Brown Bag Lunch Lectures
Bring your lunch and join Dr. Allen Viehmeyer and guest lecturers the second Wednesday of each month for a closer look into the SLHC collections, local, and Schwenkfelder history. Unless indicated otherwise, lectures are held in the Heritage Center's Meeting Room on the First Floor.
- Schwenkfelder Roots of Walter Emerson Baum
- With Donald Eby
- April l0, noon
- Repeated Sunday, April 14, 2013 2:00 p.m.
From his paintings that depict the PA German landscape to his lineal Schwenkfelder roots, Walter Emerson Baum is one of the most well-known Pennsylvania impressionists that served the Eastern PA region from Philadelphia to his home in Sellersville to the Lehigh Valley. This presentation will explore his Schwenkfelder heritage in his life, art, and exhibition history.
- From the Wolfenbuettel Diaries of Elmer E.S. Johnson
- With Allen Viehmeyer
- May 8, 2013 noon
Elmer Johnson’s diaries are filled with everyday events in life and an occasional special incident. In 1904 Johnson was the pastor at the First Schwenkfelder Church in Philadelphia. He tells of meetings, church services, funerals, playing ball in the park with his two year old son Rolland, and shopping. In mid-April there is a meeting of the Corpus committee and by mid-July the Johnson family is on board the S.S. Zeeland, headed to Germany. Come, listen to Johnson’s impressions of Germany, the city of Wolfenbüttel, the people he worked with and the special events – seeing the Kaiser on December 17, 1905, his visit to the Wartburg, and his trip to Harpersdorf on July 25, 1905.
- Physician and Advocator of the Viehweg Monument
- With Allen Viehmeyer
- June 12, 2013 noon
The year 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Viehweg Monument. Having graduated in 1856 from the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Solomon S. Schultz was on a tour of hospitals in England, France, and Germany in 1861. He used this opportunity to visit Schwenckfeld sites in Strasbourg and Ulm and travelled, too, to Harpersdorf, the home of his ancestor Christopher Schultz. There he met Dr. Oswald Kadelbach, a pastor in nearby Probsthain. These two men had deep compassion for those who had been laid to rest in the unsanctified grounds called the Viehweg. This lecture highlights the life of the American Schwenkfelder who, with the Viehweg Monument, turned the dreams of Schwenkfelders into reality.