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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.

Daniel Sudermann: Connections to Schwenckfeld and Schwenkfelders
Presented by Allen Viehmeyer
December 13, 2017 noon

Daniel Sudermann was about eleven years old when Caspar Schwenckfeld died. Keenly interested in mysticism, Sudermann first became acquainted with Schwenckfeld's writings about 1580, and eventually played an important role in collecting and saving Schwenckfeld manuscripts. Learn about the connections between Sudermann, Schwenckfeld, and Schwenkfelders in both Germany and Silesia.

Toward Thick Description:
The Life and Imagination of Local Tavern, Store, and Stagecoach Businesses, 1750s-1880s

Presented by Joyce Munro
January 10, 2018 noon

Place names evolve across the decades. The tavern/store business in 1759 is Nuss's at the top of the hill going southeast from tanner and tile maker Daniel Hiester's. Later it is Gabel's on the way to and from Sumney's town. In the 1850s it is a different property with evolving functions in a village just then earning the name Branchville and then Bergey. Out of here in Upper Salford Township a stagecoach company operates in the 1860s.
The road is called the North Welsh road and later the Springhouse and Sumneytown Turnpike. Now its name is Old Sumneytown Pike.
This project collects the remnant crumbs, the twelve baskets of primary sources, from a miracle of living across the centuries and then imagines the lives of some of the men, women, and children. Learn about a particular moment of revelation in an otherwise indescribably small life.

Taming the Wilderness
Presented by Allen Keyser
February 14, 2018 noon

German immigrants came into Pennsylvania over many years. The first ones found a countryside that was inhabited by native people, but the newly arrived required a total change of the countryside. They bought land, felled trees and built houses and barns, plowed fields and planted orchards and gardens.

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