The Media Historic Archives Commission (MHAC) acts as custodian for archival materials relating to the Borough of Media and neighboring communities. Included in the archives are thousands of photographs, maps, scrapbooks, movies, tape recordings, newspapers, memorabilia, and other artifacts. The archives were created in 1987 from the personal collection of Frank Lees (1918-1999), a lifelong resident who donated this material to the Borough of Media before his death.
While the Lees material forms the basis of the archives, we are actively seeking to add new items to the collection. Contact us if you have anything to donate. If you are unwilling to part with your treasures at this time, consider loaning them to us. We'll scan them and return the originals along with high-resolution digital copies.
Since the archives started as a personal collection, it is not a comprehensive resource with information on every house, family, and event in Media’s history. To peruse a list of resources on the history of Media and Delaware County that go beyond the limited collection of the MHAC, see the FAQ (frequently asked questions) link above.
The archives are open by appointment only. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an appointment or for other inquiries. While we will try to respond in a timely way to all inquiries that come our way, the five volunteer members of the MHAC have other jobs and responsibilities outside this commitment, so your patience is appreciated.
MHAC meetings, usually held on the 4th Thursday of the month, are open to the public. For 2018, our meeting dates are: January 25, February 22, March 22, April 26, May 24, June 28, August 23, September 27, October 25, and November 22. No meetings are held in July and December. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are held in the archives room on the second floor of the Media-Upper Providence Free Library (MUPFL), 1 East Front Street (at the corner of Jackson Street), in Media.
Members of the commission serve 5-year terms. The current commissioners are Adam Levine (Chairperson), Katherine LoRusso, Stephanie Gaboriault, Walter Cressler, and Pat Lemly. Sayre Dixon is liaison from Borough Council, and Michael Pahides is liaison from the MUPFL Board.