Thomas R. Brendle Folklife Symposium


Craftsmen and Their Crafts: Supplying Germanic Southeastern Pennsylvania, 1750 to 1950

Saturday, October 19, 2024

Red Men’s Hall, Green Lane, Pennsylvania

Registration information and details of each presentation will be available closer to the event.


The meeting room of Red Men’s Hall will once again be the setting for our biennial Brendle Symposium. 


Lisa Minardi (keynote speaker) – “Pennsylvania German Furniture Makers: From

Philadelphia to the Backcountry”


Rich Wagner – “The Morris and Perot Breweries of Philadelphia”


Susan Bockius – “David Rittenhouse: His Life and Accomplishments”


Mark Loudon – “Enos Benner: Teacher, Author, Editor, Printer” 


Anne Goda – “An Old-Time Mostly Forgotten Art: The Stahl Potters of Powder Valley”


The $45.00 cost of registration for this full-day event will, as always, include lunch. The Country Store Museum and the Folklife Museum and Library will be open during the lunchtime for visitors. Also, the Historic Trappe museums will be open after the symposium so attendees can see examples of furniture referred to in the keynote address.