The Mill at Anselma Oral History Project

An Interview with Dave Rollenhagen


Dave Rollenhagen


Morgana Olbrich



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This interview features the latest miller at the Mill at Anselma, Dave Rollenhagen. Not only is Mr. Rollenhagen the Mill at Anselma miller, but he is also a volunteer, former Mill at Anselma Board of Trustees member, and local historian. In his interview, he discusses the ins and outs of learning to be a miller, his experiences as both a member of the Board and a volunteer, the process of production grinds, his historical research process, and the evolution of tour guiding at the Mill. He also discusses how the Mill at Anselma has impacted other Mills both in the area and around the country, like George Washington’s Gristmill. Mr. Rollenhagen concludes his interview by describing what sets the Mill apart from other historical sites, why the site should be remembered today, and what his future hopes are for both the Mill and its surrounding community.

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Chester Springs


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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 Dave Rollenhagen