The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Union County

March 31, 2014

Union County Historical Society's Spring Dinner-Program April 10

— WEIKERT — The Union County Historical Society will host its spring dinner-program “To Instruct the Youth: From Union Seminary to Albright College” on April 10 at 6 p.m. at the Union County Sportsmen’s Club, Weikert. Sidney Dreese, director of the college archives and special collections at Albright College, will describe New Berlin Union Seminary’s development as it moved from Union County to Lebanon County, and then on to Albright College in Berks County.  

New Berlin was the mecca of the Evangelical Association. Through the diligence and leadership of Rev. William Orwig a seminary was founded in New Berlin, opening its doors on Jan. 3, 1856, and continued for nearly 50 years. The Evangelical Association, whose members are mostly of German descent, was founded in 1800 by the Rev. Jacob Albright, a German-speaking Pennsylvanian (1759-1808), influenced by John Wesley and the Methodist movement. The first meetings were held in 1803, and a “Book of Discipline” was introduced six years later. In 1816, the church became “The Evangelical Association.”

The program “To Instruct the Youth” follows a buffet dinner with choice of entrees, sides, dessert and beverages. Cost is $16.50 per person. Prepaid reservations are required and due by April 3. Send check to the Union County Historical Society, 103 S. Second St., Lewisburg, PA 17837.

For more information, contact the historical society at (570) 524-8666 or


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