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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: email@example.com
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
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS OF INTEREST TO SCHWENKFELDER DESCENDANTS
Gedächtnistag (Annual Day of Remembrance)
3:00 p.m., Sunday, September 23, 2018
Schwenkfelder Missionary Church
Aulenbach House (Fellowship Hall) of Christ Church & St. Michaels’ Episcopal Church
29 Tulpehocken Street, Philadelphia, 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.
Annual Salford Pilgrimage
6:00 p.m., Sunday, June 3, 2018
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 followed the service.