Second Saturday Series

The Fires of Penn’s Woods

June 8th, 10:30 at Historical Society

Author Mike Klimkos is retired from Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection where he worked in the mining programs and later ran the Dirt and Gravel Road Maintenance Program. As an avocation he was also a structural and wildland firefighter for twenty-five years. He has authored A History of Trout Unlimited and the Environmental Movement: 1959-2000 (2003), and compiled and edited The Letort: A Limestone Legacy, (2015), The Fires of Penn’s Woods (2017), Waters of the Valley: 50 Years of the Cumberland Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited (2018).  He is the past editor of Mid Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide magazine. In 2019 he received the Order of the Quill Award from Cumberland Valley Trout Unlimited. Mike is a member of the Mason Dixon Outdoor Writers Association. He has served on the Rivers Conservation & Fly Fishing Board since it’s inception as an instructor and director of curriculum.  When not sitting at a keyboard, he can be found in the woods and along the streams of Pennsylvania, which he describes in his blog: He writes from his home in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

The Fires of Penn’s Woods details Pennsylvania’s long and tragic history of wildfires. Through the efforts of a few people with forethought to prepare for future generations the science of forestry was brought to Pennsylvania and efforts to combat wild fires became effective. The Fires of Penn’s Woods is an account of how it all came about.

Wise and Witty Sayings on Pennsylvania Dutch Redware

July 13, 10:30 at Historical Society

Del-Louise Moyer, historian and Fraktur specialist, will present Wise and Witty sayings on Pennsylvania Dutch Redware as part of her research for a book she is writing entitled Heavenly Fraktur: How Fraktur Influenced Pennsylvania Dutch and Moravian Material Culture.  One of the media the Pennsylvania Dutch used to create their everyday tools and utensils was clay. Utilizing a decorating process known as slipware, potters often ornamented their utilitarian and commemorative pieces with wise and witty sayings both in decorative Fraktur script and motifs, as well as everyday German script, capturing both the spiritual and secular principles then prevalent. In this illustrated PowerPoint talk, we shall take a look at the scripts and motifs; the potters who made the redware; the materials they used; and how the pious and contrasting, often bawdy proverbs that appear on these pieces reflect the Pennsylvania Dutchman’s spiritual aspirations nurtured by a very human heart.




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Second Saturday: The Fires of Penn’s Woods

  • Saturday, June 8
  • 10:30 am
  • Free Lecture

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