The Mill at Anselma Oral History Project

An Interview with Mauri (Maurice) Kring


Maurice Kring


Morgana Olbrich



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This interview features former Mill at Anselma Board of Trustees Chairman Mauri (Maurice) Kring. Mr. Kring was the first Chairman on the Board and takes time to describe how he ended up on the Board, the restoration process, his biggest accomplishments while on the Board, and the events he wishes he could have changed. Mr. Kring also has a very strong connection to the Chester Springs, West Pikeland County, and Chester County areas and explains how his family came to the United States, as well as, how they effected and influenced the area. Since he was born during the 1930s, Mr. Kring is able to describe Tenant Housing, subsistence farming, and the community’s transition to electric power. In addition, he talks a lot about the history of the area and showcases particular events, like the Battle of the Clouds, and places, like Ker-Feal, throughout the interview. He concludes his interview by talking about his future hopes for the Mill at Anselma and what the community can gain from seeing the Mill and the surrounding area.

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Chester Springs


Tenant Housing, Great Depression, Revolutionary War, Chester County Day, Montgomery County, Chester Springs, West Pikeland County, The Mill at Anselma, Executive Director, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Pennsylvania, 1700s, 1800s, 1900s, 2000s, 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century, 21st Century, grain mill, gristmill, milling, non-profit, politics, fundraising, United States history, immigrants, immigration, historical preservation and conservation, restoration, Johnson & Johnson, World War I, Red Arrow Lines, transportation, trollies, subsistence farmers, Guernsey cows, Ludwigs Corner, Reading Railroad, Franklin Hall Schoolhouse, Paoli, Phoenixville, French and Pickering Trust, Pew Foundation, machinery, technology, National Historic Landmark Status, Save America’s Treasures, Bill Clinton, Barnes Foundation, Ker-Feal, saw mill, medical development, cider press, Prohibition, Battle of Brandywine, George Washington, Historic Yellow Springs, Battle of the Clouds, Opperman’s Corner, Birchrunville, World War II, First World War, Second World War, 501 C3, sycamore trees, Entrepreneur, investment, Elverson, Lundale Farm, introduction of electricity, Pickering Valley Railroad, shunpike, toll roads, oral history, Chester Springs Studio, Athenaeum, Athenium, Conestoga Road


Digital Humanities | Economic History | Historic Preservation and Conservation | Nonprofit Administration and Management | Oral History | Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration | United States History


This interview was funded by the Abele Family Foundation and conducted at the Mill at Anselma.

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An Interview with Mauri (Maurice) Kring