SUNBURY — N. Daniel Schwalm, a retired Line Mountain Area teacher, will tell members of the Northumberland County Historical Society about the experiences of his ancestor, Johannes Schwalm, during and after the American Revolutionary War.
Vice president of the Johannes Schwalm Historical Association (JSHA), the Shamokin resident will speak at the society’s meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. His ancestor came to America as a Hessian soldier to fight the Americans and was captured at the Battle of Trenton in December 1776. He settled in Pennsylvania after the war and established a large family.
“My plan is to share the history of JSHA and the story of Johannes Schwalm and to encourage others of Hessian descent to document and share their stories,” said Schwalm, who contributed to the association’s 1977 book, “Johannes Schwalm, The Hessian.”
Schwalm said JSHA is a non-profit organization dedicated to researching, collecting and disseminating data relating to German auxiliaries to the British Crown who fought in the Revolution and their descendants. All objects, documents, books and materials owned by the association are available for research and examination, subject to their normal rules of access at Martin Library of the Sciences, Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster.
The public is invited to attend the program, which will be held at the society’s headquarters at 1150 N. Front St., Sunbury. Admission is free. Refreshments will follow the program. For more information, visit www.northumberlandcountyhistoricalsociety.org or call 570-286-4083.