5 Reasons to Visit the Morgan Log House Before the End of the Year

Maybe we’re a little biased, but we think that the Morgan Log House is a local historic gem just waiting to be discovered! Need convincing on making a visit? Here are just a couple of reasons why: 1.) A Hidden Gem with Unheard Stories We all know the big stories of American history: of founding fathers in powdered wigs fighting for freedom—but what about everyone else? What happened in your own backyard? The Morgan Log House shows the Revolutionary era in ways you might not have heard: the experiences of local Mennonites, of immigrants, and of the Welsh who settled here. 2.) History is Exciting! Think history is just a boring subject you slept through in school? Think again! History is connected to our world in more ways than we realize—why is that road called that? Why do we do the things we do? People cooked on what? Went to the bathroom where? We live in the legacy of history—explore it! 3.) History is Fun for All Ages Exploring a local historic site like the Morgan Log House can be fun for each member of your family. Mom interested in architecture? The Log House is a fascinating and unique eighteenth century home. Dad learning how to cook? Learning about hearth cooking might be a great inspiration to get our and grill.  Kids hate their chores? Learning how eighteenth century kids did their chores might make that all better—and give everyone some laughs! It’s a great learning experience to take part in as a family. 4.) The Morgan Log House Has Fun Holiday Programming The Morgan Log House has all...

History in Your Closet: Military Might and Personal Collections

By: Tim Betz, Executive Director, Morgan Log House, May 2017 This May 27th, the Morgan Log House will be holding its annual Military Might day. The event is meant to educate and provide a way to remember the sacrifices that Americans, throughout our nation’s history, made for their county through the nation’s various wars, from the American Revolution to the present day. It features reenactors, demonstrations, and artifact displays. Many of the artifact displays are from personal collections. I thought, as the new Executive Director here, I would use this Log Blog to talk about a family collection of my own, my thoughts as I went through it, and what people reading this can do with their important, personal and family collections. My grandfather served on a destroyer escort, the U.S.S. Gosselin, during the Second World War in the Pacific. The ship was launched in 1944 and was named after Ensign Edward W. Gosselin, who died on the U.S.S. Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor.  It was part of a convoy throughout the Pacific, where it shot down Japanese planes off Okinawa and saved survivors from the wreckage of kamikaze destroyed ships (which my grandfather always talked about with a sense of dread that only comes from horrific lived experience). The Gosselin was one of the first ships into Tokyo Bay before the surrender, having carried press and Naval photographers into Tokyo on August 27, 1945. On September 2, the Gosselin carried press representatives to the U.S.S. Missouri for the surrender ceremonies that ended the War. Later, the Gosselin and its crew liberated and evacuated prisoners of war...

An Exhibit is Like An Iceberg: Making “How It’s Made: Furnishing the Log House”

While the museum has been closed these last couple months, we’ve been hard at work on getting ready for the upcoming season. Among the many great fun and educational programs and events is our annual temporary exhibit. This year’s temporary exhibit is called “How It’s Made: Furnishing the Log House.” This Log Blog post will look at the process that went into planning the exhibit—a how it’s made of How It’s Made. The exhibit was partly inspired by probate records, which show an unparalleled look into the things that were in people’s homes at the time of their death. Another inspiration was the fact that while very often people see objects in a museum, they rarely hear about how they would have been made—an experience which would have been very different for people living here in the Log House in the eighteenth century. The collection of eighteenth and nineteenth century domestic items that housed at the Morgan Log House is very expansive, including many examples of textiles, furniture, books, and ephemera. A set of criteria was selected for the objects:  they had to tell a story that connected the Morgan Log House to the wider world and they had to have a connection to the modern day. Choosing objects is the hard part of the exhibit—it’s where part of the curating comes in. The boundaries of the historical story that you want to tell with an exhibit are set based on the objects that are inside. “How It’s Made” tells a story of domestic life, but domestic life for the families that would have lived here. Farm tools are...

From the New Executive Director

I thought I would use my first Log Blog post as a way to introduce myself to you, the Morgan Log House community. I’ve only spent a short time here so far, as I started working with the new year. Already, though, I can tell that this is a very special place and am excited to be a part of it. The history of the log house itself is fascinating and is connected to the fabric of our nation. The local story is the story of huddled colonists, scrappy revolutionaries, and those seeking opportunity on the shores of the New World that helped make our country what it is today. I’m excited for a chance to delve deeper into that history and to share it with the community. I’ve also been impressed with the people I’ve encountered here: volunteers who dedicate so much of themselves to making sure that the Log House continues to be a place where history comes alive. I can already tell that the Morgan Log House could not exist without them. Nor could it exist without the community that it serves, which have given generously throughout the organization’s history. I’m looking forward to working with the Log House’s volunteers and the community, and getting to know everyone. The Log House is really a family: and I’m glad and proud to now be a part of it. I’m coming to the Log House from the Red Mill Museum Village where I served as Curator of Public Programs before becoming Assistant Director. Additionally, I come with a newly minted Masters Degree in History from Lehigh University, where...

Morgan Descendants Reunion Weekend July 16th-17th

 The Morgan’s were pinnacle in the settling of Towamencin Township by 1727, important in helping to found Gwynedd Quaker Meeting by 1712, and also were important in helping to settle early American through their grandson, Daniel Boone’s role. To honor to highlight the great role this fascinating family played locally, regionally, and nationally, we are hosting a Morgan Reunion Weekend July 16th-17th. Throughout the weekend we will be hosting onsite Welsh-heritage demonstrations and workshops, from cooking to Welsh language introduction we will bring the Morgan’s heritage to life.  We also are partnering with regional sites and organizations who will be offering special activities or tours for that weekend as well. Full details of the entire weekend’s events both onsite and offsite can be found on our “Event” tab under July 16th & 17th.  Members of the Morgan Log House are Free. To join as a Member, follow our Membership section under the “Join” tab on our website. We also have details on special lodging and dining offers for those in town for the Morgan Reunion Weekend. Contact Sarah at sdisantis@morganloghouse.org and ask to be placed on the email list for notifications about...