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W ELSH VALLEY VIEWS V OLUME 20, I SSUE 1

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Candlelight Tours

S PECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST :  Colonial Housewife Garden completed

Adult- $6 Senior- $5 Student- $5 Children under 5yrs. & Members-

Storm damage

Part time Assistant hired for 2011

Eagle Scout projects

New donations

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Sunday, December 11th 2pm to 6pm Step back in time and listen to the stories of the families who have lived at Morgan Log House during the 1700’s. Tour the house, by the glow of candlelight and all decorated in 18th century holiday greenery. Feel the warmth of the kitchen fire, delight in the holiday scents as you are welcomed by the Morgan and Cassel families to celebrate the Holiday season.

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Keep your elbows off the table. Chew with your mouth closed. Use your napkin and not your sleeve. Do any of these sound familiar? They are all very common manners most children and adults are taught to follow. Well, in 18th century Philadelphia, the local government published laws and rules that all tavern owners and people who frequented taverns, needed to follow or else they faced stiff punishment.

Here are just a few of the many: - Thou Shall not curse, - Thou shall not be drunk - Thou shall not play at Cards, Dice, or suchlike Vain and Evil Sports - Thou shall not report false news nor defame any person - Thou shall not sell Strong Spirits and liquors to the Natives If these rules were violated then the penalty was the 5 shilling or 5 days imprisonment at hard labour in the House of Correction, with only bread and water. The last rule carried a

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heavier penalty of a 5 pound fine. It appears the local government wished to keep as much control over tavern goers as they possible could. Taverns in 18th century Pennsylvania were the precursor to the internet, business conferences, and the CIA. News traveled with the traveler, who frequented taverns. Business men often met over food and drink to formalize their deals. And spies for General Washington gathered much inside news by listening in on British soldiers conversations. So the next time you visit your favorite watering hole, think about some of the rules that colonists were required to follow or else.

T HE D IRECTOR ’ S S LATE The trees are changing colors and dropping their leaves fast and furious now at the Log House. We are getting ready for our annual Candlelight Tours program coming up in a few weeks and then before you know it 2011 is done and we are welcoming 2012!

Educator to help with researching, planning, and implementing these new programs, which enabled the Morgan Log House to reach out into the community in ways never done before. Our craft fairs presented a unique shopping experience for visitors while providing an outlet for local crafters to sell their amazing, handmade items. The MidSummer’s Festival broke Morgan Log House admission records and enabled visitors to step back in time to celebrate summer in a traditional Recent changes and additions to 18th century Welsh way. Paper the Morgan Log House this year marbling and Advanced Bookinclude a new Part time Assistant, Diane Horan, who is spear heading binding Workshops opened up a new world of colonial crafts to attendees. our collections inventorying During our Apprenticeship Day project these past months. Diane came to us just as the Morgan Log event, the Housewife Garden allowed children to learn, through House received a wonderful hands-on activities, about the collection of local artifacts related importance of gardens in the 18th to a prominent recreational park Century and how plants were used called Fischer’s Pool. The donation included hundreds of snap shots, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings and more, all documenting the history os

for more than just cooking. Mayhem at Morgan in October brought the ghostly world in contact with the Morgan Log House! Lastly, the Dusty Attics, Creepy Basements Open House in November allowed visitors to walk up into the attic and down into the basement while learning of the amazing restoration process that occurred here 40 years ago. Morgan Log House plans in 2010 to expand our workshops, offer more educational outreach programs, and continue to research the property owners and families who have lived at the Morgan Log House over the centuries. We hope to have your continued support as we look to add new programs for 2010. Keep watching what Morgan Log House is doing! ~ Sarah DiSantis, Executive Director


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Membership Registration Form Your membership fee is tax exempt to the fullest of the law and enables us to continue to provide excellent programming, workshops, lectures, and tours for visitors and school children year round. Without your support we would not be able to operate and educate the public on the history of Towamencin Township, Montgomery County, and the role they played in the creation of Pennsylvania. In these times of financial restrictions, take advantage of joining as a Member! You receive Free admission for all special event programming and tours. After one visit, a Family Membership already pays for itself! With your annual membership, you receive: Free admission to tours and special programs offered that year. Free access to our genealogy files, and wireless internet research area. Discounted registration on Time Travelers History Camp 10% Discount in our gift shop. Free year subscription to our newsletter, WelshValley Views. 50% discount on all site workshops.

$25 Individual

$100 Sponsor

$35 Family

$250 Patron

$50 Benefactor

$500 Friend

*Check your desired level of Membership.

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M ORGAN L OG H OUSE 850 Weikel Road, Lansdale, Pa 19446 Mailing Address: PO Box 261 Kulpsville, Pa 19443

 Phone: 215-368-2480 Fax: 215-368-7280 E-mail: director@morganloghouse.org

V ISIT US ON THE WEB AT: WWW. M ORGANL OGH OUSE. ORG THE MORGAN LOG HOUSE IS OPEN SEASONALLY FOR TOURS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 12PM TO 5PM. THE LAST DAILY TOUR LEAVES BY 4:00PM. THE SITE IS CLOSED DEC. 31ST UNTIL MARCH 31ST AND MAJOR HOLIDAYS. GROUP TOURS ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH ADVANCE APPOINTMENT ONLY.

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Volunteering

Repair Work

Donating

The Morgan Log House is calling… we are looking for volunteers to help with our garden, special programs, genealogy research, museum shop, library organization, clerical work, and collections care. If you have a few hours a week or even a few hours a month we would love to hear from you! You can visit our website to download a Volunteer form or please contact us at 215-368-2480.

Well, its that time of the year… after the heavy rain storms of 2009, we have areas around the Morgan Log House that need to be re-graded and soil brought in to replace what was washed away. If you can help please contact Sarah at the 215-368-2480.

As we get ready for the winter seasons we are in need of supplies vital for our operations. Garden: We are in need of garden tools, top soil, and fertilizer. Museum Store: We are need in of a clothing rack to hang the shirts that are for sale on. If you can be of any help please contact us, we would be most grateful!


Fall 2011