RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: http://www.berksmontnews.com The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: http://www.berksmontnews.com website: all stories http://www.berksmontnews.com The Berks-Mont News Mon, 25 May 2015 17:29:20 -0400 60 <![CDATA[A Look Back in History: The Butcher, Baker, and Candlestick Maker: Our Kutztown Folk Festival Craftsman]]> Among the iconic craftsman that have always made up our Colonial ethnic natives of the Pennsylvania people, have been the historic tradesmen that have been long remembered for their craftsmanship, enabling immigrant natives to survive in a somewhat hostile pioneer environment. Key tradesmen who represented the community's life blood in Colonial times, and these historic individuals played a significant role in Pioneer Folklife until the birth of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 20:30:30 -0400 20150519203030 2015-05-19T20:30:30-04:00 2015-05-19T20:30:30-04:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: The Curious 'Klingelbeutel']]> Another detail in the local life of yesteryear which is now totally gone from all but historical reference is the German Klingelbeutel -- Glingelsock in the Pennsylvania Dutch dialect, literally, "bellpocket." The Glingelsock was a unique type of collection bag used to collect offerings in the Lutheran and Reformed churches in Pennsylvania from earliest colonial times until the mid-19th Century.

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Sun, 26 Apr 2015 23:28:16 -0400 20150426232816 2015-04-26T23:28:16-04:00 2015-04-26T23:28:16-04:00
<![CDATA[Part 5 Vietnam 1970 - 1971: Meet Private Beetle Bailey's Protégé]]> Shortly after taking up residence in base camp, I established a routine of going to a Vietnamese barber on a weekly basis. Each customer received the works: haircut, shave, shoulder massage and the unexpected neck crack, accomplished by the barber grabbing each side of your head firmly and giving it a quick 90 degree sharp turn.

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Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:49:31 -0400 20150422154931 2015-04-22T15:49:31-04:00 2015-04-22T15:49:31-04:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: Early school houses were used as Sunday schools]]> Since by tradition and custom the first schools were operated by the churches, it is easy to see why the early township school boards saw no problem with allowing Sunday schools to meet in the one-room school houses. There is evidence that here in New Hanover, Sunday schools, singing schools and other religious functions met in the one-room schools until the early 20th Century.

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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:35:11 -0400 20150421143511 2015-04-21T14:35:11-04:00 2015-04-21T14:35:11-04:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: The stormy beginning of Sunday school]]> In the old days, Sunday school was a big deal. Typical of the larger town churches was Pottstown's Emmanuel Lutheran.

Their Sunday school had 1100 members on its role in 1915. To distribute the traditional box of candy to the primary classes at Christmas, the superintendent ordered 220 boxes at a penny apiece and 150 pounds of candy to fill them.

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Mon, 06 Apr 2015 14:59:23 -0400 20150406145923 2015-04-06T14:59:23-04:00 2015-04-06T14:59:23-04:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: A Curious Old Deed]]> A curious old deed has come to light. The well preserved parchment says that in 1789, the Rev. Johannes Christophe Kunze, D. D. (John Christopher Kunze) "of the City of New York" bought of Peter Richards, shopkeeper, and his wife Magdalena, a parcel containing 58 acres in New Hanover Township. By reckoning the meets and bounds described in the deed, we can position it somewhere near the Swamp Pike between Leidy Road and Romig Road.

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