The Lebanon County Historical Society sponsors lecture and exhibit programs on the third Sunday of every month, September through March. All programs are held in the Reese Memorial Hall at 1:30 PM, unless noted otherwise. Programs are free and open to the public. 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 2013-2014
December 15th, 1:30PM
Santa’s Coming to Town! with music performed by Lee Moyer.
Join us for some glad tidings and good cheer. View the Society’s annual Christmas exhibit, Santa’s Coming to Town, featuring different representations of Santa Claus through the 20th Century and enjoy refreshments in the Auditorium.
Christmas songs and carols starting at 1:30PM in the Auditorium. Presented by Mr. Lee Moyer of “Marty’s One Man Band” and sing-a-long for the entire family—karaoke to your favorite holiday song! Free Admission! Donations Welcomed!
Annual Members’ Appreciation Luncheon
Emergency Men!: The 26th Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia and the Gettysburg Campaign, presented by Cooper Wingert
The Real Photo Postcard as a Document of Local History, presented by Donald R. Brown
November 17th, 2013 Tour of the Lebanon County Fire Exhibit and Fire History Presentation by Duane A. Trautman, Fire Commissioner
Join us at the Society for the long awaited, grand re-opening of the Fire History Exhibit and see Lebanon County’s oldest existing fire wagon in its newly arranged display in the basement level. Explore the local fire history with a presentation by Fire Commissioner Duane A. Trautman in the Auditorium. Mr. Trautman, who has a keen interest in local fire history, has been appointed Lebanon’s Fire Commission since 2010. He was also a graduate of Elco High School and rose to the rank of sergeant in the Marines Corps while serving eight years, including in the Gulf War.
October 20th, 2013 PA German Landscape: Churches, schools, houses and barns, presented by Patrick J. Donmoyer
This presentation will reveal the significance of the historic structures that characterize the cultural landscape shaped by the Pennsylvania Dutch. Based upon 5 years of extensive photographic field work, the historical landscape will be presented through four types of early buildings: Houses, Schoolhouses, Churches, and Barns. These structures will demonstrate the domestic, educational, spiritual, and agricultural legacy of the Pennsylvania Dutch, and their lasting impact on American culture.
Patrick Donmoyer, formerly of Lebanon, is the Site Manager at the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University, a folklife research center and museum on the Kutztown Campus. Patrick is the author of two books on Pennsylvania Dutch culture, the most recent of which is entitled “Hex Signs: Myth and Meaning in Pennsylvania Dutch Barn Stars,” as well as “The Friend in Need: An Annotated Translation of an Early Pennsylvania Folk Healing Manual.” Patrick continues to study Pennsylvania Dutch culture through the photographic survey of historic structures, and the translation of early German language documents.
September 29th, 2013 The City of the Living and the City of the Dead: the Cemeteries of Lebanon, PA, presented by Society archivist and librarian Brian Kissler.
The program will explore the unique history of Lebanon’s cemeteries and their removal from the city in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Special Friends of Old Annville Program
Sunday, April 14th at 2PM
Annville Artifacts featured at Bicentennial Visit to the Lebanon County Historical Society
Friends of Old Annville
Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m.
924 Cumberland Street in Lebanon
Early in the nineteenth century, approximately 1,800 pianos were manufactured in Annville by John Shertzer, who also opened the first general store in town. One of the pianos, a four-and-a-half-octave spinet made by Shertzer in Annville in 1828, has been preserved by the Lebanon County Historical Society.
Such a remarkable treasure has several Friends of Old Annville wondering what else might in the Lebanon County collection. What better time to find out than the bicentennial of the county?
The Friends will venture into Lebanon to explore county holdings as part of a special program coordinated by the board of the Friends of Old Annville and curators of the Lebanon County Historical Society. The program, to feature Annville artifacts preserved by the Historical Society, will be held in the Reese Memorial Hall of Stoy Museum.
Artifacts from as early as the eighteenth century Annville include two original deeds signed by Annville founder Andrew Miller in 1763 and 1764. A colorful coverlet dated in the middle of the nineteenth century indicates that is was made by weaver Joseph Smith of “Millerstown,” an early alternate name for Annville, in 1842. Artifacts spanning the twentieth century include a loaf of bread from Fink’s Bakery, signage from Gollam’s ice cream, and a bag of flour from Annville Roller Mills.
A booklet detailing the significance of most of the items displayed will be distributed to pre-registered guests.
Participants will also have an opportunity to view a bicentennial exhibit on the main floor of Stoy Museum as well as several simulations on the second floor of the museum, including a one-room school house, a general store, a pharmacy, and a formal parlor.
“Dedicated staff and volunteers at the Lebanon County Historical Society have pulled together some very interesting Annville pieces,” said Paul Fullmer, vice president of the Friends. “We’re overjoyed to be partnering with them for this special event and look forward to an afternoon in celebration of Lebanon County’s fascinating history together.”
The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To register, e-mail Paul Fullmer at bpfullmer@ gmail or call 717-867-4640 by Sunday, April 7.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
“A History of Lebanon County in 50 Objects”, presented by the students of the Digital Communications dept. from Lebanon Valley College. Inspired by “A History of the World in 100 Objects” by the British Museum, LVC graduating seniors Sheila Betz, Danielle Biggs and Kevin Greene are creating a virtual exhibition of objects essential to the history of Lebanon County from the Society’s collection. To download the flyer for this event, click here.
Photo credit: Art Clagett