Schwenkfelder Center Re-Opens with New Visitor Displays

Schwenkfelder Center Re-Opens with New Visitor Displays
Quilts “in living color”
Schwenkfelder Center Re-Opens with New Visitor Displays
Heebner board games

PENNSBURG PA – After “a productive week of cleaning and organizing,” the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center at 105 Seminary St. reopened Tuesday (Feb. 22, 2022), Executive Director Beth Twiss Houting said. Visitors can now see many new donations and acquisitions received during the past year, as well as enjoy new changing exhibits.

Potentially most exciting, she added, are new residents in the Seipt Family Barn (at top). Four types of animals that would have used the barn in the 1800s are its occupants. Barn tours require a guide. Guests can stop at the center’s front desk to arrange a tour, or schedule one in advance by calling 215-679-3103 or sending an e-mail to info@schwenkfelder.org.

Two new changing exhibits are ready for the winter and early spring:

  • In Living Color – Quilts from the Permanent Collection” showcases 10 eye-popping quilts (above) of varying patterns and colors; and
  • The Heebner Board Game Collection” (above right) displays some games that are more than 100 years old. Learn about their origin and the manufacturers who produced them. Visitors are likely to recognize more than a few.

The center said it “engages visitors in exploration of the themes of tolerance, migration, and heritage in their lives through highlighting the stories of the Pennsylvania Germans of the Perkiomen region, especially those of the Schwenkfelders. They were a Protestant reformation group heavily persecuted in Europe, which came to southeastern Pennsylvania in the early 1700s seeking religious freedom.

Admission is free and open to the public at varying hours Tuesdays through Sundays. For information call 215-679-3103.

Photos provided by Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center