Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center Events
2024 Summer Camp Guide
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Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center

Explore the history, art, genealogy, and spirituality of the Perkiomen Valley in southeastern Pennsylvania

Upcoming Events

June 15, 2024 (Saturday) 10am-2pm
Make & Take Crafts Day: Mixed Media Collage
Combine different types of art supplies to create a new piece of artwork. We will provide many different materials, such as scrapbook paper dictionary pages, photos, paint, buttons, etc. Feel free to bring some of your own to include in your masterpiece.

These programs are free of charge, and there is no registration needed. Just drop into the Stauffer Education Room. Fun for all ages! Younger children may need a parent or guardian to assist them.
June 21, 2024 (Friday) 10am-6pm
Make Music Upper Perk
Make Music Upper Perk celebrates music and community, bringing people together! 2024 will be the 12th year of the all day, free celebration of music, at over twenty locations throughout the Upper Perkiomen Valley!

Make Music Upper Perk is always free and open to the public.
July 10, 2024 (Wednesday) Noon - 1pm
Pie, Glorious Pie
Alice Wolfgang will provide us not only with the rich history of PA German pie-making, but also over 25 traditional and contemporary recipes accompanied by mouth watering visuals for both savory and dessert pies. Learn how both the bake oven and the wood cook stove were used. Potato pie, onion pie, green tomato pie, peach custard...there is bound to be one you will want to try when you get home!

Program in-person or via Zoom. Register by emailing info@schwenkfelder.org or calling 215-679-3103. FREE
July 20, 2024 (Saturday) 10am-2pm
Make & Take Crafts Day: Paper Quilt Crafting
Look at both traditional and modern quilts and then create your own out of paper, while letting it tell a piece of your story.

These programs are free of charge, and there is no registration needed. Just drop into the Stauffer Education Room. Fun for all ages! Younger children may need a parent or guardian to assist them.
July 29, 2024 to August 2, 2024 9:30am-3pm
Schwenkfelder Summer Camp 2024
Traveling The Valley & Beyond: With a focus on traveling by way of the Conestoga Wagon, trains, planes, and automobiles from the past and present, campers will explore exhibits and related artifacts throughout the museum. Crafts, games, and related activities will also be included.

Dates: Dates: Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 2;

Ages: Children 7-12 years old.
August 14, 2024 (Wednesday) 12-1pm
Ralph Berky: Butter Valley Poet and Naturalist
Ralph W. Berky (1890-1977) was known in the Butter Valley area as "The Birdman." He was an eccentric figure walking the Valley in a long overcoat that had pockets filled with birdseed. His love of nature was evident in his hand illustrated postcards inscribed with his poetry. Pastor Bob Gerhart will discuss Ralph's unusual life and contributions to Butter Valley.

Program in-person or via Zoom. Register by emailing info@schwenkfelder.org or calling 215-679-3103. FREE
August 25, 2024 (Sunday) 1-3pm
Genealogy for Beginners
Looking to learn about your ancestors in your family tree? We can help by sharing some resources and getting you started on your journey into the past. Free of charge but please register by calling 215-679-3103 or emailing Meredith Reinhart at meredith@schwenkfelder.org.

About Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center

The Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center offers visitors of all ages ways to learn about life in this area and about the history of the Schwenkfelders. Schwenkfelders were a Protestant group heavily persecuted in Europe that immigrated here in the early 1700s seeking religious freedom.

In our museum, visitors will see looms and lathes, paintings and plows, chests and cider presses - all various household furnishings and farm tools from the 1700s through the early 1900s.

Researchers in the library can trace their genealogy, and scholars will be amazed by 16th century religious manuscripts and printed materials in the collection. The museum and library are open without admission fees.

Besides exhibits, programs range from brown bag lectures on local and Schwenkfelder history to summer camps for kids, with the ever-popular spring Penn Dry Goods Market focusing on textiles.

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