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Berks County PA - Regional History Collection - Hamburg-Kutztown & Vicinity

Berks County PA - Regional History Collection - Hamburg-Kutztown & Vicinity

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This is a collection of various historical and genealogical reference works on Pennsylvania. These references cover 1000's of individuals, and are an excellent way to start or continue research focused on PA.

This material was scanned from original publications and will be provided as PDFs. You will receive an email with the download link after purchasing online. These files can be read using many PDF reader programs (Windows / Mac / Linux), however Adobe Reader or Acrobat are recommended.

Historical Sketch of Kutztown and Maxatawny, Berks County,
Penn'a (John S. Ermentrout, 1876, 60 pages)
This publication begins with a brief history of the settlement and growth of Kutztown and Maxatawny, and also includes a description of the area's past military involvement and educational opportunities. Another section focuses on the area's religious history, and gives a biography of a number of the local preachers: Johann Heinrich Helferich, Charles Gebler Herrmann, J. Sassaman Herrmann, Alfred J. Herrmann, Daniel Lehman, John Knoske, Daniel Kohler, J. C. Smith, G. A. Hinterleiter, George F. Spieker, Isaac Roeller, B. E. Kramlich, and Alfred D. Croll.

Hamburg, Berks Co., Penn'a [Bird's-Eye Town View] (T. M. Fowler, 1889)
This is a detailed image from birds-eye perspective of the city of Hamburg, Berks County, PA in the year 1889. It details streets, homes, businesses, churches, etc., providing a unique view of the town and wider area. (Not Text-searchable)

Fleetwood, Berks County, Pennsylvania [Bird's-Eye Town View]
(T. M. Fowler & James B. Moyer, 1893)
This is a detailed image from birds-eye perspective of the city of Fleetwood, Berks County, PA in the year 1893. It details streets, homes, businesses, churches, etc., providing a unique view of the town and wider area. (Not Text-searchable)

Kutztown, Berks County, Pennsylvania [Bird's-Eye Town View]
(T. M. Fowler & James B. Moyer, 1893)
This is a detailed image from birds-eye perspective of the city of Kutztown, Berks County, PA in the year 1893. It details streets, homes, businesses, churches, etc., providing a unique view of the town and wider area. (Not Text-searchable)

Topton, Berks County, Pennsylvania [Bird's-Eye Town View]
(T. M. Fowler & James B. Moyer, 1893)
This is a detailed image from birds-eye perspective of the city of Topton, Berks County, PA in the year 1893. It details streets, homes, businesses, churches, etc., providing a unique view of the town and wider area. (Not Text-searchable)

The Centennial History of Kutztown, Pennsylvania
(Historical Committee of the Kutztown Centennial Association, 1915, 262 pages)
This is a Centennial History of the borough of Kutztown, Berks County, PA from 1815-1915. It contains a great deal of historical information on the town and surrounding area. There is also a section that focuses in on some of the town's prominent families: Bieber, Deysher, Dietrich, Fister, eehr, Grim, Hottenstein, Kemp, Kutz, Levan, Schaeffer, Sharadin, Siegfried, Wink and Zimmerman.

Fifty Years of Fleetwood History
(Alfred W. Blatt & Charles H. Esser, 1923, 93 pages)
This booklet was published as a brief history of the town of Fleetwood, Berks Co., PA, as well as a program of the events connected with its 50th Anniversary celebration. This historical information covers Fleetwood's residents, businesses, industries, churches, social organizations and similar topics.

1926 Directory - St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church,
Hamburg (Anonymous, 1926, 26 pages)
This is a brief history and directory of current church members as of 1926.

1928 Directory - Hamburg Pennsylvania
(Union Fire Company No. 1, 1928, 68 pages)
This is a resident and business directory of the borough of Hamburg, Berks Co., PA for the year 1928. The directory information includes the resident's (or business') name, occupation and street address. Also if married, the name of the mate appears. In addition to the directory information, there are also numerous ads for local businesses.

An Early Eighteenth Century Reformed Church (Irwin Hoch DeLong, 1934, 101 pages)
This book is a compilation of material mainly on St. Peter's (Moselem) Reformed Church, Richmond Township, Berks County, PA. Of particular interest to research is the inclusion of gravestone inscriptions from several Cemeteries in Berks County, totalling over 730 transcriptions.

Table of Contents:
1 - Prefatory Note
2 - List of Illustratins
3 - Copy of the German Constitution of the Church of 1809
4 - The Amendment, of 1860, to the Constitution
5 - Copy of the Land Patent, 1828, Based on the Land Warrentof 1765
6 - Translation of the Baptismal Protocol, 1764-1779
7 - Excerpts from and Summaries of the Treasurer's Account 1808-1842
8 - A List of Other Known Church Records of the Church
A - Register of Baptisms, 1809-1859
B - Taufregister, 1870-1886
C - Church Register, Commenced in 1896
9 - The Gravestone Inscriptions of the Cemetery of the Church
10 - The Gravestone Inscriptions of the Private Cemetery, Kirbyville, PA
11 - Gravestone Inscriptions of the Cemetery, Topton, PA
12 - Gravestone Inscriptions of the Cemetery Adjoining St. John's Church, Kutztown, PA
13 - Gravestone Inscriptions of the Cemetery, Grimsville, PA
14 - Appendix
15 - Index

History of Leesport and West Leesport 1840-1940
Official Souvenir (Nick Moser, 1940, 68 pages)
This is a centennial history of the towns of Leesport and West Leesport, Berks County, covering the period 1840-1940. It included details of the early history of the area, and the foundation and growth of the towns. It also includes a list of WWI soldiers from the area and a list of patrons who helped with the publication of the booklet.

150th Anniversary - 1790-1940 - St. John's
Lutheran Church (Anonymous, 1940, 10 pages)
This is a breif history of the church along with a list of church organizations and their officers.

Directory Hamburg Pennsylvania 1947 (L. M. F., 1947, 72 pages)
This is a business and resident directory of the town of Hamburg, Berks County, PA for the year 1947. The directory is arranged alphabetically and lists all residents and their occupation, street address and telephone number for each residence. There are also ads for local businesses throughout.

General Marshall's Victory Report [Hamburg] (U.S. War Department, 1946-47, 150 pages)
This was published following the close of the war to provide the public with a general account of the war from beginning to end. The report was published for individual areas throughout the state, and each of these areas included a list of local men and women who served in the war. This report covers the town of Hamburg.

Kutztown Home-Coming World War II Veterans (Anonymous, 1947, 8 pages)
This is a list of veterans who served and died in WWII from the area of Kutztown, PA.

Directory Hamburg Pennsylvania 1947 (L. M. F., 1947, 72 pages)
This is a business and resident directory of the town of Hamburg, Berks County, PA for the year 1947. The directory is arranged alphabetically and lists all residents and their occupation, street address and telephone number for each residence. There are also ads for local businesses throughout.

Hamburg Directory 1955 (Presto Publishing Co., Inc., 1955, 88 pages)
This directory begins with a 10-page history of the town of Hamburg. The directory information is presented sevearl ways. The first section is a street directory listing addresses numerically by street. Next is an alphabetical directory of residents and businesses listing all residents (including children), street address, and occupation of the primary resident. Next is a numerical telephone directory listing addresses with telephones. The last section is rural route listings from the areas surrounding Hamburg and Centerport, Dauberville, Lenhartsville, Mohrsville, Shartlesville, Shoemakersville, Star Route, and West Hamburg. Along with the directory information, there are also numerous ads for local businesses.

Sesqui-Centennial Commemorative Book - Kutztown, Pennsylvania 1815-1965
(Ruth E. Bonner, 1965, 254 pages)
This is an extensive history of Kutztown, Berks County, PA, covering the period 1815-1965. It covers even beyond 1815, back into Colonial times. It is broken into sections include such topics as Indians, The Colony, Roads Transportation and Hotels, Government, Education, Professions, Religion, Wars, Sports, Organizations, Business and Industry, etc. Along with the historical information are hundreds of period photographs. This is a wonderful resource for historical research in this area.

Sesqui-Centennial Commemorative Book - Kutztown, Pennsylvania 1815-1965 - Souvenir Program
(Anonymous, 1965, 52 pages)
This is souvenir and program of the 150th Anniversary Celebration of Kutztown. It give a program of the events of the celebration. It also provides a number of photographs of groups involved with the celebration, accompanied by names of the individuals in the groups.

Hamburg and Northern Berks County, PA - 'Pictorial of the Past'
Volume 1 (Hamburg Savings & Trust Co., ~1970’s, 52 pages)
This is a collection of 50 antique photographs and postcards of Hamburg and vicinity, in northern Berks Co., PA. It provides a nice souvenir of the area and its past.

Albany Township, Kempton Centennial 1874-1974 (Anonymous, 1974, 234 pages)
This is a centennial history of Albany Township and the Town of Kempton published in 1974. It provides a history of the area and its development and also details the current state of various aspects of life in the area, including education, churches, businesses, etc. Along with the historical information are many photographs featuring places and people of the area.

Bicentennial History of Hamburg Borough (Hamburg Bicentennial Committee, 1976, 128 pages)
This is a history of Hamburg Borough with additional information on Windsor Township, Berks County, PA, published for the national Bicentennial in 1976. It contains a huge amount of information and photographs providing an accurate and detailed picture of Hamburg's history.

USA Bicentennial, Blandon, PA. (Blandon Bicentennial Historical Committee, 1977, 24 pages)
This is pictorial souvenir of the US Bicentennial celebration held in Blandon, Berks County, PA. It included numerous photographs highlighting the events of the celebration as well as many local residents.