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Schwarzwald Founded
Bach composes "Lutheran Mass"
H.M. Muhlenberg ordained
University of PA founded
Exeter Township founded
H.M. Muhlenberg comes to America
Thomas Jefferson born
Tobias Wagner first pastor called to Schwarzwald
Wagner marries Muhlenberg to Conrad Weiser's daughter Anna
John Peter Muhlenberg (General in Revolution) born to Henry and Anna
First Lutheran Synod formed in PA
City of Reading established
H.M. Muhlenberg has to wear glasses to read and write
J.S. Bach dies
Trinity Lutheran Church, Reading founded
Berks County incorporated
Pastor Wordmann ministers to Schwarwald
Schwarzwald opens parochial school
St. John's Lutheran Church, Kutztown erects first building
England and France declare war
Zion Spies Lutheran Church, founded
Pittsburgh PA founded
Pastor Hausihl begins at Schwarzwald
Conrad Weiser dies
George III ascends throne in England
First St. Patrick's Day parade in NYC
Mason-Dixon line surveyed
Pastor Krug begins at Schwarzwald
British Parliament passes Stamp Act
Samuel Wilson "Uncle Sam" born
Allegheny Lutheran, Knauers formed
F.A.C Muhlenberg, later preacher at Schwarzwald, graduates High School
Daniel Boone explores Kentucky
F.A.C Muhlenberg, later preacher at Schwarzwald, ordained in PA
Pastor Krug moves to church in Frederick, MD
Pastor Neimeyer begins at Schwarzwald
Amazing Grace" written
Pastor Grotz begins at Schwarzwald
Pastor Moeller begins at Schwarzwald
Declaration of Independence signed
Pastor F.A. C. Muhlenberg preaches at Schwarzwald
Pastor Lehman begins at Schwarzwald
Francis Scott Key born
Town of Gettysburg founded
Cornwallis surrenders to Washington at Yorktown
Pastor Wildbahn begins at Schwarzwald
Peter Muhlenberg, Henry's son, retires as respected General from Revolution
Revolutionary War ends
Ben Franklin invents Bifocals
Rev. Jehu Jones, first African-American Lutheran pastor born in Phila.
H.M. Muhlenberg dies at home in Trappe PA
U.S. Constitution goes into effect
George Washington elected as first President of the United States
Benjamin Franklin dies and is buried in Philadelphia
James Buchanan, only U.S. President from PA, born in Franklin County
First Columbus Day Celebration on 300th anniversary
George Washington visits Reading
Trinity Lutheran Church building in Reading dedicated - still stands today
First English language Lutheran hymnal published in America
Adam Macard preaches at Schwarzwald
Edward Mote, writer of hymn "My Hope is Built on Nothing Less" born
Joseph Haydn composes "The Creation" oratorio, his masterpiece
Samuel Simon Schmucker, founder of Gettysburg College and Seminary, born
General Thomas Mifflin, Lutheran, first governor of PA, dies in Lancaster
John P.G. Muhlenberg, Lutheran pastor, elected to U.S. Senate
Henry A. Muhlenberg, future pastor of Schwarzwald, ordained
Pastor Muhlenberg begins at Schwarzwald
Lewis and Clark set out from St. Louis for Pacific coast
Martin Luther's Bible first printed in U.S. in Reading PA
First Lutheran Printing office in North America founded in New Market VA
Robert Fulton's steamboat "Clermont" makes first trip up the Hudson River
Jacob Albright, Lutheran turned Methodist pastor, dies in Lebanon County
Abraham Lincoln born in one-room log cabin in Kentucky
Schwarzwald builds new stone church to replace old log church
C.F.W. Walther, founder of Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, born in Germany
First Lutheran Conference west of Allegheny Mountains meets in Wash. County
Gettysburg Academy, first home of the college and seminary, built
Francis Scott Key writes "The Star Spangled Banner"
Borough of Kutztown incorporated
American Bible Society founded in New York City
Tercentennial of Martin Luther's Reformation in Wittenberg Germany
U.S. Flag, as we know it today, established by Congress
"Pow-Wow" incantations published by Johann Hohman of Berks County
Christ Lutheran Church, Oley founded
Clara Barton, nurse and founder of American Red Cross, born
Schubert composes "Unfinished" Symphony
Twas the Night Before Christmas" first published
John A. Schulze, Lutheran pastor, becomes governor of PA
Schuylkill Canal, from Philly through Reading to Schuylkill County completed
Gettysburg Seminary founded
John James Audubon first publishes "The Birds of North America"
Noah Webster publishes the "American Dictionary of the English Language"
Pastor Miller begins at Schwarzwald
Second U.S. Lutheran Seminary (Trinity) founded in Columbus, Ohio
Frieden's Lutheran Church, Oley founded
Gettysburg College founded
Steeple built at Trinity Lutheran in Reading, tallest structure in PA, 202 ft.
Edward Mote writes "My Hope is Built on Nothing Less"
Reading School District organized
Battle of the Alamo
First African-American (Daniel A. Payne) educated in Lutheran Seminary (Gburg)
H.A. Muhlenberg, former pastor, resigns from Congress to become Ambassador
Reading Railroad completed to carry coal to Philly
First U.S. Lutheran Missionary, C.F. Heyer, commissioned for India
Lutherans establish presence and church in Jerusalem
"Silent Night" first published
Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" first published
YMCA founded by George Williams
U.S. Naval Academy opens in Annapolis
The Liberty Bell is cracked when rung for George Washington's birthday
Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) founded
Muhlenberg College founded
Exeter Public Schools open for first time
Pastor Reuben Wagner begins at Schwarzwald
"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" translated into English
Ringgold Band forms in Reading
Monroe Althouse, Reading's own "March King" born
"A Mighty Fortress" translated into english
The Pennsylvania State University founded
Albright College founded
James Buchanan, only U.S. President from PA, begins in office
Susquehanna University, founded by Lutherans in Selinsgrove PA
B.D. Zweizig of Hamburg PA, future Schwarzwald pastor, ordained
Susan Warner publishes "Jesus Loves Me This I Know"
Battle Hymn of the Republic" lyrics written by Julia Ward Howe
Oley Turnpike Road opened
Pastor B.D. Zweizig becomes pastor of Schwarzwald
Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia founded
Lee surrenders to Grant in VA, Civil War ends
Kutztown University founded
Robert Lowry, pastor from PA, writes music to "We're Marching to Zion"
Reading Eagle newspaper founded
Historical Society of Berks County founded
New Brick Church replaces old stone church, brick church still standing
Life size picture of Jesus knocking at the door dedicated and put behind altar
Susan B. Anthony votes for the first time, illegally
St. Mark's Lutheran in Birdsboro founded
Philadelphia Zoo, first public zoo in U.S. opens
Albert Schweitzer, Lutheran pastor, born in Alsace-Lorraine
New sheds built at Schwarzwald to shelter horses during worship
Statue of Pastor Peter Muhlenberg from PA placed in U.S. Capital
First telephones installed in Berks County
James Bland writes "O Dem Golden Slippers"
Jeremiah Rankin writes "God Be With You till We Meet Again"
Barnum and Bailey Circus debuts
First electric Christmas tree lights used
Philadelphia Phillies founded
Statue of Liberty completed in France
First statue erected in Reading - Frederick Lauer, brewer of fine beer
Reading Brewery founded
Faith Lutheran Church, Mount Penn founded
Lower Alsace Township founded
Neversink Mountain Railroad built
Mount Penn Gravity Railroad built
Pennsylvania German Society, Kutztown, founded
The "Pledge of Allegiance" composed by Francis Bellamy
"America the Beautiful" written by Katherine Lee Bates
Wernersville State Hospital, founded
Charles Duryea, later of Reading, PA, patents gas-powered automobile
Lutheran Home at Topton founded as orphanage
Friedens Lutheran Church, Bernville, founded
The Rev. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale born in Bowersville, Ohio
Stuart Hine, translator of "How Great Thou Art" into English, born in England
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Perkiomen Ave founded
The Rev. Maltbie Babcock writes "This is My Father's World"
Mount Penn incorporated as a borough
First modern World Series - Pittsburgh vs. Boston
Pastor William Laub begins at Schwarzwald
Philadelphia Athletics' play in second World Series
Ralph Vaughan Williams writes and publishes music to "For All the Saints"
First Times Square New Year's Ball Drop
Reading Pagoda completed
Construction of Naval Base at Pearl Harbor begins
Atonement Lutheran Church, Wyomissing, founded
Solomon Boscov arrives in Reading and begins his sales route
Splendid new Public Library built at Fifth and Franklin Streets, Reading
Penn Street Viaduct (now called Penn Street Bridge) built
Bethany Lutheran Stony Creek founded
Electricity installed at Schwarzwald Church
Nicolson and Newbolt write "Lift High the Cross"
400th Anniversary of Martin Luther's Reformation
Billy Graham born near Charlotte, North Carolina
Pachebel's "Canon in D" published
19th Amendment passes, women's suffrage granted
Calvary Lutheran Church, Laureldale, founded
Reader's Digest first published
Pewter Communion Tankard from 1744 discovered in church
Noah's Ark funhouse debuts at Carsonia Park
Construction of "The Crystal Pool" at Knoebels begins, first attraction of new park
Nativity Lutheran Church, Reading, founded
Borough of St. Lawrence founded
The Rev. (Mr.) Fred Rogers (and his neighborhood) born in Latrobe, PA
C. Weygandt states "The PA Dutch are the most conservative in people in America"
First broadcast of "The Lutheran Hour" radio program
Stokesay Castle built
The Rev. Thomas Dorsey writes, "Take My Hand, Precious Lord"
Berks Packing Company (think hot dogs) founded
Barmen Declaration, underground Lutheran church declares opposition to Nazi's
H.S. Fegely opens diner in Exeter
Margaret Mitchell publishes "Gone with the Wind"
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, opens, Disney releases "Snow White"
H. Jack Luden, film star from Reading, makes four films with "Tuffy the Wonder Dog"
William Penn Memorial Fire Tower built
Major Renovation completed at Schwarzwald church
America enters WWII
C.S. Lewis writes "The Case for Christianity" inspired by evils of Nazism
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Lutheran pastor, arrested in plot to assassinate Hitler
Air Service Command takes over Reading Airport to service damaged warplanes
Lutheran World Relief founded, to aid Europeans suffering after WWII
Pastor Bertram Gilbert begins at Schwarzwald
Lutheran and Reformed congregations at Schwarzwald vote to separate
Reformation Lutheran founded
5 acres purchased for current location
Gary Larson, Lutheran and creator of "The Far Side" is born
" I Love Lucy" airs for the first time
Pastor Morris Houck begins at Schwarzwald
New church (now Fellowship Hall) and parsonage dedicated at current location
First American "Meals on Wheels" program, Philadelphia PA
Wallace Stevens, famous poet from Reading, wins Pulitzer Prize
Jacksonwald Post Office closes
Schwarzwald Reformed Church becomes part of United Church of Christ
The Service Book and Hymnal (the old "Red Book") published
"The Sound of Music" opens on Broadway
Red neon lights added to Reading Pagoda roof
Pastor Marvin Harding begins at Schwarzwald
Groundbreaking for present sanctuary
Dedication of present sanctuary
"The Bells of Joy" our 23 bell carillon dedicated
Phillies Dick Allen hits 529' home run out of Connie Mack Stadium
Joe Paterno becomes Head Coach at Penn State
Schwarzwald becomes a polling place
Annual "Youth Pilgrimages" begin, first to Indian Reservation in Idaho
Lutheran Student Movement - college campus ministries - founded
John Updike's "Rabit Run" premiers in Reading
1st baseball game at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium, Phils beat Expos 4-1
Schwarzwald helps rebuild local churches damaged by Hurricane Agnes
Dedication of World Trade Center in New York City
Hank Aaron breaks Babe Ruth's home run record
Girls added to acolyte scedule at Schwarzwald
American Bicentenial celebration
Exeter Senior Citizens group begins at Schwarzwald, still meets today
The Lutheran Book of Worship (the new "Green Book") published
The Rev. Neil Bond becomes first son of Schwarzwald ordained for pastoral ministry
Schwarzwald Youth Pilgrimage to Rocky Boy Indian Reservation, Montana
Final Stained Glass Window installed, "Pentecost" above narthex doors
Jacksonwald Learning Center opens
Schwarzwald pays off the mortgage for our church building
Schwarzwald Youth Pilgrimage to Anchorage, Alaska
The Rev. Dr. Robert and Mrs. Mary Hershey join Schwarzwald
Celebration of Pastor Harding's 25th Anniversary at Schwarzwald
250th Anniversary of the Congregation Celebration
West Berks Mission District formed
Schwarzwald begins Volunteer Home care ministry
20th Anniversary of the Ordination of women in the Lutheran Church
Pastor Harding retires from Schwarzwald
"Koch" property purchased to expand our campus
Pastor Von Frish begins at Schwarzwald
Mrs. Diane Hafer begins as our Church Secretary
With One Voice (the "Blue Book") published
Schwarzwald purchases 3 octaves of handbells and begins Handbell Choir
Mrs. Pat Weiser begins as our Music Director
Schwarzwald's Men's Choir formed
Schwarzwald members participate in synod bike-a-thon to fight world hunger
Schwarzwald's Pavilion built
Schwarzwald hosts "Captive Free" youth event for the West Berks Mission District
The Rev. Jeremiah Sassaman, son of Schwarzwald, ordained for pastoral ministry
Pastor Simmons begins at Schwarzwald
Our altar is moved away from the East wall, and our font is moved to the nave floor
Congreation authorizes a major Captial Campaign
Pastors Miller begin at Schwarzwald
Schwarzwald Youth Mision trip to Charleston, West Virginia
Schwarzwald Youht Mission trip to Benton Harbor, Michigan
Seminarian Alex Kennedy, son of Schwarzwald, begins at Philadelphia Seminary
Major renovations to our entire campus completed
First Summer-time Art, Music and Drama Camp "Oh Jonah"
275th Anniversary of Schwarzwald Lutheran!

				
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