Calendar of Events

The Lebanon County Historical Society sponsors lecture and exhibit programs.  All Sunday programs are held in the Reese Memorial Hall at 1:30 PM, unless noted otherwise.  Programs are open to the public and most 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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Calendar of Events 2019

February 26 at 7:00 pm – Gretna Theatre presents: No Easy Road to Freedom: A Lesson in American Diversity – Tickets are $10 for all ages.  Please call Gretna Theatre’s box office for advance tickets at (717) 964-3627.

March 16 (10:00 am – 3:00 pm) – Pennsylvania German Zammelaaf: Annual Pennsylvania German history, language, and culture festival held at TRAINER’S MIDWAY DINER. 

April 14 at 1:30 pm – SUNDAY PROGRAM:  “Terror in the Tulpehocken” Lynn Otto presents a study of daily life in the Tulpehocken Valley in the mid 1700s during the French and Indian War.

April 27 – May 25 (11:30 am – 1:30 pm) – Pennsylvania German Language Classes:  Five Saturdays beginning on April 27, Alice Spayd will provide beginning PA German language classes in the Society auditorium.  $35 for members / $40 for nonmembers / $5 for children ages 8-16

May 18 and 19 – Canal Days – Held annually at the Union Canal Tunnel Park on Saturday, May 18th (10:00 am – 6:00 pm) and Sunday, May 19th (11:00 am – 5:00 pm).  

June 9 at 1:30 pm – Annual Members’ Meeting 

August 18 at 1:30 pm – SUNDAY PROGRAM: “A History of Pennsylvania Hiking” presented by Dr. Silas Chamberlin, environmental historian and author of On the Trail: A History of American Hiking.  

August 23-25 – CIVIL WAR WEEKEND at Union Canal Tunnel Park.

September 15 at 1:30 pm – SUNDAY PROGRAM:  “Charles W. Eckman and the Baldy Guards of the PA 93rd”  Terry Diener, Lebanon native, author, and living history presenter, involved with the Montour County Historical Society, will provide a history of Col. Charles Eckman and the Baldy Guards, who represented the PA 93rd in the Civil War. 

October 20 at 1:30 pm – SUNDAY PROGRAM:  “J.P.S. Gobin and the PA 47th in the Civil War”  Laurie Snyder, local historian of the PA 47th, will be presenting a talk on JPS Gobin and the PA 47th as gathered through her research of his letters and diaries.  

November 17 at 1:30 pm – SUNDAY PROGRAM:  “Researching Genealogy”  Local genealogist and member of the Lebanon Chapter of the NSDAR, Susan Zabolotny, will provide tips and tricks to researching your ancestors.