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

June 1, 2016
The Historical Society will host a program on the
Historic Hopewell Iron Furnace with a dramatic presentation
by Christine Emmert,
From Out of the Firey Furnance.
There is no charge for non-members attending this meeting.

No Program Meetings Until October 5, 2016

Life in Boyertown on
this date:
These vignettes of life in Boyertown were researched by Margaret Harner
Information on the Boyertown Opera House Fire is contained in
two articles on the daily news page from January 1908.
Use the
Daily News link to access this page.

May 25, 1943
The Boyertown Auto Body Works is only the second company in Pennsylvania to be
awarded the coveted Army-Navy E Award for their outstanding production of war
materials during World War II. The United States Marine Color Guard majestically
raised the Stars and Stripes with its “E” up on the company flagpole, below that of
“Old Glory.” It was Uncle Sam’s way of saying “well done.” Every man and woman
in their plant proudly received a lapel pin to wear as a symbol of their great
contribution to American freedom. It was a tribute to their effort and hard work in
backing the American soldiers in the fighting front from James Forrestal, the Under
Secretary of the Department of the Navy. General Carl Spaatz’s mother was invited
to attend the ceremony in Boyertown and she presented the award to the company.
That “E” flag now proudly rests with honor in the Boyertown Museum of Historic

May 26, 1926
The Independent Order of the Odd Fellows, Lodge 708, 400 members strong, is
dedicating its new home today. They bought the Rahn building at 35 East
Philadelphia Avenue for $20,000 two years ago and have worked quickly to achieve
their dream of a magnificent new meeting place. The Rahn building, a three story
structure came complete with a barber shop and pool hall. They also purchased the
property to the west, where Dr. Gordon Borneman had his dental office, for
additional space. The busy fellows extended the existing structure 70 feet to the rear
of the property, and their new house has two storefronts and a banquet hall on the
first floor, a kitchen and another social hall in the basement, apartments on the
second floor and a beautiful third story lodge hall. The new edifice cost $55,000.

Copyright, 2016. Boyertown Area Historical Society
Boyertown Area
Historical Society
Special Exhibit
Boyertown's Centennial Celebration
Museum Hours:  6:00 PM-8:00 PM Tuesday
10:00 AM-3:00 PM Wednesday

Help us save History!
2016 Memberships
are due!  
Please use this
Link for
information and
an application.
Next Meeting
Spring Plant Sale!  
The Society is selling vouchers that can be used toward your spring flower needs.
Vouchers are available for $20.00 and can  be redeemed either at Wendy's in
Gilbertsville or Barto, starting in Mid April 2016.  The Vouchers may be used on a
flat of annuals, a hanging basket, or a hanging pouch plant.  Contact the Society at
610.367.5255 to arrange for purchase of your vouchers or just stop by during open
hours on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Der Belsnickel Craft Show
Use the craft show  link for information on the
Belsnickel Craft Show.
Registration forms for the 2016 show have
been emailed or sent USPS to those
craft people who are juried and approved to
participate in the Belsnickel.