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Discovery Night - The year begins with our traditional evening of historical “show and tell.” Members share family treasures, unusual gadgets, nostalgic photos, and memories. There’s sure to be lots of fun and friendly bantering.


Antique Bottle Collecting

Mike Fegley will show some of the antique bottles from his extensive collection. Hear where and how he obtained the bottles, and learn about the history connected to each one. Bottles can tell us so much about the past.

March 26th  Cancelled due to COVID-19

Mike JesbergerThe “Sons of Erin”

Some 150,000 Irish men who fought in the Union Army and about 20,000 with the Confederacy, during the American Civil War, Ireland’s forgotten conflict. Hear about the contribution and experiences of these Irish soldiers and their major role in the war.  You might also be able to listen to some music of that time.

April 30thCancelled due to COVID-19

Jeffrey Marshall – Sherlock ‘Homes’

Like a forensic detective, Jeff has made a career of making careful examinations of old houses and structures. This provides information that is not recorded in deeds or diaries to solve many of the mysteries of an old house or barn.  You will be treated to an “Old House CSI” experience.  Join us as we look for clues!

May 28thCancelled due to COVID-19

Aaron Heckler – A Picture Postcard Tour of Upper and Lower Milford Townships

Take a trip around the Milfords as Aaron shows scenes from his vast postcard collection. There will be many cards not often seen and scenes of places pictured in their “olden” days. You may want to bring any of your own vintage Milford postcards to show.

June 25thCancelled due to COVID-19

Jim Bongiovanni and Bill Beers  - Pennsylvania Historical Recovery Services

Listen to accounts of metal detecting and excavations near and far, and get a chance to look at many historical artifacts some centuries old.  Learn about finding history right under your feet!

July 30th, 6:00 p.m. PICNICCancelled due to COVID-19

Enjoy a relaxing evening with no meeting or business conducted, only the annual covered-dish picnic meal with members and friends. There is always an abundance of delicious food, happy conversation, and talk about “the way it was” in years past. Sometimes even a surprise or two occurs.

August 27thCancelled due to COVID-19

Wendy Grube - 18th century plant medicines among the Pennsylvania Germans as presented at the Goschenhoppen Folk Festival.  Learn how plants and extractions were used for herbal therapies and medicines.

September 24thCancelled due to COVID-19

Reverend Gerhart – Annie’s Album

You’ve heard the story of Annie Funk, the missionary from the Bally area, who lost her life on the sinking of the Titanic. Pastor Gerhart told Annie’s story for us through his marvelous chalk drawing in a previous program. This is a follow-up to Annie’s story using an album of hers that has been recently discovered

October 29thCancelled due to COVID-19

Bruce Stocking – From Rum to Revolution, The Publik House.  Bruce Stocking will transport us back to the early days of the American Republic as we experience life in and around a Publik House (tavern). Learn how these establishments played an important role in their local community and in the development of the United States.

During our monthly meetings we often share local news inclusive of names of those who have gone before us with ties to Upper Milford Township.  We share this information in their memory and honor.

Donald Rosenberger, Sr.

January 31, 2020  

Lived in Old Zionsville

Thelma I. Wenner

March 11, 2020  

Emmaus H.S. Graduate

(It has been brought to our attention by a member that she attended the Dillingersville School

then attended 8th grade in the Powder Valley one room schoolhouse.)

Albert I. Schantz

March 6, 2020  

Born in Upper Milford Township

William G. Stahler

March 1, 2020

Lived in Vera Cruz

member of Old Zionsville UCC

Emergency Management Coordinator for Upper Milford Twp


Bernadine M. Stahler

May 13, 2020

Lived in Vera Cruz

member of Old Zionsville UCC

Assistant to Upper Milford Township's Emergency Management Coordinator

William D. Krick

April 4, 2020

Lived in Zionsville

Owner: Upper Milford Auto Repair

Corporal in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War

Gladys (Yocum) F. Nuss

April 13, 2020  

Grew up on farm in Vera Cruz

Diane Moyer

April 27, 2020  

Previously lived in Zionsville


Nancy Ann Wendling

April 27, 2020  

Lived in Zionsville

George Kozak, Jr. 

April 28, 2020  

Born in Upper Milford Township

Chad J. Stoudnour

May 3, 2020

Robert W. 'Bob' Eschbach

May 8, 2020  

Ties to Upper Milford families (parents from Powder Valley)

LaMae E. Charron

May 14, 2020  

Born in Vera Cruz

Husband owned Barney's Diner Emmaus

Dorothy J. Beemer

May 20, 2020  

Teacher - Kings Highway School


George Shelly

May 21, 2020  

Born in Dillinger Station, Member: Zionsville Bible Fellowship Church

Ruth-Ann J. Schell

May 23, 2020  

Formerly of Vera Cruz, Proprietor: Schell's Egg Ranch

Member: Old Zionsville UCC Church

Emma R. Yokey - 101

June 2, 2020  

Born in Old Zionsville




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