Sunday HISTORY TALKS with Bob Wood
Studio B, 39 East Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown. 1:00 to 2:00
Bob Wood’s popular Sunday afternoon history talks have returned to Studio B. The programs explore themes in local history and folk culture of the 18th and 19th centuries. Bob is a long-time researcher, writer, and speaker on Pennsylvania Dutch (German) folk culture.
April 30: “They were here for 10,000 Years.” This talk centers on Native American habitation of the area.
May 14: “The Heartbreaking Story of Bill Howe”—A Civil War story. A local Civil War “deserter” who was railroaded to the gallows, William Howe was a backwoods farmer who, you might say, had bad luck.
May 21: “Casting Cannons for the Revolutionary War”—In 1776, furnace masters at the local iron furnaces had no idea how to cast cannons. They were about to learn.
June 11: “Pennsylvania Dutch Redware: clay, glazes, firing the kiln”—There were at least 300 local potters during the 18th and 19th centuries.
June 18: “Pennsylvania German Bake Ovens: their construction and use”—It’s safe to say that almost every Germanic household, both large and small, had a bake oven that was filled every Friday with various breads, pies, custards, cookie and all manner of other good things.