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Museum Holds Car Show May 23, 2018

Car show season at the AACA Museum Inc. has begun, with the Cars 4 Critters Car Show taking place on May 12.

This year's show expanded to include a variety of makes and models of vehicles, not just exotic sports cars. The show supported Castaway Critters, The James A. Hueholt Memorial Foundation for Animals, a fundraising partner for the event.

The award winners include the Best American Car, Todd Hoover, 2002 Dodge Viper; Best Asian Car, Bryan McCree, 2013 Scion FR-S; Best British Car, Jere Haigh, 2015 Ultima; Best European Car, Terry Brubaker, 2016 Volvo polestar; Best German Car, Daniel Groninger, 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo; Best Italian Car, Rhys Myers, 2006 Lamborghini Spyder; Museum 15th Anniversary Award, Steve Landersman, 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado; People's Choice, John Rinehart, 1988 Ferrari 328 GTS; and Best of Show, Rhys Myers, 2006 Lamborghini Spyder.

Chase, the new K-9 officer from Lower Paxton Township, greeted guests. Castaway Critters was on-site with several dogs that were in search of their forever homes.

Local TV meteorologist Tom Russell served as master of ceremonies, and disc jockey Kyle Atwell played music for the event.

Upcoming car shows will include a car cruise-in with the AACA Hershey Region on Friday, June 1; A Bus Spring Fling on Saturday, June 2; CARnival Car Show and 15th anniversary celebration on Saturday, June 16; Buick Club of America Mason-Dixon Chapter on Saturday, June 30; Cadillac and LaSalle Club show on Saturday, July 7; a Wish Upon a Food Truck Festival on Saturday, Sept. 15, benefitting Make-A-Wish Foundation; Corvair Car Show on Saturday, Sept. 22; and the Matchbox Toy Car Show on Sunday, Sept. 23.

For a full listing, readers may visit


Friends Will Sponsor Ramble May 23, 2018

The Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Gap will host a Ramble to the Golden and Silver States, California and Nevada, from Friday, Oct. 5, through Sunday, Oct. 14. Participants will ride trains, enjoy the history of the Old West, and delight in scenery and attractions on the customized trip. The trip will depart from Harrisburg International Airport in Middletown.

A brochure on the ramble and a registration form are available at Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for registration is Friday, June 15. Readers may call after the deadline to determine if spaces are still available.


Historical Commission Plans Open Houses May 22, 2018

The Edith P. Moore one-room schoolhouse, 9 N. Village Ave., Lionville, and the Cadwalader House, 21 N. Village Ave., Lionville, will be open to the public on Sunday, June 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. Members of the Uwchlan Township Historical Commission will be present to provide information and answer questions.

The schoolhouse was established in 1859 and operated as a township school for 100 years. In the building, visitors may view the 1880 slate chalkboard, desks, books and the cast iron stove that heated the room.

The Cadwalader House, circa 1712, served as the meeting and worship site for the Welsh Quakers who were the principal settlers in the township. The house features a permanent display of models of historic buildings that were part of the Lionville Village. In June and July, the house will include a display of vintage tea cups from Patricia Meister's collection, which includes cups from England, France, Poland, Germany, Japan and occupied Japan.


Friends Plan Poland Tour May 22, 2018

The Friends of the York County History Center have planned a 12-day trip to Poland. The tour will be filled with visits to important landmarks and new, exciting experiences. Destinations will include Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw, Torun, and Gdansk.

There will be an informational presentation at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, at the Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market St., York, for those who are interested in the trip.

For more information or to sign up for the meeting, readers may contact Lynn Pentecost at 717-881-7859. For more information on Friends of the History Center, readers may visit


Klein To Receive Lukens Award May 22, 2018

The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum (NISHM) in Coatesville has announced that its 12th annual Rebecca Lukens Award will be presented to historic preservationist and museum management consultant Janet S. Klein.

The award will be presented to Klein at a reception in the Lukens National Historic District, 50 S. First Ave., Coatesville, on Thursday, May 31, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased, and reservations are required. For event information and reservations, readers may contact NISHM at 610-384-9282 or visit

The award was established by the Graystone Society to honor individuals who exhibit the qualities of Rebecca Lukens. Klein proved vital in the seminal stages of the restoration of Terracina, the home of Rebecca Lukens' daughter Isabella Huston and the first historic home in the Lukens National Historic District.

According to Eugene DiOrio, a Graystone founder and historical adviser for NISHM, the William Penn Foundation initially underwrote programs for historic house assistance in the Philadelphia region. The group applied for the grant, and Klein paid a visit and was impressed. Although the group did not win that year, it did the following year, and Terracina was chosen as one of six houses to receive operational and restorative advice from experts.

Klein, a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, is known for her work inspiring and promoting Fairmount Park house tours for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She is also credited with the creation of such projects as The Liberty Trail, for which she designed and promoted a 165-mile automobile route of historical attractions, installed road signs, and produced and distributed a corresponding color map and brochure. She became affiliated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which provided technical assistance to 18 historic house museum agencies. Klein has also served in various capacities with numerous organizations and businesses.


History Center Joins Program May 22, 2018

The York County History Center is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families during the summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. The program was slated to begin on Memorial Day, May 28, and run through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3.

The program also provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at

Site information and museum hours are available at


Storytelling Program Announced May 22, 2018

Rock Ford, Plantation 881 Rockford Road, Lancaster, has announced the return of its summer storytelling program, Stories on the Porch. It will be offered on Tuesdays, June 19 to Aug. 7. Programs will begin at 10 a.m. and run for approximately 30 minutes.

During this program, a Rock Ford docent reads a selected story of Early America to children while gathered on the porch of the mansion. Following the story, children participate in an activity. Afterward, children and their caregivers may enjoy the grounds of the plantation.

Stories on the Porch is geared toward children from preschool through fifth grade. Children must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. The event is free, but donations will be welcome.

Reservations are not required. Programs will be held rain or shine.

Historic Rock Ford is operated by the nonprofit Rock Ford Foundation and is open for tours on Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from April to October. For more information, readers may visit or call 717-392-7223.


Living History Schedule Posted May 21, 2018

The National Civil War Museum, 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, has announced the 2018 Living History schedule for the spring and summer 2018.

Encampments will include infantry units and more, and museum visitors will be able to see the flash and smell the smoke of Civil War muskets and rifles. Visitors are encouraged to visit the camps and ask living historians questions about their attire, food rations, and daily life. Most infantry groups will perform loading and firing demonstrations each day, as well. Saturday demonstrations will be at 11a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m., and Sunday demonstrations will be at 1 and 3 p.m.

The schedule of Saturday and Sunday events is as follows: June 2 and 3, 24th North Carolina; June 9 and 10, 4th Maryland Light Artillery; June 16 and 17, 87th Pennsylvania; June 23 and 24, Thompson's Battery; July 7 and 8, 2nd South Carolina, Co. I; and Aug. 18 and 19, 2nd Rhode Island, Co. B.

Regular museum admission applies for entrance to the museum galleries.

For a complete listing of events at the museum, readers may visit or call 717-260-1861.


Hot Air Balloon Rides Posted May 18, 2018

The AACA Museum Inc. in Hershey has announced that hot air balloon flights will launch from the museum and will be conducted through the U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team.

Flight times are approximately one hour, but riders are asked to block out two and a half to three hours in total time. The experience begins on the ground, where participants can help the crew assemble the balloon. Once on board, riders will be treated to views of amusement rides and farmland in the Hershey and Harrisburg areas. Following the trip, riders will return by van to their launch point at the museum.

Hot air balloon rides are also available for social events such as weddings, corporate events, and team building. Multiple balloons can be launched at the same time or in succession to allow for larger groups of up to 50 guests to enjoy the experience together.

The U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team consists of qualified pilots who fly from Lancaster, Chester County, Bucks County, Gettysburg and Hershey.

Rides will be available for purchase sunrise and sunset daily, weather permitting. Balloons are not able to launch in the rain or in windy conditions. The costs of flights will depend on whether riders are taking shared or private rides. AACA Museum admission is included in the cost.

For more information or to book a flight and learn more about the hot air balloon team, readers may visit For more information about the museum, readers may call 717-566-7100 or visit


Muggle Family Series Planned May 16, 2018

York County History Center, 250 E. Market St., York, will offer Muggle History Family Workshop Series. Participants will get hands-on with history and discover some surprising connections to the wizarding world. Workshops are designed for the whole family to learn and create together. Programs will be held in the Agricultural and Industrial Museum and run from 9:30 to 11 a.m., unless otherwise noted.

Harry Potter-Inspired Paper Cutting will be held on Saturday, June 9. The Scherenschnitte family workshop, designed for individuals age 9 and older, will offer instruction in the techniques of paper cutting to create a Harry Potter-inspired design.

Magical Glass, a stained glass workshop, will take place on Saturday, June 16. Session I will run from 9:30 to 11 a.m., and Session II will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will learn how to design their own fused glass artwork.

Harry Potter-y will be held on Saturday, July 7, and is recommended for individuals age 5 and older. Participants will learn a bit about the history of clay and then create their own project.

A Potions Class, also known as a Historic Home Remedies Workshop, will take place on Saturday, July 14, in the Colonial Complex. Participants age 5 and older will learn about home remedies, find some ingredients in the garden, and create their own lip salve from natural ingredients.

Explore Hagrid's Kitchen, a historic summer kitchen workshop, will be offered on Saturday, Aug. 11, in the Colonial Complex. The program is recommended for individuals age 5 and older. Participants will get hands-on with hearth cooking and mix up some rock cake batter that they will cook in a Dutch oven and make their own tea blend to sip while enjoying their rock cakes.

There is a fee for each workshop, which include materials and tools. To register, readers may visit Payment for workshops can be made on the day of the event. For questions, readers may contact Christine Cooper at 717-848-1587, ext. 306, or


"Museums For All" Program Announced May 16, 2018

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 Gap Road, Strasburg, has joined other museums from across the commonwealth and the country in Museums for All. The signature access program is designed to encourage families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits.

This program of the Association of Children's Museums and the Institute of Museum and Library Services will enable low-income families to explore Pennsylvania's rich railroad history and culture by visiting the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania for a minimal fee per person with the presentation of an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and identification. This offer is for general admission only and excludes special programs or events.

Other participating state-owned museums within the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission include the Anthracite Heritage Museum, Brandywine Battlefield Park, Cornwall Iron Furnace, Drake Well Museum and Park, Eckley Miners' Village, Ephrata Cloister, Erie Maritime Museum and U.S. Brig Niagara, Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, Old Economy Village, Pennsbury Manor, Pennsylvania Lumber Museum, Pennsylvania Military Museum, and The State Museum of Pennsylvania.

To learn more about the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, readers may visit or call 717-687-8628.


AACA Museum Posts Exhibit May 10, 2018

The AACA Museum, 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, will host an exhibit featuring Thunderbirds from Friday, May 18, to Sunday, Oct. 14, in the Williams-Clyne Gateway Gallery. Gerard "Bart" Bartasavich, president of the International Thunderbird Club (ITC), will be the guest curator.

An opening reception will take place on May 18 at 5:30 p.m. Guests to participate in a panel discussion include Chuck Cantwell, project engineer for Shelby American for the GT 350; John Clor, who joined the Ford Special Vehicle Team in 1995; and Art Hyde, current adjunct professor in Integrative Systems and Design.

Tickets to the reception may be purchased for a fee, but members may attend for free. To reserve a ticket or purchase a membership, readers may call 717-566-7100 or visit and click on Buy Tickets to Our Exhibits on the home page.

During the course of the exhibit, the specific vehicles on view will vary. The first group will include a 1960 Thunderbird AACA ITC Senior Award Winner, a 1963 Principality of Monaco Thunderbird, and a 1957 Battlebird Thunderbird. The next group will be on display at the beginning of the summer. Additionally, a collection of Thunderbird memorabilia will be displayed.

Another exhibit opening on May 18 will be "Mustangs: Six Generations of America's Favorite Pony Car," guest curated by museum volunteer Jim Aberts. The exhibit will run through Oct. 14.

Information about the ITC is available at


Museum To Host Civil War Program May 10, 2018

The National Civil War Museum, 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, will host Dr. Brian Steel Wills as he presents "Inglorious Passages: Noncombat Deaths in the American Civil War" on Saturday, May 19, from 1 to 2 p.m.

Wills is the director of the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era and professor of history at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga. He is the author of numerous works relating to the American Civil War. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond and the University of Georgia.

The 2018 Lessons in History program is free to the public. Regular museum admission applies for entrance to the museum galleries.

For a complete listing of museum events, readers may visit or call 717-260-1861.


D'Ambrosio Named To Board May 9, 2018

Steam Into History, based in New Freedom, has welcomed Renee D'Ambrosio as a member of its board of directors.

D'Ambrosio is a risk management and insurance professional with The Glatfelter Agency in York, where she is an account executive. She holds a Master of Science in leadership and business ethics from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, as well as a Bachelor of Science in communication and leadership with a minor in psychology, also from Duquesne. She has memberships with the University Risk Management and Insurance Association, Women's Business Center Organization of The Graham School of Business, and Women United of United Way of York County, as well as volunteer roles with the Cultural Alliance of York and the York County Economic Alliance.

To learn more about Steam Into History, readers may visit or or call 717-942-2370.


Cloister Plans Lancaster Trip May 7, 2018

Ephrata Cloister, 632 W. Main St., Ephrata, will host a bus trip on Thursday, June 21, to see "Jesus" at a professional theater in Lancaster, enjoy lunch at the Bird-in-Hand Restaurant, and view the Magic Lantern Show titled "What Price of Freedom!' at The Amish Experience Theatre. "What Price of Freedom!" tells the story of slavery in Colonial America, with a focus on flights to freedom via the Underground Railroad and the heroes who surfaced. Participants will depart the parking lot at Ephrata Cloister at 10 a.m. and return at 6:30 p.m.

For more information or to make a reservation, readers may contact Harriet Eshleman at 717-397-0283 or The deadline for reservations is Wednesday, June 6. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.


Museum To Celebrate Mothers May 3, 2018

The AACA Museum Inc., 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, will offer all mothers free admission and a complimentary rose while supplies last on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13.

The museum will offer interactive options, exhibits, and more, such as the Roads to Rails Model Train Room, the Assembly Line Experience, the Cammack Tucker Collection, and the Historic Vehicle Association Exhibit. The first DeLorean prototype and the production model are on display.

Guests will also get a sneak peek of a few Mustangs that will be displayed in the next featured exhibit, "Mustangs: Six Generations of America's Favorite Pony Car." A spring opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Friday, May 18.

For more information, readers may call 717-566-7100 or visit


Museum Posts Saturday Hours May 2, 2018

The Pennsylvania State Police Museum, 187 E. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, will now be open each Saturday through Dec. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Saturday hours, which began on April 28, are in addition to the regular hours of Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the year, excluding holidays.

The museum is situated behind the State Police Academy, which is directly across from Tanger Outlets on Hersheypark Drive.

Separate admission costs have been set for adults and for students ages 7 to 17. Children under age 7 will be admitted for free. Guided tours are also available and may be scheduled two weeks in advance by contacting the museum office at 717-534-0565.


History Center Plans Mother's Day Activities May 2, 2018

The York County History Center will offer activities on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13, at both the Historical Society Museum, Library and Archives, 250 E. Market St., York, and the Colonial Complex, 157 W. Market St., York.

The Colonial Court House will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Attendees may learn about York's role as the nine-month capital during the American Revolutionary War and the important treaty with France signed in York in 1778, known as the French Alliance. They will also discover the history of the building's construction during the nation's bicentennial in 1976.

First-floor tours of the Golden Plough Tavern and the General Horatio Gates House will be offered from noon to 4 p.m. There is a fee for the tours for adults and children age 12 and up.

The Historical Society Museum will offer sundaes, floats, brownies, soft pretzels and coffee for purchase at the Friends' Ice Cream Parlor on the first floor. Proceeds will benefit the History Center. The Friends' Ice Cream Parlor will be open from noon to 4 p.m.

The museum shop at the historical society will also be open, offering gifts, jewelry, handbags and books of local history interest, along with home fragrances and accessories.

Visitors to the museums may also browse the offerings at the Olde York Street Fair.


Museum Sets Activities May 2, 2018, 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster, will host special activities during May. Tickets and details are available at or by calling 717-392-4633.

On Thursday, May 3, at 3 p.m., a curator's tour of quilts and needlework will take place. An in-depth and up-close look at work from the revolutionary and early national periods will be offered, explaining what these objects say about the people who made and used them during those dynamic periods.

African-American Heritage Walking Tours will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, in Lancaster. Attendees will learn about abolitionists, Underground Railroad agents, preachers, and entrepreneurs in downtown Lancaster. An expert tour guide will take visitors to the important places in African-American history. Each tour will last 90 minutes. Tickets are available for purchase on May 5 at the Lancaster City Visitor Center, 38 Penn Square, Lancaster.

A Conversation With Harriet Lane Johnston, a Living History at Wheatland program, will be held on May 5. Tours will begin at noon and 1, 2, and 3 p.m. During a special first-person portrayal, visitors will have the opportunity not only to tour Wheatland, but to speak with Mrs. Harriet Lane Johnston at age 72, as she reflects on her remarkable journey.

The Tanger Arboretum's Nature Series will present "Blooms and Birds" at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 19. A naturalist will lead a walk through the arboretum for the sights and sounds of spring.


Rock Ford Sets May Fair May 2, 2018

Rock Ford Plantation, 881 Rockford Road, Lancaster, will host its annual May Fair celebration on Sunday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All outdoor activities are free and open to the public, but they will be offered weather permitting.

The traditional celebration of spring will include craftspeople, living history demonstrations, 18th-century-style entertainment, and dancing around a maypole. Stephen Bradney from the 1st Regiment Flying Camp of Lancaster County - Mortar Company will conduct artillery demonstrations. The equestrian team from Millersville University will ride on the grounds during the event. Living history demonstrations will include an interactive Colonial game of Trap Ball, as well as children's activities such as a puppet show.

A number of food and beverage vendors will be on-site.

In addition, the Rock Ford mansion will be open for self-guided tours. There will be an admission charge for everyone over age 5, but no reservations are required.

Proceeds will benefit the ongoing preservation and operation of Rock Ford Plantation. Built in 1794, Rock Ford was the home of Edward Hand and his family. Hand served as adjutant general to George Washington during the Revolutionary War. The historic property is open for tours on Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from April to October. It is operated by the nonprofit Rock Ford Foundation. For more information, readers may visit or call 717-392-7223.

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