this link for a recording of the ZOOM session. Learn more about the important architectural and historical features of Phoenixville, and efforts to restore the Foundry.