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Lovettsville Historical Society

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When:
March 8, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2020-03-08T14:00:00-04:00
2020-03-08T16:00:00-04:00
Where:
Lovettsville Historical Society
10 E Broad Way
Lovettsville, VA 20180
USA
Cost:
Free

last updated by Jim Moyer 2/3/2018, 2/29/2020

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Lovettsville Historical Society Lecture

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March 8, 2020, Sunday

2pm

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See view of St. James United Church of Christ,

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See map of this location for the lecture: 10 East Broad Way in Lovettsville

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The authors will have a limited number of copies of their book for purchase for $19.95; only cash will be accepted.

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The Lovettsville Museum will be open after the program for a reception and refreshments.

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Topic:

Germans Immigrants, American Pioneers:  The Brunners of Schifferstadt

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See the Facebook Page on this.

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See SCHIFFERSTADT ARCHITECTURAL MUSEUM website.

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The saga of one desperate German family’s search for a better life in America,  . . .  After years of likely indentured servitude in Pennsylvania, the Brunners moved to Frederick County, Maryland and rose to a level of affluence.

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The story of the Brunner family provides a window into the great German migration that gave rise to the single largest group of Americans by national origin.  Many of the Germans who came to Pennsylvania in the early 18th century moved on to western Maryland and into Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, with some stopping in northern Loudoun County, in what became known as “The German Settlement,” now the Lovettsville area.

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The story of that migration is told in the book German Immigrants, American Pioneers: The Brunners of Schifferstadt, by Patricia Ogden and Boyce Rensberger. The book begins as follows:

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A surprisingly complete story of the founding and settlement of Frederick County, Maryland, can be told through the pioneering Brunner family and their Maryland house, which they called Schifferstadt after their home town in the old country. We know many details of the story’s beginning in the 1700s as the Brunners prepared to escape their ravaged German homeland. And in the 21st century we have the evidence of how they lived in Maryland—the stone house that stands today as an architectural museum in the City of Frederick…. In 2017, the U.S. Department of the Interior awarded it the elite designation as a National Historic Landmark, only the second site to be so honored in Frederick County. 

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Ogden and Rensberger have tried to tell as much of the overall story as can be documented by historical records about the Brunner family and about the times in which they lived. They have relied upon the work of historians and of contemporaneous observers who left accounts of what they saw. And they have combed through government and church records of the Pennsylvania and Maryland colonies, which have yielded valuable information on the family and their lives and times.

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Among topics which will be covered:

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  • The family’s perilous journey to Philadelphia in 1729.

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  • Their mystery years in Pennsylvania.

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  • Their settlement in the wilderness of colonial Maryland.

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  • Their rise in economic status.

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  • Their participation in the civic, religious and military life of the province of Maryland.

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  • The large, stone home they built in Frederick Town.

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Patricia Ogden, a local historian, has devoted several years to digging up key facts from government and church records in Maryland and Pennsylvania. She is retired from the financial sector and lives in Frederick. Boyce Resnberger is a retired journalist with The Washington Post and The New York Times. He is a Brunner descendant who lived in six states before settling in Frederick and discovering that he had come home.

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The mission of the Lovettsville Historical Society is to foster a sense of place and community by preserving, protecting, and educating about the history and heritage of Lovettsville and the German Settlement.  The  Society is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions and membership dues are tax deductible under Internal Revenue Code Section 170.

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Past Events


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We would like to showcase one of  our French and Indian War Foundation directors on our Board.

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REMINDER:  

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Lecture This Sunday, March  11, 2018:
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“Life on the Inner Frontier: The French and Indian War in Memory and Artifact in the Shenandoah Valley”
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Presented by
Patrick Murphy, Author and Historian
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St. James United Church of Christ, Lovettsville
2:00 p.m.

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This Sunday, March 11, Patrick Murphy, author of an award-winning book on the French and Indian War, will present “Life on the Inner Frontier: The French and Indian War in Memory and Artifact in the Shenandoah Valley,” as this month’s featured lecture in the Lovettsville Historical Society 2018 Lecture Series.

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Mr. Murphy will discuss the French and Indian War in the Shenandoah Valley – the closest the war came to Loudoun County — with a focus on how we remember that war today.

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Topics will include:

• The face of the frontier
• Indian mode of warfare
• Fortified places of refuge
• Representative incidents
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Mr. Murphy, who has been a Navy engineer, an English professor, and a practicing lawyer, is now an accomplished historian and is a Board member of the French and Indian War Foundation in Winchester, VA.
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The program will be held at St. James United Church of Christ, 10 East Broad Way, Lovettsville, VA., at 2:00 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome to defray expenses of the program and to support the activities of the Lovettsville Historical
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For more information, visit www.LovettsvilleHistoricalSociety.org or email events@lovettsvillehistoricalsociety.org.

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Some Previous Events 2018


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Lovettesville Historical Society covers a lot of different time periods.  For our purpose we like to showcase any events they offer related to the French and Indian War time period.

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  • Sunday, Feb. 11, 2pm  “The Washington Family Homes of Jefferson County, West Virginia”

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Click on center yellow dot for Warner Washington’s Fairfield Estate.

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North of that dot are the other Washington family homes.

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Next Lecture – Sunday, Feb. 11

All lectures are held at 2:00 on Sunday afternoons, at St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville; they are free and open to the public, although donations are encouraged to support the lecture series and the programs of the Lovettsville Historical Society.

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 Feb. 11, 2018 – “The Washington Family Homes of Jefferson County, West Virginia,”
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presented by Walter Washington of Charles Town which will chronicle the migration of the Washington family from the Virginia Tidewater to the Lower Shenandoah Valley.

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In 1750, eighteen year-old George Washington made his first real estate purchase of 500 acres in what is now Jefferson County, West Virginia, then part of Frederick County, Virginia.

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In 1770, his brother Samuel moved to his new home there, called “Harewood.”

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Ten years later their younger brother Charles built his home called “Happy Retreat,”

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and in 1786 he founded Charles Town.

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Their great nephews built the homes called “Blakely” and “Claymont,” and Samuel’s grandson built “Cedar Lawn.”

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All in all, the Washington family owned ten manors in Jefferson County, seven of which have survived to this day.

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Today more Washington family descendants are buried in the Zion Episcopal Church cemetery in Charles Town, than in any other place in the country.

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The February 11 event will also include background on the Washingtons in Loudoun County.

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Our presenter Walter Washington practices law in Charles Town, West Virginia.

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He received his undergraduate degree from Carleton College and his law degree from American University.

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He lives at “Harewood,” the home built by his 5th great grandfather Samuel Washington in 1770.

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He is also the president of Friends of Happy Retreat, the non-profit corporation that has acquired and is restoring “Happy Retreat,” the 1780 home of Charles.

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  • Upcoming Lectures

 

  • Nearby Events of Interest
  • Lovettsville Historical Society Visits Threatened Aldie Landmark
  • The Fascinating Story Behind Wilfred Emory Cutshaw’s Crumbling 1854 Book
  • In Memoriam:  Joe Keating (1937-2018)
  • Indexing the Lovettsville Museum Research Files
  • The Wayback Machine: “Down the Old Potomac” On the C&O Canal, A Thomas Edison Film (1917)
  • “What the Heck IS This Thing?” Guessing Game #2
  • LHS 2018 Board of Directors
  • Our Mission
  • Answer to the “What the Heck IS This Thing” Guessing Game #2
  • Back Issues of the LHS Newsletter

 

 

 

 

 


PAST EVENTS OF LOVETTSVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017  … 2pm

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Etching of Hanson based on a portrait by Charles Willson Peale that was painted from life in 1781–1782

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Remembering John Hanson: 
The First President of the United States
Presented by Peter Hanson Michael

Sunday, November 5, 2:00 pm

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On November 5, 1781 – just weeks after the American victory at Yorktown – the United States officially came into being, and John Hanson of Maryland was selected as the “President of the United States in Congress Assembled.”

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The Articles of Confederation had been drafted in 1777, but were not ratified until March of 1781.

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The Articles authorized the newly-elected Congress to meet on the first Monday of November, when it elected John Hanson as President.

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On November 5, 2017, the Lovettsville Historical Society will present the story of John Hanson, the man whom many – including George Washington himself – regarded as the first President of the United States.

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The Author and the Book:

The story will be told by Peter Hanson Michael, a descendant of John Hanson, and author of the 2011 biography Remembering John Hanson: The First Lincoln. As Mr. Michael writes in the Forward to the book:

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Remembering John Hanson” collects the Hanson record which re-illuminates that he was an indispensable Founder in forging United States independence, raising money, materiel and militias to prosecute the Revolutionary War, solving the impasse over the western lands, brokering the Articles of Confederation, creating the first United States government, keeping the nation whole, and serving as the first President of this original government.”

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About President Hanson:

Mr. Michael will explain why it is that, although Hanson was highly regarded by the generations following our War of Independence, he is barely remembered today.  And he will solve a number of the mysteries of Hanson’s life, as well as putting to rest some of the myths surrounding him – including the Internet-spread claim that Hanson was America’s first Black President.

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About the author:

Mr. Michael resides at Cooling Springs Farm, an Underground Railroad site, on Ballenger Creek Pike above Point of Rocks in Frederick County, Maryland.  He is president of the John Hanson Memorial Association, which sponsored the John Hanson National Memorial in Frederick, Maryland. He is also publisher of the Underground Railroad Free Press.

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See below for where this is.

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Upcoming lectures:

 www.lovettsvillehistoricalsociety.org

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The program will be held at St. James United Church of Christ, 10 East Broad Way, Lovettsville, Va., at 2:00 p.m.   Admission is free, but donations are welcome to defray expenses of the program and to support the activities of the Lovettsville Historical Society.

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This is where the lecture will be. At this Church.

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Another article on this – https://inthepanhandle.com/local/events/details/15683/ .

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Where?

The program  will be held at

St. James United Church of Christ,

10 East  Broad Way, Lovettsville, Va.

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When?

at 2:00 p.m.

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FREE

although . . .

Admission is free, donations are welcome

to defray expenses of the program.

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See link for more on that picture of the Church below.

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As Rev. England has written, “The history of St. James and that of Lovettsville are inseparable.” It has always been a center of life in The German Settlement, and later in the town of Lovettsville, which wasn’t laid out until 1820. Founded around 1733 by Germans settlers arriving from Pennsylvania, the congregation first met in members’ homes. Legend has it that the German Reformed (Calvinists) were the first to arrive here from Pennsylvania, with the Lutherans coming a few years later. The first clergyman known to visit here was the Rev. Michael Schlatter, who stayed here briefly as a guest of Elder William Wenner. The first three church buildings – two of logs, the last of brick — were built on the site where the old St. James Reformed Cemetery remains today. In 1901 the congregation erected a new church building at its present location in the town of Lovettsville, and it was named St. James. Up until that time, it was known simply as the German Reformed Church. Mergers in the 20th century resulted with St. James becoming part of the Evangelical & Reformed Church, and then the United Church of Christ.

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The actual historical society location is nearby,

but meet at church in address above for the lecture.

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Lovettsville Historical Society Inc.

4 East Pennsylvania Ave.

P.O. Box 5

Lovettsville, Va 20180

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Their Museum.  And let not this fool you. Check out their EXCELLENT website.

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www.lovettsvillehistoricalsociety.org

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Visit our new website for the
Lovettsville Historical Society and Museum

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The Lovettsville Historical Society recently launched our new website at www.lovettsvillehistoricalsociety.org.
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With over 80 pages of information arranged in reverse chronological order, and growing weekly, the new website is quickly becoming an online historical resource for current and past Lovettsville residents, and for researchers and genealogists around the world.
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The website is interactive.  Look for the Comments section on each post, where visitors may share their reminiscences.
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Another new feature: LHS now accepts credit cards.  Purchase a new LHS membership or renew your current membership through
12/31/2017, or make a donation, via the Membership & Support webpage: http://www.lovettsvillehistoricalsociety.org/index.php/membership-support/
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 Your donations and membership fees support our mission of preserving and promoting the history and heritage of Lovettsville and the surrounding area formerly known as “The German Settlement.”  Plan your next outing to visit the Museum, arrange a group tour, or attend our monthly lectures.  Email info@lovettsvillehistoricalsociety.org for more information.

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Like us on Facebook.  The LHS also has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LovettsvilleHistoricalSocietyAndMuseum.  

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The Lovettsville Museum is now open all year. Come and visit us any Saturday afternoon, from 1-4 pm and see the new items in our collection of Lovettsville memorabilia.

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The Lovettsville Historical Society, Inc. is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the Society, and membership dues, are tax-deductible under the Internal Revenue Code

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LOCATION and MAILING ADDRESS

Lovettsville Historical Society Inc.

4 East Pennsylvania Ave.

P.O. Box 5

Lovettsville, Va 20180

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Past events

we at the French and Indian War Foundation advertised for

the Lovettsville Historical Society


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News from the Lovettsville Historical Society

  • Next Lecture – Sunday, June 11

  • Upcoming Lectures

  • Nearby events of interest

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Next in the Lovettsville Historical Society Lecture Series:

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Colonial Life in Maryland and Virginia

 Presented by Prof. Paul D. McDermott
Sunday, June 11, at 2:00 pm

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On Sunday, June 11, the Lovettsville Historical Society will continue its 2017 Lecture Series with a presentation on what life was like during the colonial period in Maryland and Virginia, in the years before the American Revolution.

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Professor Paul McDermott will tell the story of our early years using primary source materials such as tax inventories, land patents, and maps.

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Prof. McDermott has undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle.

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He has written five books,

three of which featured history subjects,

such as

the Transcontinental Railroad,

the building of Mullan Road,

the first wagon road to cross the Rocky Mountains, and

George Washington’s Potomac.

One of his interests is the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal,

and he is a regional speaker about the canal.

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Prof. McDermott was appointed as a visiting scholar to Library of Congress’s Geography and Map Division. He has taught at seven colleges and universities, including Briarcliff College, Montgomery College, University of Maryland, and George Mason University.

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February 19

“The Fairfax Land Grants in Loudoun County and the Northern Neck,”

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by Loudoun County historian and researcher Wynne Saffer.

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