seal.gif (1829 bytes)flur.gif (1390 bytes)Johannes Schwalm Historical Association, Inc

PO Box 127

                             Scotland PA 17254-0127


                                                                                                          May 2017


Dear Members and Friends,   


The Johannes Schwalm Historical Association (JSHA) invites you to join us in celebrating our history during this year’s Annual Meeting Weekend.  We welcome you to see static displays of history items, hands on activities for children to learn about history and living history interpretations related to American History since 1776.  You are highly encouraged to bring friends and relatives who have not attended in the past.


This year JSHA is conducting a two day history event on July 8 and 9, 2017 at Valley View Park in Valley View, PA.  This event is free to the public and will start at noon on July 8 and start at 10 AM on July 9.  We will have activities to honor our Hessian ancestors from all families with a focus on “Hessians Victorious” in 1776 during the afternoon of Saturday, July 8.  Dr. Daniel Krebs - Hessian Descendant, Bundeswehr Officer, published author and American History Professor at the University of Louisville - will be our guest historian for the weekend.  He will lead a round table discussion group with the JSHA Military History Committee concerning the military success of the Hessians in New York and New Jersey in the summer and fall of 1776.  Descendents of Peter Schwalm will sponsor a Hessian Happy Hour at Benigna’s Creek Winery and all are welcome to attend this no host social event between 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. 


We will have a series of speakers on Sunday July 9 to cover a “Historiography of Prisoners of War.” Dr. Krebs will lead off the day with information from his book A Generous and Merciful Enemy about the Hessian Imprisonment in Lancaster in 1777.  Dr. Krebs will have his book for sale and sign these per your request.  A second talk will cover the experiences of Schuylkill County prisoners during the Civil War.  A slide program will highlight our ancestor US Army Major John Mark Schwalm’s 6th Armored Division liberation of Buchenwald Labor Camp in April 1945 during World War II.  The final presentation will be given by JSHA President and US Marine Corps Major (Retired) Ross H. Schwalm’s Desert Storm experience with Iraqi Prisoners.


Throughout each of the days, Saturday noon to 4 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 3 PM, we will have our traditional Share Fair with individuals and organizations offering history displays and presentations on subjects related to American and German history and culture.  Mr. and Mrs. Barry Stocker, Civil War Interpretive Historians, will join us this year with a variety of offerings to include children’s education opportunities.  JSHA President Ross Schwalm will be displaying information about his Civil War ancestors and his research of the Second Battle of Manassas in 1862 which is also the subject of an article in this year’s JSHA annual publication The Hessians. 


There are modern restroom facilities and picnic pavilions as well as parking areas close to all events we have planned.  The park is located near the intersection of Gap Street and Gun Club Road just south of Valley View, PA. Google Coordinates 40°38'13.3"N 76°32'50.9"W.  Valley View is a short drive from Harrisburg, PA.   


On Sunday, we will be offering traditional bean soup, hot dogs, birch beer and games for children and adults.  Families are welcome to have mini-reunions and picnic lunches throughout the day.  The JSHA Board will report on the status of the organization and our plans for the future starting at 2:00 PM.  We will conclude our event at approximately 4:00 PM Sunday with a traditional German Kaffeeklatsch. 


The JSHA Lead Coordinator for the 2017 weekend is Mr. Ross H. Schwalm at (C) 571-330-2745 or by email at if you have any questions about this year’s events. 



Ross H. Schwalm, President, JSHA