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About schwenkfelder

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the Schwenkfelders and the history of southeastern Pennsylvania and the Perkiomen Region. The Heritage Center offers educational programming and tours, exhibits, workshops, and events throughout the year. Our blog is maintained by museum educator, Rebecca Lawrence, SLHC staff and guest bloggers.

An interesting aspect of my work at the library is retrieving items from the vault, which often leads to browsing and discovering curious books that I wasn’t even looking for. A recent discovery was a small, slender volume entitled sechs … Continue reading

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Children’s Book Club

In his book I Can Read With My Eyes Shut, Doctor Seuss wrote, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” The Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center’s … Continue reading

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My Recent Genealogy Presentation

Having just finished the genealogy presentation for the September Brown Bag Lecture Series, I think it would be a good idea to recap the major points of my talk so that they are available to everyone online. The talk was … Continue reading

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Heritage Tour 2014 – Day 2

What a wonderful day we had today touring Goerlitz with our dear friend Margrit Kempgen. She is such a gift to the community and we are especially blessed to have her as a friend! First at the Frauenkirche she explained … Continue reading

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Heritage Tour 2014 – Post #1

We had a smooth and tolerable flight! Everyone we expected was waiting at Newark airport for the Schwenkfelder Heritage Tour. Two couples were flying separately to Berlin – one from Florida through France and our Kiwi friends from New Zealand. … Continue reading

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Christopher Hoffmann, Eighteenth Century Schwenkfelder Bookbinder

The major occupation of the Schwenkfelder immigrants was farming. A few had one or more avocations. Christopher Hoffmann was a farmer and his avocations were school teacher, pastor, copyist, and bookbinder. As a six-year-old, Christopher accompanied his grandmother, father, mother … Continue reading

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Time for Tea!

How do you take your tea? Cream, sugar, lemon? Well at this party, not only can you enjoy a hot cup of tea and healthy delicious treats, but you also get the chance to learn a little history. At American … Continue reading

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