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Historical Society Plans Exhibit July 18, 2018

"Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War" is a traveling exhibit that remembers the stories of people of faith who opposed the war. The exhibit examines key questions such as: "Who speaks for peace in times of war?" "What am I willing to fight for?" "Is paying for war participating in war?" and "Who are the voices of conscience today?"

The exhibit will be held in the Crossings Meeting Room at Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz. The entrance is via the main entrance of the new Calvin G. and Janet C. High Learning and Wellness Center at Landis Homes. The display is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 19, through Wednesday, Sept. 26, and will be open daily from 2 to 7 p.m., with other hours by appointment. An opening reception will take place at 2 p.m. on Aug. 19.

A century ago, the United States had just entered "The Great War." While many endorsed the effort, there were persons who could not in good conscience be involved in the killing of other humans. Often at great cost, even including death in a few cases, they spoke through their words and actions of a different path. A series of educational meetings will be held alongside the exhibit, focusing on conscientious objection to war.

"Voices of Conscience: The Witness of Conscientious Objectors in WWI" will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 27, at Martindale Mennonite Fellowship Center, 352 Martindale Road, Ephrata. The program will feature a dramatic reading of the court martial trial of Elbert Hostetler. Dr. Steve Nolt, senior scholar at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, will speak on peace churches and World War I, and the Conservative Anabaptist Service Program will make a presentation.

Interested individuals may take a broader look at the conscientious objector experience at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, at Lancaster Brethren in Christ Church, 1865 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster. Anne Yoder, peace collection archivist at Swarthmore College, will share from her work collecting the accounts of conscientious objectors. She will expand the narrative to include nonreligious views in the understanding of conscience in World War I. Beth Hostetler Mark, librarian emeritus at Messiah College, will present the story of E.J. Swalm, who was drafted by the Canadian military but refused to enlist and was imprisoned. He was later paroled through the intervention of Samuel F. Coffman and other Mennonite leaders. He became a minister and bishop with the Brethren in Christ Church and was well known for his active support of the peace position.

The exhibit was created and is being toured by the Kauffman Museum, Bethel College, North Newton, Kan.


Area Historical Society To Meet July 18, 2018

The Sadsbury Township Historical Society will hold a meeting on Monday, Aug. 6, 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, Dusty Grady, will present "The Mill at Anselma."

The meeting is open to the public. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 717-442-9240 or search for "Sadsbury Township Historical Society" on Facebook.


Tours To Highlight Chester County Sites July 18, 2018

For the 24th consecutive summer, free walking tours are being offered throughout Chester County as part of the Town Tours and Village Walks program. The tours began in West Chester on June 14 and will continue to run on Thursday evenings through Aug. 30.

Tours usually last 50 minutes and begin at 5:30 p.m. The last tour is generally held at 7 p.m. All tours are free of charge and include light refreshments.

The tours are sponsored by Chester County's Board of Commissioners through the Chester County Planning Commission, the Chester County Historical Society, Westtown Township, the Chester County Historic Preservation Network and the Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau.

The scheduled tour on July 26 will feature the Mill at Anselma. The mill, located at 1730 Conestoga Road (Route 401), Chester Springs, is a Colonial-era custom grist mill that served its local agricultural community for around 250 years.

On Aug. 2, the tour will take place at the Phoenix Iron Company, 2 N. Main St., Phoenixville. Attendees will be able to learn about the Phoenix Column, which was used in the construction of bridges throughout the world.

The Maple Lawn Farm, 380 Forest Manor Road, Cochranville, will be the featured tour stop on Aug. 9. There will be a display of farm equipment from the late 1800s and early 1900s, as well as some of the modern combines and tractors used today. A blacksmith will be on hand to demonstrate the forging of farm implements and horseshoes.

On Aug. 16, the tour will be held at Fricks Lock Historic District in East Coventry Township, and on Aug. 30, visitors will be able tour the Bondsville Mill in East Brandywine Township.

New this year as part of the series will be a supper and lecture at Historic Yellow Springs, 1685 Art School Road, Chester Springs, on Aug. 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Preservation architect Dan Campbell will speak about the history of milling in southeastern Pennsylvania. Advance reservations are required, and the fee includes the lecture, a box supper and refreshments, as well as a guided tour of the grounds after dinner, weather permitting. For reservations, readers may call 610-344-6923 or email Karen Marshall, heritage preservation coordinator, at Space is limited.

For more information about the Town Tours and Village Walks, including maps and directions to the tour sites, readers may visit or contact Marshall to obtain an event brochure.


Historical Society To Host Program July 13, 2018

The Solanco Historical Society will present "Health Impacts of Unconventional Gas Development (Fracking)" on Saturday, July 21, at 1:30 p.m. at the Solanco Historical Society Archives Building, 1932 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville.

Presenter Dr. Alan S. Peterson will speak about how fracking may affect Lancaster County residents and future generations. Peterson is the director emeritus of environmental and community medicine for Lancaster General Health.

The program is free and open to the public. The venue is located 6 miles south of Quarryville across from the Robert Fulton Birthplace.


Virtually Visiting German-Speaking Countries July 12, 2018

Sommer Singspiel Day Camp Set For Aug. 6 To 9

This year's Sommer Singspiel, a day camp hosted by the Lancaster Liederkranz, will take students entering grades three through 12 on a virtual journey through Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The camp will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6, through Thursday, Aug. 9.

"The students will learn vocabulary about the different modes of transportation available in Europe as well as packing items and famous destinations," said Lisa Sempsey, who is one of four certified educators who will teach various aspects of German music and dances during the camp. "The music will be a wonderful mix of traditional pieces as well as students experiencing and creating music to accompany their 'journey' across the German-speaking parts of Europe. Additionally, the campers will get the opportunity to create and play instruments from some nontraditional materials," she explained. "It's going to be a blast!"

Sommer Singspiel, which in German means "play and sing in the summer," is in its fourth year. The camp is an outgrowth of the Cultural Grant and Scholarship Fund of the Liederkranz, which aims to provide opportunities for students to experience German language and culture. In addition to music, the camp will focus on experiences with German language, authentic food, cultural traditions, and soccer and other outdoor games. A sharing showcase on the final afternoon will give students a venue in which to share their experiences with their friends and families.

"It is going to be very much a learn-by-doing camp, and while it will be very valuable and meaningful, it will be taught in a fun, kid-friendly way," said founding director Drue Bullington. "(Sommer Singspiel) engages the younger family members and promotes in them a love of community music-making (and) a sense of cultural heritage and gives exposure to singing, playing, and moving - all things kids love to do naturally - in tandem with developmentally appropriate German language learning interspersed with experiences that stem from German cultural traditions."

Bullington shared one parent's perspective, quoting the individual as saying, "I love that German language, music, and culture is experienced rather than taught. For instance, rather than just telling the kids the word for 'apple strudel'' and that it is a popular German dish and maybe giving them a taste of strudel, they involve the children in making strudel."

The Lancaster Liederkranz, 722 S. Chiques Road, Manheim, was founded in 1880 as a singing society by German immigrants in Lancaster city. It continues today as a dynamic family organization dedicated to perpetuating and amplifying the founders' original purpose through song, dance, language, art, education, and international cultural exchange.

The Sommer Singspiel camp will be held at the Liederkranz. There is a cost per student to attend, with discounts for Liederkranz members and for multiple family members. Registrations may be submitted at For more information about the camp, readers may contact Bullington at or 717-940-9927.


Historical Society Sets Meeting July 5, 2018

The Maytown Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 17, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 11 N. Queen St., Maytown. The business meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Information on the group's August field trip will be shared.

All are welcome.


Historical Society Plans Meeting July 5, 2018

The Mount Joy Area Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, July 16, at 7 p.m. at the society's building, 120 Fairview St., Mount Joy.

Guest speaker Tony Haverstick will speak on the history and process of bookbinding. Haverstick is the owner of Water Street Bindery, where he restores books in a 19th-century bookbinder's shop in downtown Lancaster.

The historical society's monthly meetings include a brief business meeting, followed by a program. Light refreshments will be served. Meetings are open to the public free of charge.


Area Historical Society To Meet July 3, 2018

West Caln Historical Society will meet on Tuesday, July 17, at 7 p.m. in the West Caln Municipal Building, 721 W. Kings Highway (Route 340), Wagontown. The topic will be "Sunset Park."

The speaker will be Anita Carr, daughter of former Sunset Park owner Lawrence Waltman. Sunset Park was a historic country music venue in Jennersville.

The meeting is free and open to the public.


Historical Society Plans Program June 28, 2018

The East Petersburg Historical Society will host historic craft demonstrations on Saturday, July 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Daniel Wolf House.

Artisans will demonstrate blacksmithing, coopering, chair-caning, broom-making, and treenware (woodcarving). They will have handmade goods available for purchase, and food and beverages will be available. The Daniel Wolf House will be open to visitors, and free parking will be available at the EPACC north lot and at Dinse Dental, Comprehensive Companies, and Fulton Bank after noon.

For more details, readers may contact Lynn Dull 717-664-3808, visit, or search for "East Petersburg Historical Society" on Facebook.


Historical Society Will Hold Show-And-Tell Event June 27, 2018

If spring cleaning turned up any interesting items, the Millersville Area Historical Society (MAHS) would like to see them. The organization will host its third annual show-and-tell event on Saturday, July 14, at 9 a.m. in the Millersville Municipal Center, 100 Municipal Drive. Everyone is welcome to attend and to bring items to display and speak about.

As the event approaches, MAHS president Phil Gerber encourages readers to search their homes or among their collectibles for items of historic or nostalgic significance that audience members might find fascinating or intriguing. The things do not have to necessarily be historical, and the purposes of the items may be unknown.

"I should have a couple pieces of metal that I found digging around in my garden," Gerber remarked. "I have no idea what they are, but maybe someone else will."

Items do not have to be related to Millersville. Gerber noted that during the inaugural show-and-tell event, he displayed a coin dispenser that he used when collecting the 24-cent fee for a York newspaper.

Individuals who wish to participate are not required to reserve space ahead of time. They may simply show up with their things and be prepared to chat about them. Gerber would like to have a significant turnout, and he is hopeful, based on the event's history.

"People really liked last year's. It was bigger than before," Gerber said. "I'd like to see it grow."

The MAHS holds monthly meetings that are open to the public, but it invites interested folks to join. Currently, membership is close to 115 people and entities. There is a small annual fee to join, with family and lifetime rates, as well as a cost for organizations.

"An awful lot of people are interested in history, at least local history, and people come, so we know we have filled a niche," Gerber commented. He noted that most attendees are age 50 or older, but younger people are welcome.

There is no cost to attend the show-and-tell event, but donations will be appreciated.

For more information regarding the meeting, readers may call Gerber at 717-872-8837 before 5 p.m. or email him at


An Elegant Affair June 27, 2018

Haldeman Mansion To Host Victorian Tea

Organizer Elaine Jackson likes to describe the annual Victorian Tea at the Haldeman Mansion as an elegant affair. "It's a really neat event," praised Jackson. "Some people come from Lebanon and all over Lancaster, so it's not just local."

The Victorian Tea will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, at the Haldeman Mansion, 230 Locust Grove Road, Bainbridge. A high tea will be served on beautiful china in the ballroom. The menu will include grape salad, chilled strawberry soup, ham and apricot sandwiches, cheese-nut sandwiches, chicken tarragon sandwiches, and scones with lemon curd, peach jam, and raspberry jam. All of the food will be prepared by members of the Haldeman Mansion Preservation Society (HMPS) and will be served with a variety of hot teas and iced mint tea. An assortment of homemade desserts will also be part of the meal, including Amish brownies, lemon bars, and cheesecake.

Entertainment for the event will include live instrumental music.

To make reservations for the limited-seating event, interested individuals may call Jackson at 717-426-3794 or 717-283-7740. The deadline to do so is Tuesday, July 10.

There is a fee per person to attend the tea, with all proceeds benefiting the heating fund for the Haldeman Mansion. Jackson noted that once a heating system is installed in the historic building, the HMPS will be able to host events for the public year-round.

The historic stone mansion, which was built in four stages and completed in 1811, was the birthplace of Samuel Haldeman, who became a prominent and respected scientist and scholar largely through self-study and made significant contributions in the fields of zoology and linguistics, according to Samuel was the eldest of nine siblings. His younger brother Horace served in the Mexican and Civil wars, and their younger brother Paris traveled west by wagon to the California Gold Rush.

Free tours of the Haldeman Mansion are offered to the public during open houses on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. The last open house for this year will be on Sunday, Sept. 30. The Haldeman Mansion property is also available to rent for weddings, reunions, and other celebrations.

For more information on the Victorian Tea and other events at the mansion, readers may visit


Tours Of Union Canal Slated June 22, 2018

The Friends of Union Canal Tunnel Park will provide historical narrated tours through the nation's oldest water transportation tunnel, 25th Street and Union Canal Drive, Lebanon, on Wednesday, July 4, starting at 6 p.m., with the final tour departing at approximately 8:15 p.m. Tours will be approximately 40 minutes.

Tourgoers are then invited to stay to enjoy the fireworks from Coleman Memorial and a cool pop, which is included in the ticket price.

Separate ticket fees have been set for adults and for youths ages 6 to 18. Children age 5 and under will be admitted for free.

For more information, readers may follow the organization on Facebook or visit


WWII Roundtable Will Meet June 21, 2018

The Central Pennsylvania World War II Roundtable will meet on Thursday, July 5, at 7 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 433 E. Main St., Hummelstown.

Hermann Pfisterer will share his experiences of living in Nazi Germany and post-war Europe and later moving to the U.S.

The Central Pennsylvania WWII Roundtable is a nonprofit organization that provides a forum for WWII veterans, authors, historians, and citizens to share their knowledge and experiences related to the war. Anyone with an interest in WWII is invited to attend the meetings. There are no membership or admission fees.

For more information, readers may contact Charlie Lloyd at or 717-503-2862 or visit


Historical Commission Sets Open Houses June 20, 2018

The Edith P. Moore one-room schoolhouse, 9 N. Village Ave., Lionville, and the John Cadwalader House, 21 N. Village Ave., Lionville, will be open to the public on Sunday, July 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. Members of the Uwchlan Township Historical Commission will be present to provide information and answer questions.

At the schoolhouse, circa 1859, visitors may view teaching tools used by students.

The Cadwalader House, circa 1712, features a cast iron stove made at the Isabella Furnace, located in West Nantmeal Township. The cold blast charcoal iron furnace, named for Isabella Potts, a wife of a member of the Potts ironmaking family, was the last iron furnace to be built in the county. During July, the house will feature a display of 20 tea cups of bone china and porcelain. The cup and saucer sets exhibit patterns that originated in England, Germany, Poland, France and Japan.


Historical Foundation Posts Exhibit June 14, 2018

The Lititz Historical Foundation, 137 E. Main St., has created an exhibit titled "The History of the Newspaper in Lititz." The exhibit will be on display through December 2019.

The collection brings together many original publications dating back to the 1870s. In addition, each item contains historical background and context, as well as how long it survived.

Exhibit hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, readers may visit or call 717-627-4636.


Historical Society Plans Annual Meeting June 14, 2018

The Historical Society of Dauphin County will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, June 27, at 5:30 p.m. at the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, 219 S. Front St., Harrisburg. The meeting will include brief remarks, election of trustees, volunteer recognition, and refreshments.

Reservations are requested by Monday, June 25, by contacting or 717-233-3462.


Preservation Society Sets Meeting June 14, 2018

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

This month's program will feature Jim Hoover, the grandson of the former owner of Glen Traditional and the former owner of Hoover Manufacturing of Glen Rock. He will speak on the history of the two furniture companies. All former employees are invited to share stories, memories, and memorabilia at the meeting.

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


Civil War Days To Highlight History June 14, 2018

The National Civil War Museum, 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, has announced that Civil War Days in the Harrisburg Area, Invasion of Southcentral Pennsylvania, will take place on Friday through Sunday, June 22 to 24. The history-packed weekend will offer a community-wide series of events aimed to present and preserve Harrisburg's Civil War heritage and history.

Events on June 22 will include a bus tour focusing on the invasion of Cumberland County in June 1863, as well as a cruise on The Pride of the Susquehanna riverboat with music provided by Steve Ball. Seats are limited. Tickets are required for both events and may be purchased at

On Saturday, June 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the museum will present a free day of events, including presentations, artillery cannon firing, a Victorian dance performance and lessons, and music by Steve Ball.

On June 24, there will be free admission to a number of venues and programs. Participating venues include the State Museum of Pennsylvania, U.S. Army and Heritage Center, Capital Preservation Committee Flag Conservation Lab, and the Historical Society of Dauphin County and the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion. The Cumberland County Historical Society will offer Victorian dance ensemble presentations, and there will be a presentation at the Camp Curtin Church with Jim Schmick.

Civil War Days in Harrisburg is hosted and sponsored by The National Civil War Museum in conjunction with Camp Curtin Historical Society and Civil War Round Table, Civil War Dance Foundation, Cumberland County Historical Society, Dauphin County Commissioners, Hershey Civil War Round Table, Historic Harrisburg Association, the Historical Society of Dauphin County, and the Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee.


Heritage Society's Tour To Reveal Secret Gardens June 14, 2018

The Strasburg Heritage Society's Secret Gardens of Strasburg Tour truly lives up to its name this year. At least two of the properties on the tour, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, are mostly hidden from public view.

"It does really afford us a lot of privacy, but you pay for it in the fall when the leaves come down," homeowner Dale Kaufman quipped.

Kaufman and his wife, Stephanie, live in the house at 43 W. Main St., Strasburg, that his father purchased before World War II. The elder Kaufman transplanted a number of pine trees from the family's cabin to the third-acre property. They joined a Dawn redwood, a species first imported from China in the 1940s, that Dale estimated is now the tallest tree in Strasburg. Over the years, 10 redbud trees and about a half-dozen dogwoods have been added.

In addition to trees, Dale and Stephanie have focused on perennials and other low-maintenance plants. There are so many landscaping plants that it takes Dale only 20 minutes to mow the grass.

"I hardly use any mulch, and then mainly along the edges. There's a lot of ground covers like ivy and pachysandra," Dale said. "We have a lot of shades of green and textures. I need to tame it once in a while, but I like it wild: Let nature have its way."

There are times when fellow tour hosts Linn and Susan Moedinger feel like nature is winning on their farm at 1835 Pioneer Road, Lancaster.

"I can't keep up with the weeds this year," Susan said, noting that abundant rainfall has made both wanted plants and weeds flourish.

A copse of evergreen and deciduous trees along the road conceals the 72-acre farm from view. The farm has been in Linn's family since 1711. The couple lives in an English sidehall Georgian home that was built in 1763. A Germanic house built in 1730 sits at the rear of the property. Approximately three acres surrounding the two houses are maintained as gardens and lawns, 12 acres are planted for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and the remainder are rented to farmers. To relax, the family enjoys the brick patio at the rear of the main house. "This is where we hang out," Susan remarked. "It's nice and shady back here, and there's always a breeze."

Susan is a member of the Hemerocallis Society and the American Hosta Society, so her estimated 400 varieties of hostas and 400 day lilies (hemerocallis) are all labeled. "When you consider there are 87,000 day lilies, it's not that impressive," she said modestly.

The Moedingers' son married on the farm in August of 2009, so they planted a number of items for the wedding. Other plants were installed because they struck the couple's fancy.

"There are a lot of interesting trees on the property," Susan said. She listed an ancient ash, katsura, American chestnut, Japanese parottia, tricolor beech, deodar cedar, and a Japanese red cedar called cryptomeria that is thriving between two outbuildings.

"Cryptomeria doesn't grow well in this area," Susan said. "It cannot take cold wind, and it needs full sun, but it can't have afternoon sun."

The public may tour these two gardens and seven others by purchasing discounted tickets in advance at Main Street Antiques, Java Junction, Speckled Hen, and Hart Road Potters. On the days of the tour, tickets may be purchased at full price at the Shroy House, 122 S. Decatur St., Strasburg. The heritage society will use the proceeds to maintain several historical houses in Strasburg.

For more information, readers may visit or find the Strasburg Heritage Society on Facebook.


Celebration Will Steep Visitors In History Of Conoytown June 14, 2018

The community is invited to join in celebrating the 300th anniversary of Conoytown on Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24, at the Haldeman Mansion, 230 Locust Grove Road, Bainbridge. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. A nominal entrance fee will be charged to cover expenses.

Event organizer Tina Mark explained that the land located along the Susquehanna River has been documented by archaeologists to have been populated by native peoples for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. According to Mark, the last documented native peoples to live at the village site where the Haldeman Mansion was eventually built were the Conoy people, who lived there from 1718 to 1743. The purpose of the Conoytown anniversary celebration is to honor the people who lived there by promoting and educating others about the Native American culture of the local area. The two-day event will include various hands-on activities, informational displays, and demonstrations depicting everyday life in an 18th-century Native American trade village.

Dancers dressed in tribal regalia will dance to the music of drummers and the singers of Medicine Horse. A variety of dances will be performed throughout the day, including round dances, which will allow for audience participation. Local veterans will be honored in the dance ring as well. Folks are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating.

Members of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology Chapter 28 will have artifacts on display. At 1 p.m. on June 24, president Debbie Saylor will share a PowerPoint presentation titled "Clues Prehistoric People Left Behind Along the Susquehanna."

York County resident Paul Nevin will have a display about the petroglyphs found on rocks in the lower Susquehanna River. He has conducted years of study and works to preserve the petroglyphs. Nevin, who is the manager of the Zimmerman Center for Heritage in Wrightsville, will also share information on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, which follows Smith's voyages to trace the land and waterways of the Chesapeake. In 1608, during these voyages, Smith met with some local Susquehannock Indians who traveled by foot for three days to meet him downriver in what is now Maryland. A 20-inch dugout canoe made by members of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission will be on display as well.

Several local residents will present demonstrations, such as how to start a fire with a bow and how beaver hides were once tanned. A mock trading post will allow attendees to bring in a bundle of pelts and find out what they can purchase with them. A Three Sisters Garden is also planned, and folks may learn how the gardens are planted and try their hand at grinding corn and stringing beans.

"Wild plants were gathered and used not only as medicine, but some were eaten too," noted Mark. "Find out what weeds were not what we see them as - some can cure, and some are nourishing." Additional activities will take a look at the way hunting and fishing were once about survival - not just sport - and give attendees the chance to identify an animal by its tracks or try their hand at tomahawk throwing.

Native American-style crafts will be available to purchase, and some artists and crafters will offer demonstrations of how their items are made. A variety of food and beverages will be for sale too, including Native American fry bread and tacos.

Readers with questions may call 717-426-2166 or 717-449-2474.

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