Merion Civic Association


The Merion Civic Association was founded by Edward Bok in 1913.

The Lower Merion Historical Society contains many useful links to our history. Also see Living History, interviews discussing Lower Merion and Narberth.

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Theodore Roosevelt wrote "Model Merion" in 1917. PDF 73KB

Merion Civic Association Year Books

YearNoPages KBNotes YearNoPages KBNotes
191401260496First Year 192815290818Fifteenth
191502330770Second Year 192916301065Sixteenth
191704251305Fourth Year 193017260855Seventeenth
191805450553Fifth Year 193118520675Eighteenth
191906331054Sixth Year 193219261108Nineteenth
192108210809Eighth Year 193520261037Twentieth
192310330410Tenth Year 193623110526Twenty-Third
192411400658Eleventh  193721320925Twenty-First
192714430707Fourteenth 193825100558Twenty-Fifth

Merion War Tribute House Architect's Notes. 1923-1924 PDF 140KB

Merion Time Line
1695Merion Meeting House built
1871St. Charles Borromeo Seminary moved to Wynnewood.
1884Mater Misericordiae Academy (Merion Mercy) opened History
1913Merion Civic Association founded. See Year Books above.
1914Merion train station construction started Merion (SEPTA station)
1917Merion Station Post Office and Train Station opened
1917Merion Red Cross House opened Philadelphia Inquirer
1920League of Women Voters organized. About Us
1921Episcopal Academy moved to Merion. EA Facts
1922Barnes Foundation established. About the Barnes Foundation
1924Merion Tribute House built History
1925Merion Elementary School opened. History
1927Saint Joseph's University moved to 54th and City Avenue
1944Merion Botanical Park created Montgomery County: The Second Hundred Years
1947?Saint Joseph's University acquired land in Merion
1953Adath Israel built History
1956Akiba Hebrew Academy moved to Merion. History
1968Mater Misericordiae Academy renamed Merion Mercy Academy and Waldron Mercy Academy History
1991Senator John Heinz killed in plane crash at Merion Elementary School.
Two first grade students were also killed.
See New York Times article.
2008Jack M Barrack Hebrew Academy (was Akiba) moved to Radnor, PA.
2008Episcopal Academy (EA) moved to Newtown Square, PA.
EA site bought by Saint Joseph's University for Maguire Campus.
2010Kohelet Yeshiva High School starts classes (former Akiba site).
2011Merion Station Post Office back-office operations moved to Bala Cynwyd Post Office
2011Barnes Foundation closes Merion Galleries on July 1

Where are they now?

Akiba Hebrew Academy (1956-2008)
Arrived in Merion in 1956. This school educates students in grades 6-12.
In 2007, it was renamed the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy.
In the fall of 2008, it moved to the former American College Campus in Bryn Mawr, PA.

The Buten Wedgewood Museum Collection (1957-1988)
This 8,000 piece collection of Wedgewood pottery was first displayed in The Buten Wedgewood Museum in Merion in 1957.
The collection was moved to Nassau County, NY in 1988.
In 2009, it has been moved to the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama.

Episcopal Academy (1921-2008)
Founded in 1785, this school serves grades Pre-K through 12.
In 2008, it relocated to Newtown Square, PA.

Red Cross House (1917-1919)
An article in the Philadelphia Inquirer states "Under the auspices of the Merion Civic Association, the Main Line suburb will shortly open what is said to be the first distinctly Red Cross house in the United States." The work done at the Red Cross House was described in the Fifth and Sixth Year Books of the Merion Civic Association, and was also cited in a Philadelphia Inquirer article of January 22, 1919. However, it is not mentioned in the Eighth Year Book, in 1921, so we conclude that it was closed by then.

Von Trapp Family (1939-1943)
The Trapp Family emigrated to the U.S. and settled in Merion, PA in 1939.
The family moved to Stowe, Vermont in 1943.
They now run the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT.
Excerpt from The First 300: The Amazing and Rich History of Lower Merion

Main Line Times

04/03/2011 Merion's last historic streetlight restored after storm damage