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Adult Programs

The Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center offers a wide variety of Adult programs including group tours, symposium, lectures, workshops, and special events related to the history and culture of the Schwenkfelders, PA Germans, and the local area.

Brown Bag Lunch Lectures
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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.

Upcoming Programs

Society of the Descendants of the Schwenkfeldian Exiles Annual Fall Meeting
Sunday, October 28, 2:00 pm
2:30 Program with Raymond J. Brunner
Organ Building of the Krauss Family

The organ building of the Krauss family over several generations will be described, with emphasis on their relations to the community, members of other religious groups, and contact with other organ builders. Their business practices will be discussed, with the opportunity for attendees to view original contracts, organ drawings, and diaries from the Heritage Center archives. Photographs of extant Krauss organs, as well as the Krauss homes and organ workshops will be shown.

Raymond J. Brunner has worked in the organ business for almost 40 years and is currently a partner of Brunner & Associates LLC, a pipe organ building and restoration company in Silver Spring, PA. He has been involved in the restoration of many historic American organs, including organs built by the Krauss family. His 1990 book, That Ingenious Business, details the work of Pennsylvania German organ builders in the 18th and 19th centuries. He lives in East Petersburg, PA with his wife Martha.

The Spirit's Awakenings: Origins and Growth of Spiritual Movements in Honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Spiritual Awakening of Caspar Schwenckfeld von Ossig (1489-1561)
Saturday, November 10, 2018, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

The year 2018 marks the 500th anniversary of Caspar Schwenckfeld having a spiritual visitation or awakening which inspired him to join the Reformation movement and ultimately become an independent visionary throughout this tumultuous period of church history. In honor of this significant event, we present a symposium to examine and reflect upon various other church leaders inspired by spiritual awakenings. Each speaker will reflect on the awakening itself, how this impacted the individual or movement and the results of the awakening in the remaining life of that individual or movement. Six people or movements from church history across the centuries will be discussed: Caspar Schwenckfeld and Schwenkfeldianism, Martin Luther and Lutheranism, John Wesley and Methodism, The Moravian Awakening of 1727, Conrad Beissel and the Ephrata Cloister, Jemima Wilkinson, Public Universal Friend and her followers.

9:00 am - Greeting and introduction—Allen Viehmeyer, Ph.D.
9:15 am - The Awakening of Caspar Schwenckfeld—Peter C. Erb, Ph.D.
10:00 am - The Awakening of Martin Luther—Philip Krey, Ph.D.
10:45 am - Break
11:00 am - The Awakening of John Wesley—L. Dale Patterson, Ph.D.
11:45 am - The 1727 Awakening of the Moravian Church—Paul Peucker, Ph.D.
12:30 pm - Lunch
1:30 pm - The Awakening of Conrad Beissel—Jeff Bach, Ph.D.
2:15 pm - The Awakening of Jemima Wilkinson—Candace Perry, M.A.
3:00 pm - Concluding remarks and departure by 3:30 pm

Registration: $75—includes presentations, lunch, arrival and break snacks. Contact Joanne at the Heritage Center to register: 215-679-3103 or

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