Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Norman C. Hoffman to speak about his experiences during the Great Depression

Norman C. Hoffman, a retired school teacher and an active Goschenhoppen Historian, will give a presentation in the dialect at the Pennsylvania German Friends meeting at 7 pm on Thursday, March 17. Hoffman will discuss growing up in the Wescosville area during the great depression. The public is invited to this free meeting at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 1933 Hanover Avenue, Allentown.

After graduating from Allentown High in 1942, Hoffman enrolled in Muhlenberg College. His education was interrupted by 2 years of service in the Army with the 103rd Infantry Division in Europe. After completing his studies at Muhlenberg College and later at Lehigh University, he taught in the public schools, finishing his career at the Upper Dublin School District.

Always an educator, he joined the Goschenhoppen Historians where he is a pack peddler or Kraemer during their annual festival at the Antes plantation in Montgomery County. He also uses his skills to translate old German Script articles for the Pennsylvania German Society, where he is also a member of the board of directors.

The Pennsylvania German Friends organization meets the third Thursday of the month at the church. Parking is available in the lot across Tacoma Street; use ground floor “Office” entrance. For further information, call 610.264.2979.

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