Established in 2009, Friends of Northeast Philadelphia is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage the preservation and promotion of Northeast Philadelphia history by supporting the work of local historians and historical organizations, sponsoring local history activities, and, where appropriate, acquiring historical materials or property relating to Northeast Philadelphia.
To make a tax-deductible donation via Paypal or credit/debit card, click the “Donate” button below. FNEPH also has books for sale on Northeast Philadelphia history and related subjects. To purchase a book, click the book title below. All proceeds benefit FNEPH.
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A History of Lower Dublin Academy By Samuel C Willits
The frequently referenced and acclaimed 1885 Willits’ handwritten manuscript, available to the public in the Holmesburg Library for 125 years, has finally been transcribed and published in its... More >
The Bristol Pike By Samuel F Hotchkin
An 1893 history of the road connecting the village of Frankford in Northeast Philadelphia and Bristol in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Tacony: Era of William H. Gatzmer and the Philadelphia & Trenton Rail Road By Charles McCloskey
A definitive analysis of the village of Tacony in Northeast Philadelphia as it evolved from a Native American Lenni-Lenape hamlet to an area of Colonial estates to a nationally significant railroad... More >
The principal figures associated with this collection were members of the related Gordon, Saltar, Wharton, and Wharton Bickley families and, to a lesser extent, their Howell and Lardner relatives,... More >
Old Northeast Philadelphia County, 1609-1854 By Northeast High School Philadelphia, 1967/68
This reprint of Old Northeast Philadelphia County: 1609-1854, by Mrs. Cora Hurwitz’s 11th grade History Class at Philadelphia’s Northeast High School, 1967-68, continues to be the best... More >
A History of the Townships of Byberry and Moreland By Joseph C. Martindale
An history of the two outer most townships (Byberry and Moreland) that comprised today’s Northeast Philadelphia. Originaly published by Dr. Joseph. C. Martindale in 1867, his nephew Albert... More >
York Road, Old and New, Fox Chase & Bustleton By Samuel F Hotchkin
Old York Road runs through Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Bucks Counties. Hotchkin inserts a couple of side trips to Bustleton and Fox Chase in Northeast Philadelphia.
Lower Dublin Township & The Pennepack By Mary Blakiston & I. P. Willits
Two papers read before the City History Society of Philadelphia and published in 1911. Mary Blakiston and I P Willits, children of prominent mid-19th Century Holmesburg residents, relied heavily on S... More >
A Pictorial Glimpse Into the Past By Pat Worthington Stopper
“Save your pictures and notes. Mark them, for we will all be ancestors some day.” - Patricia Worthington Stopper This book is a selection of photos and notes on Bustleton, Somerton, and... More >
Exploring Pennypack Park By Roland Williams
This is a compilation of articles written for “The Pennypacker”, the monthly newsletter of the volunteer group Friends of Pennypack Park. The book is the result of the author’s... More >
Other Area History Books
Pennepack Baptist Church Minutes 1687-1894 By Pennepack Baptist Church
A printed version of a microfilm of the original handwritten minutes from the church's founding in 1688 to 1894. A must for genealogists and historians. The 568 page 8.5 x 11 book includes the Church Registry from 1792-1894.
Colonial Land Tenure in Hatboro and Vicinity & the Settlement of Horsham By Charles Harper Smith
A combined reprinting of Charles Harper Smith’s Colonial Land Tenure in Hatboro and Vicinity (1943) and The Settlement of Horsham (1937), with a newly created Index.
1943 Hatboro Directory By Millbrook Society
Reprint of the 1943 Historical & Business Directory of Hatboro, Pennsylvania, with a census of citizens including name, address, and occupation.
The Black & White Photography of Jack Ralph Williams: A 70 Year Retrospective
Black and white studies of a 20th century urban landscape, suburban landscape and seascape photographer produced over a seventy year time period between 1927 and 1997. Including many photos of Holmesburg.
The Borough of Frankford by John Manton (paperback): $20
The Borough of Frankford by John Manton (hardback): $30
A recently published guidebook to the history of the Frankford section of the City of Philadelphia, covering the period 1800-1920.