POTTSTOWN, PA — June is jampacked with historic happenings at Pottsgrove Manor! Uncover the stories of historic Black communities in the French Creek region at the Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 17. Come back the following weekend to be a part of a new Exhibit Opening on The Social and Medical World of Dr. Jonathan Potts. All events are a suggested $2 donation per person.
Saturday, June 17, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Honor the history of the Black experience in America with two Juneteenth presentations at Pottsgrove Manor. Daniel Flickinger will tell the important work done by the Friends of the African Union Church of South Coventry, exploring the congregation’s history and protecting the church cemetery. Next, join in the journey down the research rabbit-hole, following Pottsgrove Manor’s attempt to trace community roots among the free and (once) enslaved Black ironworkers of Coventry Forge and find their present-day descendants. Following the talks, guests are invited to visit this historic cemetery, just a few minutes down the road from Pottsgrove Manor. Deepen your understanding of the past and learn about the free Black community of South Coventry.
“The Social and Medical World of Dr. Jonathan Potts” Exhibit Opening Day
Saturday, June 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Be a part of the opening of Pottsgrove Manor’s exhibit on the life and world of Jonathan Potts! Medical historian Jennifer Bolton will speak on the medical landscape of the 18th century to kick off the opening. Visitors are then invited to go through the transformed museum to uncover the story of Dr. Jonathan Potts and how his choices to put the care of his community first took him across the colonies and was able to impact the lives of thousands. Living history interpreters will be highlighting aspects of Dr. Jonathan Potts’ life throughout the exhibit from his Reading Apothecary to the experience of Continental soldiers at Fort Ticonderoga. The exhibit will run until November 5, 2023, during normal museum hours.
For more information, visit www.montgomerycountypa.gov/pottsgrovemanor.