Registration forms for the 2016
Belsnickel Craft Show

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

May 4, 2016
Harry Bierbaugh will present a power point presentation
on his father's experience as a German prisoner of
war in an American camp during WWII.  His
father was released to work as a laborer and later asked to
remain in the United States after the War.  However, Mr. Bierbaugh's father
was sent back to live with his family in what quickly became East Germany.

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.

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 1, 1936
Called Boyertown’s Norman Rockwell, Frederick Sands Brunner is considered to be one of
America’s cleverest pencil and brush artists. Professionally known as F. Sands Brunner, his
painting, Reading Among the Blossoms is the cover of Country Gentleman, a Curtis
Company magazine that has nationwide circulation. The rich color and skillful use of
lighting are typical of his works. He also has pictures on the covers of Ladies Home Journal
and Saturday Evening Post. He has painted illustrations for advertisements for Coca Cola,
Canada Dry, and numerous other companies. During World War II, he supplied the Red
Cross with patriotic posters. His most famous portrait is that of his childhood friend,
General Carl A. Spaatz. He is the brother of the popular art teacher in the Boyertown
schools, Eva Brunner, and nephew of the esteemed Dr. Frank Brunner, who was killed in
the Opera House fire in 1908.

May 2, 1903
The engineer of the Boyertown train saw a man wearing dark clothing on the tracks some
distance ahead, walking toward them, and he sounded a danger signal. The man continued
walking with his head down, as if he were looking for something. The engineer then
frantically tried to stop the train but it was too late. In an instant the man was struck by the
cow catcher, tossed in the air, and fell limp and motionless to the ground. He has been
identified as Charles Walker, about 35 years of age, from Philadelphia. He and his wife had
been camping with a small colony of tramps near Glasgow, and he had just left their
settlement a few minutes earlier to go for provisions.

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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.