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Program Will Highlight Lions Club November 9, 2018

Elizabethtown Historical Society, 57 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown, will host a program by Mike Myers on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m.

Myers will provide an overview of the Elizabethtown Lions Club. Myers is an active member of the club, having served two terms as its president. He is a retired mechanical engineer with 35 years of civilian service with both the U.S. Army and Navy. He has been a docent at the Landis Valley Museum, guiding groups of visitors through the museum and lecturing on Pennsylvania Dutch farming and family life. During Maytown's 250th anniversary celebration, he portrayed Benjamin Franklin.

He is one of the E-town Train Guys and can be found at the Elizabethtown Public Library during the Christmas season helping to assemble and then show a large model train display. He and his wife reside in Elizabethtown. They have two children and two grandchildren.

For more details, readers may call 717-361-9382 or email


Preservation Group To Benefit From Event November 9, 2018

The Haldeman Mansion Preservation Society will be among the benefiting organizations during the Lancaster County Community Foundation's annual Extraordinary Give on Friday, Nov. 16. Thanks to donors' support in recent years, the society has established several initiatives.

This year the society's Extraordinary Give emphasis is called "ExtraSpecial." Funds donated will be catalysts for restoration of the mansion's interior, beginning with its historic grand staircase.

Anyone with a credit card and internet access can donate by visiting on Nov. 16 between midnight and 11:59 p.m. A minimum donation has ben set. For more information, readers may contact Dale Good at 717-426-2099 or


New Residents To Open Old Home For Holiday Tour November 9, 2018

Early one morning, Dave DiFranco heard a horse and buggy clip-clop past his home on East Main Street in Strasburg. A bit later, the steam whistle of an iron horse wafted on the breeze. The two sounds drew a smile to Dave's face. "I can stand hearing that every day," he thought to himself.

As of Nov. 9, Dave and his wife, Debbie, are full-time residents at the house at 51 E. Main St. The couple and their son, David DiFranco Jr., previously lived in Swedesboro, N.J., but for the past two years, every weekend has been spent in their new home, rehabbing it in preparation for full-time living.

The DiFrancos initially purchased the house with David, who has since bought a home elsewhere in Strasburg. While the DiFrancos' home is new to them, it was built in 1852 and has been added to over the years. At first, neither of the DiFranco men were interested in the property, as it needed a lot of work, but Debbie saw its potential. The two men came around, and the family made an offer.

"I'm used to a very modern, 4,000-square-foot house, so this was a change," Dave remarked.

The family worked to refinish floors and paint walls. Debbie enjoyed shopping for Amish-made furniture, and she got to know more about her new community. The DiFrancos had been introduced to Lancaster County by friends approximately 15 years ago, and they had vacationed here every year since.

"Everyone here is so welcoming," Debbie observed. "This town is so friendly."

"We call this our Mayberry. It's so nice to walk to everything," Dave added.

The house is set back from the street, making room for a tiny courtyard where the DiFrancos often relax in the shade of a large tree. The wrought-iron gate will be open to ticketholders from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, as part of the Strasburg Holiday Home Tour hosted by the Strasburg Heritage Society. Folks may tour the first floor of Dave and Debbie's home, which will be decorated for Christmas.

The DiFrancos enjoy celebrating holidays, and they have been in Strasburg for the past few Halloweens. Last Christmas, while more low-key than usual, was held at the Strasburg house as well. David runs a YouTube channel, where, among other things, he posts videos of the family's celebrations. Glimpses of the house as the renovations neared completion can be seen in the two-part video of Christmas 2017. When they heard that the family planned to move from New Jersey, fans of the channel sent housewarming gifts, and several DiFranco-branded items can be found throughout the first floor.

Although the house looks good as it is now - Debbie is especially proud of the bucolic mural on the living room wall - the family still plans to add a few touches. Butcher block countertops are on the wish list for the kitchen, in which 7-foot ceilings harken back to its 19th-century origin. Dave also plans to set up a model railroad layout, but he does not expect it to be ready for the house tour.

Eight additional houses will be part of the Holiday Home Tour, and three churches will participate as well. What organizers are calling Tour Central will be set at First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg, 101 S. Decatur St., where guests may buy lunch from a Girl Scout troop and purchase tour tickets, crafts, and greens. Additionally, bids will be accepted in a silent auction for a Colonial dinner for six to eight people.

Tour tickets may be purchased at a discount through Thursday, Nov. 29, at Hart Road Potters, Main Street Antiques, and Speckled Hen. The proceeds will enable the Strasburg Heritage Society to continue its efforts to preserve historic properties and perpetuate interest in the historical and cultural heritage of the borough and surrounding area.

For more information about the Holiday Home Tour, readers may visit, find the organization on Facebook, or contact or 717-687-9039.


Historical Society Posts Meeting November 8, 2018

The Mount Joy Area Historical Society, 120 Fairview St., will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19. Guest speaker Robert Kinsey, a historian, will speak about "Water-Powered Grist Mills of Northwest Lancaster County." Kinsey has visited more than 1,300 mills in 25 states since retiring from teaching in the Middletown Area School District.

Parking is available in the Rainbow's End Youth Center parking lot in front of the building and at the rear of the museum in the east end of the former Lions Club Pool parking lot. Refreshments will follow the program. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The society building is open to the public every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information, including membership details, visit


Local Society Plans Meeting November 7, 2018

Members of the Historical Society of Salisbury Township will meet on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Salisbury Township Building, 5581 Old Philadelphia Pike, White Horse. "Historic Barns of Southeastern PA" will be presented by Greg Huber, who will share his passion for the historic barns in the area. For more information, call 717-442-4071.


Historical Society Plans Meeting November 7, 2018

The West Manchester Township Historical Society will hold a general meeting on Monday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. in the West Manchester Township Building, 380 E. Berlin Road, York. In addition to a discussion about the historical society's operation and future plans, the meeting will feature a display of some of the group's artifacts.

Nonmembers are invited to attend free of charge. To learn more, readers may visit or call 717-764-3212.


Historical Society Plans Program November 7, 2018

The Red Lion Area Historical Society will hold its final presentation of 2018 on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. at St. John's United Church of Christ, 161 N. Main St., Red Lion. The featured speaker will be Red Lion Area Historical Society member Tom Brenner.

Brenner will discuss ways the Miller brothers helped shape early Red Lion. He will give a brief history of the Miller family beginning in the 1780s. The presentation will include information about three Miller brothers, William H., Jacob A., and David A., who moved into Red Lion in the early 1880s. They had an impact on the early development along East Broadway, on well-known town landmarks, and on early town organizations and elected offices.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Parking is available behind the church. If Red Lion Area School District schools are canceled, the meeting will be canceled too. For more information, readers may call Robin Miller at 717-244-1912.


Historical Society To Share New Finds November 7, 2018

The Solanco Historical Society will present "A Blast With the Past, or What's New at the Archives" at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Solanco Historical Society Archives Building, 1932 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville.

Solanco Historical Society president Stan White and treasurer Mike Roth will be the presenters. They will speak about photographs and historical information that came to light this year at the Solanco Historical Society. The program may include a short video about the Little, Old and Slow or the Swift Family.

White and Roth have collaborated on three historical books relating to the Southern End. These books are "A Railroad for the Southern End," "Quarryville," and "Fulton House." White and Roth are working on their fourth book, which is about the general stores that used to be found at many crossroads in the area.

The program is free and open to the public.


Historical Society Will Meet November 6, 2018

The West Caln Historical Society will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. at the West Caln Municipal Building, 721 W. Kings Highway, Wagontown.

Jeanne M. Rap, author, historian, and flag expert, will present. The subject will be "They Conquer Who Endure," a book about local veterans and the Downingtown Veterans Memorial.

The meeting is free and open to the public.


All-Brass Bands Lecture Slated November 6, 2018

The Reamstown Historical Society and Museum will sponsor a free lecture by Lowell Haws, president of the Historical Society of Cocalico Valley, on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Reamstown Community Center, 23 E. Church St., Reamstown. He will share his findings on the rich history of the area's all-brass bands, focusing on the Reamstown Cornet Band.

People of all ages are welcome to attend. Parking is available at the rear of the Reamstown Community Center. For more details, call 717-364-0865.


Historical Society Schedules Dinner November 2, 2018

Elizabethtown Historical Society will host a dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. in the Ironstone Barn on the Star Barn Estate, 1 Hollinger Lane, Elizabethtown. A catered buffet dinner will be served, and a vegetarian option will be available.

Speaker Greg Huber will share on "Barns of Lancaster County." He has been a barn historian for more than 40 years, and he produced a documentary that was featured on PBS in the spring of 2018 detailing the barns of the Susquehanna Valley. He will narrate the documentary and share stories about local barns.

Separate costs have been set for historical society members and for nonmembers. To register by the deadline of Tuesday, Nov. 20, readers may call 717-361-9382 or stop by the historical society office, 57 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown, on Mondays through Fridays between 9 a.m. and noon. Seating is limited.


Historical Society Posts Meeting November 1, 2018

The Maytown Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the large meeting room at the East Donegal Township Building, 190 Rock Point Road, Marietta.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. On the agenda will be regular business and a discussion of upcoming activities, including the Christmas banquet, Mayfest 2019, and a house tour/fall fest. All are welcome to attend.

0 Posts Events November 1, 2018, 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster, has posted announcements and scheduled several programs. For more information and to make reservations or purchase tickets, readers may visit or call 717-392-4633.

President James Buchanan's Wheatland will be closed to the public from Sunday, Nov. 11, to Sunday, Nov. 18, in preparation for Yuletide at Wheatland.

All operations of will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22, for Thanksgiving.

A Curator's Talk will take place on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 3 p.m. Local photographer and writer Kristin Rehder will discuss and show works from her new exhibit, "The Beech Grove" and, weather permitting, will give a tour of the Tanger Arboretum itself. Located on the grounds of, the arboretum is host to eight beech trees. Rehder will also share insights on her work.

Advance tickets are required. Separate ticket prices have been set for members and for nonmembers.

A Presidential Lecture Series program will take place on Nov. 15 in Ryder Hall. After a reception at 4 p.m., the main presentation will begin at 4:30 p.m. Dr. Thomas Balcerski of Eastern Connecticut State University will present "The Worst President: Assessing the Failure of James Buchanan's Administration." Since the first presidential rating conducted in 1948, James Buchanan has consistently been rated as below average. He is now regularly ranked last among the 45 U.S. presidents. Balcerski will explain the upsides and downsides of the presidential rating game, as well as Buchanan's rating.

The event is free and open to the public. At this time, no advance reservations are required. will host a story time on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 11 a.m. Children will hear a story related to a historical themes and then take part in an activity or craft inspired by the theme. The program is designed to broaden historical knowledge while establishing basic museum literacy and critical thinking skills.

This program is designed for children ages 4 to 9, but all children are welcome. The story time is free for children and accompanying adults, but reservations are required.

Yuletide at Wheatland will occur from Monday, Nov. 19, to Saturday, Dec. 29. Visitors to Wheatland mansion, home of 15th United States President James Buchanan, will be able to see holiday displays taking viewers from James Buchanan's early Victorian era to the 1920s, when the house was owned by the Willson family. Tickets include a festive holiday- and history-themed guided tour of Wheatland and admission to's self-guided museum exhibitions.


Lunch And Learn Event Planned October 31, 2018

The public is invited to join Historic York on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from noon to 1 p.m. at Murphy and Dittenhafer, 226 W. Market St., York, for "Preserving the Integrity of the American Porch," the next Lunch and Learn presentation.

Seating is limited, so those planning to attend are asked to email by Monday, Nov. 12.


Heritage Group Plans Lecture October 31, 2018

Susquehanna Heritage, 1706 Long Level Road, Wrightsville, will host a Zimmerman Center Lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. Mark Arbogast, a retired land manager who now shares his passions for local history and collecting postcards of past scenes of the Susquehanna riverlands, will present on "Where the River Turns West."

A ticket price per person has been set, and advance registration is required. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 717-252-0229, ext. 7.


Homestead Closes For Season October 26, 2018

The 1852 Herr Family Homestead, 1756 Nissley Road, Landisville, has closed for the season.

The house will be open for weekend tours starting the first weekend in April 2019.


MAHS Program Scheduled October 26, 2018

The Millersville Area Historical Society (MAHS) will host a presentation on the book "Synthetic Heroism: Glenn Killinger, Wartime Sports, and the Birth of the American Hero in Postwar American Culture" during its monthly meeting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, in Millersville's Municipal Center, 100 Municipal Drive. The speaker will be author, teacher, and football coach Todd M. Mealy.

Killinger, a nine-time varsity letter winner while at Penn State, was considered the country's top football player and among the best in college basketball and baseball when he completed his college studies. Mealy will use Killinger's experiences to explain how the government and war department monopolized media messaging and used sports to prepare soldiers for combat in World War I, thereby also making sports and sports icons the cornerstone of American popular culture. A time for questions will follow the presentation.

Mealy, a contributing writer for Pennsylvania Heritage, specializes in 19th- and 20th-century civil rights history and sports history and is an adjunct professor at Dickinson College. Married with two children, he earned a Ph.D. in American studies from Penn State University.

The presentation is free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted. For more information, readers may contact Phil Gerber at 717-872-8837 or


Historical Society Plans Program October 25, 2018

The East Petersburg Historical Society (EPHS) will host a program on Monday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Community Building on Pine Street. The featured speaker will be Brett Snyder, who will discuss "Eyes Aloft: Lancaster County and the Aircraft Warning Service." During World War II, local civilians acted as plane spotters, observing the skies from designated posts so they could warn residents of unfriendly aircraft.

All EPHS meetings are free and open to the public.

Also, the Daniel Wolf House, 1905 State St., will be open to the public on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information, call Lynn at 717-664-3808.


WAHS To Hold Next Meeting October 24, 2018

Wellsville Area Historical Society (WAHS) is seeking new members, ideas, and energy to help with activities and fundraisers, including Heritage Days, house tours, concerts in the park, and more. Meetings are held three times each year, with the next meeting planned for Monday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at the one-room schoolhouse, 1060 Zeigler Road, Wellsville.

Nominal membership dues are payable each year. For more information, readers may contact Deb Nattress at 717-432-8723. Individuals interested in tours of the schoolhouse may contact Rose Firestone at 717-432-3702.


Genealogical Society To Meet October 24, 2018

The South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society will meet on Sunday, Nov. 4, at the York County History Center, 250 E. Market St., York. A brief business meeting will begin at 2:15 p.m., and the program will begin at approximately 2:30 p.m.

James C. Landis will present the use of Pennsylvania's Real and Personal Property Tax Returns from the colonial era. The hourlong presentation will focus on the analysis of information contained within tax records. The program will feature analysis of case studies and detailed explanations.

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