Volunteers Wanted!
There are a wide variety of areas
needing volunteers from creating
displays to assisting researchers....
Please consider volunteering at the
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, 2015. Boyertown Area Historical Society

43 S. Chestnut Street
Boyertown, PA  19512
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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.
October 7, 2015
Hank Frecon will talk about Apple Cider,
its production and importance to the community.
November 4, 2015
Robert Gerhart talks about Annie Funk of Bally,
a 38 year old missionary who
became a victim of the Titantic tragedy.
Boyertown Area
Historical Society

What is the difference between a ghost, a
spirit, and a spoo
Discover another side to Boyertown.
Take part in a Ghost Walk, a Haunted Train Ride,
or a Paranormal Investigation....
Ghost walks are the fourth Saturday of the month.
An exciting paranormal investigation is coming!
Go to the events page for details on the Ghost Walks
as well as a DVD on the Rhoads Opera House Fire and
Charles Adams III's book,
Haunted Boyertown, about the strange
and mysterious happenings in the area.
Der Belsnickel Craft Show
Nationally Recognized for Excellence
For more information, use the
Craft Show link
Registrations are currently being processed for
the 2015 Belsnickel.  All 10x10 and 8x8 corners
as well as 8x8 and 10x10 regular spaces are sold out.
10x8 spaces are still available.
the Ghosts
are back!
After the Fire
the Fire
Has this 1908 fire tragedy
and the loss of almost
200 people
affected Boyertown's
Haunted History?
Take a Ghost Walk and
investigate the
other side of Boyertown.
Events Page
provides information on
the date and ticket price
of Boyertown's
Historic Ghost Walks.
Thank you to Margaret Harner for researching and supplying these
vignettes of life in  Boyertown.
This date in the
Boyertown area:
Use this link, Daily News, to read previous articles

July 28, 1885

A large crowd gathered around an entertaining jewelry salesman who set up his wagon in front of the
Union House (now the Boyertown Inn).He offered a pair of cuff buttons for sale at ten cents and sold
quite a few of them to his eager customers. To their amazement, he returned their money and allowed
them to keep their buttons. He next put a watch chain up for 25 cents, and sold 50 of them, and again he
returned the money. The crowd was intrigued by his actions. When he next brought out another fine
chain for 50 cents, he sold many of them. Again he returned the money but let the buyers keep the
chain. So, when he offered another piece of jewelry for sale at $1.00, the excited crowd bought more
than 50 of them. The salesman then closed up his wagon and disappeared. No refund this time, and the
piece of jewelry was worth about five cents!

July 29, 1913

In the rematch battle between the Chinese University in Hawaii and the Boyertown baseball teams,
played at the Circus Maximus in Reading before a crowd of more than 2500 fans, the Hawaiian
Celestials won by a score of 6 to 4, after an exciting struggle of 11 innings. After the game, the Chinese
manager said it was the greatest battle his team had experienced since arriving in America. The
Boyertown fans who saw the game did not feel disgraced by their team’s showing. They saw a great
game which they thoroughly enjoyed watching. Boyertown met the same pitcher as in the first game,
and he hurled another great performance.  Rube Holmes, on the mound for Boyertown, also pitched a
fine game. Two Boyertown errors gave the Chinese two early runs, and a bit of foolish base running by
the shortstop Kurtz, after a fine double in the first inning, nipped the possibility for more Boyertown
runs. Some spectacular plays in the field also robbed the Boyertown nine of runs. There was another
rematch in 1915, when the Chinese University team returned to Berks County to play Boyertown, and
was defeated, 9-2. The opponents were held to six scattered hits to Boyertown’s 15. Double plays and a
leaping catch caused the Boyertown fans to “raise the roof of the grandstand.”)