The Lebanon County Historical Society sponsors lecture and exhibit programs. All programs are held in the Reese Memorial Hall at 1:30 PM, unless noted otherwise. Programs are open to the public and most programs are free. Prospective members are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments are served, and the Gift Shop will be open for your convenience.
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Upcoming Programs 2016
April 17, 2016 – Railroads in Lebanon County
This program will provide insight into the various railroads that operated in Lebanon County. Historic images will be used to support the story of how the railroads were established and the infrastructure that was created, including passenger stations, freight stations, locomotives, etc. There will be discussions about Robert H. Coleman and his contributions to the County’s railroad heritage, including the Mt. Gretna Narrow Gauge and about the Samuel Strauss logging operation. There will be a brief look at some of the remaining pieces from Lebanon County’s railroad past.
May 15, 2016 – It’s Wash Day!
It’s the year 1700. Do you know how the wash was done? Bob and Susie Lee know all about it and are ready to share their extensive antique laundry day collection and knowledge of Wash Day from the 1700s to 1940 with you. This program will take you back to the old fashioned laundry days where pushing a button just didn’t get it done. Soaps, machines, and other tools will be on display and explained with humor and history. Historic items are passed around to touch and examine.
June 12, 2016 – Civil War Submarines…The Alligator (this program will be held the second Sunday of the Month instead of the third Sunday which is Father’s Day)
July 17, 2016 – George Whitefield A Great Awakening
The most significant event in the eighteenth century in early America was the Great Awakening Revival, an intense revival of Biblical Christianity in the 13 colonies from approximately 1730 to 1750. In just three years of the Revival, some 30 to 40,000 Americans were converted to salvation in Jesus Christ. It was surely a great movement of the Spirt of God as men were convicted of their sins and of their need for a Saviour. Preachers like George Whitefield and Jonathan Edwards were the two most famous ministers of the Great Awakening although, truthfully speaking, hundreds of preachers permeated the 13 colonies in a most beautiful way. The majority of the Founding Fathers of our nation were but boys during this era, and the impact the revivals had on them was more significant than what words can describe. Indeed, 150 years later, President Calvin Coolidge warned the people of America that if they were to continue to have the same freedoms enjoyed by Americans since the beginning of the nation, it would be because they had similar beliefs to the Americans of the Great Awakening period. My presentation will give details and most inspiring stories from this Revival and show how it so deeply impacted the founding of the United States of America.
August 21, 2016 – Amiable Scoundrel Simon Cameron, Lincoln’s Scandalous Secretary of War by Paul Kahan
Paul Kahan is a lecturer at Ohlone College in Fremont, California.
He is the author of The Bank War: Andrew Jackson, Nicholas Biddle, and the Fight for American Finance and The Homestead Strike: Labor, Violence, and American Industry.
His latest book Amiable Scoundrel Simon Cameron, Lincoln’s Scandalous Secretary of War is being published July 1. Paul will be here to speak about Simon Cameron, answer questions and sign copies of his book