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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

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2021 Exile Society Annual Fall Meeting & Presentation

Sunday, October 24, 2021
2:00 p.m. – Annual Fall Meeting
2:30 p.m. – “The Ladies of 20th Century Pennsylvania Dutch Literature and Illustration,”
presented by Candace Perry, Curator
In the early to mid 20th Century, authors were discovering that the rich tapestry of Pennsylvania German culture and life made good subject matter for books, both for adults and children.  Many of these authors were women.  These authors took what they viewed as the quaint customs (and sometimes backward thinking and superstitions) and wove them into stories that captivated the nation’s imagination.  Candace Perry will explore several of these books and authors in this illustrated lecture – some with whom you might be familiar, such as Marguerite de Angeli and Katherine Milhous, and others that have become more obscure over the years.
Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center, 105 Seminary Street, Pennsburg, PA

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Gedächtnistag (Annual Day of Remembrance)

3:00 p.m., Sunday, September 26, 2021
Palm Schwenkfelder Church, 833 Gravel Pike, Palm, PA 18070

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.
Rev. Leslie Mamas from Olivet Schwenkfelder Church will be speaking.
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 13, 2021
Salford Meetinghouse, Fretz Road, Lower Salford Township, PA

Gedächtnistag (Annual Day of Remembrance)

3:00 p.m., Sunday, September 27, 2020
Central Schwenkfelder Church, 2111 S. Valley Forge Road, Worcester Township, Lansdale, PA

2020 Exile Society Annual Fall Meeting & Presentation

Sunday, October 25, 2020
2:00 p.m. – Annual Fall Meeting
2:30 p.m. – “Frozen Diamonds – The Ice Industry of the Upper Perkiomen Valley”, presented by Larry Roeder
Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center, 105 Seminary Street, Pennsburg, PA

Before the age of mechanical refrigerators, icehouses and dams of varying sizes stood upon the banks of many ponds and creeks in our region.  Some provided local families with ice for their needs while others supported small and later larger businesses.

Learn about the wood and stone icehouses used to preserve the food of our ancestors long before electric powered refrigerators and how those cleverly constructed and insulated buildings led to the rise of one of the largest businesses to take root in the Upper Perkiomen Valley.  Consider why the water of the Perkiomen and Hosensack Creeks were preferred and what role the railroad played in the location of the icehouses.  Hear how the ice was harvested and where it was shipped.  You’ll be surprised at the number of jobs the industry created and how much ice was harvested here.

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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