The Philadelphia A’s Historical Society set up shop in Hatboro, Pa. in the mid-1990s. With numerous retired players appearing from time to time and fans who still remembered the club’s long run, it was a moderate success for the first ten years. Now, that’s changing.
Still, the Society has several hundred members in Pennsylvania and beyond. The non-profit organization has a website, a newsletter and still welcomes visitors.
Society director Ernie Montella is reaching out to see if he can boost the membership rolls (cost is $30 per year) and income from the society’s memorabilia auctions and sales. Otherwise, they may have to shut their doors and try to find a partnership with a local historical society or other organization.
The A’s, who won five World Series in the first half of the 20th century, also boast 10 Hall of Famers from an era when they were one of the game’s premier franchises.
Patch.com delves into the museum’s difficulties, which are not unlike those in other parts of the country.