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Military Might S PECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST :
Join us at Morgan Log House on May 29th for a day dedicated to the men and women who have fought for their country, beliefs, ideas, and futures. Reenactors from the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th century campaigns will mix with veterans as we tell the story of how residents in this region, county, state, and nation played such an important role in wars that have spanned the Seven Years War through to modern engagements. Learn about military and medical advancements. How was the home-front effected during war? Were there great differences between what a Civil War soldier’s wife dealt with than what a World War 2 soldier’s wife faced? Learn how home gardens played and important role in both colonial campaigns and 20th century engagements Follow the changes that occurred in military encampments, clothing, equipment, drills, and artillery over the course of 300 years.
Military Might Lectures & Workshops Farmers Market Spring Craft Fair
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I N SEARCH OF HISTORY THE DIRECTOR ’ S SLATE
N AME THAT PHOTO 2010 EVENTS 2009-2010 MEMBERS
M EMBERSHIP FORM T HE HOUSE IS CALLING
D O NOT FORGET TO “F RIEND ” US ON F ACEBOOK !
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Quaker marriage in the 18th
Quaker marriage certificates
that began with a man and woman standing up at Meeting to declare their “intent to marry.” Next step was an individual, not related to either the man or the woman, would be instructed to “look into” whether or not this couple should be allowed to marry (ie: make sure they are not cousins or are not being pressured into marriage by either one’s family). If the couple passes this investigation, then they are given the go ahead to move onto the final step– to stand up again at the following meeting and publicly declare their marriage and sign their marriage certificate.
because many times these documents are not only dated but also list the parents of the couple, the occupation of their fathers, where they are from/ living, and also they list everyone, whether related or not, who was in attendance at the wedding. In some cases, the married couple would even record the names and birth dates of their children on the document as well. We are currently looking for the marriage certificate of Edward and Elizabeth Morgan in hopes we may learn more about their early life.
SEARCH OF HISTORY century was a multi-step process can provide a wealth of information
Image of the bottom right corner of the original marriage certificate of Morgan Morgan, Edward Morgan’s great-grandson, and Ann Roberts, daughter of John Roberts, 1774. Photo courtesy of the MLH collection files.
T HE D IRECTOR ’ S S LATE While typing this letter I am sitting at my desk sipping a nice cup of hot chocolate, which was definitely needed after spending time outside taking some pretty pictures of the MLH all covered in two feet of snow! Well, the sun is sitting higher in the sky each day and the snow is beginning to melt and though the calendar still says Winter, we are already looking to the Spring!
In January and February the museum may be closed for tours, but these are very busy months for us as we plan out the events, lectures, and workshops for the upcoming year. We are very excited for two brand new events coming this year. The first one is a Military Might at Morgan event and the second is a Farmers Market arriving this summer. You can read more about each of these events in this Winter Newsletter as well as on our website. In addition to these two new events, we are expanding our Mayhem at Morgan
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event taking place in October. This event was brand new last year and tickets sold out 36 hours before the event opened! We are adding a second night this year along with brand new stories, scares, and surprises. So check us out both in person and online to see everything that we are doing here at MLH. ~ Sarah DiSantis, Executive Director
you guessed it. This is a photo showing the barn area on the Morgan Log House property c. late 1990’s, just prior to this area being covered with netting and then back filled in with dirt and grass seed to protect this rich archeological area of the property. We are working on gathering more information on when the earliest barn on site would date to. It is safe to say that Edward Morgan probably had some sort of simple structure to house whatever animals he owned, though we do not have any records on what animals he did have. However, we discovered that by 1774, when Yellis Cassel was living on property, he was taxed for 2 horses and 4 cows. We can safely say then, that Yellis would have had a barn structure used to house these farm animals. But just what Yellis’ barn looked like or how much of the barn dated to Edward Morgan’s time, we do not know yet. We hope to spend more time this year and next focusing on these questions and researching the answers. As we Picture courtesy of the MLH research library collection. research more about the families that lived and worked this farmland from 1708 to 1968, we are looking for more photographs of the property and the buildings. If you have information you wish to share, please contact us at email@example.com.
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April 10th – Open House 12p to 4pm May 1st– Free Craft Fair 11am to 4pm May 29th– Military Might at Morgan 10am to 4pm June 6th – Midsummer’s Festival & Craft Fair June –Sept. – Farmers Market July 26th - 30th – Time Travelers History Camp October 29th & 30th– Mayhem at Morgan November 7th – Dusty Attic, Creepy Basement Open House December 12th – Candlelight Tours August thru December– Workshops
U PCOMING 2010
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W ELSH V ALLEY P RESERVATION S OCIETY 2009-2010 M EMBERS
The Welsh Valley Preservation wishes to thank all of our Members who, without your generous support, the W.V.P.S would not be able to offer our exceptional educational programs, workshops, nor conduct research, care for collections, provide public outreach, and so much more! This year your Membership has helped us to: Provide Educational hands-on programming to over 200 school children Maintain of our website Plan & implement our site programs including: Mid-Summer Festival, four Craft Fairs, Summer History Camp for Children, Apprenticeship Day, Mayhem at Morgan, two Open House events, and our Candlelight Tours Distribution of our Newsletter Caring for our onsite collections dating from c. 1626 to present day We continue to need your help in providing exceptional programming and outreach both locally and nationally. Will you endeavor to help us as we move into 2010?
Effie & Richard Alpert
Timothy Morgan Askey
Eleanor Holt Cobb
Jacquelyn & Bill Daley
Gerald M. Graves
Cynthia & David Fregoe
Rev. Lawrence & Virginia Guenzel
Virginia A. Springen
Lisa & Howard Harner
Norman & Janet Vincent
Dorothy B. McLendon
Jo Ann Morgan Richmond
Douglas A. Miller
Lois Van Eerden
Benefactor Dwight W. Balnis Fred & Mary Claghorn Brian Gallagher Jay Reichenbach Patty Simmons H. Charles Wilson, III
Robert C. Morgan Herb & Shirley Volker Kathleen & Robert Walk
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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 subscription to our newsletter, Welsh Valley Views.
50% discount on all site workshops for 2010. $25 Individual
*Check your desired level of Membership.
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HOUSE IS CALLING ...
Potential Eagle Scout Projects
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.
The Morgan Log House has Eagle Scout project opportunities. Contact Sarah DiSantis at the 215-368-2480 for more information.
We are in need of supplies vital for our operations. Garden: We are in need of garden tools, top soil, and fertilizer.
Images above show some recent completed projects: Shed restoration by Eagle Scout Kevin Gottschall in Spring 2009 Property benches built by Eagle Scout Billy Bednar in Fall 2008
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!