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Historical Presentation Highlights the Ontelaunee Watershed

Apr 24, 2019
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Date(s) - 4/24/2019
1:00 pm

Location
Keystone Villa at Fleetwood

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Keystone Villa at Fleetwood in partnership with Berks History Center invites you to the retirement community located at 501 Hoch Road, Blandon, for a historical presentation on the Ontelaunee Watershed on Wednesday, April 24 at 1 p.m.

On Aug. 4, 1926, a dynamite charge concluded a ceremonious gathering that occurred at the banks of Maiden Creek and commenced the Maidencreek Dam construction. Discover how a Reading Councilman named Fred G. Hodges, who initiated the small blast, found himself at the forefront of legal proceedings to evict farmers and other landowners from the proposed reservoir site, and how Reading Mayor William Sharman tried to resolve the crisis. Guest speaker Brian Engelhardt, a local author and historian, shares a fascinating review of the turmoil surrounding the Monster Dam Project of what is known today as Lake Ontelaunee and its surrounding watershed. His works include “Stop It Mr. Mayor: The ‘Shotgun Resistance’ to the Maidencreek Dam,” which appeared in the Historical Review of Berks County.

This event is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited. To register, please call 484-637-8200.

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