According to Charles F. Jenkins, this guide book is not a history; it presents the main historic facts arranged so that "the sightseer may have no trouble in finding and identifying each particular site." Germantown's "conception and settlement, the nationality and character of its early settlers, its architecture, its industrial life and enterprise…gave it marked individuality. It was the threshold over which entered the great German immigration which brought many modifications in language, manners and religion to the commonwealth and nation. It was the home, on two occasions, of the President of the United States and members of his cabinet…All these incidents and more make it an important spot in our country's history and growth." Thomas Shoemaker, one of many to whom the Society is indebted, provided an unequalled store of information, photographs and prints.
A fullname and place index and a list of illustrations provide easy access to information. The book is presented as graphic images, so the user sees the work just as it was originally published. It is intended to look and function very much like a "real" book. There is no electronic index, and there is no electronic text to search. However, numerous electronic bookmarks have been added which make it easy to move through the book. Image numbers will match the page numbers for all of the main text, as well as the index. Any unnumbered portraits and illustrations are at the back of the actual file, to keep page numbering consistent.
Charles F. Jenkins
(1902) 2004, CD, Graphic Images, Adobe Acrobat, PC and MAC, 174 pp.