Dover Library Event about Historic Schoenbrunn Village -Tuscarawas County
Dover Library Gets Acquainted with Historic Schoenbrunn Village
Local historian Seth Angel will be at the Dover Library on Thursday, September 29 at 6:30 PM to tell why he decided to write his book Understanding Historic Schoenbrunn Village: A Field Guide to the Moravian Delaware Village called Mellhik Thùppèck. He will talk about the village’s background and the timeline of its existence. He will also take us on an imaginary tour of the village and share short stories about the people who lived there. A book signing will follow the program.
The Delaware Indian leader Netawatwes invited David Zeisberger to the area in order to establish a Moravian mission in the Ohio country. In 1772, Zeisberger and five Indian families established this first Christian settlement in Ohio. The village was prosperous until it was abandoned in 1777 due to encroaching settlers and the tensions caused by the Revolutionary War.
Seth Angel, a graduate of the University of Akron and a recipient of the Zeisberger – Heckewelder Award, sits on the board of trustees for the Tuscarawas County Historical Society. His passion is history of the region, especially the people and events surrounding early Moravian Missions in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Seth has spoken at Fort Laurens, Schoenbrunn Village and the Tuscarawas County Heritage Home Association. In addition to this field guide of Schoenbrunn Village, Angel has written for the Tuscarawas County Genealogical Society’s book History of Tuscarawas County Ohio, The Moravian magazine and the Tuscarawas County Historical Society’s publication The Chronicler. In 2019, Angel wrote a series of historical short stories for the Moravian Church, which appeared on the church’s Northern Provence website.
Seth and his wife Debbie live in New Philadelphia and are members of Fry’s Valley Moravian Church. They enjoy travel, outdoor activities and volunteering at Historic Schoenbrunn Village. Seth is a former Scoutmaster, a “Ham Radio” operator and a beekeeper.
This program will be held on Thursday, September 29 at 6:30 PM in the Community Room at the library, located at 525 N. Walnut Street, Dover. Register online at www.doverlibrary.org or call the library at 330-343-6123. A book signing will follow the program.