My husband, Duane Parker and I, moved to Phoenixville in August of 1999. We were interested in learning more about the community and its history. I contacted the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area and spoke to Laura Robb. She cordially extended an invitation to us for the annual banquet that is held every September. We attended the meeting at the Columbia Station, and met several of the HSPA members, including Pete Bamberger. We then joined the organization, and I became a board member.
Most recently Pete Bamberger has been the President of the society, and he dedicated countless hours and time to the society. He certainly had a strong passion for the society, and he loved Phoenixville and its history. He undertook the project of placing many, many years of newspapers on microfilm, to be preserved forever. He was instrumental in initiating, researching and securing grants for the organization. He was interested in preserving, maintaining and renovating our historical building. He was active and very successful in his fund raising efforts. His enthusiasm motivated many to help with the organization.
Pete was at the helm as our membership expanded. He had a strong interest in the museum displays and collections, and worked tirelessly along with many other HSPA volunteers to organize and archive materials.. Pete wanted to expand the accessibility of the society's records and documents, to assist people in researching the Phoenixville area as well as the people who have lived here.
We will all greatly miss Pete, as he was truly a unique and a significant member of our community. We were truly fortunate to have known and worked with Pete Bamberger.