Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Pastors and Patriots: The Story of the Muhlenbergs

Frederick Muhlenberg
There is more to the colonial history of this area than Valley Forge and Independence Hall.

As in many places along the east coast, there is a whole secondary level of people, as important in their day as George Washington and John Adams, who helped make this country what it is today.

We talk a lot in this blog about John Potts and the Potts family, and appropriately so.

But there are others and one of those others is the Mulhlenberg family.

And what better way to learn about them than to meet the author who literally wrote the book on them?

And you can do that tonight, starting at 7 p.m., at the headquarters of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area at 140 College Drive here in Pottstown.

In the final event of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area's 2013 lecture series, author Lisa Minardi, will discuss the important role the Muhlenberg's played in the history of America. 
The Speaker's House in Trappe.

After the lecture, she will sign copies of her newly reprinted book, "Pastors and Patriots: The Muhlenberg Family of Pennsylvania."

Light refreshments will be served and the Heritage Area's new River of Revolutions Interpretive Center will be open during this event.

RSVP: There is no charge for this event, but space is limited, so please let them know you are coming by calling 484-945-0200, or emailing Cindy Kott at ckott@schuylkillriver.org
The book sells for $40 and all proceeds benefit the Speaker's House renovation.

Minardi, is president of The Speaker's House, a preservation group overseeing the restoration of Frederick Muhlenberg's home in Trappe. 

Muhlenberg was not only the first Speaker of the House of Representatives but is the first signer of the Bill of Rights.
There's his signature, right above John Adams.
The mission of The Speaker’s House is to not only celebrate and preserve the heritage and home of Frederick Muhlenberg, but also to create programs to inspire leadership and civic engagement in the timeless issues of our nation.

The house also holds events, one of which is coming up on Saturday, Dec. 21.

The Christmas Cantata, a Concert of Christmas directed by Laurie Mueller, featuring the Augustus Lutheran Church Choirs, Marimba Music by Diane Mills, Flutist Patricia Ahmad, Community Music School String Quartet, Handbells, Youth vocalists, percussion enhancements begins at 3 and ends at 5 p.m..

A social reception with light refreshments to follow.

Childcare available by request and resrvation only: call 610-489-9625 for more information.

Minardi's book, includes extensive new information about the Muhlenbergs and more than 100 color
photographs of historic paintings, furniture, silver, and other family heirlooms. 

The talk is part of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area's lecture series .

Other Upcoming Events

Feb. 22, 2014: Bringing The War of Independence to Life, an exhibit of Revolutionary War illustrations collected by Schuylkill River Heritage Area Executive Director Kurt Zwikl will open at Valley Forge National Historical Park, in the Visitors Center. 

In June the exhibit will be moved to Morristown National Historical Park.

1 comment:

  1. Great blog post! Unfortunately, due to inclement weather, this event is being cancelled for tonight. It will be rescheduled in the spring.