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Edward and Marguerite Vogenberger travel audiovisual materials and pamphlets


Held at: Historic Langhorne Association [Contact Us]160 W. Maple Ave., Langhorne, PA, 19047

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Historic Langhorne Association. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Edward and Marguerite Vogenberger were long-time residents of Langhorne, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. They owned and worked a 14-acre truck farm, from which they sold plants and vegetables to local residents. Avid travelers and covered bridge enthusiasts, they used their savings to take frequent trips across the United States, in particular to towns and sites in the tri-state area and along the East Coast. The couple were also enthusiastic photographers, and created slide shows of all of their trips. Edward was often asked to present the slides at local gatherings.

The Vogenbergers were victims of a highly publicized, unsolved (as of 2012) murder. At the age of 77, they were tortured and slain in their farmhouse on March 14, 1976. Police suspect the motive may have been financial: intruders may have thought the Vogenbergers had a significant amount of money stored in their home.

Edward Vogenberger (1899-1976) was the son of Frank C. Vogenberger (1867-1942) and Ella Jane Rutan (1867-1955). He was a member of the Knights of the Golden Eagle, Langhorne Castle #262. Marguerite Cornell Vogenberger (1899-1976), the daughter of Langhorne burgess Wilbur Cornell, worked as a teller for the People's National Bank (later renamed Central Penn Bank).


Wingert, Bridget. "Who Killed the Vogenbergers?" The Advance of Bucks County, 1980.

This collection includes about 7,000 slides, 10 audiocassette tapes, and 1400 feet of film reel documenting the Vogenbergers' travel throughout the United States, especially the tri-state area and the East Coast. Most of the slides are labeled. A significant portion document covered bridges located in Pennsylvania and other states along the East Coast. Many slides also relate to Langhorne, in particular town events. Also included in the collection are booklets, postcards, pamphlets, and maps of places the couple visited.

The collection also includes publications from the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges, 1960-1970, and Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society, 1972-1973.

Many slides from this collection have been scanned and are viewable on computers on-site.

Gift of Ralph Vogenberger.

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Historic Langhorne Association directly for more information.

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Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Faith Charlton through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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