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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.

Educated Pigs and Mrs. Wafflebach: Shows and Show People in 19th Century Southeastern Pennsylvania
Presented by Candace Perry
March 14, noon

Come one, come all for an illustrated lecture on the traveling shows that were a staple of entertainment in southeastern Pennsylvania in the nineteenth century. Several show people who would eventually become national names had their start here in the little villages of Lehigh and Berks Counties. These shows were a far cry from the circuses of the twentieth century, but local people loved them and flocked to them.

Caspar Schwenckfeld's Awakening
Presented by Allen Viehmeyer
April 11noon

This year marks the 500th anniversary of Schwenckfeld's awakening. This presentation will explore Schwenckfeld's early years and how he changed from a courtier into an ardent reformer.


Schwenckfeld and the Stillstand
Presented by Allen Viehmeyer
June 13 noon

In 1526 Caspar Schwenckfeld and his supporters declared that they would not participate in communion until all the reformers had come to an agreement on the interpretation of the Eucharist. How did Schwenckfeld, Catholics and the other reformers understand the Eucharist? How was the Stillstand observed in Silesia and Pennsylvania by 18th and 19th century Schwenkfelders?

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