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Annual Meeting Programs 1921 to present

Pennsylvania State Senate Honors
Schwenkfelder Day of Remembrance
September 24, 2014

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


2020 Exile Society Annual Fall Meeting & Presentation

Sunday, October 26, 2020
2:00 p.m. – Annual Fall Meeting
2:30 p.m. – TBD
Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center, 105 Seminary Street, Pennsburg, PA



School of Christ

3:00 p.m., Sunday, October 20, 2019
Central Schwenkfelder Church, 2111 S. Valley Forge Road, Worcester Twp., Lansdale, PA 19446

Begin to form a volunteer work force for our Churches and Conference.



Annual Salford Pilgrimage

6:00 p.m., Sunday, June 2, 2019
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 22, 2019
Olivett-Schwenkfelder Church, Township Line Road, Norristown, PA

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.

2019 Exile Society Annual Fall Meeting & Presentation

Sunday, October 27, 2019
2:00 p.m. – Annual Fall Meeting
2:30 p.m. – “Where Would You Find Slackers, Whackers and Frakturs?”
Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center, 105 Seminary Street, Pennsburg, PA

Samuel Y. Heebner was a Renaissance Man of the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century.
Roger and Tim Heebner will share some insights into his background and where his legacy is still felt today.
Details will include sources of information and how his background information was obtained.

2018 Exile Society Annual Fall Meeting & Presentation

Sunday, October 28, 2018
2:00 p.m. – Annual Fall Meeting
2:30 p.m. – Raymond J. Brunner will be speaking on
Organ Building of the Krauss Family
Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center, 105 Seminary Street, Pennsburg, PA

                The organ building of the Krauss family over several generations will be described, with emphasis on their relations
to the community, members of other religious groups, and contact with other organ builders.   Their business practices
will be discussed, with the opportunity for attendees to view original contracts, organ drawings, and diaries from the Heritage
Center archives.   Photographs of extant Krauss organs, as well as the Krauss homes and organ workshops, will be shown.

                Raymond J. Brunner has worked in the organ business for almost 40 years and is currently a partner of
Brunner & Associates LLC, a pipe organ building and restoration company in Silver Spring, PA.   He has been
involved in the restoration of many historic American organs, including organs built by the Krauss family.
His 1990 book, “That Ingenious Business,” details the work of Pennsylvania German organ builders
in the 18th and 19th centuries.  He lives in East Petersburg, PA, with his wife Martha.

public invited / handicap accessible / fellowship & refreshments follow

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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