Society Receives Book Donations March 16, 2018
Local author Todd Gontz recently donated several copies of his book, "Operation Cinder," to the East Petersburg Historical Society (EPHS), 6045 Lemon St., East Petersburg. The society is open on first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon.
For more information about the book, readers may visit www.operationcinder.com.
This summer, EPHS will host Civil and Revolutionary War encampments. More information is available by searching for "East Petersburg Historical Society" on Facebook.
Society Plans Annual Meeting March 15, 2018
The Haldeman Mansion Preservation Society will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m. at the Haldeman Mansion, 230 Locust Grove Road, Bainbridge.
The guest speakers will be Ana Gemma de la Fuente and L. Scott Paden, the authors of "Historic Structure Report for the Haldeman Mansion Property." Their topic will be "Historical Chronology of Haldeman Mansion Structure." Both are founding principals of Citadel DCA in Washington, D.C. Attendees will learn about the chronological order of plans for the mansion.
The meeting will include the board election and a report about this past year's accomplishments by president Ken Beard. The public is invited.
Preservation Society Sets Meeting March 15, 2018
The Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the town museum located at 1 Manchester St., Glen Rock. Attendees are asked to enter by the rear entrance of the Peoples Bank parking lot.
For this month's program, Glen Rock businessman Robert Machovec will give a presentation on his metal sculpture business.
The museum opens at 6:30 p.m. on meeting nights and is also open on the second Sunday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. or by special appointment.
LancasterHistory.org Sets Schedule March 14, 2018
LancasterHistory.org, 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster, has posted several upcoming events. Unless otherwise noted, events will take place at LancasterHistory.org. When tickets are necessary, they may be obtained at www.lancasterhistory.org.
"The Life and Work of C. Emlen Urban: 1880-1939" will be presented on Thursday, March 15. A speaker's reception will begin at 4 p.m., followed by the presentation at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Architect and newspaper columnist Gregory J. Scott, an expert on Urban's work, will conduct a discussion of Urban's life and legacy. A local architect, Urban designed many building in Lancaster city, including the Watt and Shand building, Southern Market, schools, government buildings, churches, mansions, and duplex houses. Instead of using a single style, he chose to use mixed styles.
LancasterHistory.org president and CEO Tom Ryan will give a pre-curtain talk at the Fulton Theatre, 12 N. Prince St., Lancaster, on a Thursday, March 15. Ryan will speak at a 6:30 p.m. reception on the second-floor mezzanine prior to the Fulton's production of "Guys and Dolls."
A Curator's Tour with the theme "Lancaster's Architectural Records, 1885-1926" will be offered on Thursday, March 29, at 3:30 p.m. Heather Tennies, director of archival services, will outline the importance of the Evans family of architects, Melvern R. Evans Sr., and its clients. She will also show some of the Evans' plans of building projects in Lancaster, corresponding business records, and photographs from the collection of LancasterHistory.org. Advance tickets are required.
Go At Your Own Pace Saturday will take place at President James Buchanan's Wheatland on Saturday, March 31. Guides will be stationed throughout the presidential mansion as visitors tour at their own pace. Tour entries will be available every 15 minutes from 1 to 3 p.m. The ticket price also includes admission to the museum galleries at LancasterHistory.org. Advance tickets are recommended.
Historic Wrightsville Inc. To Host Olde Town Night March 14, 2018
Historic Wrightsville Inc. (HWI) invites community members to gather and learn about local history during Olde Town Night at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 23, at Hope United Methodist Church, 404 Hellam St., Wrightsville.
Attendees are invited to bring a dessert to share. Dessert will be served first, and guest speaker Kim Hostetter will share at 7 p.m. In addition, a representative from the Kreutz Creek Valley Preservation Society will discuss the efforts to save the historic Mifflin House.
Hostetter will share about the Patriot Daughters of Lancaster, a soldier's aid organization that formed just days after Fort Sumter was fired upon in 1861, according to HWI spokesman Jeremy Young.
"(The Patriot Daughters) performed many duties throughout the Civil War to benefit soldiers, particularly those from local companies," stated Young, noting that the members were active in collecting supplies, such as food, clothing, and bandages; gave elaborate welcome home dinners for returning troops; and acted as nurses, particularly after the Battle of Gettysburg. Also of interest was the Soldier's Fair the group organized in 1864, which took place in Fulton Hall, now the Fulton Opera House in downtown Lancaster, said Young.
Hostetter has been teaching vocal and instrumental music in the Eastern York School District for 31 years. She earned a bachelor's degree in music education from Millersville University and a master's degree in American studies from Penn State Harrisburg. Hostetter has directed several church choirs, and performed with local musical organizations such as the Bainbridge Band, the Lancaster Symphony Chorus, and the Lancaster Opera Company.
Hostetter has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park for the past 24 years, with a particular interest in the Pennsylvania Reserve Division and its action near Wheatfield. In addition, Hostetter was a civilian Civil War re-enactor for 20 years and formed a group to portray the Patriot Daughters of Lancaster. She has also been involved with several musical groups that perform music of the Civil War era.
The annual Olde Town Night is a longstanding tradition at HWI. Young said that the evening is designed to celebrate Wrightsville's rich history and to educate members of the community about the historic events that occurred locally. Everyone is welcome.
To learn more about HWI, readers may visit www.historicwrightsvillepa.org.
Historical Society To Display Real Estate Deed March 14, 2018
The first real estate deed recorded in the original Chester County dates back 330 years to March 10, 1688. The deed is for a Quaker meetinghouse now located in the city of Chester in Delaware County.
According to Chester County Recorder of Deeds Rick Loughery, Chester County was one of the first three counties in Pennsylvania and originally covered a large area that is now Chester County and Delaware County.
The grantor listed on the deed was Urin Keen, and the grantees were trustees of the Society of Friends. As part of the 330th anniversary recognition, the deed will be on display through the end of March at the Chester County Historical Society, 225 N. High St., West Chester.
According to Chester County's Department of Archives and Records Services, the earliest deed transaction for land in the current Chester County boundary was recorded on July 2, 1688, for a grant from William Penn to James Dicks for 250 acres of land in Birmingham.
Chester County's historic deeds are part of the Chester County Archives, created in 1982 to preserve and make available Chester County historic records. The Chester County Archives holds more than 2,940 volumes and 1,823 cubic feet of original public records.
Chester County's Recorder of Deeds Office holds records of real estate property, including deeds and mortgages, that may be researched by interested parties including the public. The office also records military discharges, commissions, and other official documents.
CLC To Teach Native American Skills March 8, 2018
The Circle Legacy Center (CLC) will host several workshops featuring Native American skills at the Blue Rock Heritage Center, 2251 River Road, Washington Boro. Each instructor is a Native American who will share knowledge and skills of specific authentic crafts and practices. The classes will feature activities that would have been used by Native groups that inhabited the local area. Individuals should contact the respective instructors to preregister for the individual classes.
Porcupine quillwork will be offered on Saturday, March 31, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A basic course of quillwork application will finish off with a pair of earrings. A cost has been set for the workshop and may be paid at the event. Attendees should bring a bag lunch. To register, readers may contact Mary Ann Robins, Onondaga Nation, at email@example.com or 717-435-5279.
A dreamcatcher class will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 7. Passamaquoddy Nation member Joann McLaughlin will teach students how to make a dreamcatcher. Supplies will be provided, and a fee will be payable at the class. Attendees should bring a bag lunch. McLaughlin may be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to register.
Barry Lee of the Munsee Nation will teach an introduction to bluegrass guitar at 1 p.m. on April 7. This is a beginner to intermediate guitar class designed for those who love bluegrass music. The class will feature the basic rhythm style, vocal accompaniment, and flat-picking techniques for novice guitarist. Enrollment is limited to 10 students. There is a cost to participate, and students should bring their own guitars. To register, readers may call Lee at 610-850-4059.
Robins and Heiland Benedict of the Mohawk Nation will supervise the construction of a traditional Native wigwam from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 7. This will be an outdoor activity, so attendees should dress accordingly and bring gloves. Adults and supervised children are welcome to attend this free workshop. Participants should bring a bag lunch.
Interested individuals may learn how to tan hides using the brain tanning technique in a class taught by Benedict. The class will meet from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, April 14 and 28. The class will involve the different stages of animal deer hide preparation, including cooking of the animal brains, soaking the hide, and stretching and manipulating the hide into the final product of a finished leather hide. There is a cost to participate. Attendees should bring a bag lunch. To learn more or to register, readers may call Benedict at 717-723-7122.
Boose To Offer Free Lecture March 8, 2018
The Reamstown Historical Society and Museum will offer a free lecture as part of its continuing series on Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at the Reamstown Community Center, 23 E. Church St., Reamstown. Parking will be available at the rear of the building.
Roger Boose, third-generation owner and operator of Boose Aluminum Foundry (BAF) in Reamstown, will share the company's history, demonstrate how aluminum sand castings are produced, and display some of the first trinkets made by BAF's founder.
In 1933, during the Great Depression, Boose's grandparents Oran and Kathryn began casting toys and trinkets, such as bird whistles and book ends, out of metal to sell at the Green Dragon in Ephrata to make extra money. Shortly thereafter, Oran began producing metal castings for Schramm air compressors and Black and Decker in Lancaster.
During World War II, the company focused on producing high-quality aluminum sand castings, earning the Navy "E" for Excellence award, and from then on exclusively produced aluminum castings. By 1977 the company produced 1,000,000 pounds of aluminum castings.
People of all ages are welcome to attend. For more information, readers may call 717-364-0865.
Historical Society Plans Meeting March 8, 2018
The Maytown Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 11 N. Queen St., Maytown. Attendees should note the new meeting time. Updated information on Mayfest 2018 will be given.
The meeting is open to the public.
Historical Society Plans Meeting March 7, 2018
The Red Lion Area Historical Society will meet on Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m., at St John's United Church of Christ, 161 N. Main St., Red Lion.
Genealogist Jerry Smith will present "Pitfalls in Genealogy Research," including common misconceptions, mistakes and traps that researchers unwittingly include in their own family history research. Discussion will also include readily available but lesser used resources often overlooked in family research.
Parking is available behind the church. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Historical Society Sets Program March 6, 2018
The Southern Lancaster County Historical Society will present a program on Saturday, March 17, at 1:30 p.m. at the society's Archive Warehouse, 1932 Robert Fulton Highway (Route 222), Quarryville.
Dr. Robert A. Frick will present "Clifford Twombly: The Law and Order Society of Lancaster." Twombly, the pastor at St. James Episcopal Church in Lancaster from 1907 to 1939, organized the Lancaster Law and Order Society in order to remove specific societal problems, overcoming resistance from civil authorities and private citizens.
Frick is a graduate of Millersville University and has a doctorate in educational administration from Temple University. He is a teacher of school law and provides workshops for Pennsylvania school districts.
The program is free and open to the public.
Area Historical Society To Meet March 6, 2018
The Historical Society of Salisbury Township will meet on Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m. at the Salisbury Township Building, 5581 Old Philadelphia Pike, White Horse. Barry Lee, a local Native American, will speak on "Native Customs of the Area."
The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call 717-442-4071.
Presentation To Focus On Dinnerware March 1, 2018
The Historical Society of East Hanover Township will host a presentation on Monday, March 12, at 7 p.m. at East Hanover Township Municipal Building, 8848 Jonestown Road, Grantville. It is free and open to the public.
Wade and Jean Seibert will present "Dinner is Served." The program will include a brief but comprehensive history of dinnerware, featuring information about popular and historic dinnerware used in America's kitchens and dining rooms, children's services, restaurant and institutional dinnerware, and dinnerware imported from Europe and China. Examples of dinnerware will be shown. Attendees are encouraged to bring examples of their families' heirloom, vintage or favorite pieces of dinnerware to display.
Historical Society Plans Program March 1, 2018
The Hummelstown Area Historical Society will host "Sewing Throughout the Years," an oral history by Justine Bonham and Diane Ditmer, on Monday, March 19, at 7 p.m. at the parish house on North Rosanna Street in Hummelstown. The program is free and open to the public.
Bonham, a senior at Lower Dauphin High School, will interview Ditmer, of Juanita County, about the role sewing played in her life from the 1930s to the present. Bonham and Ditmer will explore how sewing and world events are connected, influencing how sewing changed over time, from a necessity to a career and then to a hobby.
Historical Society Sets Events March 1, 2018
The Historical Society of Dauphin County has posted its upcoming events, which will take place in the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, 219 S. Front St., Harrisburg, unless noted otherwise. For more information, readers may visit www.DauphinCountyHistory.org or call 717-233-3462.
Regular docent-led tours of the mansion resumed on March 1 following a two-month closing for cleaning and maintenance of the house. Tours are available Tuesdays through Fridays at 1, 2, and 3 p.m., as well as on the second Sunday of each month at 1 p.m. Tickets prices vary, and children age 6 and under will be admitted for free. Group rates are also available.
Public programs will resume in March and then continue monthly on the second Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
"Death in the Valley: The 1918 Spanish Influenza Outbreak in Upper Dauphin County" will be presented on Sunday, March 11, at 2:30 p.m. in the Victorian Parlor of the Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion. Historian Jake Wynn will detail the responses in upper Dauphin County to the outbreak of Spanish Influenza during October 1918.
Wynn is the program coordinator at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Md. Admission to the program is by donation. Admission for those taking Sunday tours of the house will be discounted. Historical society members will be admitted for free.
The society will offer a genealogy workshop for beginners from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 24, in the Alexander Research Library, located behind the Harris-Cameron Mansion. Kathy Hale, librarian at the State Library of Pennsylvania, will lead the workshop.
Hale is the supervisor for public services and the Regional Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) adviser for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She works with more than 56 federal and 54 Pennsylvania depositories located throughout the Commonwealth. She has also been an adjunct instructor for the Office of Administration and the Department of Education's PDE Academy.
There is a fee for the workshop, though historical society members will receive a discount. Space is limited, and early registration is recommended by calling the previously mentioned phone number. Free parking is available in the lot behind the mansion.
Joanna Furnace Seeks Tour Guides February 28, 2018
Training Sessions Scheduled
The Hay Creek Valley Historical Association (HCVHA) and Historic Joanna Furnace Ironworks are seeking people to volunteer as historical site tour guides for the 2018 season.
Volunteer tour guides will lead small groups of visitors through the 226-year-old iron furnace complex, explaining what life was like in a 19th-century ironmaking community. Guides will also introduce the tour groups to the interpreters, such as the storekeeper, collier and blacksmith, who will be stationed in each of the buildings.
History buffs and others interested in early technology, crafts, cooking and ironmaking are invited to take part in upcoming workshops that have been scheduled at the site in March by the HCVHA. The classes will give introductory-level information on assisting with tours at upcoming events and spring educational programs.
All classes will be held in the Mule Stable at Historic Joanna Furnace Ironworks, 1250 Furnace Road, Geigertown, on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Classes are free to HCVHA members. Nonmembers will be asked to give a suggested donation per class. Volunteers, who must be age 18 and over, may attend any or all of the classes.
"We've been offering these classes for three years, but it's the first time time we've opened them up to the public," said Mark Zerr, HCVHA executive director. "There may be some history-minded people who might want to learn about tours and help with events."
The first class, "The History of Joanna Furnace," will take place on March 13. During the PowerPoint presentation, attendees will learn who the real Joanna was and why the furnace was built on the site in 1791, and they will discuss each of the site's buildings. "Each person will get a study packet to take with them," said Zerr. "When they begin doing the tours, they will have a reference book they can refer back to or people can study ahead of time."
"Meet the Smith Family" will be the program on March 20. Zerr, along with Smith family descendent and education administrator Juliana Flora, will introduce the Smith family genealogy. Attendees will learn where the Smith family originated, how members of the family ended up owning Joanna Furnace and why they were originally known as the MacDonalds.
"The Smith family became part owners of the furnace in 1804. They ultimately took complete ownership of the furnace, and the last two ironmasters were from the Smith family," noted Zerr. "(The Smith family has been represented) at Joanna Furnace for well over 100 years."
"Garb Training," during which volunteers will learn how to dress appropriately for the site's events and programs, will take place on March 27. HCVHA garb trainer Barbara Esterly will review women's and men's attire and demonstrate how to properly wear the period clothing.
"For most of our volunteers, we provide an outfit from our loaning closet," Zerr pointed out. "For people who are interested in learning how to make their own clothing, we will share patterns. We also have fabric to share as well."
Tour guides will be needed beginning with the site's Third Saturday program on April 21. "(New volunteers) would be partnered with one of our experienced tour guides in the beginning, and, ultimately, they can take ownership of a tour and do one themselves," said Zerr. "We give basic instruction. We're not expecting (tour guides) to be experts. If they can't answer, they can refer to a more experienced volunteer."
Reservations are required to attend each of the upcoming classes. To register, individuals may contact Zerr at email@example.com or 610-286-0388. Reservations must be made by Saturday, March 10. More information is available at www.haycreek.org.
OAHA Plans Meeting February 28, 2018
The Oxford Area Historical Association (OAHA) will meet on Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at Oxford Presbyterian Church, 6 Pine St., Oxford, in the church hall. The program, "Sources and Skeptics in the Age of Fake News - Solving the Amelia Earhart Riddle," will be presented by Ric Gillespie.
Gillespie served as a communications officer with the Army's First Calvary Division in the early 1970s. He also had a 12-year career as an accident investigator and risk manager for the aviation industry. In 1985, Gillespie and his wife, Pat Thrasher, founded The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), now in its 32nd year.
The program is free, and light refreshments will be served.
Civil War Round Table Will Meet February 28, 2018
The Lancaster Civil War Round Table will meet on Thursday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road. David Ward will present "Gettysburg: Crossroads of History and Hollywood."
Ward will give a narrative of Lincoln's visit to Gettysburg in November 1863 for the dedication of the National Soldier's Cemetery and site of his Gettysburg Address. He will then share his experience as a tour guide to Stephen Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis in 2011 during their work on the movie "Lincoln."
Ward has a Bachelor of Arts in history from Franklin & Marshall College and a master's degree in history and library science from Southern Connecticut State University. His published works include "Of Battlefields and Bitter Feuds: A History of the 96th Pennsylvania Volunteers" and "Sedgwick's Foot Cavalry: The March of the Sixth Corps to Gettysburg." He owned and operated a battlefield tour company from 2000 to 2015.
For more information, readers may email firstname.lastname@example.org. Preregistration is requested by calling the library at 717-626-2255 or email email@example.com.
Historical Society To Meet February 28, 2018
The West Caln Historical Society will hold a meeting on Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at the West Caln Municipal Building, 721 W. Kings Highway, Wagontown.
Guest speaker Doug Forsythe, commandant, Chester County Detachment 286 Marine Corps League, will present a program on American ideals, veterans, and community support. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Spring Soup Sale Posted February 27, 2018
The Hay Creek Valley Historical Association (HCVHA) will offer a spring soup sale on Thursday, March 22. The organization will offer Pennsylvania Dutch chicken potpie and homemade chili. The sale will be the only time community may purchase the soups before HCVHA's fall events. There is a fee per quart.
The deadline to order is Saturday, March 17. The food may be picked up between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on March 22 at Historic Joanna Furnace, 1250 Furnace Road, Geigertown.
To place orders, call 610-286-0388.