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The Palatine Refugees and the Coming of the Pennsylvania Germans

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In the colonial era immigrants from the German states quickly became the dominant European population in Northampton and many surrounding counties. The Germans were by far the largest migration to colonial America from other than a colonial power. Reverend Richard H. Taylor will explore what brought them here, then follow one refugee family (with an interesting connection to the Sigal Museum) that changed Pennsylvanian and American history.

Program is free with museum admission or $5 for program only.

About Reverend Richard H. Taylor

Richard H. Taylor is the former Chair of the Historical Council of the United Church of Christ (2002-2009). He served as Vice President of the Congregational Christian Historical Society from 1981 until its union with the American Congregational Association (ACA; Congregational Library) in 2008. He was the President of the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies from 1998-2001. He has totaled many years of service to each of these institutions.

He has been Chair of the Historical Commission of the Town of Hinsdale, Massachusetts, a member of the Board of the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, and is a life member of the Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society.

His articles, essays, and research have appeared in many journals and papers, as well as in publications of Pilgrim Press, Glenmary Press, and others.

An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, he has served pastorates in Rhode Island, Michigan, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.