Historian Wood’s Talks Planned During October

BOYERTOWN PA – Popular Boyertown area historian Bob Wood (at top) is scheduled to present revised presentations on Berks County’s people, places, and products during four Sundays in October, all from 1-2 p.m., at the Studio B Art Gallery, 39A E. Philadelphia Ave.

Planned are:

  • On Oct. 2: “The Tragic Civil War Story of Bill Howe,” born 1839 in Perkiomenville, who fought heroically at the Battle of Fredericksburg in December 1862. He was executed at Fort Mifflin in August 1864. “His story needs to be told,” Wood said;
  • On Oct. 9: “The Story of Native Americans in Berks County, inhabitants there for 12,000 years. The fields of Berks and surrounding counties held, and still hold millions, of stone artifacts fashioned over the millennia by Native Americans. Wood has collected thousands from his family farm and tells their story;
  • On Oct. 16: “The Story of Corn: Its Origin, Cultivation and Use.” The Indian’s maize was one of the new food cultivars that Germanic immigrants found here. For man and livestock, corn soon became an essential crop; and
  • On Oct. 23: “Clover Seed Mills of Southeastern Pennsylvania, 1820-1845.” Virtually unknown today, these novel contraptions illustrate the millwright’s inventiveness and mechanical skill.

Studio B, located in downtown Boyertown, is home to the Arts and Activities Alliance. It’s a committee of Building a Better Boyertown, a non-profit Main Street program dedicated to revitalizing small towns. The studio seeks to showcase the work of fine artists in themed exhibits – some juried, some open to all – and welcomes art in diverse media. It also hosts activities and informal gatherings on assorted topics.

Photo provided by Studio B Art Gallery via its Facebook page