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PAST PROGRAMS

During the course of the year the Hopewell Valley Historical Society sponsors numerous programs in the community on history. These programs are free and open to the public. On this page we'll feature articles and photographs about some of the past programs we've sponsored.  Society Membership assures advance notice of these great  lectures.


A Century 
in Titusville:
The Niederer Family 
& Egomatic
March 15, 2015
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On a bleak late winter afternoon residents gathered
at the Titusville Presbyterian Church. A program 
there sponsored by the Hopewell Valley Historical Society would celebrate the Niederer Family’s 100 years in Titusville.

This interesting presentation was created by cousins Karl, Ken and Randy Niederer. People continued to trickle in as the program began with a packed house. The family lineage was traced back to Switzerland where family patriarch Otto Niederer had emigrated from in the early 20th century.

The connection to the community was evident when family members and former employees of Niederer family businesses were asked to stand. It seemed 
as if one-quarter of the audience rose to their feet.

The strongest link to the community and the one most long-time residents remembered was a company Otto Niederer and his sons ran called Egomatic. Ever the tinkerer and inventor, Otto had worked for years to perfect a reliable machine to grade and candle eggs. 

Originally located on the northern most section of River Drive in Titusville in the late 30s, the business moved to River Road, south of Washington Crossing before re-locating into a new building they contructed on Rt. 31 near Pennington in 1963.

After the program audience members enjoyed re-freshments downstairs while viewing a display of artifacts set up by the family. An interesting demon-stration of an egg candling and grading machine on display in the basement also fascinated guests. The Society wishes to thank Karl, Ken and Randy Niederer, and the family for their insightful and thorough program.  

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Karl Niederer was the main narrator for the presentation.
Otto Niederer was a natural inventor and worked for many years developing a practical egg grading and candling machine.
After the program guests gathered downstairs to converse and look over displays set up by the family members.
The day’s presenters were cousins Karl, Randy and Ken Niederer.
Mark Niederer demonstrates how the egg sorting process works
These interesting artifacts helped tell the family’s story.
This colorful composite artwork tells the Egomatic story.