October 19, 2017


Musings Of An Old Man:

Henry Melchior “Musing of An Old Man: Pastor Henry Muhlenberg Reflects On His Life


Retired Lutheran Pastor Tom Kochenderfer will portray Pastor Henry Melchior Muhlenberg (1711-1787) reminiscing in his final days about his life as the first ordained Lutheran Minister sent to the early Pennsylvania Colony, and scion of a remarkable family of pastors and patriots at the Goschenhoppen Historians’ October meeting. In this year that commemorates both the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of his 95 “theses,’ and the 300th anniversary of the founding of Trappe where the Muhlenberg family held sway, it is particularly relevant to hear about events that helped shape our region and our country in the mid 1700s.


Arriving in Philadelphia in 1742, by 1745 Muhlenberg married Anna Maria Weiser, daughter of colonial leader and Penn family Indian Agent Conrad Weiser, and together they raised eleven children. Among them, three entered the ministry, Peter was a Major General in the Continental Army; another, Frederick, served as the first Speaker of the U.S. House House of Representatives and others achieved similar fame. They were a remarkable family, instrumental in establishing our national identity.


Based largely on his reading of Muhlenberg’s multi-volume Journals for the period 1742 – 1787, and his own deep knowledge of the Lutheran Church in America and local history, Pastor Kochenderfer aptly presents “Musing of An Old Man: Pastor Henry Muhlenberg Reflects On His Life.” Remaining in character throughout his performance he is able to convey a very realistic picture of the life of an important and well-connected family in this region during those years that brought such fundamental change to America and the world.


The meeting will be held at 7:30 PM on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the Goschenhoppen Historians’ headquarters in Red Men’s Hall, 116 Gravel Pike (Route 29), Green Lane, PA. As always, there is no entry fee and the public is welcome. Refreshments will be served during an informal get-together at the close of the meeting. More information can be obtained at 215-234-4119 or on the Historians’ website: www.goschenhoppen.org, or on Facebook.

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