Mount Joy Area Historical Society Launches Membership Drive September 24, 2018
The Mount Joy Area Historical Society (MJAHS) began conducting a membership drive on Oct. 1 that will continue through Saturday, Dec. 1. Currently, the society has 135 individual members, and the membership committee has set a goal of 500 members.
According to MJAHS member Don Zerphey, the mission of the MJAHS is "to seek, preserve, and make available the history of the Mount Joy area." Many documents, including cemetery records, obituaries, local news articles, artifacts, maps, genealogy books, and other resources are available for the public to view and research. The society also has a large collection of historical photographs and postcards for the community to look through and enjoy. In 2019, the society plans to begin to convert these paper documents to digital format for easier access and to preserve for future generations. MJAHS representatives note that this conversion will take considerable time and money.
This fall, the society also plans to open its new addition, the Cemetery Road Schoolhouse, which is a completely renovated 1842 one-room schoolhouse. Renovating the building has been a five-year project with generous support from the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center; the Clarence Schock Foundation; Engle Printing & Publishing Co., Inc.; and many other financial and in-kind contributions from individuals and local businesses.
The schoolhouse will become the society's regular meeting room for monthly programs and eventually will be available for other community needs. Once the schoolhouse is occupied and in use for meetings, the former church that serves as the society's current museum at 120 Fairview St., Mount Joy, will be redesigned to accommodate the new Clarence Schock Foundation artifacts. New showcases will be needed to house and display these artifacts, as well as the society's large collection of historical items manufactured or used in the Mount Joy area.
While the future of the MJAHS is bright, more members are needed to support its efforts, both financially and in working members. Information stands about the MJAHS and its membership drive will be set up at local businesses throughout the coming weeks and also at Main Street Mount Joy's Winterfest event on Dec. 1.
Interested individuals may also visit www.mountjoyhistory.com to complete an online application. Additionally, hard-copy applications are available at the Mount Joy Area Historical Society Museum, 120 Fairview St., Mount Joy, on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. and at the monthly meetings held the third Monday of the month from March through November.
For continued updates, readers may also visit the "Mount Joy Area Historical Society" page on Facebook.