Oral History Interviews

Listen to our interviews with long-time locals on a wealth of topics pertaining to East Falls’ history.


Oral History

Oral History #18
Elizabeth Jeffords, b. 1950

This great-great grandchild of John Dobson gives her perspective of the extended Dobson family as well as Dobson Mills and its English roots.


by EFHS • April 24, 2018
Oral History

Oral History #15
Alexis Franklin, Re: McMichael Park

Alexis Franklin, founder of the Friends of McMichael Park, talks about the formation of the Friends and activities and maintenance in the park.


by EFHS • April 23, 2018
Oral History

Oral History #16
Catherine McBeth

Catherine, a third generation Fallser, talks about St. Bridget, playing on Netherfield, and local stores.


by EFHS • April 23, 2018
Oral History

Oral History #14
Robert McClenahan, b. 1944

Bob reminisces about his childhood activities in East Falls, Mifflin School, and Falls Presbyterian Church.


by EFHS • April 23, 2018
Oral History

Oral History #13
David McClenahan, b. 1947

A lifetime resident of East Falls, Dave’s interview focuses on Falls Presbyterian Church and Mifflin School.


by EFHS • April 23, 2018
Oral History

Oral History #12
Louise Halstead, b. 1892

Interviewed at age 99 in 1981, Louise shares her memories of working in Dobson Mills, attending Forest School, and reminiscing about her father, who was a lamplighter.


by EFHS • April 23, 2018
Oral History

Oral History #11
Edith Gotwols (1919 – 2018)

Interview focuses on Edith’s involvement with Old Academy Players and the Falls Presbyterian Church.
She received an honorary plaque from Old Academy in 2014 – text of speech and photo attached.


by EFHS • April 23, 2018
Oral History

Oral History #10
Daniel Furman, b. 1935

Daniel’s descriptive memories of growing up in East Falls focus on recreation, sports – especially rowing, and church picnics.


by EFHS • April 22, 2018
Oral History

Oral History #9
Eileen Flynn & Nancy Ann Sullivan, b. 1930 and 1935

Lifetime residents of East Falls, these sisters share memories of St. Bridget Church, local stores, WWII rationing, and more.


by EFHS • April 22, 2018
Oral History

Oral History #8
‘Five Fishes’ Oral History with Tom Williams & Keith Shively

Tom Williams and Keith Shively give the background of the installation of the Five Fishes sculpture, located along the Schuylkill River in East Falls.


by EFHS • April 22, 2018