SCHWENKFELDER LIBRARY & HERITAGE CENTER
105 Seminary Street, Pennsburg, PA 18073
Phone: 215–679–3103; Fax: 215–679–8175
October 14, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David W. Luz
Lenape Native American Program
Pennsburg, PA— The Friends of the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center invite the general public to their fall program entitled "The Lenape and their Cultural Changes in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries" with Lenape descendant Darius Puff. The program will be held on Sunday, November 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm in the Meeting Room of the Heritage Center.
Darius Puff is a retired Berks County police officer, having served with the Boyertown Police Department for approximately 32 years with the last 20 as Chief of Police. He is a Penn State grad with an Associate Degree in Community Service and a BS in Criminal Justice. A few years prior to retirement he became involved in giving talks about his Native American heritage to various civic groups in his area. He decided to add to his life-long love of history and his own native background by learning as much as possible about the Lenape people and their culture. His programs teach others about the early lives of these people and the changes that their society went through in the 18th century through the use of artifacts (real and reproductions), furs, and traditional storytelling.
He has given programs to various scouting groups, state and county parks and historical sites including Ricketts Glen State Park, Francis Slocum State Park, Peter Wentz Farmstead, Conrad Weiser Homestead, Morgan Log Home, Daniel Boone Homestead, Pottsgrove Manor, and others. Programs have also been given at Millersville University, Penn State (Altoona and Lehigh), Kutztown University, Reading Area Community College, and Rutgers University as well as several elementary and middle schools both public and private and many different local civic groups, historical societies, and public libraries.
The Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center was founded in 1884 as an informal collection in a private home to assure the preservation of the Schwenkfelders' cultural identity. Today the Heritage Center, a not-for-profit organization, is still preserving, interpreting, and documenting the history of this German Protestant group along with their Pennsylvania German Heritage. The Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; Thursdays 9:00 am to 8:00 pm; Saturdays 10:00 am to 3:00 pm; and Sundays 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The Heritage Center is closed to the public on Mondays. For additional information call 215–679–3103 or visit our website www.schwenkfelder.com
David W. Luz
Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center
105 Seminary Street
Pennsburg, PA 18073