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World War II Encampment Slated August 17, 2017

The Ma and Pa Railroad Heritage Village at Muddy Creek Forks, 1258 Muddy Creek Forks Road, Airville, invites the public to a World War II encampment weekend set for Saturday, Aug. 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 27, from 1 to 5 p.m.

The village will offer a 1940s atmosphere with World War II posters and swing music. More than two dozen WWII re-enactors in authentic uniforms representing both the Allies and Axis countries are expected to be present to interact with visitors. A variety of vehicles and weapons used during the WWII era will be present as well.

Visitors will also see how the railroad supported the war effort and was affected by it. Due to gasoline rationing during the war, the Ma and Pa saw passenger traffic more than quadruple from 1940 to 1943.

Additionally, 45-minute motorcar train rides and tours of the village will also be offered during the encampment.

The Ma and Pa Railroad Heritage Village is open every Sunday through Sept. 3, and it will also be open on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4. Admission to the village and buildings is free. Hourly motorcar train rides are available for a fee, and advance tickets can be purchased at

For more information or to schedule a group visit or private event, readers may visit the website or email


Berks Military History Museum Opens August 16, 2017

Veterans, local officials and members of the community joined state Rep. Mark Gillen on Aug. 12 for the grand opening of the Berks Military History Museum (BMHM), located at 198 E. Wyomissing Ave., Mohnton. The museum, housed in a former wagon works, includes photos, newspaper articles and memorabilia that have been loaned or donated to the museum.

A large crowd gathered for opening ceremonies, followed by tours of the museum led by volunteers. Gillen, who conceived of the idea to establish the museum several years ago, credited the volunteers for making the opening of the building possible.

"This museum is a miracle in and of itself," Gillen stated. "It is a testament to the faith and hard work of a lot of volunteers. For 20 out of 24 hours a day over the past few weeks and months, this building has been occupied by volunteers."

Gillen explained that the nonprofit BMHM charity purchased the building, which was constructed in 1873, in June 2016. Display cases were added to display objects such as dog tags and medals worn by local veterans. Also featured are uniforms, weapons, flags and military equipment.

A section of the railway that ran under the World Trade Center and was damaged during the Sept. 11 attacks is featured at the entrance to the museum as part of a memorial to those who lost their lives during the attacks. Additionally, members of the Women Veterans of Berks County helped create a room for a women veterans display.

"If you look around the building and you don't see what you donated on display, we will rotate the displays and use every artifact that has been provided for us," Gillen told those in attendance.

Gillen explained that in addition to displaying artifacts, the building has a room that can used for meetings by veterans groups.

Gillen pointed out that the museum's motto is "Remembering Those Who Served." "We are here to honor those who served," he stated. "We are not interested in war. We are about peace. Sometimes it takes men and women putting on uniforms to keep the peace."

Guests at the event included members of Mohnton Borough Council, state Sen. Judy Schwank, state Sen. David Argall, state Rep. Ryan Mackenzie and state Rep. Jim Cox, among others. State Rep. Barry Jozwiak, Gillen's colleague at the House of Representatives, presented him with a plaque for his efforts in opening the museum. The keynote speaker was Brig. Gen. Anthony Carelli, adjutant general of the Pennsylvania National Guard.

The BMHM, which is located next to Mohnton Park, will be open on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Additional hours will be added at a later date as volunteers become available.

School groups, senior groups and veterans organizations can make an appointment to view the collection. For more information, readers may visit or


History Center Will Be Closed August 16, 2017

All sites of the York County History Center will be closed Monday, Sept. 4, for the Labor Day holiday. The museums will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

For information on programming and museum exhibits, readers may visit


AACA Museum Shares News August 10, 2017

The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum Inc., 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, recently announced its newest project - the Clyne Gateway Exhibition Gallery. Construction of the new gallery will begin later this summer, with an estimated completion for fall of this year.

The museum's Clyne Gallery is the visitor's entry portal to the AACA Museum Inc. and turns the space into a vintage automobile dealership façade, complete with chrome and glass. Inside will be space for two to three vehicles, artifacts, and automotive advertising. The new space will have an innovative use in that it will allow the museum to partner with many marque clubs or similar groups to showcase some interesting vehicles related to their club or organization.

With this vision, the first exhibit will feature The National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) and will be slated for the gallery opening this fall into the spring of 2018. For the fall of 2018, the International Thunderbird Club (ITC) will be featured in the gallery. In between these exhibits, the space will be used for the summer 2018 exhibit "The Road to Safer Cars," which is guest curated by Roger White, Smithsonian, National Museum of American History, as part of the museum-wide summer 2018 exhibit. The AACA Museum invites inquiries from automotive clubs and organizations who would like to be a part of the space for future exhibits.

There is an admission fee to the museum, with discounts for seniors age 61 and older and children ages 4 to 12. Admission is free for children age 3 and under and AACA members. Blue Star Museum families will be admitted for free through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For details, readers may call 717-566-7100 or visit


Haldeman Mansion Slates Events August 9, 2017

The historic Haldeman Mansion, 230 Locust Grove Road, Bainbridge, will host two educational events. The events are open to the public, and preregistration is required. There is a fee to participate. For details and to register, readers may call Tina Mark at 717-426-2166 or 717-449-2474.

A Creek Stomp will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 22, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Participants will explore the Conoy Creek and find out what lives in and around it. Participants will catch, identify, and release aquatic animals found in the creek. Attendees will learn why clean water is important and ways to help keep it clean. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants will meet at the mansion before going to the creek.

Native American Day Camp will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will learn about the local natives that lived along the Susquehanna in the 1600s and 1700s. Attendees will experience life in the village by participating in activities like tool making, weaving a grass mat, discovering what a long house was, seeing how a trading post worked, and more.


Museum Offers "Blue Star" Program August 3, 2017

The Historical Society of Dauphin County has announced its participation in the Blue Star Museums program of the National Endowment for the Arts. The program will continue through Friday, Sept. 1. Participating museums, including the National Historic Landmark John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, 219 S. Front St., Harrisburg, will offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve members. The free tours will be given on Tuesdays through Fridays and on Sunday, Aug. 13, at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Free parking is available behind the mansion.

The Georgian-style mansion was built by Harrisburg founder and pioneer trader John Harris Jr. in 1766 and re-fashioned in the Victorian style after 1863 by Sen. Simon Cameron, President Lincoln's first secretary of war and later minister to Russia. Eleven rooms are open to the public. The current exhibit, "Uncle Sam Calls: Dauphin County in World War I," is included in the tour.

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission. The program provides families opportunities to learn about the nation's cultural heritage and the families' communities, especially after a military move.

Last summer, more than 900,000 military members and their families took advantage of free admission as part of Blue Star Museums, visiting not only historic sites and history museums but also museums and centers focused on fine arts, science, music, and nature, as well as children's museums.

The Historical Society of Dauphin County was founded in 1869 and has administered the mansion and a research library since 1941. For more information, readers may visit or call 717-233-3462.


One Honey Of A Run August 3, 2017

"Everyone who enters the race gets a jar of honey," said Dan Cless, Hempfield Rec fitness and wellness director and coordinator of the 18th annual Amos Herr 5K Honey Run.

Other honey-based treats will be available to entrants before and after the 5K race, which will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27. The race will begin and end at Amos Herr Park, 1756 Nissley Road, Landisville, and the course will take participants through Landisville. Cless noted that the course is mostly flat, but there is somewhat of an incline at one point.

"Once you get past Church Street to Bowman - which is the most uphill - it's downhill from there," Cless said.

Runners and walkers, as well as people with wheelchairs, are welcome to participate. Dogs and strollers will be allowed on the course.

"In my experience, it was a pretty fast course," added Evan Himes, who ran the race for the first time last year. He was one of the total of 462 people who participated in the 5K and the children's fun run, held before the 5K.

That is quite a lot of people around the starting line, but no one was at a disadvantage. The race is chip-timed, so even someone who starts at the back of the pack has a chance to win. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age group. The overall male and female winners will receive a $100 cash award, a specialty glass, and a bronze honey bear trophy. Himes, who works in sales and marketing for the honey producer that sponsors the race, noted that the trophies are cast from a model of the first honey bear plastic bottle, which was named "Nugget."

Medals will be awarded to the top five finishers in each age group in the children's fun run, which will be held at 5 p.m. Every participant will receive a ribbon as well.

Himes was impressed by last year's event and expects this year will be just as good.

"It's an accessible race. It's unique (in that it is) held on a Sunday afternoon," Himes remarked. "There's a strong community feel, and it's family-oriented. The community really gets around it."

The community benefits from the funds raised through the Honey Run. Hempfield Rec and the Amos Herr House Foundation and Historical Society split the proceeds. Cless said that his organization will use its portion of the proceeds to benefit the scholarship fund and programs to help the community. The historical society maintains the 1852 Herr Family Homestead that, according to, "authentically depicts life on a 19th-century Lancaster County farm."

Folks may register for the Honey Run by visiting and looking under "Special Events," or they may pick up brochures at Hempfield Rec, 950 Church St., Landisville. Registrations will be accepted until Wednesday, Aug. 16. After that date, folks must wait until the day of the event to register. Registrants who meet the Aug. 16 deadline will be guaranteed event T-shirts and receive discounts on the entry fees.

For more information, readers may contact Cless at or call 717-898-3102, ext. 38.


Living History Event Canceled August 2, 2017

The National Civil War Museum has canceled the visit of the 14th Tennessee, Company B, a living history group that was scheduled to visit on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12 and 13. The museum will announce any other changes to the living history schedule as they occur.

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


Museum Transfers Locomotive Ownership August 2, 2017

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg has announced that it will transfer ownership of its historic Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive No. 757, the Berkshire, to the Mad River and NKP Railroad Museum in Bellevue, Ohio.

The Mad River and NKP Railroad Museum will make its own arrangements for the eventual movement of the No. 757 to Ohio. Ownership of the locomotive will be transferred upon its removal from the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.

The New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad - also known as the Nickel Plate Road - built the Berkshire No. 757 in Lima, Ohio, in 1944. The city of Bellevue, Ohio, a strategically important railroad center and hub, was offered No. 757 by the railroad in the mid-1960s, but did not have a museum at the time to preserve it. So, No. 757 became the first locomotive to be donated to the future Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, arguably saving it from an uncertain fate.

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is home to a world-class collection of approximately 100 historic locomotives and railroad cars, a vast library and archives, a working restoration shop, and an immersive education center and programs. The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History, with the active support of the Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.

For more information, readers may visit or call 717-687-8628.


Vehicle Restoration To Begin July 27, 2017

The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum has announced that restoration on its 1962 Stageway Chevrolet station wagon coach will begin in the fall. The museum will work with the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport to complete the restoration as a student project.

The Stageway is one of a number of Stageway-modified Chevrolet station wagons that Milton Hershey School (MHS) purchased in the 1960s to transport students to and from school and a variety of school related-activities and field trips. For almost three decades, the station wagons played a highly visible and important role in the lives of those who attended and graduated from the school.

The specific car owned by the AACA Museum was originally used at MHS' Lincoln student home and later transitioned to the Fairway student home in the late '60s or early '70s. The car began its second life when it was purchased by three Milton Hershey School alumni: Jim Hanawalt, John Hanawalt and Rosario "Roy" Sollazzi. These alumni donated to vehicle to the AACA Museum in 2015, at which time a fund was created for its eventual restoration. Recently, an anonymous donation of $25,000 in matching funds was made. This donation will allow the restoration of the station wagon to begin.

To fully complete the restoration of the Stageway, additional donations are required. For more information, readers may visit Details about the museum are also available by calling 717-566-7100.

0 Posts Tours July 26, 2017, 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster, has announced tours that will be available on Saturday, Aug. 5.

African-American heritage walking tours will be available at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tours will depart from the Lancaster City Visitor Center, 38 Penn Square, and will last 60 to 90 minutes.

An expert tour guide will take visitors to important places in African-American history, including businesses on Penn Square, the site of the Elite Hotel, the Thaddeus Stevens and Lydia Hamilton Smith historic site, Trinity Lutheran Church, Lancaster County Courthouse, St. James Episcopal Church, the site of the old Lancaster Train Station, Shreiner-Concord Cemetery, Fulton Hall/Old Jail and Central Market. Visitors will learn about abolitionists, Underground Railroad agents, preachers and entrepreneurs in downtown Lancaster.

The African-American heritage walking tours will be presented on the first Saturday of every month through October. No reservations are needed. Tickets will be available on tour days at the Lancaster City Visitor Center.

Wheatland: The Early Years living history tours will be available from noon to 3 p.m. at President James Buchanan's Wheatland, 230 President Ave., Lancaster. Presentations will take place on the hour and last approximately 30 minutes. Coverage can be arranged for any tour.

Re-enactors will portray James Buchanan and his niece, Harriet Lane, and nephew, James B. Henry, as they welcome re-enactors portraying out-of-town guests, including Connecticut state Sen. Isaac Toucey and his wife, Catherine Nichols Toucey.


Museum Slates Workshops July 20, 2017

The National Watch and Clock Museum, 514 Poplar St., Columbia, will host Make-and-Take Workshops on Mondays through Aug. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Participants may choose the clock they want to make for themselves or for a gift. There is a nominal fee, and large groups should make reservations by calling 717-684-8261, ext. 234.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with close to 14,000 members representing 52 countries.

The museum's hours from April through November are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays, with additional hours on Mondays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. From December through March, hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more program information, directions, or general museum information, readers may call 717-684-8261 or visit


Houdini Museum Trip Scheduled July 20, 2017

Ephrata Cloister Associates will host a bus trip to the Harry Houdini Magic Show and Museum in Scranton on Friday, Aug. 25. The bus will depart from the parking lot at Ephrata Cloister, 632 W. Main St., Ephrata, at 7 a.m.

There is a cost per person, which includes transportation and museum admission. There is an additional cost for lunch at Mohegan Sun Poconos Casino. Dinner will be available at a rest stop on the return trip.

Reservations are required by Tuesday, Aug. 8. To make a reservation, readers may contact Harriet Eshleman at 717-397-0283 or


Art in Balance: Motorcycles and Fine Art" July 19, 2017

Art and motorcycles will collide in style at Susquehanna Art Museum, 1401 N. Third St., Harrisburg, with the summer exhibition "Art in Balance: Motorcycles and Fine Art." "Art in Balance" will feature eight motorcycles and 20 works of fine art, presented in pairings for the consideration of the viewer. The exhibition will be on view through Sunday, Sept. 17.

Members of the Susquehanna Art Museum and The State Museum of Pennsylvania will receive free reciprocal general admission to the two museums through Sunday, Sept. 10.

Free parking is available for visitors directly behind the Susquehanna Art Museum at the intersection of Calder and James streets. Regular hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more details, readers may visit


Summer Fun Series July 19, 2017

The York County History Center will launch a new series of programs, starting in August and running through December. No registration is required. All programs are offered free for History Center members, with a nominal fee for nonmembers. Locations will vary for all programs. More information and a schedule for subsequent months is available at

The Stroller Tour Series will be held on the first Wednesday of the month from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The 45- to 60-minute themed tours will be held throughout downtown or at one of the History Center's museums in an understanding atmosphere where babies are allowed to be babies. In the event of inclement weather, parents should call to confirm if the tour has been rescheduled. A Historic Walking Tour on Wednesday, Aug. 2, will depart from the Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market St., York.

The Preschool Activity Series will be offered to children ages 3 to 6 on the second Wednesday of each month from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Participants will explore the History Center through demonstrations, make-and-takes, or hands-on activities. The 45- to 60-minute programs are designed to engage children ages 3 to 6 in fun, educational activities. On Wednesday, Aug. 9, the program will be Play 1700's Dress Up at the Colonial Complex.

The Family Activity Series will be held on the third Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to noon. With activities that promote working together and building memories, the series will be filled with learning and laughter at the museum. On Saturday, Aug. 19, Shine a Light on Colonial Lighting will be held at the Colonial Complex. The program will explore how people lit their homes, including grease lamps, candles, and lanterns, including punched tin lanterns.

For more information on any of the programs, readers may contact Parthena Bowman at or 717-848-1587, ext. 303.


Museum Slates Civil War Days July 14, 2017

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, will provide a close-up look at the lives of civilians and soldiers, as well as President Abraham Lincoln, during its annual Civil War Days living history event, to be held rain or shine on Saturday and Sunday, July 22 and 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

According to Timothy Essig, museum educator and coordinator of the event, a day in the life of a soldier often included marching and musket drilling, mail call, writing letters, food rations, music, visits to the surgeon, gathering supplies, and more.

Lincoln, who will be portrayed by celebrated re-enactor Robert Costello, will join generals and civilians at the museum for both days of the event. He will give speeches on the porch of the Landis Valley House Hotel and will make forays around the site, inspecting the troops stationed there and conversing with politicians, the Ladies' Aid Society, the Civil War engineers, and members of the Sanitary Commission. Visitors are also welcome approach him to ask questions or to take a picture with him. Attendees may also interact with townspeople, generals, soldiers, and demonstrators and learn what civilians were able to do for the war effort.

Other Civil War-era interpretations that will take place around the site will include a musket firing demonstration, cavalry drills, children's musket drills and other activities, horse-drawn wagon rides, crafts and trades demonstrations, and a Civil War fashion show.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the museum's picnic grove. The Landis Valley museum store will have snacks and beverages for sale, as well as books and handcrafted, authentic interpretive accessories.

Admission costs will vary, and tickets may be ordered online in advance for a discount. All proceeds will benefit the museum.

More information on Civil War Days, as well as other upcoming events, can be found at


Robot Workshops Return To LSF July 13, 2017

Robotics Workshops with Baxter will resume at the Lancaster Science Factory, 454 New Holland Ave., Lancaster. The Lancaster Science Factory (LSF), along with Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, are collaborating to feature workshops with Baxter, a state-of-the-art, human-like educational robot, at the Science Cafe through Friday, Aug. 4. Baxter comes to LSF as part of Stevens' STEM-in-GEAR program, which works to emphasize the importance of technical education and interest youth in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Baxter will demonstrate processes similar to those used professionally in industry. Four workshops a day will allow up to 15 children from kindergarten through grade eight to interact with the robot. Additionally, an Edison Robot activity space will allow participants to have a hands-on robotics experience. Baxter and the Edison Robot mini camps will be held through Aug. 4 and are free with paid admission or membership.

Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more with advance reservations. For general information and admission prices, readers may call 717-509-6363 or visit


EMMR Posts 43rd Convention July 12, 2017

The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing (EMMR) will hold its 43rd annual EMMR Convention from Friday to Sunday, Aug. 11 to 13, at the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds, 100 Baltimore Road, York Springs.

EMMR will honor the late Harry Fletcher this year. Throughout his racing career, Fletcher had many notable drivers: Diz Dean; Johnny Grum; Stevie Smith Sr.; and Harry's son, Bobby Fletcher and grandson, Cody. In 1997 he was named Adams County Farmer of the Year. Harry and his family shared their love of racing and farming with their friends and community.

On Aug. 11 from 1 to 3 p.m., there will be a roundtable discussion with grand marshals, Joe Heisler Jr. and Joe Heisler III. The topic will be "Racing in the '40s and '50s." Both the Heislers have served on the EMMR board and still contribute to the organization.

In the afternoon on Saturday, Aug. 12, and Aug. 13, visitors may watch the restored cars participate in exhibition racing around the historic Latimore Valley Speedway. The Inliners International will also have a display.

In the morning on Aug. 13, EMMR will hold its membership meeting and the introduction of the grand marshals, followed by a tribute to Harry Fletcher and his family.

Aug. 12 will be the annual Cruise-In Night at the museum from 3 to 8 p.m. All vehicles and makes are welcome. The event will include food, music, giveaway drawings, special games, awards, and a Chinese auction. Plaques will be given to the first 100 participants. There is a registration fee, with a smaller fee for those who preregister. There will be a grand door prize drawing for the preregistered cars. The museum will be open. Admission is free. Those who arrive early can take advantage of track time with the vintage race cars from 1 to 3 p.m. The rain date for the cruise will be Aug. 13 from 3 to 8 p.m.

For more information and to arrange tours, readers may email or visit

EMMR is dedicated to the preservation of the history of motor racing in America. EMMR not only honors significant people and vehicles of the past but also the historic speedways, fairgrounds, drag car organizations, vintage motorcycles, and the Gettysburg AACA Region.


History Center Posts Town Meeting July 12, 2017

The York County History Center will hold a town meeting to share updates about the new museum, library and archives, on Monday, July 24, at 5 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St., York. The public is invited to attend.

The presenters will include the following: Dan Murphy, principal, the PRD Group, exhibit design firm; Rob Kinsley, president, Warehaus, architectural design firm; Joe Crosswhite from M&T Bank and Tony Campisi from Glatfelter Insurance Group, capital campaign chairs; and Joan Mummert, president and CEO, York County History Center. Included in the presentations will be information on the role of history museums and libraries and archives in communities, information about the exhibit development and design, an update on the capital campaign and status of grants and other funding, and details about the project timing. A significant amount of time will be dedicated to a question-and-answer session.

The meeting will be broadcast on Facebook Live, with online audiences having the opportunity to pose questions during the event. Questions may also be emailed to in advance. To learn more, readers may visit

More information on the York County History Center is available by visiting


AACA Museum Plans Tours July 11, 2017

The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) will host trips to England and Italy, and the public is invited to reserve spots on either trip. The AACA Museum tours will include a mixture of private automotive collections, museums, and local attractions, along with food and fellowship.

The tour of England will be held from Friday, Sept. 1, to Sunday, Sept. 10. The Italy tour will be offered from Friday, Nov. 3, to Sunday, Nov. 12.

There is a cost per participant. To book a tour or obtain details, readers may contact Toni Rothman at or 610-361-7882 or 610-246-3525. For more information, readers may visit

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