Pennsburg Schwenkfelder Center Plans New Exhibits

The Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center (at top), and Brig. Gen. and Gov. John Hartranft

PENNSBURG PA – Exhibit changes are being planned for 2022 at the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center, 105 Seminary St., it said Thursday (Nov. 18, 2021), as its board and staff determine how to best use the center’s wonderful newly constructed exhibit spaces and barn. They hope to safely operate a “a full schedule of public, in-person programs” during the coming year.

One such exhibit will examine the Civil War career of Brigadier General and Governor John Frederick Hartranft (1830-1889). Hartranft (at top), a Schwenkfelder, had the difficult role as serving as the special provost marshal for the trial of the Lincoln assassination conspirators. The exhibit will focus on his military and political career.

It also will look at other Schwenkfelder descendants, and how their conscience compelled some to fight in the war while others resisted the pressure.

Members of the public are being asked to support the exhibit plans by considering a monetary gift to the center on Giving Tuesday (Nov. 30), the day of charity that follows traditional holiday shopping on Black Friday (Nov. 26) and online shopping on Cyber Monday (Nov. 29). The goal for its exhibit budget is $4,000, and contributions of any size are appreciated.

Donations can be made at the center’s website, or by check mailed to Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center, 105 Seminary St., Pennsburg PA 18073. Checks should include a “Giving Tuesday” notation to ensure the amount is directed to the exhibit fund.

Photos provided by the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center