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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.
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Schwenkfeldian Exile Society | 105 Seminary Street | Pennsburg, PA 18073
Phone: 215-679-3103 | Fax: 215-679-8175 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 Exile Society Annual Fall Meeting & Presentation
Sunday, October 22, 2017
2:00 p.m. – Annual Fall Meeting
2:30 p.m. – “Schwenkfelder Petitions for Tolerance” presented by Dr. Allen Viehmeyer
It is well known that three Schwenkfelder representatives traveled to Vienna, Austria, to plead tolerance for their faith by means of written petitions. Several searches for the original petitions have not brought a single one to light, but copies have been discovered recently in the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center. Come and find out the story of these petitions and their contents and see the petitions firsthand.
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS OF INTEREST TO SCHWENKFELDER DESCENDANTS
Annual Salford Pilgrimage
6:00 p.m., – Sunday, June 4, 2017
Salford Meetinghouse, Fretz Road, Lower Salford Township, PA
This memorial service celebrates the history and lives of the Schwenkfelder pioneers buried in the adjoining cemetery.
An Ice Cream Social immediately follows the service.
Gedächtnistag (Annual Day of Remembrance)
3:00 p.m. – Sunday, September 24, 2017
Location to be determined
This traditional service of Thanksgiving is the oldest continuous celebration of thanks in the United States.
It commemorates the arrival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on September 13, 1734,
of some 180 Schwenkfelder immigrants fleeing persecution in their native homelands of Silesia, Germany.
Upon arrival, they paused to give thanks to God for the safe arrival to a place where they would find freedom
to practice their faith as they pleased. Every year since, the Schwenkfelders gather to remember
their faith and reflect upon their struggles and opportunities.
Following the service, the day concludes with a traditional meal of bread, butter,
apple butter, and water – a reminder of that very first gathering in 1734.
2016 Exile Society Annual Fall Meeting & Presentation
Sunday, October 23, 2016
2:00 p.m. – Annual Fall Meeting
2:30 p.m. – “Clockmaking in the Style of the PA Dutch (Southeastern PA),” presented by Gregg Perry
The presentation will focus on construction, materials, surface finish, proportions, and ornamentation of 18th – 19th century Pennsylvania tall case clocks produced by the Pennsylvania Dutch in southeastern PA. A tall case clock in the Heritage Center collection will be visually dissected to extrapolate on all key points.
Gregg Perry has been a builder of high end, period 18th century furniture and clock case copies for the past 35 years. For the last 16 years he has been a practicing full-time horologist (a person who makes clocks and timepieces) in his Topton, PA, studio. He has studied two years at the NAWCC School of Horology, one year at the British Horological Institute, attained a graduate certificate from the Louvre in France in wooden artifact conservation, and has been an apprentice in 12 European countries in the last 12 years.