Exhibit To Highlight Convertibles November 15, 2018
The feature exhibit at the AACA Museum, 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, from Nov. 17 through Sunday, April 28, 2019, is called "Land Yachts: Postwar American Luxury Convertibles." The exhibition will showcase full-size American convertibles built from the immediate post-World War II years through 1976, when Cadillac produced what was then believed to be the last American convertible.
During this era, the cars conveyed a glamorous image and public figures often favored convertibles to be visible to the public, including President Eisenhower's ride in a 1953 Cadillac Eldorado during his inaugural parade. For most of this period, the traditional full-size American cars got progressively larger and more luxurious, hence the description "Land Yachts."
Guests can also enjoy a Dodge Brothers display guest curated by the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Dodge Brothers Club. From mid-November through Sunday, Jan. 6, the museum galleries will be decked out in the holiday spirit with dozens of decorated trees, model train displays, and more. The AACA Museum's retail store will also offer holiday gifts.
Yuletide at Wheatland November 15, 2018
LancasterHistory.org's Yuletide at Wheatland will run through Saturday, Dec. 29. Attendees will tour the presidential mansion, located at 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster, and learn about the multi-layered history of the house and its occupants, as well as how Christmas celebrations changed over the course of 60 years in America. Tours will be available Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
During Yuletide at Wheatland, visitors will learn about three distinct eras in the mansion's history through three festively decorated period rooms: the 1860s, 1880s, and 1920s. These period rooms will take visitors from the year 1860, when President Buchanan celebrated a modest Presbyterian Christmas at Wheatland, into the late Victorian era, when Buchanan's niece Harriet Lane Johnston owned the house and would have celebrated a classic Dickens-style Christmas with her family, to 1920, when Wheatland was occupied by George B. Willson and his family and served as a space to celebrate a festive '20s Christmas reflective of the early 20th-century consumer culture in America.
Tickets will be discounted for children ages 6 to 13. Admission is free for children age 5 and under with the purchase of an adult admission.
In addition to Yuletide at Wheatland, LancasterHistory.org will offer a special evening event, Tours and Tinsel, on Tuesdays, Dec. 11 and 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely tour of Wheatland at their own pace, along with refreshments. Live music will be provided by The Tuck Ryan Band on Dec. 11 and Temple Avenue on Dec. 18. Separate tickets are required.
Free Holiday Story Times will be offered on Saturdays, Dec. 1 to 29, at 11 a.m. Children will be introduced to historical themes and read a holiday book aloud. After the reading, children will be invited to stay for a holiday activity or craft inspired by the day's theme or book. The program is designed for children ages 4 through 9, but all children are welcome. There is no cost to attend, but those interested are required to make advance reservations.
Tickets for Yuletide at Wheatland, Tours and Tinsel, and Holiday Story Times are available at www.lancasterhistory.org or by calling 717-392-4633. Advance tickets are strongly recommended for all programs, as walk-in space is not guaranteed.
Museum Names Archives Technician November 15, 2018
Lauren Radkiewicz recently was named archives technician with the Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.
She began working at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in October 2016 as a visitor services guide. In her new position, Radkiewicz will handle a multitude of research inquiries and photo requests, interface with researchers and work closely with volunteers and the collections manager. She also will oversee the daily operations of the library and archives and process, identify, classify, arrange and catalog accessioned library and archival collections.
A native of Stewartstown, she has a bachelor's degree in history from Millersville University and a master's degree in applied history from Shippensburg University. Radkiewicz was previously employed at the York County Heritage Trust and at Landis Valley Museum. She and her husband, John, live in Palmyra.
The Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania was established in 1983 to further the mission of the museum to preserve and advance railroad history and its railroading artifacts. An organization with about 2,000 members nationwide and internationally, the Friends group provides the museum with paid and volunteer staff, fundraising and financial assistance, project support and educational programming.
The Friends group is active in all areas of the museum, including restoration, education, library and archives, technology, visitor services, the museum store, administration, volunteerism, special events, advocacy and advancement. It is estimated that the organization has contributed more than $5 million and a quarter of a million volunteer hours to the museum since the group's inception.
Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania members receive a number of benefits including complimentary museum admission, the Milepost magazine, invitations to special events and discounts on Rambles and in the museum store. Memberships may be obtained by visiting www.rrmuseumpa.org. Readers may call 717-687-8628 for a brochure.
Writers' Round Table Will Meet November 15, 2018
The York County Writers' Round Table networks writers and researchers of York County and regional history. The group will meet on the first Thursday of every quarter at 7 p.m. at the Historical Society Museum, Library and Archives, 250 E. Market St., York. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6. Library and Archives staff will present research topics in the archives waiting to be explored by writers and researchers as well as tips and tools for research.
The event is free and open to the public. For details, readers may contact Lila Fourhman-Shaull at email@example.com or 717-848-1587, ext. 223, or visit www.yorkhistorycenter.org.
Talk To Focus On Steampunk November 9, 2018
On Saturday, Nov. 17, from 11 a.m. to noon, the National Watch and Clock Museum, 514 Poplar St., Columbia, invites community members to visit the Museum Theater for this month's Time Talk, which will be a conversation by Kim Jovinelli and Clayton Tongate about the parallel universes of steampunk and historical horology.
The talk will address the following questions: Why is steampunk important to horology?; What are some misconceptions and falsities linked to steampunk?; and How does steampunk educate the public using time?
The Time Talk program is free and open to the public. For more information about the museum, readers may call 717-684-8261 or visit www.museumoftime.org.
Steam Into History Honors Donors November 8, 2018
Steam Into History, located in New Freedom, welcomed and honored donors at a special reception on Oct. 25. The event included the reveal of Steam Into History's new campaign donor wall, which features the names of all donors who contributed to the $3.5 million capital campaign.
Volunteer capital campaign executive committee members and donors D. Reed Anderson, Mike Patrick, Judy Simpson, and Phil Yates each received a specially framed lithograph of the No. 17 William H. Simpson steam locomotive. Copies of the lithograph were also given to lead donors Powder Mill Foundation, Kinsley Construction, Glatfelter Insurance, the Arthur J. and Lee R. Glatfelter Foundation, New Standard Corporation, the Brougher Foundation, Peoples Bank, and the Graham Foundation.
Steam Into History's three period passenger coaches were also dedicated at the reception. The coaches were branded South Branch, named for the Kinsley Family and Kinsley Construction; the Abraham Lincoln; and the D. Reed Anderson, named for a founder, past board president, and current advisory board president. Anderson was also given a resolution thanking him for his service on the board of directors. Guests were then treated to an excursion to Seitzland.
For more information about Steam Into History, readers may visit www.steamintohistory.com, search for "Steam Into History Inc." on Facebook, or call 717-942-2370.
Watch Evaluation Event Planned November 8, 2018
The National Watch and Clock Museum, 514 Poplar St., Columbia, will present an Evaluation Evening on Friday, Nov. 16, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Extraordinary Give. Robert Cheney and Ralph Pokluda from "Antiques Roadshow" and Don Dahlberg, National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) volunteer watch expert, will be on hand to identify and give some background on attendees' watches and clocks. Evaluations will be provided at no cost, but donations to the Extraordinary Give will be accepted.
The experts cannot comment on the value of any timepieces. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.
For more information about the museum, visit www.museumoftime.org. For details on the Extraordinary Give, visit www.extragive.org.
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.
Contest Winners Announced November 1, 2018
The winners of the Veterans Day Wedding Giveaway have been announced. Sponsored in part by West Chester's American Helicopter Museum and Education Center (AHMEC), the contest began earlier this year and was open to couples with at least one partner serving or who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
The winners are Emily Beers and Tyler Thiel of Downingtown, who will be married on Sunday, Nov. 11. The prize in the Veterans Day Wedding Giveaway is a free five-hour ceremony and reception for 100 guests, to be held at the museum.
Beers, who has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is a United States Army veteran with eight years' service, including a tour of duty in Iraq. She is the recipient of Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medals and Army Good Conduct Medals, among numerous others. She and Thiel have military veterans and active-duty members in their families. Beers possesses a bachelor's degree in nursing and works as an ICU nurse. She recently started the Women's Health Nurse Practitioner program at Drexel University.
For more information, readers may visit https://tinyurl.com/yd6tn8cx.
Museum Offers Retromobile Trip October 26, 2018
The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum will host an adventure celebrating time-honored architectural and automotive treasures in France. A trip to visit Retromobile 2019 will be offered from Wednesday, Feb. 6, through Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.
The Retromobile international exhibition is a European show devoted to classic cars. First held in 1976, the show is traditionally the first major classic auto show of the year.
Retromobile will be hosted in Paris in 2019. The exposition at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles will feature 72,000 square feet of space highlighting a car auction, 600 vehicles on display and 650 exhibitors.
There is a cost per person, which is based on double occupancy. Trip pricing does not include roundtrip airfare. For full details, readers may visit www.aacamuseum.org and look under Events for Travel and Tours.
AACA Fall Meet Held October 26, 2018
The Eastern Division Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) National Fall Meet was hosted by AACA Hershey Region from Oct. 10 to 13.
The show featured 1,139 show cars and approximately 1,000 cars in the cars-for-sale corral. The event attacted enthusiasts from the U.S., Australia, and Holland.
Mike and Marjie Markowski's award-winning 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe received a personal congratulation from Jay Leno. Leno also restored a 1966 Toronado and first contacted the Markowskis in 2005 after their car was featured on the cover of Classic Car magazine.
At the AACA National Fall Meet, the Markowskis' Toronado received its 15th Preservation Award, while their 1970 Toronado GT received a Senior Award. Both cars have been featured in major collector car magazines.
For more information, readers may visit www.aacamuseum.org/events/meet-week.
Museum Event Calendar Set October 23, 2018
LancasterHistory.org, 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster, will offer several activities in late October. Events are open to the public. For additional details, including tickets, readers may visit www.lancasterhistory.org or call 717-392-4633.
On Thursday, Oct. 25, the Presidential Lecture Series will feature "The Enduring Friendship of James Buchanan and First Lady Sarah Childress Polk." A reception will begin at 4 p.m., followed by the main presentation from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Ryder Hall. Speaker Dr. Amy Greenberg will explore rumors about James Buchanan's friendship with Sarah Childress Polk. The event is free, and advance reservations are not required.
A Bats and Owls program will be led by a naturalist as part of the Tanger Arboretum Nature Series at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 25. Under the light of the full moon, attendees will learn about different native species of owls and bats and how to attract them to their yards. The event will be held rain or shine. Tickets will be discounted for individuals under age 18. Admission is free for members of the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum, although registration is still required.
A story time program will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. The program will offer children the opportunity to experience history through stories and hands-on activities. A craft or activity inspired by the day's theme will also be available. This program is designed for children ages 4 to 9, but all children are welcome. Story time is free for children and accompanying adults, but reservations are required.
"Go At Your Own Pace" tours of Wheatland will be available on Oct. 27. Tour entries will be permitted every 15 minutes from 1 to 3 p.m. Guides will be stationed throughout the presidential mansion as visitors tour at their own pace. Tickets also include admission to the museum exhibitions at LancasterHistory.org.
Canaanites, Hittites, and Philistines Exhibit October 17, 2018
The Bible History Exhibits, 2827 Lincoln Highway East, Ronks, will open new exhibits on the Canaanites, Hittites, and Philistines on Saturday, Oct. 27. The exhibits will be on display on Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There is a cost for the 30-minute tour. Special discounted pricing is available for groups. For more details, call 717-288-2279 or visit www.biblehistoryexhibits.com.
Museum Will Continue Series October 12, 2018
The National Civil War Museum, 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, will continue the Lessons in History Speaker Series on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 1 to 2 p.m.
Dr. David C. Willard will present "Ruined Hopes and Broken Pride: Confederate Veterans and Their Worlds." Willard will share how Confederate veterans returned to their homes after the Civil War and how they and the people they had left behind confronted the changes that war had made in their lives.
Willard is an assistant professor in the department of history at University of Saint Thomas, as well as a historian of the United States.
The 2018 Lessons in History program is free and open to the public. Regular museum admission applies for entrance to the museum galleries.
For more information, readers may visit www.nationalcivilwarmuseum.org or call 717-260-1861.
Susquehanna Heritage has announced that the Homeschool Water Testing Workshop will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 1:30 p.m. The free program is for youths age 8 and up.
Program coordinator Allison Scholz and Chesapeake Conservation Corps intern Amy Kochel will lead a hands-on water quality testing workshop. Participants will investigate the Susquehanna River and a storm water runoff to see how healthy the water currently is. Students will use tests to determine the chemical properties and investigate the physical health if water conditions permit.
Columbia Crossing River Trails Center is located at 41 Walnut St., Columbia. For additional information, readers may visit www.susquehannaheritage.org or call 717-449-5607.
Annual Heritage Festival Slated October 4, 2018
The 22nd annual Delta and Cardiff Heritage Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Peach Bottom Township Recreation Center, 5 Pendyrus St., Delta. This year's theme is "The Welsh Came for the Gold!"
The festival is held to raise awareness of unique and rich local history. It is also provided as a venue where churches, civic and youth groups can talk to members of the community, share mutual interests and do fundraising. It is the biggest fundraising day for the Welsh Cottages at Coulsontown and the Old Line Museum.
Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church will hold a breakfast at the Delta Area Senior Center starting at 7:30 a.m. The senior center is located in the Peach Bottom Township Recreation Center.
The museum will offer items for sale along with a silent auction, a giveaway drawing and basket items. The silent auction will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with features including themed baskets and groupings consisting of antiques and collectibles.
Slate splitting demonstrations will take place at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and a Critter Connections program has been scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Disc jockey Lisa will provide entertainment from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kennard-Dale FFA will offer apple sundaes starting at 11 a.m.
A 5K History Run/Walk will start at 1 p.m. at Delta-Peach Bottom Elementary School, 1081 Atom Road, Delta. To register, readers may call 717-456-9334. Proceeds will go to the museum, which will offer a history display and a silent auction during the festival.
There will also be food and craft vendors, scarecrow making, children's games and participation by many local organizations. Dr. Jeri Jones will have a geology display and will sell and autograph his most recent book. Delta-Cardiff Volunteer Fire Company will offer fire prevention and safety tips and games.
Admission is a donation to the Mason-Dixon Food Locker. Donations may be nonperishable food items, personal care items, or cash.
For more information, readers may contact Ruth Ann Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-456-7124.
Christmas Collection To Move October 3, 2018
The National Christmas Center Collection has been purchased in its entirety and will remain in Lancaster County. The collection will be categorically packed up and transported to Stone Gables Estate in Elizabethtown, presently home of Ironstone Ranch and The Star Barn Village and soon to be home to Herr's Mill Covered Bridge, also known as the Kissing Bridge. The Christmas Center Collection will be incorporated into an upcoming major endeavor, The Barns of Belmont.
The Belmont endeavor is a three-year project that will ultimately house the Leviathan 4-4-0 steam engine and the only reproduction of the original Lincoln funeral car. The four-and-a-half-story Belmont Barn will house a full commercial kitchen and provide seating for more than 500 guests for weddings and corporate events.
Several of the rare Nativity scenes from the National Christmas Center will be displayed this Christmas in The Star Barn during the holiday dinners open to the public by reservation. One scene to be included will be a 23-piece hand-carved, bass wood, life-size Nativity.
For more information, readers may visit www.StoneGablesEstate.com or call 717-902-9791.
World War II Encampment Event Set September 28, 2018
LancasterHistory.org, 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster, will host a World War II Encampment on Saturday, Oct. 6, and Sunday, Oct. 7. The weekend will feature opportunities for visitors to talk with re-enactors, "Thank a Vet," attend a period appropriate church service, and go swing dancing at a big USO dance, among many other activities throughout the weekend.
On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors can walk the grounds of the Campus of History to view various educational World War II displays, talk with knowledgeable re-enactors, see what life was like at home during the 1940s in the "Homefront" trailer, and view vintage vehicles. A "Thank a Vet" letter writing station will also be available throughout the weekend. Children are invited to write a letter to a veteran thanking them for their service. Supplies will be provided for free.
Free swing dance lessons will be offered from 6:30 to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Visitors can stay and show off their dance skills at the evening's USO at LHO Dance from 7 to 9 p.m. LancasterHistory.org will recreate a classic USO dance with a live band, sweet treats, and some 1940s flair. 1940s attire is encouraged, but not required. Advance tickets are required. Children age 10 and under may attend for free. To purchase tickets, readers may visit www.lancasterhistory.org/uso.
On Sunday, a public church service will be offered at 9 and 11 a.m. by a historic interpreter portraying a WWII-era chaplain. The services are free and open to the public. The grounds, with various vehicles, re-enactors, and educational displays, will also be available throughout the day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The encampment event is free and open to all ages. The dance is a ticketed event. Free parking is available on-site. For more information, readers may visit www.lancasterhistory.org/ww2.
Landis Valley To Host Harvest Days September 27, 2018
Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, will host its annual Harvest Days festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14. The venue will feature an assortment of educational activities, including a pumpkin patch, wagon rides, music, food, and demonstrations of historic crafts, trades, and farm chores.
Harvest Days will feature demonstrations that tell the story of the historic harvest. After a fruitful summer, raw materials like apples, flax, wood, and hogs would be processed - many times by hand - into usable products that would be used for food, warm clothing, or building materials. Tradespeople also made tools to supply to farmers, loggers, and other people who worked the land. Visitors to Harvest Days will be able to see these processes and more at interactive exhibits set up around the site. They may also learn about crops that matured and were processed earlier in the year, such as flax and maple sap.
Visitors will be able to talk to demonstrators and take part in activities for people of all ages. Special children's areas will include a discovery tent and the museum's education building. Folk music will be performed, and horse-drawn wagons will take visitors around the site. One wagon will feature seats, and another will be filled with straw.
Sheep shearing demonstrations will take place, and visitors may watch as fleece is sheared and then spun into yarn and made into a shawl. There will be a beekeeping demonstration with a portable hive, and a cow will be on-site, allowing attendees to learn about the different products that her milk will produce. There will also be an opportunity to learn about hog butchering.
Food may be purchased from vendors, and pumpkins may be bought from the patch to decorate. Additionally, attendees will be able to try apple varieties and watch them get processed into apple butter, cider, and pies.
Separate admission fees have been set for adults, for seniors age 65 and up, and for youths ages 6 to 11. Children age 5 and under will be admitted for free. All proceeds will benefit the museum.
Situated on 100 acres, Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum is a living history crossroads village that collects, preserves, and interprets the history and material culture of the Pennsylvania German community from 1740 to 1940. The museum is administered by the PHMC with the active support of the Landis Valley Associates, a registered charitable organization.
More information on Harvest Days, as well as other upcoming events, can be found at www.landisvalleymuseum.org.