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Brown Bag Lunch Lectures

Bring your lunch and join Dr. Allen Viehmeyer and guest lecturers the second Wednesday of each month for a closer look into the SLHC collections, local, and Schwenkfelder history. Unless indicated otherwise, lectures are held in the Heritage Center's Meeting Room on the First Floor.

Rebecca Reed and the Ursuline Convent Riots:
American Anti-Catholicism in Mid-Nineteenth Century

Presented by Monica Najar
September 13, 2017 noon

In the summer of 1834, rumors circulated throughout the Boston area about captured young women, secret conspiracies, and physical and mental abuse. The rumors centered on the Ursuline Convent in Charlestown, home to twelve nuns and fifty-seven Protestant girls enrolled in the convent's school. Rioters and spectators gathered on the night of August 11 with torches and ill intentions, and the convent was razed, its inhabitants escaping into the night. This talk will explore the nature of antebellum anti-Catholicism, and why women in particular were on the front lines of this religious battle.

Caspar Schwenckfeld's Life
Presented by Allen Viehmeyer
October 11, 2017 noon

Caspar Schwenckfeld is a familiar name, but what is actually known about events and milestones in his life. Learn biographical facts about the life of one of the great religious reformers of the sixteenth century.

The Poetry of Schwenkfelder Physician Abraham Wagner
Presented by Allen Viehmeyer
November 8, 2017 noon

Abraham Wagner began writing poetry as a young man in Saxony and continued to do so throughout his short life. A few of his poems were published in Pennsylvania. However, the SLHC collection contains three autograph manuscript collections of poetry with numerous unpublished poems. Find out about Wagner's inspiration for his writing.

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