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November Brendle Symposium

November 4, Saturday - Brendle Symposium:

Early trades of the PA Dutch'

-- Click here to view the Poster and Registration Form --

Below is a bio of 2 of the 4 presenters,

with the other 2 coming in a few days:

Gary Elsing Harness Maker

Gary Elsing - Harness Maker


Gary Elsing resides in Sellersville, PA. Gary is a third generation leatherworker in southeastern Pennsylvania. His father's work had a focus on horse tack in Washington, while Gary produces contemporary items such as book bags, belts, and Bible and journal covers. Many of the leather working tools and techniques are from the late nineteenth century. Gary is a member of Leather Crafter and Saddlers Journal.

Ramon Townsend Bookbinder

Ramon Townsend


Ramon studied traditional bookbinding and related arts, such as letterpress, papermaking and paper marbling, under the master and journeymen bookbinders at Colonial Williamsburg in the 1970s and '80s. After leaving the bindery he continued to bookbind for his personal pleasure, and for family members and friends. In 2012 Ramon created Colonial Bindery for the purpose of repairing rare and used books for clients, and in order to conduct workshops.


Monthly Program -

October 19 - 'Musings of an Old Man: Pastor Henry Mehchior Muhlenberg reflects on his life.  First person portrayal.

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NEW! Goschenhoppen Historians Blog


The Goschenhoppen Historians are pleased to announce the inaugural posting

of its new blog. This blog will begin with previously published articles from

The Goschenhoppen Newsletter and The Goschenhoppen Region.





We hope readers will find the articles interesting and informative.

 Comments and inquiries from our readers are welcome.

Please check periodically for new postings.

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Thanks to your support in all of the events, symposiums,

and the Folk Festival over the years, the Historians

will continue to identify, preserve, and disseminate

the Pennsylvania German folk culture and history

of the Goschenhoppen region.


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 Welcome to Goschenhoppen!


Goschenhoppen is one of the oldest continuously existing Pennsylvania German communities in America.  This geographic region occupies a small corner of southeastern Pennsylvania in Montgomery County.  The Goschenhoppen Historians Inc., was founded in 1964 in order to preserve the folk culture of this area's earliest immigrant settlers, known as the Pennsylvania Dutch.

Incorporated as an educational organization on June 4, 1965, it has grown and prospered and has met, admirably, the many varied challenges of its social commitment to foster and maintain respect for the ingenuity, faith and determination  of these settlers.


Today, the Goschenhoppen Historians maintain several museums, a library, and offer educational and seasonal events and fundraisers throughout the year.


The Goschenhoppen Historian's Office and Museums are located at:

                Red Men's Hall

                116 Gravel Pike

                PO Box 476

                Green Lane, PA  18054

The Antes Plantation and the Folk Festival are located at:

                318 Colonial Road

                Perkiomenville, PA  18074

If you would like more information, call 215-234-8953 or email redmens_hall@goschenhoppen.org.













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