Alumna’s Catalog Reviewed in Maine Antiques Digest

The exhibition catalog Pastors & Patriots: The Muhlenberg Family of Pennsylvania, is reviewed in Maine Antiques Digest. The book is the culmination of eight years of research by Lisa Minardi, Class of 2004, a scholar who put together an exhibition of Muhlenberg family possessions at the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, which is just a mile from Henry Melchior Muhlenberg’s restored house and the residence of his son Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg in Trappe, Pennsylvania. It celebrates the contributions of the Muhlenberg family in America for the 300th anniversary of the birth of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, born September 6, 1711. The reviewer states that “The book gives a fuller picture of family history.” Minardi began researching the Muhlenbergs for an Ursinus history course in 2003, and she continued her research for her 250-page senior thesis. She became involved in the efforts to rescue Frederick Muhlenberg’s house from demolition, and she now is the president of the Frederick Muhlenberg house, known as the Speaker’s House because Frederick Muhlenberg was elected the first Speaker of the United States House of Representatives in 1789.