“News from Camp: Officers Letters to
their Wives from the Valley Forge Encampment”
The March to Valley Forge, by William Trego
FIRST FALL MEETING FOR CHARLESTOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 10, 2018 7-9pm
CHARLESTOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAFETERIA
Enter at right side of building
Presentation by Dr. Nancy K. Loane titled “News from Camp: Officers Letters to their Wives from the Valley Forge Encampment”. Dr.Loane is a former seasonal park ranger at Valley Forge National Historic Park and a recognized authority on the women of the 1777 to 1778 encampment. She authored the book “Following the Drum – Women at the Valley Forge Encampment”.
The Officers of the Valley Forge encampment of 1777-78 were determined , courageous soldiers. Many of them were also lonesome, as beloved wives and cherished families had been left behind. Through the letters, written from the officers to their wives at home, you’ll get to know these diverse officers and their wives, discover something about marriage in the 18th century, and develop a new perspective about life at the encampment. Dr. Loane’s presentation is based on the letters in “Writings from the Valley Forge Encampment of the Continental Army” by Joseph Lee Boyle.
Invite your friends and neighbors to our second free Charlestown Historical Society concert of the year, featuring the Marlarkey Brothers. Fun for all ages!!! Kids and families welcome.
When: Concert will be Thursday, July 19, 7 to 9pm
What: Free Summer Charlestown Historical Society Concert
Who: with the Malarkey Brothers….experience high energy Celtic music. Enjoy the Irish beat made famous by brothers Seamus, Anthony, Vincent, and Bobby.
Where: Wisner- Rapp House (3032 Yellow Springs Rd, Malvern, PA 19355)
Bring your chairs, family and friends to enjoy wonderful Irish music in our beautiful Charlestown Twp setting. Convenient parking is located nearby. Come early and take a stroll on the new one mile township trail.
Thank you to everyone who attended our first free summer concert at the Wisner-Rapp House in beautiful Charlestown Township. A great time was had by all. The attendance was great — around 130 persons. Lots of families and new faces.
“Thank you so much for holding this event! My wife and I went to it last night and enjoyed it thoroughly. Everything was perfect, from the musicians, to the setting, to the weather. It was well attended and I think everyone, from the little kids to us older folks, really had a great time. Thanks again.” – a happy concert goer
Our second summer concert will be on Thursday, July 19, 7 to 9pm with the Malarkey Brothers….experience high energy Celtic music. Enjoy the Irish beat made famous by brothers Seamus, Anthony, Vincent, and Bobby.
Save the Date – June 21!!!
Invite your friends and neighbors to our first free Charlestown Historical Society concert of the year, featuring the Raven Hill Bluegrass group. Fun for all ages!!! Kids and families welcome.
Wisner- Rapp House (3032 Yellow Springs Rd, Malvern, PA 19355) on Thur, June 21 from 7 to 9pm. Raven Hill Bluegrass is back by popular demand after playing at our Bluegrass and BBQ Party of June 2016.
Bring your chairs, family and friends to enjoy wonderful bluegrass music in our beautiful Charlestown Twp setting. Convenient parking is located nearby. Come early and take a stroll on the new one mile township trail.
Please join us as we take time to honor our veterans on Memorial Day, May 28, 2018.
The Charlestown Historical Society will hold a ceremony on Memorial Day, May 28, 2018 from 10 to 11 am at the Revolutionary Cemetery on Charlestown Road opposite the Charlestown Play House. You can park at the Play House parking lot opposite the Cemetery. All our Veterans will be honored. Please call 610-827-7530 if you have any questions.
Dr. Kennedy Grave Site
May 16 – Studying the Charlestown Presbyterian Cemetery
Presented by Dr. Laura Sherrod, Kutztown University
- Charlestown Historical Society Meeting
- Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 7 to 9 pm.
- Charlestown Elementary School Cafeteria
- (please park on right side in the parking lot near the bus garage)
Our May 16th meeting is a presentation by Dr. Laura Sherrod, Professor of Geology at Kutztown University who, together with her students has been conducting a ground penetrating radar and magnetometer study of the Charlestown Presbyterian Cemetery, commonly referred to as the Revolutionary War cemetery. Their goal is to locate unmarked graves and a mass burial pit thought to hold the remains of 50+ soldiers. Research into the subsurface may show the location of the original Charlestown Presbyterian Church built in 1742. In addition to a visit on October 13, she and her students visited the cemetery several times this winter to gather additional data. The cemetery is located across from Charlestown Playhouse on Charlestown Road.
Mike Rogers, our long time friend and CHS member, passed away on April 7, 2018. Our sincere condolences to his wife, Fran, and his family and many thanks for his decades of service to CHS and Charlestown Township. His obituary can be found here, where messages of condolence can be entered.
Services were held at Saints Philip and James in Exton. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust marked for Open Space in Charlestown Township. Address: 511 Kimberton Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460. CHS donated $ 100 in the memory of Mike.