RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:40:07 -0400 60 <![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Pa Dutch youth celebrate Palm Sunday]]> A former resident of the Lehigh Valley, where the 1741 Moravian Church at Bethlehem celebrated their church services with brass musical instruments, I was delighted when Salem United Church of Christ in Oley Township invited the Mount Laurel Brass Quintet to participate in Sunday's Palm Sunday Worship Service.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:28:50 -0400 2014-04-16T11:28:50-04:00 2014-04-16T11:28:59-04:00
<![CDATA[The Historian by Robert Wood: Andreas Frey, Pious Layman of New Hanover, Part 2]]> Last week we began the story of Falkner Swamp pioneer Andreas Frey who as early as 1720 owned 400 acres along the Swamp Creek where the Antes House now stands. "Nothing is know of Frey's early life or the date of his arrival in Pennsylvania. Passenger lists of arrivals were not kept in Philadelphia before 1725.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:15:18 -0400 2014-04-15T10:15:18-04:00 2014-04-15T10:15:35-04:00
<![CDATA[Small Beginnings: Holy Week]]> Here we are right smack in the middle of what Christians around the world call Holy Week. It is referred to with this unique identifier because the weekend commemorating the Easter story is the crux around which the entire Christian faith revolves. Hence the events leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection is called Holy Week as every moment in the life of Christ is documented, analyzed and revered.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:09:13 -0400 2014-04-15T09:09:13-04:00 2014-04-15T09:09:21-04:00
<![CDATA[The Historian by Robert Wood: Andreas Frey, Pious Layman of New Hanover, Part 1]]> Before Rev. Muhlenberg came to Swamp, New Hanover, in 1742 to permanently establish the Lutheran Church in Pennsylvania and the Rev. Leidich (Leidy) in 1748 to do the same for the Reformed, the region was for a time a tempestuous hub of religious ferment. The participants in this drama are remarkable for their spiritual intensity, fervor, and commitment.

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:50:49 -0400 2014-04-11T11:50:49-04:00 2014-04-11T11:50:58-04:00
<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: Our wedding day, March 20]]>

March 20, 1982 was a beautiful spring day for a wedding. I have to admit I hardly did anything as far as my wedding plans were concerned. All I had to do was show up. I made sure I did that.

Actually, my wedding day started two years before when I met my future husband. At this time he was teaching at Easton High School and I was a secretary to the Nursing Office at Cedarbrook Nursing Home, in Allentown.

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:46:59 -0400 2014-04-08T10:46:59-04:00 2014-04-08T10:47:06-04:00
<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: In Mom's own words]]> Out of a family of ten, I was the one who loved to write. In my early 40s, my 10 siblings and myself helped take care of our father, who had a stroke in his 80s. On nights when it was my turn to sleep over, I sat with Mom and collected her stories.

After both my parents died, I did a Christmas family newsletter from 1988 through 1999.

Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:27:21 -0400 2014-03-25T10:27:21-04:00 2014-03-25T10:27:29-04:00
<![CDATA[The Historian by Robert Wood: Three Cross Knife, part 1]]> Although not freely discussed, there was widespread belief in the supernatural among the Pennsylvania Dutch. Many of these beliefs were brought with the immigrants, and their counterparts could be found in the old country.

According to Boyertown resident Gerald Landis: "There were various amulets, counter measures, and other methods used by our ancestors to ward of diseases, meager harvests, spells of witches, the devil, etc.

Sun, 23 Mar 2014 11:02:17 -0400 2014-03-23T11:02:17-04:00 2014-03-23T11:02:24-04:00
<![CDATA[The Historian by Robert Wood: Some Curious Documents of New Hanover History]]> Housed in the library of The Historical Society of Montgomery County are some copies of petitions to the Court of Quarter Sessions, Philadelphia County, 1720-1783. This area was then in Philadelphia County. The first one of interest is dated 1730/1 and is titled "Petition for the Division of Hanover Township.

Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:36:56 -0400 2014-03-13T13:36:56-04:00 2014-03-13T13:37:01-04:00
<![CDATA[The Historin by Robert Wood: The Story of the 'Mud Shows']]> Circuses had their heyday at the end of the 19th and first half of the twentieth century when they traveled by train. As many as three trains of thirty cars each transported a circus to new locations. It's hard for us to imagine the excitement and anticipation that the word "CIRCUS" conjured up in the old days to folks who had not been desensitized into ironic detachment by the modern media.

Mon, 10 Mar 2014 09:45:00 -0400 2014-03-10T09:45:00-04:00 2014-03-10T09:45:10-04:00
<![CDATA[From the Editor: Sit back and prepare to be amazed by talent]]>

This past Thursday I had the chance to attend a one of a kind performance that I would have no idea what I was missing out on had it not be part of my job to attend. I am extremely glad that I was able to sit in on Petar Maric's performance at Tilden Elementary Center.

Music has always been a huge part of my life.

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 11:01:46 -0500 2014-03-04T11:01:46-05:00 2014-03-04T11:01:54-05:00 TOUT TOUT
<![CDATA[The Historian: Black Walnuts: History and Lore]]> Each year the Goschenhoppen Folk Festival, held in August, carries a different theme. These topics range from "wood" or "iron" to "lard" or "the garden." A few years back the theme was "black walnuts on the farm."

Black walnut shells are a common presence in Native American archeological sites throughout the east and mid-west and so have been harvested for thousands of years.

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:58:02 -0500 2014-02-27T10:58:02-05:00 2014-03-01T12:16:17-05:00
<![CDATA[Olympic events]]> The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia have come to an end with the closing ceremonies airing this past Sunday night. Overall the Olympics amaze me; the incredible strength and ability of the athletes, and their stamina and persistence is incredible. This year was the first time I have watched a good portion of the winter sporting events, I was most intrigued by the biathlon.

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:26:24 -0500 2014-02-26T11:26:24-05:00 2014-02-26T11:26:30-05:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: A surprising discovery of the potter's craft]]> Knowing my interest in things Pennsylvania Dutch, an acquaintance sent me an on-line catalogue detailing an auction at Sotheby's, New York, of Pennsylvania Dutch antiques. While scrolling through it I was astonished to find two decorated dishes, dated 1838, and made by Conrad Renninger in Montgomery County.

Sat, 22 Feb 2014 15:46:53 -0500 2014-02-22T15:46:53-05:00 2014-02-22T15:46:59-05:00