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

No Program Meetings Until October 5, 2016

December 7, 2016
Open House for Members and their children only!
View a collection of vintage and
antique Christmas ornaments at the home
of a Society member.  
Refreshments will be provided.

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.

July 18, 1920
Four houses on West Philadelphia Avenue have been burglarized by a party of
bandits visiting our borough. Thieves took$12 from the pocket of a coat that was
hanging on a chair next to a sleeping Frank Snyder, who never woke up. At the
home of Attorney Leon Breidenbach, $20 was taken from his desk, but a check for
$500 and a valuable collection of postage stamps were untouched. Clayton Lefever
lost a ring and a small amount of cash. At the home of Walter Funk, they took $17
and left a note, “Please tell the Pottstown police to leave Antrim go. He is not
guilty.” (signed) Robert Burns, New York City. The visitors traveled in a car with a
Maryland license plate. At the time of these burglaries, police officer Henry Gruber
saw a suspicious young fellow standing outside the Breidenbach house. When he
spied the officer, he ran and Gruber called to him to stop. He then ran faster, and
Gruber fired three shots. Gruber says he never saw a chap run so fast in his life. He
was last seen around the California mines, and then he disappeared. It is believed
that he was their guard. On investigation, authorities found that Antrim had been
arrested in Pottstown, charged with burglary, to which he pled guilty.

Copyright, 2016. Boyertown Area Historical Society
Boyertown Area
Special Exhibit
Boyertown's Centennial
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
Wonder What was in
Centennial Time
View items found in
the Time Capsule.  
at the Boyertown Area
Historical Society
Der Belsnickel Craft Show
Use the craft show  link for general 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.
Confirmations and post cards will be mailed by USPS
the week of July 24, 2016.
Please note that only one 10 x 10' regular space is still available
and 10' x 10' corner booths are sold out as of
June 22, 2016.  As of July 1
2, 2016 only two 8'x 8' regular
sized spaces remain.  There are still
a number of
10' x 8' regular and corner spaces available.
Quilt Show and Sale
Celebrating Boyertown's Sesquicentennial
September 16 to 18, 2016
Opening Event: A Review of the
Antique Quilts on Display by Nancy Roan,
Pennsylvania German Textile Historian,  and
Candace Perry, Curator Schwenfelder Library
and Heritage Center.
Show Hours listed on the Events and the Quilt Page
Use this
Link for the Quilt Page and
information on displaying a quilt.
The Show is an event not to be missed!
Belsnickel Jury Session
will be September 25, 2016 at the
Boyertown Historical Society at 2:00 PM.
Craft Show to access show regulations and
information on the jury process,