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Tours To Highlight Chester County Sites July 18, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Model T Driving Experience Open July 18, 2018

AACA Museum, 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, will offer the community the opportunity to drive an antique car.

After instruction in proper driving technique, individuals will be invited to drive a Model T. Driving experiences are available at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, and at 8 a.m. on Saturdays, July 21 and 28, Aug. 4 and 11, Sept. 8 and 9, and Oct. 20.

There is a cost to participate, and reservations are required. For more information on the Model T Driving Experience, readers may visit www.aacamuseum.org. AACA Museum members should call Andrea Beshara at 717-566-7100, ext. 101, to register.

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Landis Valley Posts Summer Options July 13, 2018

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, will offer options for group outings during the summer.

Landis Valley's interactive options include short craft classes or wagon rides, with light refreshment add-on options available, as well.

Tour possibilities include a Pennsylvania German Foodways Tour, which includes food tastings. Make-and-Take Traditional Crafts Tours offer a simple introduction to a craft and a sample-size project. Options for the Make-and-Take tours include weaving, penny rugs, tin punching, scherenschnitte (Pennsylvania German scissor cutting), and paper stars.

The Wagon Ride tour of Landis Valley provides visitors with the opportunity to see its farm fields, historic breed animals, and parts of the site not seen on the regular tours. The Behind the Scenes tour of the collections gallery offers visitors a peek at the museum artifacts accompanied by a Landis Valley curator. The Heirloom Seed Project tour of the production greenhouses and gardens in season is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

A Character Interaction program gives visitors the chance to learn about different aspects of Pennsylvania German life. During the holiday season, the Belsnickel tour is a holiday treat featuring the cranky cousin of Santa Claus. The Farm Woman tour presents an 18th-century clothing demonstration in a fun and immersive way.

Tours require a minimum of 10 people, and all tours include the introductory movie and highlight tour of Landis Valley with a costumed guide. Interested visitors may add a lunch, dinner, or Victorian tea in the Landis Valley House Hotel for an additional fee; however, a minimum of 20 tour guests is required for meals. For pricing and availability, readers may contact Jamie Schuring at 717-581-0590 or Terry Kreider at 717-569-0401, ext. 276.

In the summer, many children visit Landis Valley as part of their summer camp field trips. Activity options for summer campers include three hands-on workshops appropriate for children ages 5 to 11. Children may visit the one-room schoolhouse, take part in the farm child sampler, and learn about wool-to-weaving techniques.

Camp group tours are available through August. Landis Valley features amenities for camping groups such as a large parking lot; a large, a shaded picnic grove area; two large, air-conditioned buildings; a 13-minute orientation video; and a site-wide scavenger hunt.

Campers and staff will receive discounted admission rates; however, a minimum of 10 campers is required. Groups will receive one free adult admission per 10 campers. For more information about summer camp options or to register, readers may contact Sheri Brown at 717-569-0401, ext. 228.

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Tibbels Named To Board July 12, 2018

Steam Into History, based in New Freeom, has welcomed Jeff Tibbels as a member of its board of directors.

Tibbels is a senior legal executive, strategist, adviser and business leader currently serving the P.H. Glatfelter Company in York as assistant general counsel. His career includes a diverse legal background in multicultural, multilingual and international environments.

Tibbels holds a Juris Doctorate and Master of Arts in international affairs from American University in Washington, D.C., as well as a Bachelor of Arts in modern European history and Slavic studies from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.

Tibbels is also an active volunteer and community leader. He is currently a coach for the Baltimore Youth Hockey Club in Reisterstown, Md., and formerly served as a team leader with Search for the Cure, a fundraising team for pediatric leukemia research.

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.

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Museum To Exhibit Thunderbird July 12, 2018

AACA Museum Inc., 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, has announced the arrival of a new Thunderbird in its Williams-Clyne Gateway Gallery, courtesy of the International Thunderbird Club (ITC). A 1965 Ford Thunderbird has arrived and is on loan from Susan Sganga of New Jersey. The exhibit is guest curated by the president of the International Thunderbird Club, Gerard "Bart" Bartasavich.

The 1965 Thunderbird, a two-door hardtop Landau, was built at the Wixom, Mich., assembly plant. The vehicle was then delivered to Country Side Motors located in Springfield where it was sold. Since then, the Thunderbird has been restored to its original exterior color, diamond blue with its original blue vinyl Landau top.

The 1965 Thunderbird body, glass and trim, and chrome are in great condition for the age of the car. Its original interior is finished in turquoise blue. It also has a unique slide-away steering wheel. It is powered by the original 390 CID with more than 300 horsepower mated to a three-speed dual range automatic transmission and a 3:00:1 Rear Axle Gear Ratio.

A total of 20,974 Landaus No. 63B were produced in 1965. According to the Thunderbird Registry, this is one of only 1,126 registered Thunderbird Landaus remaining and documented in the world.

This 1965 Thunderbird is replacing the 1963 Principality of Monaco Thunderbird in the rotating exhibit. Other featured exhibits include Mustangs: Six Generations of America's Favorite Pony Car, and a 1985 Modena Spyder better known as the Ferris Bueller "Ferrari" in the Historic Vehicle Association Display.

For more information on exhibits at the AACA museum, readers may visit www.aacamuseum.org.

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Museum Holds WWII Weekend July 11, 2018

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Author Will Present Lecture July 5, 2018

On Thursday, July 26, Rock Ford Plantation will welcome author Jeffrey Finegan, who will present the lecture "My Dear General: The Extraordinary Relationship Between George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette." The lecture is based on Finegan's young reader's book about the father-son relationship forged between Washington and the young French aristocrat who traveled from France to fight in the American Revolution.

"My Dear General" joins Finegan's two previous works to complete a three-part series titled I Knew George Washington. Each of the books looks at the life of Washington through the perspective of historic figures who were closely associated with him. A native of New Jersey, Finegan has conducted lectures and book signings at Colonial Williamsburg, National Historic Parks, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, and Washington Crossing Historic Park.

This lecture will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. and will be held in the Rock Ford Barn. Reservations are not required, but seating is limited. Admission is free for members of the Rock Ford Foundation, and a set fee will be charged to nonmembers. All proceeds from the event will benefit Rock Ford Plantation, 881 Rockford Road, Lancaster. The historic property 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 www.rockfordplantation.org or call 717-392-7223.

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Museum Joins Blue Star Program June 25, 2018

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 Gap Road, Strasburg, will participate in the ninth annual Blue Star Museums program, with more than 2,000 other museums across America, which offer free admission to the nation's active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The Blue Star Museums free admission summer program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID) or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and NOAA Commissioned Corps - and up to five family members.

All types of museums are represented, including fine arts, science, history, nature centers and children's museums. A list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense.

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is home to a world-class collection of 100 historic locomotives and railroad cars, a vast library and archives, an immersive education center, a working restoration shop, distinctive special events and programs and a museum store.

For more information about the museum, readers may visit www.rrmuseumpa.org or call 717-687-8628.

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Museum Sets Fourth Of July Hours June 21, 2018

On Wednesday, July 4, individuals may enjoy the view of the Hershey fireworks from the grounds of the AACA Museum, 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, weather permitting. The museum will be open late from 5 to 9 p.m. and will offer a reduced admission rate.

The fireworks are scheduled for 10:15 p.m. Spectators should bring blankets and chairs to enjoy tailgating on the lawn. No alcoholic beverages will be permitted.

Inside the museum, visitors will find a trio of Thunderbirds in the Williams-Clyne Gallery courtesy of the International Thunderbird Club, along with the exhibit "Mustangs: Six Generations of America's Favorite Pony Car" and the vehicle from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," on display by the Historic Vehicle Association.

Additionally, at the South Hanover Township complex, located next to the museum, the movie "Early Man" will be shown starting at 8:30 p.m. Food trucks will arrive at 6:30 p.m. Spectators may also watch the fireworks from that location.

The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on events and exhibits at the AACA Museum, readers may visit www.aacamuseum.org or call 717-566-7100.

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Friends Group Plans Poland Tour June 20, 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 www.yorkhistorycenter.org.

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Local Site To Offer Blue Star Museums Program June 19, 2018

The National Watch and Clock Museum is part of the ninth annual Blue Star Museums program, a partnership with the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across the United States. Admission will be free for active-duty military members and up to five members of their families through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. Military identification is required. Active-duty military includes Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard members, along with active-duty National Guard and active-duty Reserve members.

As the National Watch and Clock Museum celebrates its 40th anniversary, it shares three special exhibits: "American Treasures: The Gottdenker Collection," "James Bond Originals," and "James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution." Through November, the museum will be open on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Through Labor Day, the museum will also be open on Mondays. Groups of 10 or more people are encouraged to call ahead. For more information, readers may call 717-684-8261 or visit www.museumoftime.org.

Blue Star Museums includes fine arts museums, science museums, history museums, nature centers, and dozens of children's museums. To find participating museums, readers may visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. The site also includes a map to help plan a visit.

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Museum Will Open New Exhibit June 15, 2018

The National Civil War Museum, 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, has announced a new exhibit, "Sweat and Steam: Transportation in the Civil War," opening during its annual June Community Free Day, which will be held on Saturday, June 23, from 9 a.m to 4 p.m.

The exhibit will examine the various transportation methods available in the North and South and how their use helped determine the course of the Civil War. The museum is giving the public a chance to see the exhibit free of charge and in conjunction with a full day of activities.

The exhibit will run through Sunday, June 2, 2019. The museum highlights specific topics of the American Civil War with two specialized exhibits each year, included in the cost of regular admission. For more information, readers may call 717-260-1861 or visit www.nationalcivilwarmuseum.org.

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NYC Holiday Ramble Posted June 15, 2018

Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania will host a Holiday Ramble to New York City (NYC) on Sunday, Dec. 2. Museum travelers will have a docent-guided tour of the world-famous, historic landmark Grand Central Terminal and learn its story of great engineering, architectural achievement, survival, and rebirth. There will be free time for attendees to shop the annual Holiday Fair and Grand Central's 60 stores and enjoy lunch on their own.

Ramblers also will experience the New York Botanical Garden, a 250-acre National Historic Landmark which supports more than 1 million living plants in extensive collections of tropical, temperate, and desert flora. One highlight will be the annual Holiday Train Show, set in the conservatory with its scaled iconic buildings and structures such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Yankee Stadium, and the Statue of Liberty, which are recreated using bark, leaves, and other natural materials. Numerous model trains operate over nearly a half-mile of track and under thousands of twinkling lights.

Also included in the ramble is roundtrip motorcoach transportation from Lancaster or King of Prussia. The rate for current Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania members will be discounted. Nonmembers will pay full price. The deadline for registration is Monday, Oct. 1.

For complete details and a registration form, readers may visit www.rrmuseumpa.org. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals may call after the deadline to check availability.

Friends of the Railroad Museum will offer another customized travel opportunity in 2018. The Chester County Ramble will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, and the deadline for registration is Wednesday, Aug. 1. More information is available on the museum's website.

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Museum To Exhibit "Ferris Bueller" Car June 14, 2018

The AACA Museum, 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, has announced that the iconic replica vehicle from the 1986 film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" will be on display at the museum from Thursday, June 21, to Wednesday, Oct. 31.

While the vehicle is referred to in the movie as a Ferrari, it is actually a 1985 Modena Spyder California, a replica modeled off of the Italian-built Ferrari 250 GT California. Parts from many different automobiles were used to replicate an actual Ferrari as close as possible, as a Ferrari was too expensive for the movie studio to rent or use.

The vehicle will be on display as part of an ongoing exhibit of historically significant vehicles within the AACA Museum, with the arrangement made by the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA). The car was added to the National Historic Register in April. The present owner is Bob Winegard, who purchased the car in April 2010 in the United Kingdom and transported it back to the United States.

To learn more about HVA, readers may visit www.historicvehicle.org. Information about the AACA Museum, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is available by calling 717-566-7100 or visiting www.AACAMuseum.org.

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Museum Slates Craft Classes June 14, 2018

The Winters Heritage House Museum, 47 E. High St., Elizabethtown, will offer craft classes throughout the summer. Classes have been scheduled for three age groups ranging from young students through adults. Most of the crafts completed will be eligible for entry in the competitive exhibits at the Elizabethtown Fair in August.

For students ages 7 to 12, classes are available each Thursday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Children may register for as many classes as they choose. A different traditional folk craft will be featured each week. For this age group, parents are encouraged to stay and help their children.

For students ages 12 to 18, two Arts and Crafts Weekends will be offered on Saturday, July 28, and Friday, Aug. 11. The three-hour classes will allow interested students opportunities to try skills in greater depth. The July class will focus on wool spinning and weaving, and the August class will explore traditional paper cutting and folding crafts. There is a nominal fee to cover materials costs.

For children age 12 and up and adults, the museum will offer individual spinning wheel lessons each Wednesday through Aug. 22. The lessons, scheduled on an individual basis during museum hours, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., will focus on fiber selection and preparation, drop spinning and wheel spinning, and plying techniques. There is a fee for each 90-minute session. People may sign up for as many sessions as they wish.

Winters Heritage House Museum is an educational historic site and home to the Seibert Genealogy Library. There is designated museum parking in the lot behind the building. For further information and registration, readers may call the museum at 717-367-4672.

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Civil War Days To Highlight History June 14, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Just In Time For Summer! June 13, 2018

Museum To Offer Make-and-Take Workshops

Marketing and special events coordinator Kim Craven likes to say that at the National Watch and Clock Museum, 514 Poplar St., Columbia, patrons don't have to just visit time, they can take time home with them. That is precisely what people of all ages will have the chance to do this summer at the museum's Make-and-Take workshops, which allow participants to design and create a clock to take home.

The Make-and-Take workshops are offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays through Aug. 27 at the museum. A small fee is charged. Individuals may drop in and do not need to register, but large groups should make reservations in advance by calling 717-684-8261, ext. 2.

Although the workshops are popular with children and families, museum admissions and gift shop manager Abby Krouse said that the activity has also been a hit with adults who come in to make the clocks together. "People get so creative," remarked Krouse. "I love looking at all of the things they come up with."

Participants begin by selecting a wooden base for their clock from an assortment of shapes ranging from circles and squares to dinosaurs, football helmets, and more. Next up is painting - where the sky is the limit with color options and even the chance to add glitter - followed by drying. The next step is adding the battery-operated movement piece and securing it with nuts and washers before setting it to the correct time, and voila!

Depending on how involved a person may decide to make the design of the clock, the project can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. Preschool-age children can complete the task with some assistance from a grown-up, but the open-ended nature of the task truly makes it fun for individuals of all ages. Craven noted that the clocks make great personalized gifts for birthdays and holidays, too.

"A workshop like this one is another opportunity to encourage families to visit and see that our museum is not only educational, but a whole lot of fun, too - for all ages," shared Craven.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors Inc., a nonprofit association with close to 13,000 members, representing 52 countries. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Discounted admission rates are available to senior citizens, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. To learn more, readers may call 717-684-8261 or visit www.museumoftime.org.

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Railroads Offer Combination Tickets June 13, 2018

The Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad (Ma and Pa) Heritage Village and the Stewartstown Railroad will join forces during the summer to celebrate the heritage of short line railroads in southeastern York County. On Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17, reduced-price combination tickets at both railroads will be offered. Combination tickets purchased at either railroad will be honored at either station on any regularly scheduled day through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3.

The Ma and Pa Heritage Village at Muddy Creek Forks is a museum that interprets the role of the railroad in life a century ago. Motorcar excursion trains run a 5.2-mile round trip through the scenic Muddy Creek Valley on the original Ma and Pa main line, and costumed docents welcome visitors to the A.M. Grove General Store, Muddy Creek Forks Roller Mills, grain elevator, and exhibits about the railroad and village.

The Ma and Pa Heritage Village will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. every Sunday through Labor Day plus several additional special event days. Three special events, the museum's Early American Auto Day on Sunday, July 15; its World War I Encampment on Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12; and the popular World War II Event on Saturday and Sunday, August 25 and 26, are among the days on which the combination tickets can be used.

Combination tickets will be discounted for children at the railroad stations in Stewartstown and Muddy Creek Forks on June 16 and 17 only. A full schedule is available at www.MaAndPaRailroad.com. For the operating schedule of the Stewartstown Railroad, readers may visit www.stewartstownrailroadco.com or contact info@maandparailroad.com.

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Museum Presents Fundraiser Proceeds June 12, 2018

The AACA Museum Inc. recently announced that it partnered with the Children's Miracle Network at Penn State Health Children's Hospital to raise $17,773 for the Children's Miracle Network (CMN) through the annual Night at the Museum fundraising event in the fall. The goal of the event was to raise funds for both children and cars. Proceeds went toward providing hope, health, entertainment and educational opportunities for families in the community and in the old car hobby.

Frank, Jessica and Caden Capitani were the Miracle Family Ambassadors for Night at the Museum. Caden was also the 2015 CMN Champion of the Year, spreading his story nationwide. The Capitani family members served as national spokespeople for CMN Hospitals. During the Night at the Museum event, Jessica spoke on behalf of the family and shared the story of their experience with CMN.

Also at the event, the first AACA Museum Inc. Automotive Heritage Award was presented to Bobby Rahal. The award is designed to honor and provide public recognition for individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the hobby by preserving antique automobiles and motorsport vehicles, exhibiting their vehicles, promoting the hobby, engaging in sustained and noteworthy activities that have positively impacted the hobby, and using their position in the hobby for philanthropy and service to others.

For more information about the AACA Museum Inc., readers may call 717-566-7100 or visit www.AACAMuseum.org.

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