The Mill at Anselma Oral History Project

An Interview with Carla Herkner


Carla Herkner


Morgana Olbrich



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Susanna Throop and Johanna Mellis


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This interview features a volunteer named Carla Herkner who has been researching the family trees of each of the Mill at Anselma millers. Her work not only aims to understand each miller by identifying their family ties, but also to find connections between the millers’ families and the Chester/West Pikeland County areas. In the interview, she also discusses connections to Historic Yellow Springs, the Underground Railroad, the Revolutionary War, and the Conestoga Turnpike. In addition, Ms. Herkner takes time to explain her involvement at the Mill with activities like school field trips and her future hopes for the Mill itself.

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Chester Springs


Mill at Anselma, volunteering, non-profit, oral history, Chester Springs, Sarah Oberholtzer, Sarah Louisa Vickers, Revolutionary War, Civil War, Underground railroad, slavery, conductor, fugitive slave act, William Penn, Quaker, Uwchlan, Chester Springs Orphans School, Callowhill Decision, Lionville, elementary education, Vickers, drover's inn, West Vincent, gristmill, grain, milling, colonial era, Pennsylvania, Chester County, West Pikeland county, local, feed mill, living history, 1700s, 1800s, 1900s, 2000s, historical site, united states history, historic preservation, conservation, small organization, nature, 18th century, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century, historic landmark, family trees, ancestor, lineage, ancestry, research


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 Carla Herkner