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 24, 1875
The citizens of Boyertown help save the town from destruction. A fire broke out in a
stable on Dr. Bower’s property and the fire department was promptly on the ground
with their wagon, but the water from the fire plugs was barely sufficient and there
was a heavy southwest gale blowing at the time that carried the fire to the
neighboring buildings. Water was finally obtained from the Phoenix Iron Company’s
mines, and the firemen, aided by our citizens, men, women and children, went to
work with a will. The stable was completely destroyed, and nearby buildings at the
intersection of Reading and Philadelphia Avenues, the ancient Mennonite meeting
house, D.B. Boyer’s store, D. S. Erb’s cigar factory, Worman’s saddler shop, Dr.
Bower’s and Mr. Worman’s dwellings, and the Union Hotel also suffered fire
damage, but it went no further, thanks to the efficient service of the fire company
and their helpers. But for them, the entire town might well have been left in ashes.

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.