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Museum Plans Reading Railroad Days June 22, 2017

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 Gap Road, Strasburg, will highlight the history of the Reading Railroad during Reading Railroad Days, which will take place from Sunday, July 2, through Sunday, July 9.

The centerpiece of the weeklong event will be an enormous, detailed HO-scale model train layout of the Reading Railroad, which will be operated by members of the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society in the museum's climate-controlled Rolling Stock Hall. In its heyday, the Reading Company was a multifaceted industrial giant. Originally established as the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad in 1833 to transport anthracite coal, the pioneering 94-mile line evolved into a mighty corporation that served eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Operations included coal mining, iron making, canal and sea-going transportation, and shipbuilding. With its great complex of shops for locomotive and car building and repair, as well as constant advances in railroad technology, the company held a position of leadership in the railroad industry for more than a century.

During Reading Railroad Days, visitors may view Reading Company equipment in the museum's collection of more than 100 historic locomotives and railroad cars. These include the multiple-unit car No. 800, switching engine No. 1251, Crusader observation car No. 1, and the 1928 turntable. Visitors may also watch restoration activities taking place in the museum's workshop live via closed-circuit TV. The Stewart Junction railway education center will offer fun and challenging hands-on activities for the young and young at heart. The "Safety First: The Evolution of Railroading Safety Practices" exhibit in the second-floor gallery will also be open during Reading Railroad Days.

The museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the rest of the week. Separate admission fees have been set for youths ages 3 to 11, for individuals ages 12 to 64, and for seniors age 65 and older. Children age 2 and under will be admitted free of charge. The museum offers free on-site parking and Wi-Fi.

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is a Smithsonian Affiliate and one of 24 historic sites and museums administered by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History, with the active support of the nonprofit Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. For more information, readers may visit or call 717-687-8628.


World War II Encampment Posted June 21, 2017

American Living History Association will present a World War II encampment, "The Life of a Soldier Who Served," at the Gun Bunker, 60 E. Forrest Ave., Shrewsbury, on Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2. The event will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the re-enactment will take place from 1 to 2 p.m.

The event will feature free admission. For more information, readers may call 717-227-4867.


History Center Sets Family Programs June 21, 2017

The York County History Center will offer a new series of fun and casual activities for caregivers and babies, preschoolers, and school-age children starting in July. All the programs are free for History Center members. No registration is necessary. The programs will take place at the Colonial Complex, 157 W. Market St., York.

A Stroller Tour Series walking tour will depart from the Colonial Complex on Wednesday, July 5. The tour will last from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Attendees may bring a stroller and discover the history of York's downtown. In the event of inclement weather, readers may call to confirm if the tour has been rescheduled. There is a fee for nonmembers of the History Center.

A Preschool Activity Series event, for ages 3 to 6, will take place on Wednesday, July 12, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Attendees will walk through the kitchen garden to experience the garden's smells, colors, textures, and tastes. Attendees will find out what was grown in the garden and how it was used. Participants will complete an activity to take home. The event will take place rain or shine. There is a fee for child nonmembers of the History Center. Adult caregivers may attend for free.

A Teddy Bear Picnic, part of the Family Activity Series, will be offered on Saturday, July 15, from 11 a.m. to noon for families with children age 4 and up. Attendees may bring a blanket, a picnic lunch, and a stuffed bear. The History Center will provide games for the family and a selfie station with Colonial costumes. In the event of rain, the picnic will be moved inside. There is a fee for child nonmembers of the History Center. Adult caregivers may attend for free.

For more information, readers may visit or call 717-848-1587, ext. 303.


Tours Of Historic Sites Slated June 21, 2017

The Old Caln Meetinghouse, Route 340, and the Hexagonal Schoolhouse, Municipal Drive, both in Thorndale, will be open for free tours on Sunday, July 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. The guided tours will be given by members of the Caln Township Historic Commission and the Old Caln Historical Society.

The public is invited to attend. For more information, call 610-384-8153.


History Center To Kick Off Campaign June 20, 2017

The York County History Center will kick off the public phase of a $5 million capital campaign on Saturday, June 24, with a free, family-friendly event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Colonial Complex, 157 W. Market St., York.

The project is centered on the goal of "Placing History at the Center," with all of the organization's operations in one visitor-friendly location in the heart of downtown York. The former Met-Ed Steam Generating Plant at 121 N. Pershing Ave. will be the site of the future museum and library and archives, set to open in 2020.

The event on June 24 will feature a day of time travel through the Revolutionary War period, the Civil War, World War II, and more, with a spotlight on York County history. Attendees will meet characters from the past and will be able to get a passport stamp as they step into each unique era.

Among the day's activities will be a swing dance lesson with Brennan DeVoe, Civil War music by Antoine Watts and Crystal Kemp, an opportunity to meet and greet the Marquis de Lafayette, York trivia, the Kittatinny Associators and their Colonial chickens, and opportunities to try games such as hoop rolling, cup and ball, and nine pins.

Also available at the Barnett Bobb Log House will be artist renderings of the future museum, library, and archives.

More information about the June 24 event is available at by clicking on Events and then Travel to the Past to Power Our Future.

To learn more about the new York County History Center, readers may visit


History Center Sets Stroller Tours June 14, 2017

The York County History Center will start a series of themed walks through downtown for caregivers and their babies. The stroller tours, which will highlight local history, will be 45 to 60 minutes and will offer an understanding atmosphere so that caregivers will not have to worry that the baby will cause a disruption.

The stroller tours will be offered from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month, starting July 5. Locations will vary, and the July 5 tour will depart from the Colonial Complex at 157 W. Market St., York.

Tours are free for members, and there is a fee for nonmembers. In the event of inclement weather, readers should call the center at 717-848-1587, ext. 301 to find out whether the tour has been rescheduled.

For more information, readers may visit


Genealogy Club Sets Meeting June 14, 2017

The Susquehanna Trail Genealogy Club will meet on Thursday, June 22, at 7 p.m., at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2100 Hollywood Drive, York Township.

The speaker will be author Ronald Hershner, who will review York County in the Civil War. Hershner is a practicing attorney and managing partner of a local law firm. He and his wife, Judy, reside in Springettsbury Township. Hershner has published the following books: "Letters From Home: York County Pennsylvania During the Civil War," "Cross Roads, a History and Reminiscences," "Round Hill Presbyterian Church: 250 Years of Faith," and "The Fertile Barrens; Land and Property in Eighteenth Century York County."

The public is invited to attend. A door prize and light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, readers may contact Frank Long at 717-244-7214 or visit


Historical Society Plans Meeting June 10, 2017

The Hummelstown Area Historical Society will hold its monthly member meeting on Monday, June 19, at 7 p.m. in the parish house museum on North Rosanna Street in Hummelstown.

Following a brief business meeting, Hershey native and author Ben F. Olena will discuss his new book, "The Hummelstown Brownstone Industry: A Community Heritage." The book, published by the Hummelstown Area Historical Society, tells the story of the Hummelstown Brownstone Company and the brownstone industry, which once flourished at the stone quarries just south of Hummelstown. Books will be available for purchase and signing.


Art Students Take Part In Project June 8, 2017

This year, Garden Spot High School art students participated in a historical project called Project Pride.

Students in drawing and painting classes researched old and historical buildings in their communities to gain more knowledge and to learn the skills of drawing, painting, and illustrating architecture. Students spoke with community and family members and heard stories about specific homes and buildings.

In addition, members of the New Holland Area Historical Society (NHAHS) visited classrooms and spoke with students to share their knowledge of history and facts with students. They discussed the age of the buildings, the materials used to build them, and the importance of renovating and preserving the buildings. As students worked on their illustrations, they corresponded with NHAHS president Steve Loewen through email.

In addition to Loewen, NHAHS members who helped with Project Pride include Mike Ressler, chairman of the board; Wilbur Horning, vice chairman of the board and mayor of New Holland; and Don Horning, board member.


Society Plans Walking Tour June 7, 2017

The Elizabethtown Historical Society is sponsoring a guided historic walking tour of the Masonic Village campus led by Jean-Paul Benowitz, historian and Mason, from Elizabethtown College. It will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 1 to 4 p.m. Attendees will meet at the Freemason Cultural Center information desk, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown.

The tour will cover Masonic Village's architecture, art, landscape design, folklore and history. Benowitz has taught at Elizabethtown in the departments of history and religious studies for over 20 years.

Admission will be free and open to the public, though reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, readers may contact the society office at 361-9382 or

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