December 19 2012

Press Release: Plain Speaking: Bernadine Lennon

The "Plain Speaking" speaker at the Wayne County Historical Society this Friday, August 24, is Bernadine Lennon. Her "Hopedale Revisited."

Hopedale is the name of the Moravian Church congregation which was formed in the 1830s when German immigrants arrived in Newfoundland, Wayne County. Her research at the Moravian Archives in Bethlehem revealed letters from Hopedale Moravian Church pastors to their bishop in Bethleem from the early 1840s to the 1870s and reveal interesting insight into life during this period. Bernadine will discuss why the immigrants left Germany, present a map of the original German settlement in Newfoundland based on deed research, discuss the difficulties in translating Old German script and some of the interesting findings based on this research.

The "Plain Speaking" talks are free and scheduled for Fridays 5-6 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Wayne County Historical Society, 810 Main St., Honesdale. For more information and/or a "Plain Speaking" schedule, call the Wayne County Historical Society at 570-253-3240.