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Friends of the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center

The Friends of the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center was organized as a not-for-profit association to provide on-going support for the projects, programs and goals in both preservation and education at the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center. The Friends accomplish their mission by hosting adult educational programs twice yearly and funding Heritage Center conservation projects.

"Musings of an Old Man: Pastor Henry Muhlenberg Reflects on His Life"
Rev. Tom Kochenderfer
Sunday, November 4, 2:00

Retired Lutheran Pastor Tom Kochenderfer will portray Pastor Henry Melchior Muhlenberg (1711-1787) reminiscing in his final days about his life as the first ordained Lutheran Minister sent to the early Pennsylvania Colony and scion of a remarkable family of pastors and patriots.

With the recent commemorations of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's posting of his 95 "theses" and the 300th anniversary of the founding of Trappe where the Muhlenberg family lived, Rev. Kochenderfer talks about events that helped shape our region and our country in the mid 1700s.

Arriving in Philadelphia in 1742, by 1745 Muhlenberg married Anna Maria Weiser, daughter of colonial leader and Penn Family Indian Agent Conrad Weiser, and together they raised 11 children. Among them, three entered the ministry, and Peter was a Major General in the Continental Army. Another, Frederick, served as the first Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Others achieved similar fame. They were a remarkable family, instrumental in establishing our national identity.

Based largely on his reading of Muhlenberg's multi-volume journals for the period 1742-1787, and his own deep knowledge of the Lutheran Church in America and local history, Rev. Kochenderfer aptly presents "Musings of an Old Man: Pastor Henry Muhlenberg Reflects on his Life."

Remaining in character throughout his performance, he will convey a realistic portrait of the life of an important and well-connected family in this region during those years that brought such a fundamental change to America and the world.

The program is free and open to the public.

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