The Mill at Anselma Oral History Project

An Interview with Ernie Holling


Ernie Holling


Morgana Olbrich



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This interview features Ernie Holling, who was the Chairman of the Mill at Anselma Board of Trustees in 2019. In the interview, Mr. Holling talks about his experiences with start-up companies like Compu/Net and as the West Pikeland Township Supervisor, which have provided him with the needed information and background to run the Mill at Anselma. The bulk of the interview focuses on the changes that Mr. Holling has been making to the Mill at Anselma since he began as Chairman, like initiating an Explorer Scouts Program, as well as, the difficulties involved with getting the public involved at the Mill. Mr. Holling also takes time to describe historical facts about the mill, like the origins of the French buhr stones, why the Mill is still relevant to society today, and how the Chester Springs community has changed over the years.

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Chester Springs


Mill at Anselma, volunteering, non-profit, oral history, Chester Springs, gristmill, milling, colonial era, Pennsylvania, Chester County, West Pikeland county, local, grain mill, feed mill, living history, 1700s, 1800s, 1900s, 2000s, historical site, united states history, historic preservation, conservation, small organization, water wheel, French buhr stone, nature, sycamore trees, 18th century, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century, historic landmark, Board of Trustees, Township Supervisor, start-up company, entrepreneur, Explorer Scouts Program, machinery, fundraising, politics, SALTS Performing Arts, Historic Yellow Springs, Green Valley, Executive Director, Chairman


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 Ernie Holling