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Viehweg Monument
See photo of children from the local school in Twardocice
who spent time cleaning up the Viehweg monument for us!

About Us/Background of The Exile Herald
The Exile Herald was an early publication (April 29, 1921 to January 1954)
of the Exile Society which contained scholarly papers presented at their meetings

About Us/Table of Contents for The Exile Herald
Links to PDF copies of The Exile Herald

Projects/Genealogical Record
You can now complete on-line and print out a
Schwenkfelder Families Genealogical Record Supplement sheet

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The primary objectives of this Society are:

· The preservation of the history of the Schwenkfeldian religious exiles and their descendants in America.
· The promotion of social interaction among its members.

The Society of the Descendants of the Schwenkfeldian Exiles is not officially affiliated with the Schwenkfelder denomination, a religious body with four churches in Pennsylvania located in Philadelphia, East Norriton, Worcester, and Palm, although some Society members are also active members of the Schwenkfelder denomination.  The Society does, however, work with the denomination and the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center, 105 Seminary Street, Pennsburg, PA 18073, in its efforts to preserve the Schwenkfelder beliefs and history.

Become a member!  Download our Exile Society Membership Form.

Schwenkfeldian Exile Society | 105 Seminary Street | Pennsburg, PA 18073
Phone:  215-679-3103 | Fax:  215-679-8175 | Email:  exile@schwenkfelder.com

UPCOMING EVENTS

2014 Exile Society Annual Fall Meeting & Presentation
Sunday, October 26, 2014
2:00 p.m. — Annual Fall Meeting and Election of Officers

Meeting Room, 1st Floor
Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center
105 Seminary Street, Pennsburg, PA; 215-679-3103
2:30 p.m. — “Letters From a Montana Sheep Man” presented by Darlene Schneck
Darlene Schneck will be presenting the true fascinating story of her Schwenkfelder ancestor, Isaac S. Schultz of Hereford, PA.
Born in 1851, Isaac was a scholar, a pioneer in the Wild West, and a missing man for 44 years.
Isaac’s tale will be told through letters, maps, photos, and other historical documents from the 1880s and 1931 when he was discovered.
Darlene will also share how his story came to light and then became a book entitled “Letters From a Montana Sheep Man.”

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS OF INTEREST TO SCHWENKFELDER DESCENDANTS

Gedächtnistag (Annual Day of Remembrance)
Sunday, September 21, 2014, 3:00 pm
Olivet-Schwenkfelder UCC, 619 Township Line Road, Norristown, PA; 610-539-7444
Congregations of the Schwenkfelder churches gather for the celebration of Gedächtnistag (Annual Day of Remembrance).  The service of worship is followed by the traditional meal of bread and apple butter.

School of Christ & Fall General Conference
Sunday, October 19, 2014, 3:00 p.m.
Central Schwenkfelder Church, 2111 Valley Forge Road, Worcester, PA; 610-584-4480

PAST EXILE SOCIETY ANNUAL FALL MEETINGS & PRESENTATIONS

 

Caspar Kriebel home, Harpersdorf, circa 1714

Caspar Kriebel home, Harpersdorf, circa 1714

2013 Exile Society Annual Fall Meeting & Presentation
Sunday, October 27, 2013
2:00 pm – Annual Fall Meeting & Election of Officers
Meeting Room, 1st Floor at the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center
2:30 pm – “Early Twentieth Century Photographs of Silesia and Germany”
presented by Allen Viehmeyer, Associate Director of Research, SLHC

Schwenkfelders, especially Dr. Elmer E. S. Johnson, traveling in Silesia and Germany prior to World War I took numerous photos, now deposited in the archives of the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center, of the sites they saw and the people they met.  These include Harpersdorf and a number of other small Schwenkfelder villages.  Especially interesting are photos of the countryside taken from the Harpersdorf Church tower.  Come and experience a journey back to ancestral Schwenkfelder landscapes through a slide presentation of these photographs.

2012 Exile Society Annual Fall Meeting & Presentation
Sunday, October 28, 2012
2:00 pm – Annual Fall Meeting & Election of Officers
Meeting Room, 1st Floor at the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center
2:30 pm – “Flora Heebner and the China Mission”
presented by Candace Perry, Curator, SLHC

In 1904, a young, adventurous Schwenkfelder woman, Flora Heebner, traveled halfway around the world to reach out to women and children in China in Christian service.  Her mission among these people in a nation so radically different from her own took great courage and strength.  This presentation, in conjunction with the exhibit in the Fraktur Gallery, will tell the story of Flora’s work in China and the missionaries across China with whom she worked and influenced with her Schwenkfeldian ideals.  The program will conclude with a visit by Flora herself, as a first person interpretation by Carol Spacht, who will tell us, in her own words, about her repatriation as the Second World War was just beginning.

David Schultz Almanac

David Schultz Almanac

2011 Exile Society Annual Fall Meeting & Presentation
Sunday, October 23, 2011
2:00 pm – Annual Fall Meeting & Election of Officers
Meeting Room, 1st Floor at the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center
2:30 pm – “Treasures of the Collection”

Curator of Collections Candace Perry, Archivist Hunt Shenkel, and Associate Director of Research Allen Viehmeyer described some of the treasures of the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center collection.  Some of these treasures were on exhibit to see immediately before and after the presentation.  This presentation gave us a peek inside the wealth of books, manuscripts, and three dimensional objects in the Heritage Center’s collection as seen through eyes of the staff.  “Treasures of the Collection” was an event free and open to the public.

Hartranft-Johnson

“Early Library Directors”
Chester Hartranft (sitting, depicting the present)
Elmer Johnson (standing, depicting the future)

2010 Exile Society Annual Fall Meeting & Presentation
Sunday, October 24, 2010
2:00 pm – Annual Fall Meeting & Election of Officers
Meeting Room, 1st Floor at the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center
2:30 pm – “The World in Schwenckfeld’s Day and the World in Ours:  Are There Lessons for the Present in the Past?” presented by Dr. Peter C. Erb

Faced as we are with changes so dramatic in the past quarter century that those born after 1989 find it difficult to imagine what life was like earlier, the question naturally arises:  “What has a writer born half a millennium ago to say that can possibly be of interest or use to us today?”  In his presentation, Dr. Peter Erb attempted to answer this question for Christians in 2010 by reflecting on paintings from Schwenckfeld’s day and our own.  At the conclusion of the presentation there was a time for questions.

2 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Are Copys of Adolf Pannash Painting available for purchas? My Grandfather X6TH came over on that ship in 1737.

    Michael Beckel (Tobias Bockell)

    • Copies of the Pannash print, “The Landing of the Schwenckfelders from the St. Andrew” (shown under above tab: Schwenkfelders in Pennsylvania) are available through the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center (www.schwenkfelder.com or call 215-679-3103) for a cost of $3.00 + PA tax $0.18 (if PA resident) + $1.50 S/H per print.

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