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Bike Ride To Showcase Local Area April 28, 2017

Manor Township was home to numerous settlements of Native Americans. Participants in a 16-mile bike ride on Saturday, May 13, will explore this area, with tours leaving every 15 minutes between 8 a.m. and noon. The tours will begin and end at Ann Letort Elementary School, 561 Letort Road, Washington Boro. Support will be available if needed.

Groups of bikers will experience the saga at 11 stops along the way, where historians and Native American storytellers will present 10-minute historical and cultural stories.

The ride is not meant to be too difficult even though it rests among the "River Hills." The tour is intended to be an enjoyable and educational experience for families, school groups, and individuals wanting to learn more of the area's native history. Individuals who are unable to ride may drive the route, but they are asked to start at the school in order to carpool.

In addition, Barry Lee of Spirit Wing will give a concert of contemporary and traditional Native American music at 3 p.m. at the longhouse on the grounds of the Hans Herr House, 1849 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street. The longhouse will be open, and storytellers will be available to answer questions. Attendees sould bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Bike tour registrants should arrive 20 minutes before their start time. Groups intending to ride together should make their request when registering. To register for the bike tour or the concert and longhouse tour, readers may visit lmhs.org or call 393-9745.

In the case of inclement weather, the tour will be held on Sunday, May 14, with groups beginning at 2 p.m. The concert will be at 7 p.m.

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Roundtable Meeting Posted April 20, 2017

The Central Pennsylvania World War II Roundtable will meet on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 433 E. Main St., Hummelstown.

The speaker will be Art Lentz, who served with the 119th Infantry, 30th Division. In January 1945, while carrying hand grenades and other ammunition to his troops, Lentz was shot by a German sniper. He was flown to a hospital in France for treatment. Lentz recovered from his facial wounds and rejoined his company. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, readers may contact Charlie Lloyd at charlie.centralpaww2rt@gmail.com or 503-2862 or visit www.centralpaww2roundtable.org.

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Historical Society Plans Tour Of Cuba April 20, 2017

The Hershey Derry Township Historical Society will offer a trip to Cuba from Thursday, Nov. 30, to Friday, Dec. 8. There is a cost to participate, and group size is limited.

A special feature of the itinerary is a half-day tour of Hershey, Cuba, the village, plantation, and refinery established in 1916 by Milton Hershey to provide sugar for chocolate production. Other highlights will include visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites in Trinidad and Old Havana, Ernest Hemingway's home, art museums and public markets, and culturally enriching performances by musicians and traditional dance troupes plus the scenery of national parks and coastal vistas of the Caribbean.

Deposits are due by Sunday, April 30. For more details, readers may visit www.hersheyhistory.org or contact 520-0748 or trips@hersheyhistory.org.

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Historic Poole Forge Sets Spring Tea April 19, 2017

Historic Poole Forge, 1940 Main St., Narvon, will host its second annual Spring Tea in the Mansion on Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7. On both days, the mansion will be open from 2 to 5 p.m., with the tea beginning at 3 p.m.

Along with the formal tea, there will be gift and craft items for sale, as well as a photo booth opportunity where attendees may pose with the Iron Mistress and incorporate a variety of hats. Before the tea on May 7, there will also be a short program and a display on the history of the Bollman Hat.

There is a per-person cost to attend. Space is limited, and reservations are required by calling 484-797-5302 or emailing hpf1940@gmail.com. For more information, readers may visit www.historicpooleforge.org.

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OAHA To Host Re-enactor April 18, 2017

Oxford Area Historical Association (OAHA) will present re-enactor Kenneth J. Serfass as Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant during its meeting on Tuesday, May 2, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held in the auditorium at the Penns Grove School, 301 S. Fifth St., Oxford.

The public is invited to attend.

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Historical Society Plans Meeting April 18, 2017

The Sadsbury Township Historical Society will meet on Monday, May 1, 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 will be Chuck Ulmann, curator of the Christian C. Sanderson Museum in Chadds Ford. He will speak about Christian Sanderson, a teacher, fiddler, square dance caller, poet, and local historian.

Visitors are welcome to attend. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served following the program. For more information, call 717-442-9240. Information about the historical society is available by searching for "Sadsbury Township Historical Society" on Facebook.

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Marietta Town Talk To Focus On Vesta April 13, 2017

Leonard J. Droege Jr. will present "A Diamond in the Rough - Saving Vesta" for the second lecture of the 2017 Marietta Town Talks series on Sunday, April 30. The community is invited to attend the free event, which will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Marietta Community House, 264 W. Market St., Marietta.

Droege will discuss the restoration of the Musselman-Vesta Furnace Center. The historic building is located in Chickies Rock County Park, which was the center of the region's thriving anthracite furnace industry in the 19th century. Droege will conclude his talk with a question-and-answer session. Light refreshments will be provided.

According to Town Talks organizer Margaret Landis, Droege led the initiative with Marietta Restoration Associates and Rivertownes PA USA to save and restore the Musselman-Vesta Furnace Center from being destroyed in 2000. "It was in terrible condition," recalled Landis. The organizations advocated to prevent the historic building from being demolished and were able to obtain a 99-year lease on the ruins.

"(Droege) did a marvelous job of getting volunteer help for the project and directing all of the restoration work," Landis stated. "He was really the guiding light for it and still is. It's been a very good thing for Marietta."

The Musselman-Vesta Furnace Center, 26 Furnace Road, Marietta, is open to the public from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sundays from May through September. It features an exhibit with photographs, artifacts, and information about the seven local furnaces, a nearby lumber mill, and the canal and railroad that were part of the Chickies Historic District. Landis noted that progress is ongoing on a diorama of the Musselman-Vesta Furnace and is available for visitors to view. "Once it's completed, it will look like the furnace did at the turn of the century," Landis said.

The Marietta Town Talks lecture series is sponsored by the board of the Marietta Community House as a way to promote local history and all of the events and individuals who made the town of Marietta what it is today. The next talk, "Marietta History Buffs Gone Wild - Second Round," is set for July 30 and will feature a panel of guests who will answer attendees' questions. "People really seemed to enjoy that last time, so we're going to repeat that with different panelists," remarked Landis.

The series will conclude with a talk on Oct. 29 by James C. Landis on "A Tale of Two Towns: Marietta's First Houses, 1804 to 1810."

For more information on the Marietta Town Talks, readers may contact Karen Sullivan at 426-4317 or Margaret Landis at 426-1694.

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"Play Ball" Exhibit Features Local Sports History April 12, 2017

This year's installation at the Conestoga Area Historical Society (CAHS), 51 Kendig Road, Conestoga, is expected to have broad appeal to the community, as numerous individuals contributed to the exhibit and thousands are represented. The exhibit, "Play Ball," showcases the history of athletics in the Penn Manor area, and sports such as swimming, gymnastics, field hockey, soccer, baseball, and football are represented.

The exhibit was curated and designed by CAHS board member Bob Lehr and president emeritus/curator Ken Hoak, with assistance from CAHS members Bob Herr and Gerry Dunkle. All four men graduated from Penn Manor High School in the early 1950s. Memorabilia from their own lives are included, and their ties to the community formed the basis of a well-rounded exhibit.

Hoak noted that Millersville is one of only three municipalities in Lancaster County that have three types of athletic teams: scholastic, collegiate, and community-based. Penn Manor High School and its predecessors, as well as Millersville University (MU), feature significantly in the exhibit.

"The only area that we couldn't cover thoroughly was community teams because there were so many coaches and player-coaches," Lehr remarked, explaining that it was difficult to track down individuals who could relate the history of the various church-, business-, and civic group-sponsored teams. "A lot of time and effort was put into coaching these teams," he added, expressing disappointment that those individuals were unknown and thus could not be honored in the exhibit.

Early athletics in the township focused on individual achievement, and the exhibit reflects that. Native American games, as well as tetherball, croquet, archery, and track, are mentioned in the first part of the installation. In those earlier years, croquet was the one sport that men and women could play together, and during research for the exhibit, the men discovered that Manor Township once had two permanent outdoor croquet courts and one court inside a barn.

"Team sports didn't really come into existence until the school system developed," Hoak remarked.

Thanks to athletic directors Jeff Roth from Penn Manor and Miles Gallagher from MU, trophies and athletic records are included in the installation. Plaques, photographs, and newspaper clippings tell of several national champions and numerous state champions at the high school and college levels and even several Olympic champions. A list of individuals from the district who became professional or semiprofessional athletes is on display as well.

Mystery surrounds one item on display. A plaque from the University of Pennsylvania Relay Carnival was given to MU, but as it was never engraved, no one now knows what the plaque represents. That provides a general lesson in ownership of items, Hoak noted. "If it's important and means something, it really should be documented and recorded," he asserted.

"Play Ball" may be viewed by the public from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from Saturday, April 22, through Sunday, Dec. 10. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. A quiz based on the installation has been created, and everyone who finds the correct answers will receive a box of Cracker Jack as supplies last. Additionally, activities for children will be featured each month. April's game is bocce, and May will highlight croquet.

On April 22, a sale of 200 baseball-related books from the collection of retired MU professor Fay Kramer will be held at the CAHS. The proceeds from the sale will benefit the historical society.

For more information about "Play Ball" and the CAHS, readers may call 872-1699 or visit www.pennmanorhistory.org.

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Group Plans Trip To New Museum April 11, 2017

The Donegal Society will host a field trip to the new Museum of the American Revolution on Saturday, May 20. The Museum of the American Revolution, which opens in the heart of historic Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 19, will explore the dynamic story of the American Revolution using its rich collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, letters, diaries, and works of art.

The trip will begin at Donegal Presbyterian Church, Mount Joy, at 8:30 a.m., with a talk by two scholars of local Scots-Irish history, Kevin Shue, genealogist at Lancasterhistory.org, and Marlene Arnold, Ph.D., professor of anthropology at Millersville University. The speakers will offer an understanding of who the settlers of the Donegal area were and a background of those among them who were involved in the Revolution.

At 9:15 a.m., the motorcoach will depart for the museum for an 11 a.m. tour. Light refreshments will be available onboard, and some local trivia will be exchanged. An estimated two hours is suggested for touring the museum. Lunch will be up to each individual. The bus will depart to return to Mount Joy at 4 p.m.

There is a cost for the trip, which includes the morning program and refreshments, transportation, and admission to the museum. Reservations are required by Friday, May 5. For details and registration, readers may contact Lisa Kuzdro at 203-8830 or lkuzdro@verizon.net.

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Historical Society Exhibit Opens April 10, 2017

The New Holland Area Historical Society Museum, located on the second floor of the Kauffman Building, 207 E. Main St., New Holland, is presenting "Troop 48 Boy Scouts of America 100th Anniversary in New Holland Memorabilia." The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays.

There is no admission fee. More information is available at www.nhhistorical.com.

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