Monday, June 22, 2009

Closing of Conrad WEISER homestead

DearREADERS,
THANKS to Al Achtert who sent Ol’ Myrt an article from The Reading Eagle Newspaper titled Buildings at Conrad Weiser Homestead in Heidelberg Township could reopen quickly. Reporter Erin Negley explains:
“The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission voted Wednesday to close
the buildings at the 26-acre Heidelberg Township historic site and make similar
operational changes at five other sites across the state. The changes are part of an effort to comply with an $8.8 million budget cut requested by Gov. Ed Rendell. The state will only maintain and secure the grounds at the homestead, which was established as a park in 1928 to honor Conrad Weiser, an important interpreter of the local American Indians' language and Berks County's first judge.”

According to the newspaper article, my ancestor’s homestead is still open to the public, but one may not enter the actual restored home without a docent.

Read the entire article to see what the Friends of the Conrad Weiser Homestead is attempting to do to retain the site’s part-time custodial guide.

Needless to say, Ol’ Myrt here is distressed. It was quite a thrilling thing to visit the home of Conrad Weiser in person with my three young daughters and I would certainly wish to do with my grandchildren.

See the Weiser Family Association’s website for pictures of the homestead taken by some of Conrad Weiser’s descendants.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.
Myrt@DearMYRTLE.com

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