“Founding Mother’s Life” topic of Reamstown talk

By on September 2, 2015

Former Reamstown resident Lou Ann Miller will portray the life of a German immigrant and pioneer mother during a free lecture Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m., at the Reamstown Community Center, 24 E. Church St., Reamstown.

Photo courtesy Reamstown Historical Society and Museum  Lou Ann Miller, standing here by her family's ancestral tombstones at Trinity Lutheran Church Graveyard, New Holland, will  portray the life of an early German immigrant at the next Reamstown Lecture Series on Tuesday, Sept. 15

Photo courtesy Reamstown Historical Society and Museum
Lou Ann Miller, standing here by her family’s ancestral tombstones at Trinity Lutheran Church Graveyard, New Holland, will portray the life of an early German immigrant at the next Reamstown Lecture Series on Tuesday, Sept. 15

Dressed in garb typically worn by early female immigrants, Miller takes on the persona of Maria Margaretha Kretscherin Kinzer, wife of Johan Jacob Kinzer. Johan came to Philadelphia from Germany in 1737; it is not known when Maria arrived as women’s names were not noted. The couple eventually settled on a farm near New Holland where they raised eight children.

“The conditions were hard, and I will show and tell the audience what life was like for women in these times through Maria’s eyes,” Miller said, “ and how German immigrants, like the Kinzers, who were known as Palatinates, were viewed by the English, why crops such as apples and cabbage were so important to their existence, as well as the hog, and the traditions of Christmas and Easter they brought to this country.”

Miller, who now resides in New Holland, found Maria, her great grandmother six generations removed, by accident.

Through her love of history and involvement with the New Holland Historical Society, Miller discovered that one of Maria’s children, Ursula Ann, married a Wolf on her grandfather’s side.

That began her labor of love to share a “Founding Mother’s Life” with the community.

The lecture is one in a continuing series sponsored by the Reamstown Historical Society and Museum. Parking is in the rear of the Reamstown Community Center. For more information call 717-364-0865.

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2 Comments

  1. Larry Kinzer

    October 15, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    I would like to communicate with Lou Ann Miller about the Kinzers

    • Editor

      October 16, 2015 at 9:05 am

      You can contact our Cocalico area editor Donna Reed at 721-4424 or dreed.eph@Lnpnews.com. Thank you

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