June 18, 2013
Folk Festival - 2013
It may be early, but mark your calendars for the 2013 Folk Festival. It will be held on August 9 & 10, 2013. Please check the Before You Go tab under the main Folk Festival tab, as Admission Prices have increased. And for any students who wish to volunteer at the Festival, there is an on-line form to use -- see the On-line Volunteer Form.
The Goschenhoppen Historians museums are open to the public. However, if you aren't able to visit in person, a new video was made and is now available on YouTube.com, and you can click here to view it. The host is Bob Wood, a Board of Directors member of the Goschenhoppen Historians.
Did you know . . . .?
Did you know that you can now make a financial donation with PayPal ? Click here to go to our Financial Donation page.
Our On-line Bookstore
is NOW OPEN !
We have a few books for sale now, and will be adding to that list shortly. Please note that at the current time the books can only be purchased on-line using PayPal. Please click here to stop and shop!
Can You Volunteer?
If so, check out our new
The Monthly Programs tab is now updated for the first part of 2013.
Membership in the Goschenhoppen Historians is open to the public. It offers many opportunities in which to participate: meetings, seminars, folklife publications, apprentice program, historic preservation, General Store, Folklife Museum, Folk Festival, organ recitals and others.
For more information, click on the above links.
If you have any questions or comments, please let us know by clicking here.
The Folklife Museum and Library, and the Country Store at Red Men's Hall, Routes 29 and 63 in Green Lane, PA, are opening for the season on April 7. They are open from April through October, except for holidays. The hours are Sundays from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm.
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Monthly Programs -- 2013
January 17 - Bring In Your Treasures and Share. Mechanical Gadgets theme: from egg beaters to boring machines. Jack Armstrong, Moderator (see below)
February 21 - Glimpses of the Goschenhoppen Region as it Once Was – A Then and Now Pictorial
Journey. Aaron Heckler
March 21 - Darius Berky, World Explorer from the Goschenhoppen Region, Rev. Bob Gerhart
April 18 - Inner Workings of the Old Mills, Robert Wood, (How mills of all types actually functioned)
May 16 - Whatsoever Ye Do, Do It as Unto the Lord, The diary of Moravian Missionary Teodor Schulz, 1785 – 1844.
June 20 - Annual On-Site Meeting. The Speaker’s House, home of Frederick Muhlenberg, in
Trappe, with a side trip to Augustus Lutheran Church. Tour guided by Lisa Minardi,
President of The Speaker’s House.
August 9 & 10 - 47th Annual Goschenhoppen Folk Festival at the Antes’ Plantation, Colonial Road, Frederick, PA
All programs held at 7:30 pm in the 2nd floor Meeting Room of Red Men's Hall,
Rts. 29 & 63, Green Lane, unless otherwise noted.
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May 16, 2013
Moravian Missionary Theodor Schulz
Subject of Goschenhoppen Historians’ Meeting
The May meeting of the Goschenhoppen Historians will feature an illustrated presentation “Whatsoever Ye Do, Do as Unto the Lord: The Diary of Moravian Missionary Theodor Schulz, 1785 – 1844,” by Del-Louise Moyer. Ms Moyer is the research coordinator for the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Henry S. Borneman Pennsylvania German Collection. Among the many thousands of items in the Borneman collection is the diary kept by Theodor Schulz from the age of fifteen in 1785 to 1844. Born in East Prussia in 1770, Schulz apprenticed himself to the administrative office of the Count of Lehndorf where he learned estate management, agriculture, and accounting. While at the Chancery he was befriended by a member of the Moravians at Königsberg and was admitted to the Moravian community in 1795.
In 1799 Schulz, accompanied by three other young Moravians, sailed to Pennsylvania as the first step en route to mission posts in Surinam. An interesting footnote to history is Schulz’s description of their ship’s quarantine at Mudfort, just north of Chester on the Delaware River. That summer saw a resurgence of the horrific Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793 in Philadelphia that killed over 10% of the population of America’s largest and most populous city. All incoming ships were quarantined until medically declared free of the contagion. After several days in Philadelphia where they eventually disembarked on the 6th of August the four made their way to Bethlehem, the Moravian’s American headquarters.
For the next four months they traveled throughout eastern Pennsylvania visiting Moravian communities from Lititz and Lancaster to Emmaus and Nazareth, passing through the Goschenhoppen region on several occasions. It is during this period that the Schulz diary is of such great importance for local historians. Schulz extensively recorded what personally interested him: the contemporary landscape, customs of the land, architecture, crops, commerce, weather, and the daily and spiritual life of all the Moravian communities he visited. It was also during this time that Theodor Schulz married Susanna Catharina Elisabeth Loesch, by lot, a rather unique Moravian custom. Apparently, the Moravians drew lots for many purposes, among them the choice of marriage partner. It was seen as an unbiased way to “seek the will of God” without human interference.
The Schulzes and the three other missionaries, two of whom were now married as well, did sail for Surinam on the 12th of December. Due to Susanna’s poor health the Schulzes returned to Bethlehem after only six years in Surinam. Theodor then served as pastor and educator to sparsely settled areas around Bethlehem for the next 15 years from 1821 until his death in 1850 he was administrator of the Moravian Wachovian land holdings in North Carolina and business manager of Salem, North Carolina where he is especially remembered for his beneficial influence on missionary works among the Cherokee of that region.
Ms Moyer’s presentation chronicles an iconic individual who while living his life in the service of God, nonetheless left behind a trove of detail of contemporary life on three continents. Her presentations are always well presented and visually captivating. She authors a blog on the Free Library of Philadelphia’s website (http://libwww.freelibrary.org/blog Note: look under the tag: Pennsylvania German Collection) that showcases some of the more unique and interesting items in the collection. The meeting will be held Thursday, My 16, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. at Red Men’s Hall, the Historian’s headquarters located at 116 Gravel Pike (Route 29) in Green Lane. The public is welcome and refreshments will be served during an informal get-together at the close of the meeting. More information can be obtained at 215-234-4119.
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