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needing volunteers from creating
displays to assisting researchers....
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Historical Society.  
Copyright 2014: Boyertown Area Historical Society

2014 Programs resume in October
From a church tour and organ
recital to model railroading and
Christmas ornaments
....come and
enjoy the many excellent
programs scheduled for the
remainder of 2014
Go to the
program page for
additional information.
Copyright, 2014. Boyertown Area Historical Society

43 S. Chestnut Street
Boyertown, PA  19512
General email:
Museum and Library:
Office Manager:
Web Site:
Wednesday 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Tuesday 5:00-9:00 PM
Please contact the
Museum and Library Director or Office Manager
for Information on Group Tours and Educational Programs.
Closed Holidays
use this link to access the Historical Society By-Laws

7:00 PM
First Wednesday of the Month,
October to June
Society Building
(no meeting in January)
A $5.00 donation is being asked of all non-members
who attend the monthly meetings.
2015 programs.

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Cyrus Reifsneider  on the old
Colebrookdale railroad c. 1920's
Area Historical Society
A Day in the Boyertown Area;

Jan. 30, 1955

Another huge fire in Boyertown, this one also caused extensive damage. It was
at the office of the Boyertown Times at 48 South Reading Avenue (where
Boyertown Publishing is now located). It started in the plant’s washroom and
destroyed 14 pieces of valuable machinery, equipment, and paper stock in the
composing and press rooms. The damage is estimated at $25,000. The intense
heat, black smoke and extreme cold weather hampered the firefighting efforts,
but they were able to confine it to a relatively small portion of the building. It was
the heat, smoke and water that caused damage to the rest of the building,
including the second floor apartment. Three fire companies responded to the fire,
and one fireman, Harry Hummer, was overcome by smoke and taken to the
Pottstown Hospital. The cause of the flames has not been determined, but
officials believe that there is something “strange” about the fire; arson is
suspected. Chief of Police, Henry “Mush” Groff, promises a tough

Jan. 31, 1887

Boyertown’s charitable feelings were aroused when it was learned that the
family of Mrs. Thomas Liddicoat was in destitute circumstances. Her husband
“took off” in August, and her daughter Lizzie has been dangerously ill with
typhoid fever for many weeks. When her son Thomas took sick two weeks ago
and has been unable to work, the family lost its only means of support. Tonight,
more than 100 townspeople assembled at the North Reading Avenue home of
Oswin Graver, superintendent of the Dunn Cigar Factory,  and proceeded to the
Lippicoat home on West Philadelphia Avenue, laden “with all sorts of useful
things” as well as $60 in cash that had been donated by the cigar factories in
town. The family is totally overwhelmed and so grateful for the generosity of the

What is the difference between a
ghost,a spirit,and a spook?
Find out at these events:
Discover another side to Boyertown.
Take part in a Haunted Train Ride
or.... read about
Haunted Boyertown.
Ghost walks resume on May 22, 2015
Go to the events page for details
on these exciting offerings including
Charles Adams III book,
Haunted Boyertown,
about the strange and mysterious
happenings in Boyertown.
Der Belsnickel Craft Show
Nationally Recognized for Excellence
For more information,use the
Craft Show link
February 4, 2015 Program
Bob Wood will discuss 18th and 19th century split rail
fencing in Berks and Montgomery Counties through a
richly illustrated Power Point program.
Go to
programs for more information.
the Ghosts are back!
Haunted walks are back resuming on the
4th Saturday of the month starting in May 2015.
See events for more information.