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Christmas cards are available at the Society Library for a donation of $12 for ten or $1.50 for each. Inside the card "Merry Christmas" is printed by our very own print shop. The actual card photo does not have text on it. The photo by Don Resse features The Musser Chapel, Adamstown. Just a few biographical notes about Peter M. Musser -- He was born and lived in the Adamstown area until he was 19 years old (b.3 Apr 1841, d. 22May 1919) and moved to Muscatine, Iowa where in worked in his uncle's lumber business (Musser and Company). He later became a Director of Weyerhauser's from 1900 t0 1919. He became a very wealthy man.

Further information is found in the 200th Anniversary booklet of Adamstown (1961). The stone entrance and chapel that are located at the cemetery (Cedar Grove Cemetery) entrance which were a gift to the Borough of Adamstown from Mr. P. M. Musser, a native of Adamstown, and a direct descendent of William Addams (founder of Adamstown). This gift was originally offered on the 24th day of October, 1907, and was set up to be a memorial to Mr. Musser's parents.

It might be interesting to note here the speech made by Mr. Musser when he presented the keys to the chapel to members of the cemetery association. The date was November 1, 1908.

"It gives me great pleasure to be able to present to you today, this beautiful little chapel building in honor of my Father and my Mother, Mr. and Mrs. John Musser, who for many years lived with you. It is to them that I owe whatever of success in life may have come to me. I am greatly indebted to Muhlenberg Bros. for the artistic plans for the chapel, and to Mr. John Zerbe, contractor, for the workmanship, and to Messrs. L. H. Custer, Elmer E. Billingfelt and John M. Frame -- the building committee, for their untiring assistance."

According to the minute book, the iron fence and the pillars were a gift of Mrs. Kate Custer and Mrs. Lizzie Frame.

 

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PROGRAMS 2015

Meetings are held at 7:00 P.M. at the Ephrata Public Library, 550 S. Reading Road, Ephrata unless otherwise stated. Open free to the public.

(In case of inclement weather, Society programs will follow the Ephrata School District closing schedule.)

December 25,

No Meeting

Merry Christmas!

 

January 28, 2015

Annual Show and Tell

Everyone looks forward to this annual program! Come and share your one-of-a-kind treasures with friends at this event, which is full of surprises.

 

February 25, A Collier's Life and the Craft of Making Charcoal

Rick Brouse, historian, sometime Belsnickle, and an architectural draftsman, will explain all the phases involved in the processing of wood to charcoal. From  cutting down the trees, to raking out and transporting the final product, all these steps will be illustrated in a PowerPoint presentation. Learn more about this once common but now forgotten occupation.

 

mERRY cHRISTMAS

Welcome

Come on in and pull up a chair. Whether you are a newcomer or an old timer you can get to know us and experience our rich heritage. The Society was founded in 1957. There is so much to see and learn about the Cocalico Valley. Visit the Theodore R. Sprecher Museum housed in the Connell Mansion in it's Victorian elegance. You will find thirteen rooms of exhibits with collections from the early 1800's to present and period room settings. Be sure to see the current feature exhibit. Quite possibly you may want to do some research in the library with its wealth of local history and genealogy. Resource materials range widely from the standard body of legal and church records to the specific and unique resources focused on the Cocalico Valley. To get a glimpse of the collections you can view an online card catalog which includes files through the year 2000. Current files can be perused in the library. You have heard our story, maybe you have one too. We would love to hear from you.

 

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE

THE PUBLICATION OF VOL. II OF

WHAT’S COOKIN’ AMONG OUR BOYS AND GIRLS IN

THE ARMED FORCES –

THE COCALICO VALLEY AND WORLD WAR II,

MAY 1944 THROUGH DECEMBER 1945

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