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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, 2014. Boyertown Area Historical Society

43 S. Chestnut Street
Boyertown, PA  19512
General email:
Museum and Library:
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9:00 AM- 4:00 PM
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.

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Cyrus Reifsneider  on the old
Colebrookdale railroad c. 1920's
Area Historical Society
A Day in the Boyertown Area;
January 22, 1928
Many dignitaries were on hand today for the four Dedication ceremonies, attended
by 3000 people, for the new two story addition to St. John’s Lutheran Church in
Boyertown. It is attached to the rear of the church and has class rooms, a cloak
room, a library and toilet facilities on the first floor, the pastor’s study, office
space, a meeting room and choir storage on the second. There is a meeting room
and a kitchen in the basement. This was the first time the church building had
indoor plumbing, and the outhouses at the back of the property, which were “in
very poor condition, could now be removed. The President of the Lutheran
Ministerium of Pennsylvania, ministers from five other area churches and the
President of the Reading Conference of Lutheran Churches participated in the
services. The President of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia was
scheduled to give the sermon for the Vesper service, but he never showed up and
after a period of embarrassment, Rev. Longacre, St. John’s minister, filled in.    

January 23, 1923
On motion of Attorney Walter B. Freed, the court has appointed William Kelsch
as guardian of Matilda Marie Kelsch for the purpose of giving consent to her
proposed marriage to Elmer LeRoy Johnson, both residents of Boyertown. Matilda’
s father has refused to give his permission for the marriage, and since she is only
20 years old, she needed someone to agree to the wedding, which took place today
in the Boyertown office of Squire Luther Gilbert.

January 24, 1923
“An unusual family affair” is that of New Hanover brothers Jesse and William
Hoffman. They had married sisters in a double wedding and were divorced within a
month of each other (one on Nov. 10 and the other on Dec. 14, last year). They
had the same grounds—desertion (no mention of who deserted whom), and they
both have now received marriage licenses to “once again embark on the
matrimonial sea.” Jesse’s new bride comes from Douglas Township and William’s
is from New H
anover, not sisters this time around.
What is the difference between a
ghost,a spirit,and a spook?
Find out at these events:
Discover another side to Boyertown.
Take part in a Haunted Train Ride
or.... read about
Haunted Boyertown.
Ghost walks resume on May 22, 2015
Go to the events page for details
on these exciting offerings including
Charles Adams III book,
Haunted Boyertown,
about the strange and mysterious
happenings in Boyertown.
Der Belsnickel Craft Show
Nationally Recognized for Excellence
For more information,use the
Craft Show link
February 4, 2015 Program
Bob Wood will discuss 18th and 19th century split rail
fencing in Berks and Montgomery Counties through a
richly illustrated Power Point program.
Go to
programs for more information.
the Ghosts are back!
Haunted walks are back resuming on the
4th Saturday of the month starting in May 2015.
See events for more information.