Historian Bob Wood adds three new dates to series at Studio B Art Gallery

Local historian, former public school English teacher, writer, presenter, potter, and fine art painter, Bob Wood announced his spring schedule of informal discussions of local history at Studio B Art Gallery on Sundays from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. (Please note the new start time.)

Wood has published 4 books of local history that he offers for sale. He is a popular presenter among groups dedicated to preserving local history; his articles appear in assorted publications.

Wood serves as Gallery Adjunct at Studio B. In addition to hosting his popular history talks, his varied roles include funding support of exhibits of emerging artists along with his own artwork and the artwork of his wife Sandy Wood—longtime Boyertown Area School District art instructor; assistance in staging exhibits of local artists at local businesses; facilitating poetry readings and book signings; and participation in community events. 

The new dates added are

May 19: New Findings on the Methods of Casting Cannons at Warwick and Hopewell Furnaces for the Revolutionary War 

June 2: Kitchen and Field Gardens—Until the mid-twentieth century, almost every householder was a gardener—a talk centered on local practices.

June 9: Log Houses In the 18th and 19th centuries, oak logs were a primary building material for houses and other structures. A discussion of methods and practices.

Bob Wood Resumes History Talks at Studio B Art Gallery

Bob Wood Resumes History Talks at Studio B Art Gallery

Boyertown  Bob Wood, historian, writer, teacher, artist, potter, and popular presenter invites history buffs to his Sunday afternoon history talks at Studio B Fine Art Gallery, 39A East Philadelphia Avenue in Boyertown, PA, beginning on September 16, 2018, from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Local history, interspersed with memories of his own life as a young boy on the farm, continue to inspire Wood’s weekly columns found in local newspapers and his casual Sunday afternoon discussions.

September 16: The Markley Diaries—A detailed and sometimes surprising primary source record of local folk life and business in  the late 18thcentury.

September 30: Spring Houses—“An ever flowing spring” was a valuable addition to early homesteads, and spring houses were soon constructed wherever possible.

October 21: “Drafted Clubs”—How Civil War draftees bought substitutes—Staggering casualty numbers terrified draftees into buying substitutes to serve in their stead.

October 28:  Sanatoga Speedway “The Action Track”—Mid-centurySanatoga stock car racescan best be described as, “for-the-fun-of-it,”yet thousands of fans filled the stands to cheer on their favorites.

November 4: Farewell to Freinsheim: The story of the Sea voyage to Colonial America; plus an Antes Family timeline.

Studio B Art Gallery:
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Faculty Presentation: Women, Work and World War II

Faculty Presentation: Women, Work and World War II

Learn how the portrayal of women changed in the media before, during and after the war in this presentation by Judith Dutill, assistant professor of communication at Central Penn College. The lecture is part of the quarterly Faculty Research Colloquium Series.

“World War II brought newfound challenges and opportunities for American women,” says Dutill, who also serves as director for the Center for Teaching Excellence at the college. “As the roles of women began to change, so did the way they were portrayed in the media,” she says.

For some background on the presentation, Dutill shared these four key statistics:

  1. 350,000 women served in the Armed Forces in World War II
  2. 1 out of 4 married women worked outside the home
  3. Female employment grew by 10%
  4. Female employment in the defense industries grew by 462%

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Capital BlueCross Theatre on the college’s campus located at 600 Valley Road, Summerdale

Reading Native Jacqueline Marusiak Helps Save Women’s Suffrage Celebration

Posters created by Ithaca College students for Lisle’s celebration of women’s suffrage.

One hundred years ago, women in New York State won the right to vote. Along with four other Ithaca College students, Reading’s Jacqueline Marusiak recently saved the centennial celebration of that historic event in the town of Lisle, where the first women in the state voted.

Marusiak is a Documentary Studies and Production major at Ithaca College.

Former Lisle Free Library historian Carol Gorham had planned to create informational materials for the commemoration, but unexpectedly passed away over the summer, leaving the event in jeopardy. Library board member Katharine Kittredge, an English professor at Ithaca College, wanted to help save the celebration.

“As a member of the women’s studies faculty at IC, I felt it was especially important that this anniversary was properly acknowledged,” Kittredge said. “We thought about this as an educational opportunity and Continue reading “Reading Native Jacqueline Marusiak Helps Save Women’s Suffrage Celebration”

Kutztown University Student Researches True Origins of Thanksgiving

KUTZTOWN – Emily Sakal, a senior history major from Phoenixville, Pa., conducted research to find the validity of whether or not Thanksgiving truly began with the Pilgrims.

Sakal’s area of focus was history, more specifically “How Thanksgiving has been celebrated in our history in different regions and at different times”. The research focused on the historical purpose of Thanksgiving as a national celebration was a means to celebrate our national creed of equality, to ask forgiveness for our national sin of slavery. However, this is drastically different from what American society is accustom, where it symbolizes the meal between Pilgrims and Indians.

Through extensive research, she discovered that the Pilgrim Thanksgiving was a regional tradition in New England, not a national one. Sakal’s research took her to the Library of Congress. After diving into Continue reading “Kutztown University Student Researches True Origins of Thanksgiving”

REMINDER: Kutztown Church to celebrate life of Professor Henry W. Sharadin

Sharadin served on the faculty of Keystone State Normal School for more than 30 years

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ will celebrate dedication Sunday on Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. The church will dedicate improvements made over the past few years and gifts made by members of the congregation. St. Paul’s is located at 47 South Whiteoak St., Kutztown. Speaking at the event will be Jerry Silberman, KU vice president for Administration and Finance. An open house will immediately follow the dedication.

Among those items being dedicated is a newly restored mural created more than 60 years ago by the late Henry W. Sharadin. The nine-foot-by-14-foot mural was originally installed in the church’s former Sunday school building which has since been demolished. The mural was broken into eight pieces in order to remove it from the building. It has been restored by local artist Johnathan Bond, Kempton, and installed in the church’s new Sharadin Lounge.

Born in 1872, Sharadin was an 1891 graduate of Keystone State Normal School. After Keyston, he received degrees in art from both the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Arts, Philadelphia, and the Metropolitan Art School, New York City.

After several years of operating a gallery in Reading, Sharadin came back to Keystone in 1907 and served on the faculty for more than 30 years, retiring in 1939 from what was then Kutztown State Teachers College. He taught art for the Allentown School District from 1916 to 1919, his only departure from KSNS during his teaching career.

In 1924, Keystone State Normal School was granted authority to institute a three-year course designed to prepare and certify art supervisors. Sharadin became the first chair of what is now the Department of Art Education and Crafts.

Sharadin died in April 1966 at the age of 93. The Sharadin Arts Building on the campus of Kutztown University is named in his honor.

For more information contact John Keiser, consistory president, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, at 610-683-3130.