Volunteers Wanted!
There are a wide variety of areas
needing volunteers from creating
displays to assisting researchers....
Please consider volunteering at the
Historical Society.  
Copyright 2014: Boyertown Area Historical Society

2014 Programs resume in October
From a church tour and organ
recital to model railroading and
Christmas ornaments
....come and
enjoy the many excellent
programs scheduled for the
remainder of 2014
Go to the
program page for
additional information.
Copyright, 2015. Boyertown Area Historical Society

43 S. Chestnut Street
Boyertown, PA  19512
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Wednesday 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Tuesday 5:00-9:00 PM
Please contact the
Museum and Library Director or Office Manager
for Information on Group Tours and Educational Programs.
Closed Holidays
use this link to access the Historical Society By-Laws

7:00 PM
First Wednesday of the Month,
October to June
Society Building
(no meeting in January)
A $5.00 donation is being asked of all non-members
who attend the monthly meetings.
2015 programs.
October 7, 2015
Hank Frecon will talk about Apple Cider,
its production and importance to the community.

November 4, 2015
Robert Gerhart will do a presentation on
Annie Funk of Bally,
a 38 year old missionary who
was a victim of the Titantic tragedy.
Boyertown Area
Historical Society

What is the difference between a ghost, a
spirit, and a spoo
Discover another side to Boyertown.
Take part in a Ghost Walk, a Haunted Train Ride,
or a Paranormal Investigation....
Ghost walks are the fourth Saturday of the month.
An exciting paranormal investigation is coming!
Go to the events page for details on the Ghost Walks
as well as a DVD on the Rhoads Opera House Fire and
Charles Adams III's book,
Haunted Boyertown, about the strange
and mysterious happenings in the area.
Der Belsnickel Craft Show
Nationally Recognized for Excellence
For more information, use the
Craft Show link
Registrations are currently being processed for
the 2015 Belsnickel.  All 10x10 and 8x8 corners
as well as 8x8 and 10x10 regular spaces are sold out.
10x8 spaces are still available.
the Ghosts
are back!
After the Fire
the Fire
Has this 1908 fire tragedy
and the loss of almost
200 people
affected Boyertown's
Haunted History?
Take a Ghost Walk and
investigate the
other side of Boyertown.
Events Page
provides information on
the date and ticket price
of Boyertown's
Historic Ghost Walks.
Thank you to Margaret Harner for researching and supplying these
vignettes of life in  Boyertown.
This date in the
Boyertown area:
Use this link, Daily News, to read previous articles

Aug. 3, 1898
The “coatless parson,” Rev. Joseph E. Freeman, pastor of the Reformed congregations in
Boyertown and Sassamansville, has caused a sensation that received notice in nearly every
newspaper in Eastern Pennsylvania for preaching a “hot weather” sermon in his shirt sleeves.
Most critics believe he was justified in removing his coat when the temperature reached 98
degrees inside the church in Sassamansville last Sunday. The members of that congregation are
not a “supercilious set;” they do not believe that bodily comfort should be a slave of fashion. The
sermon that he preached in his shirt sleeves was more vigorous and made a deeper impression on
his audience than if it had come from a man who was suffering from the tortures of heat inflicted
by being over clothed. However, the Philadelphia Inquirer chose to signal him out for impropriety
in doing so. The Allentown Morning Call jumped into the fray to defend Rev. Freeman, saying
there was nothing indecent about it, no suggestion of immorality. On the contrary, it was argued,
it showed a simplicity in accord with the teachings of Christ.

Aug. 4, 1900
A prominent Boyertown businessman has hanged himself in his stable at 310 West Philadelphia
Avenue. Shortly after 11 this morning, the body of John Sabold was found by a servant, only a few
minutes after he died. It was still warm, and Dr. J. F. Merkel, who lives nearby, was called and
unsuccessfully tried to revive him. There was no apparent reason why he did it. He was 64 years
old, in good health, and had no known financial problems, being quite wealthy. Sabold was a local
businessman and inventor. He was the main force behind the founding the Union Manufacturing
Company in Boyertown and its first president. He had at least ten patents, including a coal
dumping wagon “of unique design,” a machine to make paper bags, a machine to bundle them,
and a shutter fastener and lock which he had begun manufacturing recently. He had just sent out
a large shipment of them this morning. His family and neighbors, seeing him this morning, said
that he appeared to be in good spirits. He talked to an acquaintance outside his home at 11:00; 15
minutes later he was dead. He had been hospitalized in May, 1888 for a mental affliction,
assumedly depression, but it was thought that he had recovered from that despondency. He is
survived by his widow and four children.