Program: Connecting a Small Place to the Larger World

The Mennonite Heritage Center invites you to a program on Sunday, May 20 at 2pm by Joyce C. Munro, author of Time and Memory: Life in a small place. The book recreates happenings in what is now a nameless place that was once the village of Bergey, and even earlier Branchville, along what was once the Springhouse and Sumneytown Turnpike in what is now Upper Salford Township, Montgomery County, PA.

This presentation debuting the book is called “Connecting a Small Place to the Larger World.” It will include the story of an African American family who arguably made religious, cultural, and political inroads in Philadelphia and national life. We’ll travel the Branchville stagecoach that connected present-day Hereford to Philadelphia and Norristown. We’ll look briefly at a fault like the San Andreas that links geological happenings here to the beginnings of the Atlantic Ocean.

Author Joyce Munro will display some of the objects and sources that set her on this research journey. Books will be available for sale.

Admission is by donation.