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THE WELSH VALLEY PRESERVATION SOCIETY

Welsh Valley Views Museum Hours Thursdays-Saturdays 11am to 4pm

Volume 20, Issue 1

March-May 2013

Gearing Up! Annual Open House

Sundays 12pm to 3pm

Morgan Log House 850 Weikel Road Lansdale, PA 19446

Saturday, April 6th 12pm to 4pm

Www.MorganLogHouse.org

215-368-2480

“kammer” or “common room” at MLH

A Peek Inside: In Search of History

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Director’s Desk

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Glimpse from the Garden

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New “Additions:” Fischer's Park Collection

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Leaving His Mark: 4 A Descendant's Eagle Scout Project at MLH Breaking Ground: New Wild Flower Garden

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2013 Events

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Membership Form 7 The House is Calling!

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Join us as we “reopen” for the 2013 Season with FREE tours, refreshments, book signing, and local artist exhibition by Members of North Penn Art Alliance. If you’ve dreamed about stepping back in time to the 18th century? Want to try your hand at cooking

in an 18th century fireplace? Do you enjoy gardening? Then you are just who we are looking for! Consider joining the Morgan Log House family of Volunteers. Stop by our Annual Open House and tour the Historic Log House and Learn about Volunteer opportunities at MLH!

FREE Tours Refreshments Art Exhibition More! 

Genealogy Blog Coming Soon One common request from visitors, phone calls, and email inquiries is “Do you have any genealogical information on the Morgans/Cassels? I think I might be a descendant!” It is wonderful to hear that, however, it has become hard for our very limited staff to keep up with all the requests for information. We began looking into ways to help all those who wish to find

out more about their family history, and one way will be to debut our Genealogical blog site:“MLH Kith & Kin.” We hope to be able to keep in touch with our known and still unknown descendant communities through this blog. We will post information and research as we find it. This site will also allow connections among descendants to help further

the genealogical research for all. MLH will monitor the site and those who wish to reach out to others who are researching their family connection can contact the Staff here at MLH to find out how to do that. We plan to debut the site by May 2013! Keep a watch on our website for the link and information!


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In Search of History

Courtesy WVPS Collections

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In general, historic house museums are stewards of collections that relate to a particular family or time period associated directly with the building. Yet, some historic house museums care for items that having little or nothing to do with the families who have lived within the historic walls. These items seem to have “appeared” at the museum and may not have any paperwork or info on who the item

belonged to or what the relation is between the item and the house museum. In these situations, we museum professionals are faced with decisions on whether the item is best to remain at the museum or is it best to locate a more proper museum for the item to go. Many times decisions are based on whether conservation needs can be met, storage is available, and/or if the item helps the museum

meet it’s mission. Here at MLH we face this situation with some of our collection items. One is pictured here on the left. No paperwork, no records as to the item’s origination so we are faced with a mystery. As we continue to work on this little item, we put it to you… Can YOU name what this is? Contact Sarah at director@morganloghouse.org

if you know the answer! Good Luck!

From the Director’s Desk The chilly wind has a hint of warmth to it. The sun light is lingering longer each day….Spring is around the corner! We here at MLH are excited to welcome the 2013 program year on April 6th. Until that time we are keeping busy with collections work, program planning, house cleaning, and outreach presentations.

New additions to the Log House this year include a wild flower garden, birdhouse workshop, new hours of operation, genealogy blog, & Part time Museum Assistant, Diane Horan, who is spear heading our collections inventorying project these past months. Diane came to us just as the Morgan Log House received a wonderful collection of

local artifacts related to a well known recreational park called Fischer’s Pool. Check out page 4 for all the details on this new collection. We have a new look, new collections, new staffing, and we invite you to Keep watching what MLH is doing! ~ Sarah DiSantis, Executive Director

Glimpse from the Garden

MLH Colonial Kitchen Garden

learn more about how our early settlers lived, and to We’re just nuts about located just off the MLH improve visitor experience. green! In the past 6 years Colonial Kitchen Garden We are always looking for the MLH has installed a area. You may recognize a Garden helpers! If you like Native Plants garden, a few plantings as you may to get your hands dirty, if Colonial Kitchen Garden, have these ornamental you enjoy working with and just last summer a Wild plants in your own garden. period plants, or if you just Flower Garden. This year Though less common variewish to show off your own for 2013 we are installing a ties will also grace our gar“green thumb” then stop textile garden area. Plants den area. The goal for the on by and pitch in! used in the dyeing process installation of additional ~ Sarah DiSantis & and colonial era fabric garden areas is to further Janet Selya, production will be installed, our Educational Programs, MLH Head Gardener


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New “Additions:” Fischer’s Park Collection If you ask a local, “What is your first memory about Fischer’s Park?” you will get answers that run the gambit from being on the swim team, to skating on the mill pond in winter, to staying in the Summer cottages, to the fire that destroyed the pavilion. What you won’t hear back is, “What’s Fischer’s Park?” Early history of Fischer’s Park dates back to the 18th century when grist milling was the primary operation, one of the earliest in township. As the property changed hands through the 19th and early 20th century, milling in the area began to decline and most mills were being refitted

Swimming & fishing at the mill dam c. 1930’s

for expanding industrial use. A German immigrant named Hugo Fischer bought the mill around 1920 and continued to operate the mill, but by 1925 Hugo abandoned the idea of staying a miller and instead entered the world of entrepreneurship! In 1925 Hugo began allowing regular swimming and boating activities at the mill. That same year the first of 5 “summer cabins” were built for seasonal rental. A pool was installed by 1928. In 1933 Hugo’s nephew, Eric Arneth, took over the complex and remained in charge through his death in 1980. For over 50 years the park entertained

folks and cemented itself in local history! In 2010, the WVPS was contacted by the Arneth Family wish to donate a wonderful collection of Fischer’s Park memorabilia and we were honored to accept! We are working with Volunteers and Interns to catalogue and store this great time capsule of local History! Below is a tiny example of some great artifacts. We are processing pictures, newspaper clipping, membership cards, scrapbooks, land deeds, letters, and more. But, we need your help in purchasing storage boxes and supplies!

Help us in preserving and cataloging these precious memories! Donations can be made by check or Contact Sarah for more information: 215-368-2480

The mill dam today


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Leaving His Mark: A Descendant's Eagle Scout Project at MLH

Keep MLH in mind for your future Eagle Scout! Contact MLH for details. 215-368-2480

The MLH’s shed had seen better days. Take about two decades of exposure, throw in some mold, and mix in some squirrel/ground hog/ fox usage and you’d get our storage shed. A previous Eagle Scout project comprised of repairing rotten wooden doors, clearing off invading vegetation, and repainting. Yet the shed roof and it’s interior was in need of attention. In the Spring of 2012, Andrew Krumins contacted MLH in hopes of coordinating an Eagle Scout project at MLH. The shed was a natural fit as Drew’s family comes from a line of roofers and to top it all off Drew is a descendant of the Edward Morgan! Drew’s project included: coordinating the donation of roofing supplies; monetary donations for needed materials; dumpster for old shingle

removal and shed cleanout; and lastly coordinating and supervising the support workforce required for the project. The project began In August 2012 with the stripping off of the old roofing material, including rotting plywood where loose and missing shingles had allowed rain water to seep in. In addition to finding the water damage, it was discovered that some interior support beams were comprised and needed to be re-supported. With the roof structural sound the new shingles were installed. A material that was as close to the previous style was chosen as to fit with the site’s vision. The second part of the project was to clean out evidence of animal inhabitation as well as discarded and broken tools and signs. By clearing out the shed, we can now look to the future and work on plans to utilize the shed as an

exterior exhibit area displaying farming tools and equipment. MLH wishes to highlight and greatly thank the following for their generous donations, which enabled Drew to complete his Eagle Scout Project and aided in restoration at a National Registered Historic Site: GAF Roofing Manufactures I.W.S. Independent Waste Sol. Lafferty Chevrolet The Boone Society Mrs. Dorothy Mack We also wish to thank Drew and his Family for their dedication and tremendous support for the MLH! Check out these pictures of the project and award ceremony.

Drew’s Eagle Scout Award Ceremony Removal rotten wood & re -supporting of interior posts.

Removal of old roof material


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Breaking Ground: New Wild Flower Garden The Morgan Log House sits on 1.7 acres of rolling land that originally totaled over 800 acres of farm land, low lands, woods, and creeks when Edward Morgan lived on the property in 1714. As the property changed hands, the land was parceled off and little by little, sale after sale, it was reduced to the 1.7 acres of township park land you see today. This acreage enables the MLH to host workshops, public events, school visits, and private gatherings. We also have been able to install a Native Plants garden, Colonial Kitchen Garden, and brand new– a Wild Flower Garden. The area chosen for this Wild Flower Garden is the site of the former barn. To protect the barn ruins from damage, prevent injury of the curious local youth, and to increase the visitor experience to MLH, we embarked on this thrilling project. We broke ground in late Spring 2012 and after some setbacks with the soil

content, we were able to get plantings going. We also received a great supply of plantings from LOWE’S Home Improvement in Hatfield to help get the Wild Flower Garden going. The long range plan is to eventually fence the area, have reflection benches, bird houses, and butterfly houses scattered throughout the native wild flowers and shrubs. We will be able to enhance the visitor experience at MLH and also to expand our programs utilizing the area and plants. If you ware interested in learning more and finding out how you can help us in this great endeavor, reach out to us at 215-368-2480. And, don’t forget to stop by one warm summer evening or early fall afternoon to sit, enjoy nature surrounding you, and maybe reflect on how life moved at a much slower pace when the first inhabitants lived only a few yards away.


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2013 Spring & Summer Events April 6th – Annual Open House April 6th thru 28th – Artist of the Month Exhibition April 20th – Girl’s Scout Bookbinding Workshop April 21st – Children’s Birdhouse & Feeder Workshop May 2nd thru19th – Artist of the Month Exhibition May 25th – Military Might: Honoring 300 yrs of Military June 1st thru 30th – Artist of the Month Exhibition June thru August – Bookbinding Workshops July 6th thru 28th – Artist of the Month Exhibition July – Mid Summer Festival July 22nd thru 26th – Children Time Travelers Camp August 3rd thru 31st – Artist of the Month Exhibition


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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  

$25 $35 $50 $75

10% Discount in our gift shop

50% discount on all site workshops

Individual Family Benefactor Supporter

$100 Sponsor $250 Patron $500 Friend $1,000 Advocate

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Email:______________

Check payments can be made to “Welsh Valley Preservation Society.” Membership form and payment can be mailed to The Morgan Log House, PO Box 261 Kulpsville, Pa 19443. OR Visit www.MorganLogHouse.org and join via


THE WELSH VALLEY PRESERVATION SOCIETY Morgan Log House 850 Weikel Road Lansdale, PA 19446 Mailing address: PO Box 261 Kulpsville, Pa 19443 Www.MorganLogHouse.org Phone: 215-368-2480 Fax: 215-368-7280

2013 Board of Directors President: David Onorato Vice President: Rev. Larry Guenzel Treasurer: Douglas A. Miller Secretary: Sarah M. DiSantis Members At Large: Effie Alpert Lisa Harner Dr. Wayne Huss Chuck Wilson

We’re on &

The House is Calling! As we gear up for another amazing seasoning we are in need of equipment and supplies vital for our operations. For our new Wild Flower Garden we are in need of fencing, garden tools, planting soil, and fertilizer. For the 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!

The Welsh Valley Preservation Society was founded in 1970 as a private, non-profit corporation as defined by Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In 1975, the Society signed a Lease Agreement with Towamencin Township to preserve, restore, administer and maintain the Morgan Log House. The Welsh Valley Preservation Society is a Membership-comprised organization, governed by a Board of Directors, and whose Mission is to educate the public about the history of Towamencin Township and its place in Pennsylvania history as demonstrated by the architecture of the Morgan Log House, the lives of its past residents and their material culture.

Welsh Valley Views Spring 2013 Newsletter  

Spring 2013 Newsletter for the Welsh Valley Preservation Society

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