Greetings and Happy 2016,
As the winter chill begins to lift and gives way to spring, the Mill at Anselma prepares for another exciting open season.  Winter days at the Mill tend to be relatively quiet, but a lot of the volunteers have been working behind the scenes to help continue to grow and expand our research, collections, and interpretation.

New for 2016

In 2016, The Mill at Anselma will be operating on a seasonal schedule.  Our new normal operating hours will be the following:

April 2-May 29 and September 10-December 10, the Mill will be open on Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  From Thursday, June 2 through Sunday, September  4, the Mill will be open Thursday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

In addition to the changes above, the Mill has decided to combine our Mill Demonstrations and Special Event Days.  Check our events schedule for the latest events and demos.

What’s Happening at the Mill?

Our collection’s team, headed by volunteer Morris Farnum, began work on organizing, identifying, and documenting the assorted artifacts, documents, and pictures.  It is amazing to see the results they have come up with thus far.  Some of these items include day books from Simmers and Collins, pictures of Oliver Collins, and purchase orders to The Fitz Water Wheel Company.  The task they started was not an easy one, but this group of dedicated volunteers has done an amazing job so far.  Many thanks to Morris Farnum, Bernie Greenburg, Tom Tanner, Dusty Grady, Debbie Rollenhagen, and Dave Rollenhagen in helping with this project.

Research continued on the various families that called our mill their home.  Dave Rollenhagen has dedicated a lot of his research on the Lightfoot family.  He uncovered a lot of fantastic information on Michael and Samuel Lightfoot.  In addition to Dave’s research, more information about the Sheneman and Oberholtzer time period has been found.  This information includes the 1850 Agricultural Census for Joseph Sheneman and Elias Oberholtzer, the 1880 Agricultural Census for Elias and John Oberholtzer, and the 1927 Agricultural Census for Oliver Collins.  With this new information, as well as a trip to the National Archives to examine the Manufacturers Census for these time periods, there will be a greater understanding of how the Mill operated during the 19th Century.

Lots of great projects and research are always happening at the Mill.  It is through the endless, and dedicated, work of volunteers that continue to tell the story of this fantastic site.  The volunteers will be meeting on Saturday, March 12, 2016, to start preparing for our opening day, and The Mill at Anselma is always looking for new volunteers to help.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Neil Hobbins at (610) 827-1906 or neil@anselmamill.org.  The Mill is excited to see you in 2016!

Neil Hobbins
Executive Director
The Mill at Anselma

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