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  • Kutztown Area Historical Society - Home
    s and 70 s The 1892 building will be open at 6 00 PM The program is at 7 00 PM Please join us and bring a friend Welcome The Kutztown Area Historical Society KAHS was formed in 1974 75 and incorporated in 1976 as one of the first regional historical societies in Berks County Responding to the American Bicentennial and recognizing the need for a local history resource and repository beyond the auspices of the venerable Historical Society of Berks County founded in 1869 our society s founding members created an organization to serve northeastern Berks comprised by the school districts Kutztown Brandywine Heights and Fleetwood On February 27 1979 the KAHS purchased the 1892 Public School Building from the Kutztown Area School District This late Victorian marvel on the National Register of Historic Places houses the society s museum and administrative offices Our museum showcases many artifacts and photographs from the Kutztown area Our non circulating library holds many historical publications and is a great source for local historians The building is also used for activities throughout the year The most popular event is our Annual Holiday Festival which is held on the second weekend in November Kutztown

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  • Mission - Kutztown Area Historical Society
    been vitally interested in preserving all that we can of the history and records of the Kutztown area and of the local Pennsylvania German dialect and culture that has informed it Based on our mission statement the society remains committed to the following objectives 1 to collecting and preserving material culture artifacts tools and implements textiles photographs folk art advertising etc relevant to or representative of the history and culture of Kutztown and its environs including the greater northeastern Berks County region and to operate a museum where those artifacts may be publicly displayed 2 to collecting and maintaining a non circulating library and archive of books periodicals manuscripts and other materials reflecting the history culture and genealogy of the Kutztown area 3 to restoring and maintaining the historic 1892 Public School Building as a permanent repository for donated and loaned objects of historical interest 4 to encouraging preservation of historically significant sites structures and material culture artifacts throughout its area of influence 5 to extending its services and collections to local educational institutions and civic organizations by way of an outreach docent program so as to promote awareness of local historical issues 6 to promoting historical inquiry on all levels from grass roots curiosity to academic research thus fostering widespread appreciation of a distinct vital regional culture Although we originated as one of the earliest Berks County historical societies we are presently one of a number of flourishing organizations in the northeastern Berks and western Lehigh region suggesting possibilities for collaborative projects based on the idea of the Berkleigh tract a distinct landscape and culture maintaining its own still largely rural folkways between the nearby urban centers of Reading and Allentown We embrace a policy of mutual cooperation with other more recently established societies including those of Albany Township

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  • Kutztown History - Kutztown Area Historical Society
    the Main Street merchants It was removed in 1958 Lower East Main Street in the 1930 s before the trolley tracks were removed Notice the lamp posts Bridge over the Saucony Creek looking east The white building was the trolley station The picture was taken in the early 1900s Horse racing was a huge draw for many years at the Kutztown Fair The blurred images on the track are horses during a race The grandstand burned down in the 1930s East Main Street was originally called Park Avenue This picture from the early part of the 20th century was taken at what is now the intersection of East Main Street and Maple Street before Maple Street existed The large Victorian House second from the left no longer exists it was demolished in the 1970 s It is now the playground for Shaynah Kinner The Kutztown area broadly defined encompasses an area of land also known as the East Penn Valley a broad limestone valley situated in northern and eastern Berks County bounded by the Blue and South Mountain ranges to the north and south respectively by the Lehigh County border to the east and by the Ontelaunee Maiden Creek to the west This region includes the townships or portions thereof of Albany Greenwich Longswamp Maidencreek Maxatawny Perry Richmond Rockland and Ruscombmanor the boroughs of Kutztown Fleetwood Topton Lyons and Lenhartsville and the villages or settlements clockwise from Kutztown of Monterey Maxatawny Mertztown Kutzville Schofer s Farmington Hancock Longswamp Shamrock Ringtown Oreville Klines Corner Five Points Hinterleiter s Longsdale Maple Grove Red Lion Pilgerts Seisholzville Henningsville Sally Ann Furnace Fredericksville New Jerusalem Dryville Bowers Walnuttown Blandon Maiden Creek Molltown Evansville Kirbyville Moselem Kempsville Virginville Windsor Castle Dreibelbis Greenawald Albany Kempton Mountain Stony Run Wessnersville Klinesville Krumsville Grimville Eagle Point Kroningersville and

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  • Museum Info - Kutztown Area Historical Society
    roof exterior maintenance and interior renovations were financed through the generosity of the Kutztown community with the help of a few government grants Much more remains to be done however as the building is quite large and like most buildings over one hundred years old requires constant care The building is one of the best examples of Victorian architecture in the country and was placed on the National Register of Historic Buildings in June 1980 The museum houses a variety of local artifacts including two needlepoint samplers sewn by two Franklin Academy a 19th century Kutztown school students from 1842 and 1843 a newspaper announcing the death of George Washington from 1799 original Keith Haring drawings 19th century textile implements loom spinning wheels yarn wheels antique toys and books a Pennsylvania long rifle made by local gunsmith Jacob George in 1817 antique quilts a replica of a 1930 s school room antique farm implements antique fire equipment 19th and early 20th century garments and many other historically important items Tours of the museum can be made during one of our events or by appointment Call 610 683 7697 or e mail kahs1892 yahoo com to make an appointment Directions to

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  • Library - Kutztown Area Historical Society
    authors both residing locally and connected to Kutztown University cemetery records for St John s Hope and Fairview Cemeteries as well as church histories for New Bethel Union Albany Twp Jerusalem Lutheran U C C Red Church Stony Run Albany Twp St Peter s U C C Richmond Twp Heidelberg Union Saegersville Lehigh Co and Jacob s Union Jacksonville Lynn Twp Lehigh Co and genealogical volumes for certain local establishing families such as Bieber Deisher DeTurk Dreibelbis Geist Grunewald Merkel Miller Strasser and Trexler Our library and archive are non circulating and are presently available only by appointment However our society s Librarian Archivist Dr Brendan D Strasser also maintains one of the best private research and reference libraries on local Berks Lehigh and Pennsylvania history and Pennsylvania German culture dialect folklife and history in private hands numbering several thousand volumes and periodicals While current staffing of our library and museum does not allow us to field all queries or to pursue significant genealogical research for interested parties Dr Strasser and our part time volunteers and university interns will do their best to accommodate requests On a more limited basis than our publicly accessible materials permission may also be granted to utilize the rare books manuscripts archive scarce and often fragile volumes owned by the society or Dr Strasser personally including copies of virtually every known Kutztown imprint in German and English dating to the 1830s 19th century manuscript ledgers from such Kutztown institutions as St John s Lutheran Church the Black Horse Hotel the Pennsylvania House and the Adonai Lodge mid to late 18th century German Tagebücher day books maintained by the Hottenstein family of physicians located just east of Kutztown and later in the borough itself the manuscript diaries of former Patriot editor Alliene S DeChant and various 19th and early 20th century educational textbooks representative of the era of our 1892 Victorian Public School Building in all subjects To make arrangements to use the society library or to request additional information please contact Brendan Strasser directly On Line Resources One bright autumn day in 1995 Dr Strasser recovered at a local estate auction the 1876 Centennial Census of Kutztown mentioned once in Ermentrout s 1876 Kutztown history and presumed lost for the next 119 years Conducted at the borough s request by James F Wagenhorst to provide a snapshot of the flourishing community on the occasion of America s 100th birthday this hand written reckoning of the borough enumerates 1 194 citizens their ages birthplaces and occupations A testament to young Mr Wagenhorst s dedication civic pride and undoubtedly also to his stubbornness it is the most accurate and thorough 19th century census of Kutztown in existence not excepting the Federal Census of 1870 and 1880 To access Dr Strasser s transcription of the census record as well as his related research into both the census and its taker visit the Berks County PA GenWeb Click on The Census and look for the six entries at the

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  • Genealogy - Kutztown Area Historical Society
    and away the best genealogical collection for the greater Berks County area Contact this society located in the Goggle Works at 201 Washington St Reading PA for hours and directions Historical Society of Berks County Maintains a non circulating library archive to aid Berks related genealogical research Not as complete as the collection of the Berks County Genealogical Society but more readily available due to greater hours of operation Berks County Register of Wills General information on the resources of the Register of Wills office Searchable indexes of birth death and marriage registers for the City of Reading and County of Berks Extremely helpful office at which to conduct research in person as well Berks County Association for Graveyard Preservation The BCAGP s mission is to preserve and maintain historic graveyards in Berks County and throughout eastern Pennsylvania many of which suffer from neglect and vandalism eroded headstones etc Research supports the existence of more than 300 historic graveyards in Berks County with approximately 120 showing some sort of visible surface evidence This updated and expanded site includes membership information photographs and contact information Berks County PAGenWeb A superlative resource for census information church cemetery records tax records wills deeds obituaries immigration naturalization military pensions history townships boroughs etc A bit random because all information is submitted by volunteers and individual researchers but filled with surprises as well Berks County PA USGenWeb Archives Berks County Censuses of 1790 1850 1890 Index site with links to the three censuses indicated with plans for more to be added in the future Specific Surname Sites BIEBER History Genealogy Genealogical site maintained by John William Bieber of Claymont Delaware BROBST PROBST Family History Genealogy Much information on Albany Twp but also including Greenwich Maxatawny Twps and other local names GEHRIS Homepage Genealogical site for the Gehris Gehres Geres name including many other surnames maintained by Roy Gehris HENRY Family Pottstown Montgomery Co YODER Family Information Maintained by Chris Yoder ZETTLEMOYER Family Website on Zettlemoyer and variant spellings maintained by Harry Wilson of North Carolina Sites for Pennsylvania Genealogy Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania Founded in 1892 among the oldest and best established genealogical societies in the United States Kindred Trails Worldwide Genealogy Resources Pennsylvania Genealogy PA family net The Pennsylvania Genealogy Web Page PAGenWeb One of the most thorough websites on Pennsylvania genealogy with links to all 67 counties PA Roots Pennsylvania Genealogy Guide Pennsylvania Roots Network Pennsylvania Resources at RootsWeb State and county searches available from the main page ROOTS L Pennsylvania The main Roots List website for Pennsylvania with major topics including Daily Life Geography History Military and so forth Stones of Faith Pennsylvania Germans and Their Gravestones This site examines a collection of PA German gravestones erected from the 1740s to the late 1800s which provide a unique view of the culture including a chronology of how choices in gravestone imagery evolved from the early German settlement of Pennsylvania through the Civil War time period and into the 1900s It is an

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  • Merchandise - Kutztown Area Historical Society
    Book A Most Agreeable Town A Photographic History of the Borough of Kutztown Volume I West Main Street A Most Agreeable Town Volume 2 Railroad Industrial Corridor East Main St A Most Agreeable Town A Photographic History of the Borough of Kutztown Volume 3 The Neighborhoods 1965 Kutztown Sesqui Centennial 150th Anniversary History Book 2009 All Rights Reserved Unless otherwise credited all contents of this site including text photographs and

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  • A Most Agreeable Town: A Photographic History of the Borough of Kutztown, Volume I: West Main Street - Kutztown Area Historical Society
    the publication of A Most Agreeable Town A Photographic History of the Borough of Kutztown Volume I West Main Street Published on high quality glossy paper in a limited hardcover edition consisting of 1500 copies this volume contains approximately 330 vintage black and white photographs most previously unpublished of West Main Street businesses residences and citizens from the Saucony Bridge to Keystone State Normal School It is the first of a two volume set to be completed in 2005 with the release of Volume II encompassing the remainder of the borough Highlights Edition limited to 1500 copies Hardcover format high quality glossy paper More than 300 vintage photographs most previously unpublished of West Main St 1880s 1960s Stunning real photo post card images by Rev Dr W W Deatrick and others Fully captioned historical commentary Substantial new information on borough life and businesses Two full length essays on the origins of Kutztown and historic preservation Official release at Holiday Festival November 13 2004 10 a m 4 p m 1892 Public School Building Available at the below locations in Kutztown Mr Food 342 W Main St Adam n Eve Boutique 309 W Main St Jackie Daughter Flower Shop 271 W Main St Berkleigh Travel Services 236 W Main St Heatwaves Tanning Salon 218 W Main St J A Meyer Jeweler 156 W Main St Louisa Gonser Community Library 70 Bieber Alley Saucony Book Shop 41 W Main St The Crewel World 361 E Main St To order a book by mail Send a check for 45 00 along with your name address and phone number to Photo Book Kutztown Area Historical Society P O Box 307 Kutztown PA 19530 Any questions about the book or mail order instructions can be sent to Brendan hometownu com 2009 All Rights Reserved Unless

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