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

PO Box 127

                             Scotland PA 17254-0127




May 2019


Dear Family, Friends and Members,

Our JSHA Annual Meeting is rapidly approaching!  The 2019 celebration will be held Sunday, July 14, 2019 starting at 10:00 a.m.  Members and the public are invited, admission is free to all.  This event will be held rain or shine, as pavilions and trees offer shelter and shade.  The Gap Street Bridge is complete!  Valley View Park has many upgrades.  You are welcome to bring your own picnic lunch as there are plenty of tables to share.  Bean soup, birch beer, beverages and hot dogs will be available for purchase. 

The kaffeeklatsch was moved last year from the stage to the pavilion with the garage doors (handicap accessible) following the annual board meeting.  Donations of cake, cookies, etc. can be brought to share.  Also featured will be the German Black Forest Cherry Cake thanks to the Ken Zimmerman Family!

One of JSHA’s goals remains to connect members and friends within geographical areas to share events and fellowship with each other outside the once a year Annual Meeting.  We continue to collect contact information (address, phone number and/or email address) you are willing to share, simply indicate this on your renewal form or email Ross Schwalm @  We do not share membership information or data with any other organization or activity.

Volunteers are the life blood of our organization and there are many ways you can help beyond membership.  Critical skills we need are genealogy information maintenance, research/ verification of family lineage, and German to English translation of original source information toward Journal articles.  We always welcome military and cultural researchers/writers, book review writers, outreach to schools, colleges & universities, and in establishing relationships with historical associations.  We need helping hands with our annual meeting weekends.  If you have interest in discussing any volunteer opportunities, contact Ross Schwalm by phone at (571) 330-2745 or email at

Our one-day annual meeting and Hessian Heritage Day will have presentations on stage beginning at 10:30am including a living history by Luanne Reese from letters received by Johannes Schwalm’s Mother, Barry Stocker will present the Civil War 1864 Train Wreck, and George Tallman & Ross will discuss Vietnam.  Dan and Ross will discuss how to start a Genealogy project, Tower City’s 150th Anniversary, and more.  The Share Fair will have interesting presentations and we will have additional interactive activities for our young historians including piñata and corn hole (bean bag toss) competition.  From 1pm to 2pm The Lykens Hose Band will give a concert.  

For our 2019 Annual Meeting and Hessian Heritage Day, we encourage you to attend and bring other family members.  At the park (at no charge), there will be plenty of room to gather, picnic and share with numerous branches of the Johannes Schwalm family and descendants of other Hessian soldier families.  We request that you contact JSHA if you plan to have your mini-reunion so it can be acknowledged as part of the Hessian Heritage Day.  In addition, think about anyone in your family who has an unusual interest or hobby and encourage all those folks to share their interests at the “Share Fair.”  These interests do not have to be historical, the more variety the better.

If you have paid your 2019 annual membership, your membership card has been enclosed in this mailing and you will be able to pick up your 2019 The Hessians: Journal of the Johannes Schwalm Historical Association at the Annual Meeting.  If you cannot attend, your journal will be mailed to you in the following weeks.

If you have not renewed your membership for this year, complete the enclosed form with your check for $25 and send to the address above or renew online at using PayPal and you will receive your 2019 Journal.. 

The Annual Meeting and Hessian Heritage day next year will be a 2-day event and will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12, 2020.  Thank you for your continued support of the Johannes Schwalm Historical Association.

Linda Schwalm
Membership Chairman