Captain MikeUpper Merion Today Editor, J. Michael Morrison

About The Author of King of Prussia, and the Editor of Upper Merion Today

J. Michael Morrison, 58, is a native of King of Prussia. His keen interest in local history comes honestly; his grandparents settled there in the 1920’s, opening an Antique Shop, and running the Post Office.  He grew up learning the family business and studying local history at an early age.

A 1974 graduate of Eastern University in St. Davids, PA, Morrison is currently involved in kitchen, bathroom, and architectural interior design. His background in Historic Restoration and Architectural Design has given him a unique perspective as it relates to the identification of historic locations long since lost to progress.  After the success of his first book, Images of America, He was eager to take on the project of presenting King of Prussia as it once was, and to contrast it to what we see today; a town that hosts over a million visitors a year.  Then and Now takes an in-depth look at where things were, and where they have gone.

After college, he spent nearly ten years in the hospitality industry, primarily in restaurant management.

His most recent project is Upper Merion Today, an online news outlet to keep local residents informed about what is going on in the area, as well as featuring restaurant reviews, an editorial blog, recipes, a general store, with a little taste of history thrown in.

Morrison is an active volunteer for The King of Prussia Historical Society,  The Chairman of the Board of Directors and Head Archivist for the Tredyffrin-Easttown Historical Society, a member in good standing of The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Life Member of the Historical Society of Montgomery County, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.  He is also a lifetime member of the Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges.  He is active in his community and when not writing or designing is a volunteer with the Tri-centennial Committee for Upper Merion Township, and a keynote speaker at local businesses and other organizations.

He hopes that these works will inspire others to take an interest in our past, and help preserve what little is left of our local heritage.

You can contact the editor at: info@uppermeriontoday.com

6 comments for “About

  1. Drew Park
    November 8, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Love to read all the past of upper merion…. nor veiw farms…the old plaza….the old drive in…and all the swim clubs….what a great place to grow up..keep up your great work, I lived next to Dave Freeman my whole life…and also loved his insight to upper merion. thanks

    • editor
      November 8, 2011 at 3:50 PM

      Thank you for your kind words. I do it for people like you who understand that only by appreciating where we have been can we figure out where we are going.

  2. JS
    October 24, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    On Henderson Road, in King of Prussia, Upper Merion…there is a junk yard called Rossi…

    On Henderson…about 200 yards from the TD Bank…there is an old white building…that I am convinced was a converted school house…

    It has the configuration of old school houses…

    Can someone let me know…if I am correct…?


    • editor
      October 25, 2011 at 8:47 AM

      There is no indication that there was ever a schoolhouse there. The closest early school to that location was the Union School on the corner of Allendale and DeKalb, but you are correct that the configuration is similar. Look for a re-print of an early study on the “Schoolhouses in Upper Merion” to be released next fall to kick-off the UM Tricentennial.

  3. denny bickhart
    August 8, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    My wife brought home your book ” Then and Now “. It’s amazing how much we forget from our younger days.
    We were life guards at the Suburban Racquet Club, 1969-70.

    • editor
      August 9, 2011 at 7:56 AM


      Were we ever that young! Those years as lifeguards were just great. Fine times with great people. Send me an email at info@uppermeriontoday.com, and I’ll send you my other book on King of Prussia.

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