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Yuletide Tours Will Highlight Post-Colonial Christmas December 14, 2017

Rock Ford's annual Yuletide tours aim to provide a remedy for the post-Christmas blues by offering a journey back in time to when Christmas Day was only the beginning of the holiday season. Candlelight, festive music, dancing, and holiday greenery will set the scene for an 18th-century Yuletide at Rock Ford Plantation during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day.

Built in 1794 at what is now 881 Rockford Road, Lancaster, Rock Ford Plantation was the home of Edward Hand and his family. Hand served as adjutant general to George Washington during the Revolutionary War.

During the period when Hand and his family lived at Rock Ford, Christmas Day marked the start of a festive season that included 12 days of parties, dinners, and dances. Visitors to Rock Ford's Yuletide tours will learn about 18th-century traditions, listen to traditional holiday music by Harrisburg-based musical group Seasons, and watch preparations in the mansion's kitchen by members of the Warm Hearth Club. Costumed volunteers will be stationed in various rooms of the mansion to offer insight into Yuletide traditions. The candlelight tours will feature period dancing by a volunteer dance group.

Candlelight tours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Dec. 26, 27, and 28. Daylight tours will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 29. Admission will be payable at the door. Separate fees have been set for adults, for seniors age 65 and older, and for youngsters ages 6 to 12. Children age 5 and under will be admitted at no charge.

Proceeds from the Yuletide tours will support the educational programs and operation of Rock Ford Plantation. The historic property is open for tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Tuesday through Sunday from April to October. It is operated by the nonprofit Rock Ford Foundation. For more information, readers may visit or call 717-392-7223.


History Center Posts Change In Services December 13, 2017

The York Family History Center, located in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2100 Hollywood Drive, York Township, has announced a new policy concerning its family history records. As of Sept. 8, FamilySearch discontinued its microfilm circulation services. In the past, patrons could order microfilmed historical records from the Family History Library in Utah for a minimal fee and then receive the microfilm to view in the local family history centers as they searched for ancestors.

Instead, FamilySearch will provide the digital images of records online. Online access to digital images of records will allow FamilySearch to reach many more people faster and more efficiently. This change is the result of significant progress made in microfilm digitization efforts.

More than 1.5 million microfilms have been digitized by FamilySearch, including all microfilms that have been borrowed in the last five years. The remaining portion of the collection should be digitized by the end of 2020. New digital images will be made available as they are scanned on

Patrons are still invited to use the free services of the family history center. The center will continue to provide access to relevant technology, premium subscription services, and digital records, including restricted content not available at home. Trained family history consultants will continue to train patrons to get started with family history, to research family lines, and to input the information into websites. The center also provides computers and printing availability for patrons.

As of Dec. 13, FamilySearch also began to require patrons to set up free accounts to view and search historical records on the site. Patrons visiting will see a prompt to register for a free FamilySearch account or to sign into their existing account. By setting up an account, the user can continue to enjoy all the free, expanded benefits that FamilySearch has to offer, like accessing many of the original digital images of the records online.

Local family history centers may opt to retain the microfilm collections already housed at the centers, or they may return their collection to FamilySearch. All microfilm currently in circulation will be converted to an extended loan.

For more details, readers may call 717-846-4539 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Friends Group Selects Officers December 13, 2017


MAHS Talk To Focus On Former Governor November 30, 2017

John McLarnon, professor of history and chair of the history department at Millersville University (MU), will discuss "Gifford Pinchot: Pennsylvania's Progressive Paragon" when he speaks during the next monthly meeting of the Millersville Area Historical Society (MAHS). The event will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, in the Millersville Municipal Center, 100 Municipal Drive.

According to McLarnon, Gifford Pinchot is known as the Nation's Forester, the man who virtually created the National Park System in existence today. But, McLarnon said, after Pinchot's work as a forester, he served two tumultuous terms as governor of Pennsylvania in the 1920s and the 1930s. It is this latter phase of Pinchot's life that McLarnon will focus on during the Dec. 9 presentation. A question-and-answer session will conclude the talk.

McLarnon joined MU's history department in 1999 and has served as its chair since 2016. He teaches a variety of courses, including 20th-century American, Latin American, and Pennsylvanian history. He authored the book "Ruling Suburbia," which chronicles the history of John McClure and the Republican political machine in Delaware County. McLarnon has also published articles about political and civil rights as well as women's history in Pennsylvania.

A Delaware County native, McLarnon attended both elementary and secondary schools there and, after a tour in the U.S. Army, worked in various trades before studying at MU, where he earned a bachelor's degree in history and philosophy. He subsequently received graduate degrees in American history from the University of Delaware.

The Dec. 9 presentation will be open to the public free of charge, but donations will be appreciated. For more information, readers may call 717-872-8837 before 5 p.m. or email


Lecture To Focus On Three Mile Island November 29, 2017

The Zimmerman Center for Heritage, 1706 Long Level Road, Wrightsville, will host its 2017-18 Second Wednesday Heritage Lecture Series on Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. "Three Mile Island: Its History and Legacy" will be presented by Eric Epstein. He will discuss the Three Mile Island power plant's history, legacy, and impact on the Susquehanna River.

Epstein has been a community activist for more than 30 years. He is chairman of Three Mile Island Alert Inc., a safe-energy organization.

There is a cost per person, and advance registration is required. For details and registration, readers may visit and search for Wrightsville, PA, in December.

More information about Susquehanna Heritage is available by emailing; calling 717-252-0229, ext. 6; or visiting


CAHS Will Unveil Decoy Display At Candlelight Christmas November 28, 2017

Waterfowl were once a significant source of income and nutrition in western Lancaster County.

"People hunted the Susquehanna River," said avid hunter Ed Heltshe, whose collection of more than 100 decoys is now housed at the Conestoga Area Historical Society (CAHS). Before changes in the ecosystem impacted the numbers of ducks, swans, and geese that flocked to the river, hunters could easily gather birds for sale in area markets. "There were so many swans that used to (land on the river) at Washington Boro that it looked like it had snowed," Heltshe recalled.

Heltshe will be on hand to talk about his collection and the history of waterfowl hunting during the Early American Candlelight Christmas event that will be held at the CAHS, 51 Kendig Road, Conestoga, from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9. Admission will be open to the public free of charge, but donations will be accepted.

The new exhibit is located in the reproduction bank barn that was built a few years ago. A room was framed out in the barn's lower level. Windows salvaged from Central Manor Elementary School were inserted into the wooden interior walls. The walls are hung with photos and carvers' signs. A large mural painted by CAHS member Sandy Schenck of Lancaster fills much of the east wall, and a painting by Roberta Kindig of Conestoga is on another wall. A photo of Grover Cleveland on a hunting trip hangs above a ledge that holds a decoy once owned by the former president.

A cobbler's bench that was used to carve decoys is included in the exhibit. Several models of duck boats are displayed as well. Nearly every horizontal surface in the room holds some type of decoy created by Heltshe, John F. Geesey of Red Lion, and Art Boxleitner of Willow Street.

"(Boxleitner) has had a big influence on my collection," Heltshe remarked. "We've been friends for 70 years."

The decoys are works of art and represent a variety of styles and species. Some decoys are carved from cork, while others are wooden with hollow bodies. The paint jobs range from basic to highly detailed. The birds represented include pintail, mallard, and wood ducks, along with Canada geese, black swans, and mute swans.

"(The exhibit offers) a little bit of history about the Susquehanna River," Heltshe commented.

The history of the Penn Manor area is the focus of the CAHS. The society's grounds contain a number of houses and other buildings that were moved to the property and restored. Visitors may take self-guided tours of the Harnish House and Tavern, the Atkinson Log House, and the Stehman Blacksmith Shop, which will be decked out in authentic period decorations. Demonstrations of the smithy, as well as open-hearth cooking and period crafts, will be ongoing.

A punch and cookie reception will be held in Gundel Hall, where musical performances will be given by the Manor Singers and by pianist Sharon Gantz. Gundel Hall is located on the second floor of the large barn that houses the majority of the historical society's collection. The barn's lower level houses the 2017 exhibit "Play Ball," which features highlights from the history of athletics in the Penn Manor area.

A prize drawing will be held at 9 p.m. Two sums of $100 will be awarded, and the first-prize winner may choose between $2,000 or a Colonial American-style rifle handcrafted from curly maple by Brad and Shane Emig of Hellam. Opportunities to win will be available during the Candlelight Christmas and may be obtained in advance by contacting the CAHS at 717-872-1699.


Home Tour To Feature Hidden Habitat November 15, 2017

Unless one looks closely, it is not readily apparent that the building that houses the Strasburg Antique Market at 207 Georgetown Road, Strasburg, also includes a spacious apartment. The subtlety is just the way owners Dan and Joy Hobson like it. However, the Hobsons will open their second-floor home to the public during the Strasburg Heritage Society's eighth annual Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ten private homes, including the Hobsons', will be featured on the upcoming tour. The homes range from historical to modern, and they will be festively decorated. Open-hearth cooking will be demonstrated at the 1792 Shroy House, which the heritage society has been working to restore. Several local churches will also be part of the tour as well. First Presbyterian Church, 101 S. Decatur St., will host a holiday market from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tour tickets may be purchased at the church on the day of the event, and the market will feature vendors, greens and other small arrangements, lunch items, and a silent auction.

"I think it's good to give back to the community," Joy said, explaining why she and Dan agreed to participate on the tour.

The couple previously lived in Manheim Township, where they restored an 1800s farmhouse, which had been opened for other house tours. A few years ago, the Hobsons sold that house and had been living in a beach house and commuting to Lancaster County. They decided to look for a place to live again in the county and discovered the antique market with attached apartment. During the renovation, the couple lived in a motorhome on a friend's property.

"We bought it really for the apartment," Joy commented. "We saw the wonderful potential it had."

The result of the work is an industrial space that has been softened with comfortable touches. Joy has blended antiques and family heirlooms with modern reproductions. Cream-colored kitchen cabinets are both functional and decorative, as glass doors show off souvenirs from the Sochi Olympics and a mission trip to Africa, as well as other treasured items.

The freight elevator that rose from the basement to the top floor was removed to create space in the store, and Joy held onto the components. Eventually, parts of the elevator became a chandelier with LED Edison bulbs that hangs above the dining room table whose right trapezoidal shape echoes that of the building. The sliding door that separates the sleeping quarters from the open plan kitchen and living area was also salvaged from the elevator.

The apartment has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Family photos line the hallway that separates the master suite from the children's bedrooms. The Hobsons' son and daughter are young adults, so their rooms are seldom used, but Joy carefully decorated the rooms anyway.

A set of stairs rises into the apartment from the back of the market building, and tourgoers will enter there. An elevator at the front of the store may be used by anyone who needs it. Parking will be on the street around the building so that the parking lot may be reserved for shoppers.

Tickets for the tour may be purchased at a discount by Thursday, Nov. 30, at the following Strasburg businesses: Main Street Antiques, Speckled Hen, Java Junction, and Eldreth Pottery. For more information, readers may email, call 717-687-9039, or find the society on Facebook.


Boehm's Chapel To Host Lessons And Carols November 15, 2017

Boehm's Chapel Society will host its annual Advent program of lessons and carols at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3, in the historic Boehm's Chapel, 13 W. Boehms Road, Willow Street. The candlelit hourlong program will be held mid-afternoon to allow attendees who prefer not to drive after dark to return home before dusk.

The program will relate the story of Jesus Christ's birth through familiar readings taken from the biblical prophetic books and the Gospels. Scripture readings will be interspersed with special vocal music and a capella singing of traditional carols by the congregation. A freewill offering will be accepted.

A new book has been published by the Boehm's Chapel Society, and copies will be available for purchase at the event. "Sowing Seeds of Faith, A Boehm History, The First 300 Years, 1717-2017" weaves the story of the Boehm family of Pequea Township with that of Boehm's Chapel and the present-day Boehm's United Methodist Church. Brief biographies are included for each circuit rider and pastor who served the congregation between 1775 and 2017.

Boehm's Chapel is a heritage landmark of the United Methodist Church. It was built in 1791 and was the first Methodist church in Lancaster County. The building is the oldest existing structure built for Methodist worship in Pennsylvania and the fourth oldest in the nation. An HVAC system was installed when the building was restored in 1991, so the chapel will be heated during the Dec. 3 program.

For more information, readers may email, call 717-872-4133, or visit


2018 Calendar Features Local Artists, Places November 13, 2017

"When we get all the artwork back (from the artists), we lay them down to see what looks good with which month. Then we look to see what 'pops' for the cover," said Stan White, explaining the process of creating the annual calendar published by the Southern Lancaster County Historical Society (SLCHS).

The cover artist for the 34th annual calendar - that of 2018 - is Stan's wife, Linda. Working from a photograph originally owned by a neighbor and passed on to Nancy Housekeeper Brinton, Linda created a drawing of the former Eldora Store, which was chosen as the March picture and the cover art. According to a note that accompanies the picture, the Eldora Store was built in 1874 by Owen C. Guiney, but Edwin P. Housekeeper bought the store in 1883 and ran it for many years. The Edwin Post Office operated there until June 15, 1910. The store was eventually used as a farmhouse before a fire destroyed it on Jan. 13, 1962. Brinton's family owns the farm, and she supplied the photograph.

"We depend on people bringing photos of old barns, houses, and other buildings so we have images for the calendar," Stan said. "We're always looking for someone to bring us 'new' old photographs or let us know (they) have a building of interest."

Current photographs of existing buildings are welcome, and Linda mentioned that SLCHS members can take the photos if the owners would like.

Typically, the calendar features houses, mills, and other businesses from the past. Along with many houses, this year's calendar includes the E.B. Fritz & Sons Feedmill Warehouse, the Beck Brothers Gas Station, the Kirkwood Hotel, and the Homsher Store in Bartville. People are rarely highlighted in the calendar art, but this year a picture of neighborhood friends at "Turkey Hill" in Wakefield is included.

SLCHS secretary Marsha Stiles was asked to contribute art for the calendar for the first time. She filled in for Anita Reed, who broke an arm and was unable to participate. Reed had created a drawing ever since the inception of the calendar.

The Beck Brothers Gas Station is a reprint to honor artist Steve Roka, who was also a regular contributor since the first calendar. Roka died in March 2017 and will be greatly missed, Stan said.

Copies of the calendar may be purchased at Musser's at the Buck and at Ferguson & Hassler Supermarket in Quarryville. Calendars are also available at the SLCHS archives, 1932 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. SLCHS meetings are held at 1:30 p.m. on the third Saturdays of each month and are open to the public. Calendars may be purchased at the meetings as well.

Another opportunity to purchase calendars will be offered during the annual greens sale, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, and from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3.

Proceeds from the calendar and greens sales will support the SLCHS, whose mission is to research local history and ancestry, preserve historical documents and artifacts, provide education about the significance of southern Lancaster County, and maintain and operate the Robert Fulton Birthplace, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Last winter, the SLCHS took ownership of the birthplace and the other buildings on the property. The property is entailed and has some restrictions, but the SLCHS now has a bit more freedom to make updates and improvements. The group hopes to refresh the exhibits in the house and to carry out some needed work. Thanks to a recent donation, some structural enhancements have been made to the former warehouse where the archives are located.

For more information about the SLCHS and the calendar, readers may email, call 717-548-2679, or visit


Preservation Society Announces Updates November 10, 2017

The Haldeman Mansion Preservation Society, 230 Locust Grove Road, Bainbridge, has made significant progress in restoring its stone mansion and summer kitchen and in developing new programs over the past five years. This progress, along with the development of the Northwest River Trail and plans of the National Park Service to extend its new Captain John Smith Susquehanna River Water Trail through the Lower Susquehanna River Valley, are fueling optimism among the society's board of directors.

The society's achievements are possible because of the support of its members and a number of organizations, which include The Lancaster County Community Foundation, CITADEL DCA (a Washington, D.C.-based architectural firm), First Preservation Services (an advisory and grant writing service in Lancaster), the Elizabethtown College engineering department and those organizations providing recent grants, such as the Lancaster County Community Foundation's John J. Snyder Jr. fund, the National Trust's Louis J. Appell Jr. Fund for Central Pennsylvania and the Lancaster County Conservancy's Susquehanna Riverlands Mini-Grants.

The society has established a multi-year fund for children and adult educational programs. The Haldeman Mansion received a new slate roof in 2016, and the summer kitchen received a new cedar roof this year. Research is being conducted to support a proposal to create a Locust Grove Native American Heritage District. A 300th anniversary celebration marking the arrival of the Conoy Native Americans at Locust Grove is being planned for 2018.

The society is participating in Lancaster County's Extraordinary Give. The society seeks to raise funds to develop a more vigorous advertising program to raise awareness of its scenic property and extensive history, to advertise its events and to grow its membership. Donations will fund advertising the society's Sunday open house tours, social events, educational programs, and the mansion and its ground's availability for special event and occasion photography rentals. It will reach out to families in Dauphin, Lancaster and York counties and tourists visiting these counties.

To support this initiative by making a donation, readers may visit at any time on Friday, Nov. 17. Anyone with a credit card and access to the internet may donate. For more information, readers may contact Dale Good at 717-426-2099 or email


Preservation Society Sets Auction November 10, 2017

The Columbia Historic Preservation Society, 21 N. Second St., will hold its benefit auction in its Banner Hall on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Doors will open at 8 a.m. A preview will take place on Friday, Nov. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The consignment auction will feature items such as vintage bottles, Christmas and Halloween items, Columbia memorabilia, Columbia newspapers, furniture, glassware, name-brand kitchenware, pottery, tinware, tools, and more. Cash and checks will be accepted, and food will be available.

Proceeds will benefit the preservation society. For more information, readers may visit


Historical Society Plans Program November 8, 2017

Solanco Historical Society will host a presentation on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 1:30 p.m. The program will take place at the organization's Archives Building, 1932 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville.

Ulma Ruth Py will present "Eastern Woodlands Culture: Pre- and Post-Contact." Py has Lenape ancestry on both sides of her family that she has traced back to the 1600s. Py, who moved to Lancaster County 25 years ago, holds a degree in library science and elementary education from Kutztown University. For the past 23 years, she has been participating in living history events across the country. She has also taught about native culture to school children, Scout groups, churches and historical societies, and she has worked with the Penn Museum in Philadelphia, teaching school children about the Eastern Woodlands culture. She was a Girl Scout leader for 25 years.

The program is free and open to the public.


Local Historical Society To Meet November 8, 2017

Members of the Historical Society of Salisbury Township will meet on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Salisbury Township Building, 5581 Old Philadelphia Pike, White Horse. Gerry Treadway will speak on "The Historic Parkesburg Iron Foundry."

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


Society Will Offer Train Display November 8, 2017

The Columbia Historic Preservation Society (CHPS) HO-scale model train layout will be running on Saturday, Nov. 18, and will continue on Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. The hours for the layout will generally be 1 to 4 p.m., but will expand to 1 to 5 p.m. from Sunday, Dec. 10, through Saturday, Dec. 23.

The 1,000-square-foot layout is located on the second floor of the CHPS Banner Hall at 21 N. Second St., Columbia. Attendees may view train and trolley videos in the television/library area. Trains will include steam locomotives with sound. Admission is free, though donations will be accepted. The group continues to work on an addition to the layout that will expand it to 1,600 square feet.

The Lower Susquehanna Valley O-Scale Modular Display will be set up on the first floor from Sunday, Dec. 3, through the end of December. Both layouts will be part of the Columbia Holiday Christmas Tour on Sunday, Dec. 10.


Program To Highlight Local History November 3, 2017

The Elizabethtown Historical Society, 57 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown will host a program by John Nissley on Tuesday, Nov. 21. Doors will open at 7 p.m., with the presentation at 7:30 p.m.

Nissley will present "A History of the Nissley Vineyards." Nissley and his father, Dick, opened the business in Bainbridge in 1977, and the Nissley family has played an important role in Elizabethtown since the 18th century.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, readers may call 717-361-9382 or email


Historical Foundation Sets Lecture November 2, 2017

The Lititz Historical Foundation will hold its annual meeting and lecture on Saturday, Nov. 18, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz. After brief items of business, Scott Paul Gordon will present a program on Moravian sister Mary Penry.

Penry, who emigrated from Wales in 1744, spent most of her adult life in Lititz, arriving in 1762 as one of the first women to populate the new single sisters' choir house. For more than 40 years, Penry kept the diary of the single sisters' choir and served as the choir house's clerk, recording the varied business activities related to the choir's textile industries and its girls' school. She was responsible for guiding visitors around the community, she earned income from her embroidery, and she was paid to translate documents from German into English.

Gordon is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Chair at Lehigh University. He teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in 18th-century transatlantic literature. He has served as the director of the First-Year Writing Program, director of Lehigh University Press and chair of the Department of English.

For the last decade, Gordon's research has focused on early America, in particular the Moravian experiment in Pennsylvania. One project, slated to be published in 2018, shares the extensive correspondence of Penry, who lived as a single sister in Moravian communities at Bethlehem and Lititz for nearly 50 years and who produced a great quantity of first-person writing.

Light refreshments will follow the lecture, which is open to the public. While there is no cost to attend, seating is limited, so individuals should call the library at 717-626-2255 to reserve a seat.


Historical Society Sets Program November 2, 2017

Mountville Historical Society will present "Postmarked From Mountville" on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m. at the Mountville Area Community Center, 120 College Ave., Mountville. The program will trace the town's past through vintage postcards.

Light refreshments will be served, and the Mountville Museum will be open from 1 to 4 p.m.

All are invited. Attendees should enter at the Mountville Library doors at Clay Street.


Program To Highlight Geology November 2, 2017

The Mount Joy Area Historical Society, 120 Fairview St., Mount Joy, will host Charles Scharnberger as guest speaker at the monthly meeting on Monday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m.

Scharnberger, a retired Millersville University earth science professor, will present a program on the geology of Lancaster County, including types of rock formations, where they are found in the county, and their impact on the landscape and current land use. He will also discuss the location of mineral deposits and the history of mining.

Historical society meetings include a brief business meeting, followed by a guest speaker. Refreshments follow the program. Meetings are free and open to the public.

The society building is open to the public every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The public may do research and see displays of Mount Joy memorabilia.


Program To Focus On Buchanan October 27, 2017

The East Petersburg Historical Society (EPHS) will hold a meeting on Monday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Building on Pine Street. Patrick Clarke, director of James Buchanan's Wheatland, will speak on the topic "A Comparative Study: The Lives of the Buchanan Brothers of Lancaster."

There will be a brief business meeting prior to the program, and light refreshments will be served afterward.

All EPHS meetings are open to the public, and there is no admission fee. For more information, call Lynn at 717-664-3808 or visit the historical society's Facebook page.

Also, the Daniel Wolf House, 1905 State St., East Petersburg, is open to the public on the first Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to noon.


Historical Society Retires Mortgage October 25, 2017

The Mount Gretna Area Historical Society recently hosted a mortgage-burning and rededication ceremony for its museum building at 206 Pennsylvania Ave. in the Chautauqua area of Mount Gretna. In attendance at the Sept. 9 event were officers and directors of the historical society, along with contributors to the organization's recently completed capital campaign that allowed for the retirement of the mortgage on the Mount Gretna Museum. The museum was dedicated and opened to the public in July 2008.

Following the mortgage-burning and rededication ceremony, attendees were hosted at an afternoon reception at Mount Gretna's historic Hall of Philosophy.

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