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Historical Society To Hold Meeting March 22, 2019

The East Petersburg Historical Society (EPHS) will hold its next meeting on Monday, April 1, at 7 p.m. in the East Petersburg Community Building, 6051 Pine St. The guest speaker will be longtime East Petersburg resident Steven Hain, discussing Bart Lynch, a local historical figure.

All EPHS meetings are free and open to the public and are very informal. Readers may visit the EPHS Facebook page or or call Lynn at 717-664-3808 for more information.


History Society Schedules Trip March 22, 2019

The Hershey Derry Township Historical Society is sponsoring a trip to the matinee performance of the Chinese cultural production "Shen Yun" at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, May 1. "Shen Yun" features ethnic dance, storytelling and music.

A cost has been set for Society members, with a higher cost for nonmembers. Details may be found at or by emailing


Mitura To Speak At ALLVETS Event March 21, 2019

ALLVETS will welcome speaker Paul Mitura at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, at the York History Center, 250 E. Market St., York. ALLVETS is a nonprofit organization that records veterans' stories.

Mitura served in the Army for more than 30 years and is the author of "The Best Worst Tank" and other books.

ALLVETS meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the York History Center. The free event is open to the public, and free parking is available. For more information, readers may contact Linda Bean at 717-881-6651 or Veterans who are interested in sharing their story may contact the group.


Egg-Decorating Workshop Slated March 19, 2019

The Strasburg Heritage Society will present a workshop on traditional Pennsylvania German methods for decorating Easter eggs on Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop is open to the public and will be held at 28 E. Main St., Strasburg.

Working in an 18th-century walk-in fireplace, participants will dye eggs using natural materials such as onion skins and marigolds. They will then learn how to further embellish the eggs by scratch decorating them. Each participant will take home several decorated eggs. Participants will also paint and grain a small box in which to put one of their keepsake eggs.

The workshop will be taught by Linda Taylor of Leola and Ann Lainhoff of Strasburg. Both ladies have led workshops in traditional Easter egg decoration at the Landis Valley Museum.

Participants are encouraged to wear old clothing and to bring an apron and a hat pin for scratch decorating their eggs. All other materials will be provided.

Participants will also need to bring lunch. Dessert and beverages will be provided.

Separate fees have been set for Heritage Society members and for nonmembers.

For additional information, readers may contact Lainhoff at 717-687-8816 or


Program To Focus On Trolleys March 14, 2019

The Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley will present a program on Wednesday, March 27, titled "Trolleys" by Herb Fisher. The program will be held at 7 p.m. in the Ephrata Public Library, 550 S. Reading Road, Ephrata.

Fisher will speak about the trolley system that operated in the local area prior to World War II. A special focus of his talk will be the rerouting of the Conestoga Traction Company line running between Leola and Akron and on to Ephrata.

The electric trolley was the main mode of transportation for the local residents traveling from place to place, including going to work, visiting relatives and taking a Sunday joy ride. After WWII, buses and then automobiles and superhighways took the place of trolleys. All that remains of the trolley system are a few tracks and the rail trails.

Fisher has been collecting information and photographs on the local trolley companies for the past 12 years. He has a collection of approximately 8,500 photographs of the trolleys and trolley tracks.

Admission is free and open to the public. For details, readers may call the historical society at 717-733-1616.


Historical Society Will Meet March 13, 2019

Members of the Historical Society of Salisbury Township will meet on Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. at the Salisbury Township Building, 5581 Old Philadelphia Pike, White Horse. Herb Fisher will present "Nathaniel Burt Papers," focusing on an important and well-known 19th-century Salisbury Township resident.

Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, readers may call 717-442-4071.


Tour Of Historic Site Planned March 13, 2019

Historic York is sponsoring a private tour of Historic Dill's Tavern and Plantation, 227 N. Baltimore St. (Route 194), Dillsburg, on Saturday, April 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. The event will include lunch featuring period food and regional beverages.

A ticket price per person has been set, and space is limited. For reservations, readers may contact Frank Iati at 717-885-5721 or


Preservation Society To Discuss Bakery March 13, 2019

The Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the town museum, which is located at 1 Manchester St., Glen Rock. Attendees should enter by the rear entrance of Peoples Bank parking lot.

This month's program will be a look back at the Glen Rock Steam Bakery. Individuals who worked at the bakery, who knew someone who worked at the bakery, or who were customers are welcome to share their memories.

The museum opens at 6:30 p.m. on meeting nights, and it is also open on the second Sunday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. and by special appointment.


Historical Society Sets Meeting March 8, 2019

The Hummelstown Area Historical Society will host a program by Kim Sauerwald on Monday, March 18, at 7 p.m. at the parish house at North Rosanna Street and North Alley in Hummelstown. The program is open to the public.

Sauerwald, a historical society volunteer, will speak on the history and production of Tramp Art, how it became popular and its place in the folk art world of today. Tramp Art is a mainly American genre of art using small pieces of wood, many times from discarded cigar boxes and shipping crates, and whittling these materials into layers of geometric shapes. The outside edges of layers are notch carved.

For more information, readers may call the society office at 717-566-6314.


Historical Society Plans Meeting March 7, 2019

Mount Joy Area Historical Society, 120 Fairview St., Mount Joy, will host historian Gerald Wilson as guest speaker at the monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 18.

Wilson will speak on the use of GEDMatch in the 25-year-old cold case of the murder of Christy Mirack. Wilson is a retired Lancaster City police officer who currently teaches genealogy, astronomy, and digital photography at Millersville University's Ware Center.

The meeting will begin with a brief business meeting, followed by the program. Refreshments will follow the program.

The meeting is free and open to the public. The society building is open to the public on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.


History Lecture Will Be Held March 7, 2019

The Zimmerman Center for Heritage, 1706 Long Level Road, Wrightsville, will offer a lecture on Wednesday, March 13, at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Cindy Chance, a National Park Service cultural anthropologist, will present "The Susquehanna's Native Landscape: Visions of the Past Remain."

A fee has been set, and advance registration is required. To register, readers may visit or call the Zimmerman Center at 717-252-0229, ext. 7.


Historical Society To Hold Meeting March 6, 2019

The Solanco Historical Society will hold its next meeting on Saturday, March 16, at 1:30 p.m. at the society's Archives Building, 1932 Robert Fulton Highway (Route 222), Quarryville. "St. Patrick's Chapel: A Restoration Story" will be presented by William Pare, a retired medical researcher who helped lead the process of restoring the historic chapel, situated just south of the Maryland line on Pilottown Road. Society member Sue McClure will add her recollections and tell of her family's connection to this chapel.

Admission will be free and open to the public.


Chicken Potpie Sale Planned March 5, 2019

The Hay Creek Valley Historical Association will offer a spring chicken potpie sale on Thursday, March 21. The group will also be selling homemade chili.

The order deadline is Saturday, March 16, with pickup between noon and 5 p.m. on March 21 at Historic Joanna Furnace, 1250 Furnace Road, Geigertown. Call 610-286-0388 to order.


Historical Society To Hold Program March 1, 2019

On Monday, March 11, the East Hanover Historical Society of Dauphin County will hold a free program, "On the Move," presented by Wade and Jean Seibert. It will take place at the East Hanover Township Building, 8848 Jonestown Road, Grantville, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and the program at 7 p.m.

The program will be about local buildings that have been moved to new locations or torn down and rebuilt. Area churches, schools, barns, homes, sheds and even outhouses will be featured. Photographs of these structures, and stories about the properties and their owners, will be included.


Joanna Furnace Seeks Volunteers, Offers History Programs February 28, 2019

The Hay Creek Valley Historical Association (HCVHA), the nonprofit organization that oversees and operates Joanna Furnace Iron Works near Morgantown, is currently recruiting area residents who are interested in volunteering to be historical site tour guides for the 2019 season. In addition, several hands-on programs for those interested in 19th-century history will be offered this spring.

Volunteer tour guides will be asked to lead small groups of visitors through the 226-year-old iron furnace complex and to talk about the 19th-century iron-making community and the operation of the site's blast furnace.

According to statistics compiled by the HCVHA, more than 30,000 people visit Joanna Furnace each year during its special events such as the Fall Festival, the Apple Festival and Christmas at Joanna, as well as its monthly breakfast programs. Further, educational programs offered at the site reach more than 2,000 students from Berks, Chester and Lancaster counties. "Since 1980, over 1.1 million guests have visited Joanna Furnace," said HCVHA executive director Mark Zerr.

Prospective volunteers are invited to attend "Learn to Be a Joanna Furnace Tour Guide," which will be offered on Tuesday, March 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the site, located at 1250 Furnace Road, Geigertown.

Participants will watch and discuss a video about the history of Joanna Furnace, learn about the period garb worn by volunteers and receive a training guide.

In addition to the training, the site invites the public to take part in its upcoming hands-on programs.

On Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to noon, a 19th-century metal casting class will be offered. Instructors will demonstrate the process of creating a sand mold using a pattern. Participants will be able to take a casting home.

A candle-making workshop will be held on March 16 from 10 a.m. to noon. During the course, attendees will learn the process of rendering tallow, preparing wax and then making candles by dipping. Participants will create their own handmade candles to take home.

"19th-Century Iron Production at Joanna Furnace" will be presented on Tuesday, March 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The program will feature a discussion of how pig iron was produced at Joanna Furnace in the late 1840s. The pig iron was then sent to nearby forges, where it was made into wrought iron. This second type of iron allowed for the creation of a variety of products by blacksmiths and wheelwrights for their customers.

"Colonial Chocolate" will be presented on Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will make and sample several dishes made from period recipes, including puff-paste for tarts, chocolate tarts and chocolate biscuits. A recipe book will be included. Attendees are asked to bring a bagged lunch. The class will be taught by Deborah Peterson, a culinary historian.

A hands-on program about natural dyeing will be offered on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each participant will take home several sample skeins of yarn dyed in red and yellow.

Class size is limited, and reservations are required to attend each of the programs and must be made at least one week prior to the class. For more information or to register, readers may contact Zerr at or 610-286-0388. A fee will be charged to each participant to cover class materials. A discount will be provided to HCVHA members.

In addition to the classes, "Letters of a Daughter's Devotion Preserved for Centuries" will be presented on Tuesday, March 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. by Juliana Flora, the great-great-granddaughter of Ella Jane Grubb Smith, who was the wife of ironmaster L. Heber Smith. Flora will share letters written by Ella in the 1860s and 1870s. "(Ella) had a lot of correspondence with her father, Clement Grubb, the iron tycoon of Lancaster," Zerr explained. "She talks about the furnace, her children and how much she missed her home in Lancaster."


Program Will Highlight Local History February 28, 2019

Elizabethtown Historical Society, 57 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown, will host a program by Steven Torrico on Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m.

Torrico will present "The History of the Lincoln Train and its Connection to Elizabethtown." Torrico is general superintendent of the Harrisburg, Lincoln and Lancaster Railroad.

On April 22, 1865, Abraham Lincoln's funeral train passed through what is today the Stone Gables Estate. Attendees at Torrico's presentation will learn about that passage, hear about a re-enactment of that event planned for April at the Stone Gables Estate in Elizabethtown, and how a replica of an 1860s train was built for the re-enactment.


History Society To Hold Meeting February 28, 2019

The Maytown Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 12, at the East Donegal Township Building in Maytown. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a program, postponed from February due to the weather, presented by Greggory J. Scott, a Lancaster architect, and titled "Early American Lancaster County Architecture: The First One Hundred Years, 1710-1810."

The society will also hold a breakfast and bake sale on Saturday, March 16, from 7 to 10 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, North Queen Street, Maytown. The menu will consist of sausage, eggs, pancakes, juice and coffee, and a cost has been set for the breakfast.

For more information, call 717-426-1526 and leave a message.


Talk To Feature Pequea Trolley February 28, 2019

The Millersville Area Historical Society (MAHS) will host a PowerPoint presentation titled "The Trolley to Pequea and the Resort Town of Pequea" when it meets at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, in Millersville's Municipal Center, 100 Municipal Drive. The speaker will be Mark W. Arbogast, local historian and postcard collector.

Arbogast's presentation will feature early postcard views and photographs of the historic trolley that ran from Millersville to Pequea, as well as of the town of Pequea, which was a popular Susquehanna River resort destination in the early 1900s. The slideshow will include photographs of the old River View Hotel, the miniature railroad that took people to nearby York Furnace Park, the Cold Cave, and scenes along the Pequea Creek. Arbogast emphasized that his talk will be of a historic nature and, as such, technical aspects of the trolley cars, its tracks, and designers will not be examined. A question-and-answer session will conclude the program.

Arbogast is a retired PPL land manager who worked on projects at the Holtwood and Brunner Island power plants. He is an Allentown native with a park administration degree from Penn State University, and he currently resides in Strasburg.

Although admission will be free of charge, donations will be appreciated. For more information about the MAHS, readers may call Phil Gerber at 717-872-8837 before 5 p.m. or email him at


Preservation Society Sets Meeting February 26, 2019

The Lower Swatara Township Historic Preservation Society will host a presentation by Mikaela Fleisher at its meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 21. The meeting will take place at Lower Swatara Township Firehouse, 1350 Fulling Mill Road, Middletown.

Fleisher will talk about her Alleman family ancestors beginning with their immigration from Germany in 1753 and their lives in Lower Swatara Township.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more details, readers may contact or 717-944-9891 and leave a message.


Historical Society Schedules Meeting February 22, 2019

The East Petersburg Historical Society (EPHS) will hold its first meeting of 2019 on Monday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in the Community Building, 6051 Pine St., East Petersburg.

The guest speaker will be Dolly Martin, daughter of former EPHS president Willis Kilheffer. She will discuss early settlers of the Curtis Charles farm area, located on Leabrook Road in East Petersburg. The Michael Kauffman family settled there in the 1730s, and later on, the area was known as the Isaac Stoner farm and appears on the 1853 map as such.

All meetings are open to the public and are informal and free of charge. For more information, readers may visit the historical society's Facebook page or call Lynn at 717-664-3808.

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