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16th Century Manuscript Holdings

For historians and researchers interested in the 16th century, we have a small selection of pre-1600 manuscripts. If you are interested in viewing the items listed below, contact our Archivist, Hunt Schenkel, hunt@schwenkfelder.com or call 215-679-3103 to make an appointment. … Continue reading

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A nugget from the Minutes of the Schwenkfelder General Conference 1784

The oldest records of the concerns of the Schwenkfelder community in Pennsylvania can be found in the minutes of the Schwenkfelder General Conference. General Conference minutes are a historical record of the discussions and concerns within the church such as: … Continue reading

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The Transit of Venus: A Remarkable Astronomical Discovery

“The Transit of Venus was observed in America on June 3rd. No other transit will happen until the 9th of December, 1874. A Remarkable astronomical discovery.” -David Schultz 1769 The transit of Venus was a momentous occasion in 1769, one … Continue reading

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An 18th Century Prenuptial Agreement

As thoughts about love and companionship are on our minds this Valentine’s Day, you may be interested in reading this Colonial period prenuptial agreement written by Schwenkfelder immigrant Christopher Schultz (1718-1789) in 1744. The document in our archive collection is … Continue reading

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18th C Colonial Bookbinder Christoph Hoffmann

Are you interested in Colonial American bookbinding? What kind of life did a PA Colonial bookbinder lead? What were some of the common styles in colonial bookbinding? Where would a colonial PA bookbinder have learned his trade? On Wednesday, November … Continue reading

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