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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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