Promoting the Past, Engaging the FutureExecutive Director Amy Leiser and Board members Bill Leonard and Ken Sandri reflect on the history of the Stroud Mansion and our organization and share how the Monroe County Historical Association plans to build on its successes over our next century. (May 27, 2021)
OUR OWN HISTORYThe Monroe County Historical Association is a relatively new organization, formed from the merger of two older groups.
The Monroe County Historical Society was founded in 1921 by Dr. Mary Erdman and other leading citizens. Its museum and research library were located in the historic Stroud Mansion.
The mansion was constructed in 1795 by Jacob Stroud and occupied for many years by his descendants. In 1920, the building was purchased by the Stroudsburg Civic Club, which formally incorporated the structure as “The Stroud Community House” on Jan. 22, 1922.
The Monroe County Museum Association was incorporated in 1976. After temporary locations, its collections were housed permanently in the 1883 freight station of the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railroad. In 1981, the building – the Driebe Freight Station – was moved to its present location on Ann Street in Stroudsburg.
The two groups merged in 1990, and the Monroe County Historical Association was formed, retaining the charter of the Monroe County Historical Society. In 1994, the new organization received control of the Stroud Mansion from the Stroud Community House Board of Trustees, and maintains its headquarters there today.
The Monroe County Historical Association is a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions beyond membership dues are tax-deductible. Tax ID# 22-2442642.
The official registration and financial information of the Monroe County Historical Association may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-900-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.
ABOUT THE MCHAMonroe County Historical Association
MISSION STATEMENTThe Monroe County Historical Association is a cultural and learning center that assists our diverse community of residents and visitors in connecting the county’s past with the present.
- Promote and encourage historical research and study
- Collect and preserve archival materials
- Collect and preserve historical artifacts
- Develop and present educational opportunities to all age groups, including on-site and outreach programs.
You are invited to join in MCHA’s mission to preserve and disseminate Monroe County history.