Indian Steps Museum

Indian Steps Museum Unique 100 year old Arts and Crafts style cabin with over 10,000 Native artifacts embedded in the walls. Three floors of collections.

Indian Steps Cabin, also known as Indian Steps Museum, is a historic memorial and museum located at Lower Chanceford Township, York County, Pennsylvania. It was built between 1908 and 1912, and is an eclectic Bungalow / American Craftsman-style building. It is essentially "L"-shaped with two wings extending from a circular "Kiva." The foundation and first story is constructed of local, well-cut stone. The second story is stucco on frame. The house features a stone tower with observation deck. It also has numerous cement panels containing inscriptions and embedded Native American artifacts. Also on the property are a contributing summer kitchen and picnic shed. It was built by Judge John Edward Vandersloot, a prominent attorney from York, Pennsylvania, as a memorial and museum to Native American culture. Originally a private museum, in 1939, it became a museum generally open to the public. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. The museum is currently owned and operated by the Conservation Society of York County, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the natural and cultural resources in the area.

Had a successful finger weaving class this morning! Thank you to all the students and to their wonderful teacher, Mark! ...
07/07/2019

Had a successful finger weaving class this morning! Thank you to all the students and to their wonderful teacher, Mark! Keep an eye out for more Native craft workshops posted here and on our website.

Wishing everyone a safe holiday tomorrow ! We will be open from 10-4 on July 4th. Stop in for a visit, bring a picnic to...
07/03/2019
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Wishing everyone a safe holiday tomorrow ! We will be open from 10-4 on July 4th. Stop in for a visit, bring a picnic to enjoy, and consider a hike to our refreshing waterfall!

Conservation Society to hold Annual Picnic Airville, PA- On Sunday, July 14, the Conservation Society of York County wil...
06/30/2019

Conservation Society to hold Annual Picnic Airville, PA- On Sunday, July 14, the Conservation Society of York County will be holding its annual Member’s Picnic at Indian Steps Museum, 205 Indian Steps Road, Airville, PA. According to Alan Miller, Vice-President of the Conservation Society of York County (CSYC), who is in charge of the picnic, the lunch will include a Chicken BBQ dinner with sweet corn and beverages. Members and guests are invited to bring a salad, vegetable or dessert. The picnic event begins at 1 PM at the Grissinger Pavilion.

Following the meal, the Red Lion/Felton Band will entertain members, visitors and guests from 2 to 4 PM. The museum will be open for tours all day from 10AM to 5PM. CSYC members enjoy free admission to the museum anytime during opening hours.

Interested folks are invited to come out, enjoy the food and ultimately become involved as a member of the Conservation Society of York County.

RSVP for the picnic: Indian Steps Museum at 717-862-3948, or [email protected]

A small donation to defray the cost of food is requested.

Did you know we have Pendleton items?! Only 4 left so grab ‘em before they’re gone!
06/29/2019

Did you know we have Pendleton items?! Only 4 left so grab ‘em before they’re gone!

Featured Items! A local book on Petroglyphs (Rock Carvings) for $11.96 and locally designed Rock Art tees for $20 (super...
06/28/2019

Featured Items! A local book on Petroglyphs (Rock Carvings) for $11.96 and locally designed Rock Art tees for $20 (super soft and awesome rendition of the Safe Harbor Petroglyphs!)

Have you seen our display and small scale replica of Little Indian Rock upstairs? Has anyone seen the carvings in person? Comment your experience below! :)

Happy Summer Solstice! Wooohoo! 😎🌞🏄‍♂️
06/21/2019

Happy Summer Solstice! Wooohoo! 😎🌞🏄‍♂️

FYI it’s #internationalselfieday also 😋
06/21/2019

FYI it’s #internationalselfieday also 😋

Important info shared from Raven Ridge Wildlife Center
06/21/2019

Important info shared from Raven Ridge Wildlife Center

An interesting article about Kivas. Our Kiva room is not underground, but hosts many other significant features. I love ...
06/19/2019
A Kiva Holds a Special Importance to Ancient and Modern Pueblo People

An interesting article about Kivas. Our Kiva room is not underground, but hosts many other significant features. I love the peace in the Kiva and I often come inside between groups to calm and center, and also to cool down on a hot day! What do you enjoy about our Kiva room?

A kiva is a ceremonial structure used by ancient and modern Puebloan societies through the American southwest and Mexican northwest.

Thank you to Morrell from the York County Beekeepers Association.  The lecture was awesome and all in attendance were am...
06/16/2019

Thank you to Morrell from the York County Beekeepers Association. The lecture was awesome and all in attendance were amazed to learn all the facts and commitment that goes into this hobby.

Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads out there! (Hopefully you didn’t have to pull the car over too many times!)...
06/16/2019

Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads out there! (Hopefully you didn’t have to pull the car over too many times!)

Half price admission for them today and a free gift!

We are seeking local artists and handmade craft vendors for a show on July 27th! If you have interest, please email Beck...
06/16/2019

We are seeking local artists and handmade craft vendors for a show on July 27th! If you have interest, please email [email protected]

Food trucks may apply as well 🥨🍕🍔

Please note, no direct sale vendors!!

Thank you to York County Beekeepers Association in Pennsylvania for a wonderful presentation today. We are so happy you ...
06/15/2019

Thank you to York County Beekeepers Association in Pennsylvania for a wonderful presentation today. We are so happy you joined us. Some of the staff members tried honeycomb for the first time and it was delicious! 😋 👌🏻

Let us know how you have been celebrating National Beekeeping week! If you have a hive, we’d love to see some photos and feel free to share any tips for those interested in beekeeping! 🍯 🐝

Come see the York Beekeepers Association today and bring your questions and curiosities with you 🙂 Their lecture begi...
06/15/2019

Come see the York Beekeepers Association today and bring your questions and curiosities with you 🙂 Their lecture begins at 11, but they’ll be here with info and a hive till 1pm. Also, please consider bidding on this incredible gift basket that includes local goodies, the Beekeepers Bible, a CSYC membership and lots more! There is food available on site, so you can enjoy lunch with a bee-autiful view! ☀️

06/11/2019

This Saturday is our BEE Happy Event! Kids 12 and under are free! Food will be for sale by the Lions Club. And a silent auction for a wonderful honeybee & conservation themed gift basket! Learn about honeybees and pollinators from the York County Beekeepers Association, with a special lecture at 11 am. See you then! 🐝

Take him on a trip to the museum this Sunday for his special day, all about DAD. Admission is $3 for all fathers, and th...
06/10/2019

Take him on a trip to the museum this Sunday for his special day, all about DAD. Admission is $3 for all fathers, and they will receive a special gift!

06/08/2019
The Beauty of Pollination - Moving Art™

Beautiful Pollinators! From "Wings of Life", on Netflix.

"Wings of Life" now streaming on Netflix! This video was shown at the TED conference in 2011, with scenes from "Wings of Life", a film about the threat to es...

Judy and Sandy planting trillium. They planted more along the wildflower trail, and some will be planted at Bonham Wake ...
06/06/2019

Judy and Sandy planting trillium. They planted more along the wildflower trail, and some will be planted at Bonham Wake Wildlife Sanctuary. Thanks ladies! Conservation Society of York County

It is National Pollinator Month! Let’s plant pollinator friendly gardens, join the initiative below and discover more ...
06/05/2019
Home - Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

It is National Pollinator Month! Let’s plant pollinator friendly gardens, join the initiative below and discover more 🐝

Help build on the Million Pollinator Garden Movement We surpassed our goal to register a million gardens and landscapes to support pollinators.Learn more about the garden networks that made this possible. 1 out of 3Pollinators Still Need Your Help Pollinators are responsible for 1 out of 3 bites of....

The original Indian Steps Rocks are located about 2 miles downstream of Indian Steps Museum.  These steps are claimed to...
06/02/2019

The original Indian Steps Rocks are located about 2 miles downstream of Indian Steps Museum. These steps are claimed to be footholes made by Native Americans to climb down to catch fish via a net or spear. The old photos were taken before the Holtwood Dam was constructed and the area flooded. The original steps are now underwater along with all the rocky surfaces, but on low water levels of the Susquehanna, you can see the tops of these rocky outcroppings.

Indian Artifact Show June 1, 2019
06/02/2019

Indian Artifact Show June 1, 2019

Thank you to our attendees and all who made today possible!
06/01/2019

Thank you to our attendees and all who made today possible!

June 1st, Saturday at Indian Steps is hosting two shows the same day.  Support local hand made Native American items and...
05/30/2019

June 1st, Saturday at Indian Steps is hosting two shows the same day. Support local hand made Native American items and crafts from local vendors. Two shows for the price of one: $10.00 at the gate. Free for kids under 12. Discount for members.

Come see the private collections of local Indian artifacts.  The show opens at 10:00 a.m.   Lecture on the Petroglyphs a...
05/30/2019

Come see the private collections of local Indian artifacts. The show opens at 10:00 a.m. Lecture on the Petroglyphs at 1:00. Bring your artifacts if you need help with identification by our experts.

Featured item this week: Birch Bark Canoes! Large ones are $10, small are $5And for a limited time, all items in our jew...
05/27/2019

Featured item this week: Birch Bark Canoes! Large ones are $10, small are $5

And for a limited time, all items in our jewelry case are 10% off!

Remembering those who served!🇺🇸  We are open 10-4 today
05/27/2019

Remembering those who served!🇺🇸 We are open 10-4 today

Thank you to everyone who attended the Raptor Show today! We really hope you enjoyed it! A special thanks to our present...
05/25/2019

Thank you to everyone who attended the Raptor Show today! We really hope you enjoyed it! A special thanks to our presenter, Mark Kocher of York Wildcare Raptor Rehab!

Reminder, TOMORROW! 6:30pm: Join the makers of DAWNLAND for a special one-time free screening of this award-winning film...
05/20/2019
Dawnland

Reminder, TOMORROW! 6:30pm: Join the makers of DAWNLAND for a special one-time free screening of this award-winning film. For decades, child welfare authorities have been removing Native American children from their homes to save them from being Indian. In Maine, the first official “truth and reconciliation commission” in the United States begins a historic investigation. DAWNLAND goes behind-the-scenes as this historic body grapples with difficult truths, redefines reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations.

After the movie please stay with us so you can ask questions of the film team in a live online chat.

Join the makers of DAWNLAND for a special one-time free screening of this award-winning film. For decades, child welfare authorities have been removing Native American children from their homes to save them from being Indian. In Maine, the first official “truth and reconciliation commission” in ...

Fish for free in PA, May 26th and July 4th. Indian Steps grounds are open dawn till dusk, and you’re welcome to fish a...
05/19/2019

Fish for free in PA, May 26th and July 4th. Indian Steps grounds are open dawn till dusk, and you’re welcome to fish at the riverfront :D

FISH-FOR-FREE DAYS - 2019
Sunday, May 26, 2019
&
Thursday, July 4, 2019 (Independence Day)

Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish on Pennsylvania waterways on the designated days with NO FISHING LICENSE REQUIRED (Trout/Salmon and Lake Erie permits are also NOT required). All other fishing regulations still apply.

Fish-for-Free Days are great ways for families to “catch” the fun of fishing!

Learn more here: bit.ly/fishforfreedays

Saddened by this news. Dr. Kent was a talented archaeologist, and a great friend to Indian Steps
05/11/2019

Saddened by this news. Dr. Kent was a talented archaeologist, and a great friend to Indian Steps

We are deeply saddened at the passing of our dear colleague, mentor and friend, Dr. Barry C. Kent. He died on May 8th.

He was the Pennsylvania State Archaeologist between 1966 and 1986 and shaped what has become the state wide archaeological program for the Commonwealth. Barry implemented design concepts and developed much of the Hall of Anthropology and Archaeology at The State Museum. His extensive field work and research led to significant contributions in Susquehannock culture history, woodland period pottery analysis, Archaic projectile points typology, gunflints, experimental lithic analysis and the formal establishment of the Pennsylvania Archaeological Site Survey files (PASS). Barry’s regional archaeology program organized at universities expanded site survey, assisted with compliance projects and enhanced the relationships between the professional and the avocational community. He also initiated public outreach programs such as the Archaeology exhibit at the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show. He was always the teacher and mentor, sharing his knowledge freely with professional and avocational archaeologists alike.

We have new 100% cotton polos in the gift shop for $24.95! They are soft & lightweight. Featuring a high quality embroid...
05/10/2019

We have new 100% cotton polos in the gift shop for $24.95! They are soft & lightweight. Featuring a high quality embroidered design of our logo. Get one before they’re gone! Sm-xxl

Celebrate Memorial Day, May 27th, Monday at Indian Steps Museum by having a picnic down at the riverfront.  Enjoy watchi...
05/10/2019

Celebrate Memorial Day, May 27th, Monday at Indian Steps Museum by having a picnic down at the riverfront. Enjoy watching the birds and amphibians on the peaceful grounds of Indian Steps. 1/2 off Museum Price. Members are free!

Indian Artifact Show on June 1st featuring lectures, demonstrations and artifact identification.  Bring your personal fi...
05/10/2019

Indian Artifact Show on June 1st featuring lectures, demonstrations and artifact identification. Bring your personal finds for ID. The fee is $10.00 which includes museum admission price, museum tour by Curator Debbie Saylor, pottery displays, flintknapping demos, metal detecting, and lecture by Paul Nevin on the petroglyphs of Safe Harbor. A full fun day of education, archaeology, history and networking. Personal collections will also be displayed throughout the day. Members discount apply,

It’s #internationalcompostawarenessweek Tell us, do you compost? Interested? There are great resources online, check o...
05/06/2019

It’s #internationalcompostawarenessweek Tell us, do you compost? Interested? There are great resources online, check out Pinterest or #motherearthliving #benefitsofcomposting In my backyard I compost veggie based kitchen waste, bread, grass clippings, leaves etc and I add used tea leaves & coffee grounds (@starbucks gives them away!) As a result, I have less trash and some amazing garden soil!

Dawnland is a behind the scenes documentary in Maine on the first official "truth and reconciliation commission" in the ...
05/02/2019
Dawnland

Dawnland is a behind the scenes documentary in Maine on the first official "truth and reconciliation commission" in the United States to investigate the taking of Native children from their homes to "save" them from being Native.

You can watch the full length version of DAWNLAND for free! Tuesday May 21st at 6:30pm ET. RSVP using the link below and ask the film team your questions after watching the movie.

https://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/ogonx

Join the makers of DAWNLAND for a special one-time free screening of this award-winning film. For decades, child welfare authorities have been removing Native American children from their homes to save them from being Indian. In Maine, the first official “truth and reconciliation commission” in ...

A lucky visitor found the golden egg and won a buffalo plush! We still have candy stuffed eggs with free meal vouchers t...
04/26/2019

A lucky visitor found the golden egg and won a buffalo plush! We still have candy stuffed eggs with free meal vouchers to Texas Roadhouse for kids 12 and under. A big thanks to Texas Roadhouse - York for their generous donations ☺️

Our networking partner:  Lower Susquehanna Archaeological Society is sponsoring a free lecture on the local Native Ameri...
04/24/2019

Our networking partner: Lower Susquehanna Archaeological Society is sponsoring a free lecture on the local Native American village sites in York and Lancaster. Dr. Kurt Carr, Curator of Archaeology at the PA State Museum is the guest speaker. Note: The lecture will be held at 4:00 p.m. Columbia Historical Preservation Society 21 North 2nd Street, Columbia, PA. Visit www.spa28.org for more information.

Happy Earth Day! 😌 Please share below how you are celebrating and loving our earth! ✌️
04/22/2019

Happy Earth Day! 😌 Please share below how you are celebrating and loving our earth! ✌️

04/21/2019

Thank you to Wegmans, Stauffers of Kissel Hill Home & Garden Store, and #martinschips for their generous donations for today’s event!

Hope to see you tomorrow! Saturday, April 20th Free Admission!
04/20/2019

Hope to see you tomorrow! Saturday, April 20th Free Admission!

For our friends interested in identifying some of the plants, wildlife, and trees on and around Indian Steps property- w...
04/17/2019
Indian Steps Museum · iNaturalist.org

For our friends interested in identifying some of the plants, wildlife, and trees on and around Indian Steps property- we made a guide for your visit on iNaturalist! (It's a FREE website and App!) More to be added soon!

You can also take your own photos and have them identified!

Address

205 Indian Steps Rd
Airville, PA
17302-9358

Opening Hours

Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(717) 862-3948

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