Historical Society Plans Meeting January 15, 2019
The Sadsbury Township Historical Society will hold a meeting on Monday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Sadsbury Township Municipal Building, 2920 Lincoln Highway, Sadsburyville. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m.
The guest speaker will be Terence Maguire, board member and vice president of the Kennett Underground Railroad Center and a retired teacher at Wilmington Friends School. His topic will be "The Underground Railroad."
Admission is free, and visitors are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 717-442-9240 or search for "Sadsbury Township Historical Society" on Facebook.
Veterans To Speak At ALLVETS Program January 14, 2019
ALLVETS will host presentations by two speakers on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the York History Center, 250 E. Market St., York. The event will be free and open to the public, and free parking will be available.
At 10 a.m., attendees will hear from Lynwood Schleeter, a World War II veteran who was involved in protecting the Aleutian Islands. At 11 a.m., John Bach, a veteran who was stationed in Korea, will tell his story.
ALLVETS is a nonprofit organization that records veterans' stories. Veterans are invited to participate by telling their stories. Meetings are typically held on the fourth Wednesday of the month from January through October, and special meetings are held on Saturdays. For more information, readers may contact Linda Bean at 717-881-6651 or Allvets1york@gmail.com.
Latino Family Day Planned At Museum January 11, 2019
The North Museum of Nature and Science and Elizabethtown College will host Latino Family Day at the North Museum of Nature and Science, 400 College Ave., Lancaster, on Saturday, Jan. 19. Latino families in the Lancaster area are encouraged to attend a free day of learning and exploration. Events will include a scavenger hunt/exploration of the museum, a science video in the planetarium, and conversation with Elizabethtown College faculty and students. Admission to the museum and planetarium videos will be free for attendees. The program will run from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Two planetarium shows will be offered in Spanish, including "Super Volcanoes" and "Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth's Climate."
North Museum of Nature and Science is located on the corner of Buchanan and College avenues in Lancaster. It is open year-round from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. It features world-class collections of rocks, minerals, and birds as well as an active glass-enclosed beehive, a dinosaur gallery, a state-of-the-art planetarium, and a live animal room.
For more information, readers may visit www.northmuseum.org. Readers with questions may call 717-358-3941.
Museum Sets Community Weekend January 11, 2019
The AACA Museum, 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, will hold a Community Weekend on Saturday through Monday, Jan. 19 to 21. All weekend, children age 12 and younger will be admitted for free when accompanied by a paying adult or adult member.
Guests can participate in a museum-wide scavenger hunt to find vehicles from the Disney-Pixar "Cars" movies that are hidden throughout the museum. Participants will have a chance to win a family membership to the AACA Museum. The activity will be available throughout most of January.
Interactive activities will include a Photo Stop, featuring an opportunity to pretend to drive a vintage car or truck; the Roads to Rails model train display, offering different scenes with buttons to push to operate special effects; an Assembly Line Interactive, giving the opportunity to build a Model T; and the chance get behind the wheel and "drive" a Tucker replica in the Cammack Gallery.
"Build a Recycled Vehicle" will be available on Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lower-level gallery lobby. Through the make-and-take project, participants can build a vehicle out of recycled materials such as paper towel rolls, bottle caps, and more, all supplied by the museum. One project per person will be permitted.
Current featured exhibits include "Land Yachts: Postwar American Luxury Vehicles," the Museum of Bus Transportation collection, Whitney Houston's Rolls-Royce limousine, the Lakeland Bus from the movie "Forrest Gump," motorcycles, motor scooters, a collection of more than 100 hood ornaments, a display of Tucker automobiles, and Ernie's GMC Taxi from the movie "It's a Wonderful Life."
To learn more about the museum's special exhibits and events, readers may visit www.AACAMuseum.org.
Historical Society Sets Meeting January 11, 2019
The Solanco Historical Society will hold a meeting on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 1:30 p.m. at its Archives Building, 1932 Robert Fulton Highway (Route 222), Quarryville. The program, titled "Mechanics Grove," is free and open to the public.
Stan White and Mike Roth will tell the story of how a portion of a large, mostly wooded farm became a crossroads village with the building of a general store. This village, Mechanics Grove, is located on Route 222, where Spring Valley and Church Roads join the highway in East Drumore Township.
White and Roth are longtime members of the Solanco Historical Society, with Roth currently serving as treasurer and White as president. Co-authors of "A Railroad for the Southern End," "Quarryville," and "Fulton House," the two have collaborated on many presentations.
The Archives Building is located 6 miles south of Quarryville across from the Robert Fulton Birthplace.
Museum To Begin 2019 Lecture Series January 11, 2019
The National Civil War Museum (NCWM), 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, will host 12 new free lectures in its "Lessons in History Speaker Series."
The first lecture in the series, "New Acquisitions and Seldom-Seen Treasures of the Museum," will be offered on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 1 to 2 p.m. NCWM curator Brett E. Kelly will lecture on the significance of the acquisitions and treasures and how they will complement existing museum artifacts, both on display and preserved in artifact storage. The presentation will include a display of the NCWM's newest donations and additions to the museum collection in the Education Gallery on the first floor.
The 2019 Lessons in History program is free to the public. Regular museum admission applies for entrance to the museum galleries.
For a complete listing of museum events, readers may visit www.nationalcivilwarmuseum.org or call 717-260-1861.
Fraktur Classes Slated January 11, 2019
The Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society (LMHS), 2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster, will offer two classes focused on fraktur, both of which will be taught by local artist Emily Smucker-Beidler. Fraktur, a fractured calligraphy surrounded by birds, swirls, and flowers, has evolved to become a distinctly American folk art.
The first class, "Fraktur Introduction," will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn how to create fraktur, rendering traditional motifs in ink before painting them in watercolor. By the end of the class, each participant will have his or her own small work of fraktur to take home. Smucker-Beidler will also give a presentation on the history of fraktur, looking at the three distinct styles from southeastern Pennsylvania. A starter kit containing the basic supplies is included with the class. Separate costs have been set for LMHS members and for nonmembers. The deadline for registration is Friday, Jan. 25.
The second class, "The Illuminated Letter," will take place on Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to noon. It will pick up where the first class left off, but participants do not need to have taken the first class. It will focus on learning lettering and calligraphy within the context and history of fraktur. Participants will learn how to use a nib pen and India ink and learn both traditional techniques and modern adaptations. The registration cost, which will be discounted for LMHS members, includes all materials required, including paper, handouts, tracing paper, pencils, and uncoated, machine-finished paperboard. The deadline for registration is Friday, March 8.
Experienced students can take the advanced fraktur workshops, available to those who have previously taken fraktur classes at the LMHS. Workshops have been set for 8 a.m. to noon on Feb. 2 and March 16. Participants will receive one-on-one assistance from 8 to 9 a.m. and have studio time until noon. The per-session registration fee is due by Jan. 25 for the Feb. 2 class and by March 8 for the March 16 class.
To register, readers may call the LMHS at 717-393-9745 or visit www.lmhs.org.
AACA Library Plans Series January 10, 2019
The AACA Library, 501 W. Governor Road, Hershey, will offer a Saturday matinee film series during the upcoming months. Brief historical information will be provided followed by the main event. Each session will last about an hour.
The schedule will feature the theme "AACA Historical Films" on Feb. 16, the theme "Glidden Tour History" on March 23, and the film "A History of Motor Racing 1 and 2" on April 13. All sessions will begin at 1 p.m.
Each session is free and open to the public. Snacks will be provided. For more details, readers may call 717-534-2082.
Community Singers To Begin Rehearsals January 10, 2019
The Hummelstown Community Singers will begin rehearsals for the spring season with registration on Mondays, Jan. 21, Jan. 28, and Feb. 4. Registration will begin at 7:15 p.m. and take place in the sanctuary at Hummelstown United Church of Christ, 104 E. Main St., Hummelstown.
The Hummelstown Community Singers group performs two concerts each year. The group also performs at many area retirement and life care communities as well as many local events. Rehearsals are held every Monday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The only requirement for membership is a registration fee to cover the cost of the sheet music. The group is open to people age 16 and up, and no audition is required.
For more information, readers may contact Valerie at 717-566-9312 or Barbara at 717-566-6601. Readers may also search for "Hummelstown Community Singers" on Facebook.
Landis Valley Posts Classes January 10, 2019
Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, will offer winter-spring classes. Classes will be offered on Saturdays, unless otherwise noted.
Trade classes include Basic Hearth Cooking at the Tavern on Feb. 9, Bake Oven Baking on Feb. 16, Blacksmithing on March 2, Sgraffito on a Redware Plate on April 6, and Split Reed Chair Caning on May 18. Gardening classes will feature Traditional Seeds: Our Past, Present, and Future on Feb. 23; Seeds to Table: Pennsylvania Dutch Foods and Foodways on Feb. 23; and a Grafting Workshop on March 23.
Arts classes include Needle Tatting on Jan. 26 and Feb. 2; Paint a Mini Blanket Chest on Sunday, Jan. 27; Needle Felt a Mouse on Feb. 9; Rug Hooking on March 9; Shuttle Tatting on March 16, 23, and 30; Needle Felt a Bluebird on March 16; Penny Rug on March 23; Scratched Eggs on March 30; False Grain Painting on Sunday, April 7; and Needle Felt a Bunny on April 13.
There is a cost per person for each class. Landis Valley Associates members will receive a discount. For more details and registration, readers may call 717-569-0401 or visit www.landisvalleymuseum.org.
Historical Society Slates Show-And-Tell Program January 10, 2019
The Historical Society of Salisbury Township will meet on Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Salisbury Township Building, 5581 Old Philadelphia Pike, White Horse, at 7 p.m. The meeting will feature a show-and-tell program.
Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call 717-442-4071.
Mandolin Ensemble To Perform January 9, 2019
The Harrisburg Mandolin Ensemble will return to play at the Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The ensemble formed in the summer of 2011. Harrisburg mandolinists Tom Cook and Wade Yankey had crossed paths at a performance and found a common love for playing eclectic acoustic tunes on mandolin family instruments. Their idea was to explore the tonal range from the mandolin to the mandobass and to explore new and eclectic material from Bach to bluegrass and jazz and roots music.
Eventually, the group evolved into a quintet. In addition to Cook on mandola, the group currently consists of Greg Rohrer on mandolin, Kevin Neidig on mandolin and octave mandolin, Henry Koretzky on mandocello and mandolin, and Pete Netznik on mandobass.
The band's repertoire has grown to include original tunes and arrangements from both group members and local musical colleagues, along with an array of tunes and songs drawing from jazz, swing, bluegrass, old-time, folk, and world music.
Those who plan to attend are asked to preregister by calling the library at 717-626-2255 or by emailing their name and the number of people attending to email@example.com.
Historical Society To Hold Meeting January 9, 2019
The Red Lion Area Historical Society will meet on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. at St. John's United Church of Christ, 161 N. Main St., Red Lion.
Guest speaker Terry Bluett will present "Quest for Freedom: Forgotten Heroes in York County."
The meeting is free and open to the public. The entrance may be accessed via the parking lot behind the church. If Red Lion Area School District schools are canceled, the meeting will also be canceled. For more information, readers may call president Robin Miller at 717-244-1912 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library Plans Spring Art Exhibit January 9, 2019
Martin Library, 159 E. Market St., York, is seeking submissions for up to 50 pieces for its "Spring ART in mARTin" gallery exhibit. This season's exhibition theme is "Inspiration." A public art reception will take place in early April, and art will be displayed through May.
The library invites artists to submit up to three original pieces of 2-D or 3-D artwork. Artwork needs to be wired for hanging with a maximum frame size of 48 by 36 inches. No saw tooth hangers will be allowed.
Submissions should be emailed to ArtInMartin@yorklibraries.org. They must include the title, media, dimensions, and price, as well as an attached .jpg image for each artwork submitted. Artwork images should be saved with the artist's last name and the artwork title in the following format: artist's last name.title. The body of the email should include the artist's name, phone number, and address.
The deadline for entry is Friday, Jan. 25, at 5 p.m. Artists will be notified of their acceptance within a week of submission. At that time, the library will provide a gallery contract and notify artists of artwork intake times. All artwork must be delivered to Martin Library. For additional information, readers may contact Becky Wiest at 717-849-6926.
Preservation Society Sets Meeting January 9, 2019
The Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the town museum, located at 1 Manchester St., Glen Rock. Attendees should enter using the rear entrance of the PeoplesBank parking lot.
Donna Peace will present "Summit Grove - Providence," a program on the history of the New Freedom campground.
The museum opens at 6:30 p.m. on meeting nights and is also open from 2 to 4 p.m. on the second Sunday of the month, as well as by appointment.