The Lebanon County Historical Society will host speaker and historian Lynn Otto this weekend, who will present a history of the Tulpehocken Valley during the French and Indian War.

The Tulpehocken Valley, which begins in eastern Lebanon County and continues into Berks County, was home to German settlers in the 18th century. During the French and Indian War in the mid-to-late 1750s, the valley was the site of conflict between the settlers and the native tribes that allied with French fur traders.

The Tulpehocken tributary to the left, stretching through Lebanon and Berks County.
(Karl Musser/Wikipedia CC)

Otto has studied what life was like for settlers living in the midst of conflict—frequent burnings, massacres, and attacks on the small communities caused mayhem in the valley.

Check out the Reading Eagle’s coverage of a 2016 talk by Otto for a preview of what he’ll cover.

The program will be held this Sunday, April 14th, at 1:30pm in the rear auditorium. The Historical Society’s Sunday programs are free and open to the public, though donations are always welcome.

Josh Groh is a Cornwall native and writer who began reporting for LebTown in 2019. He continued to regularly contribute to LebTown while earning a degree in environmental science at Lebanon Valley College, graduating in 2021. Since then, he has lead conservation crews in Colorado and taken on additional...


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