Indian Steps Museum

Indian Steps Museum Unique 100+ year old Arts and Crafts style cabin with over 10,000 local Native American artifacts embedded in the walls. Established as a museum in 1939 and houses three floors of collections and exhibits. Gorgeous riverfront property.
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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.

04/23/2020
Susquehannock Wildlife Society

A collection of special Earth Day messages from several organizations that are helping the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Some valuable tips and cool wildlife within! Thanks to the Susquehannock Wildlife Society for including the Conservation Society of York County in this production ☺️

For the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day we wanted to do something special. We asked our friends for some help so that despite these challenging times, the message of hope and call to action that inspired this day could carry on. Our partners throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed are working as hard as ever to protect this incredible resource.

The world has certainly changed a lot since 1970 and we have made a lot of progress. Species have been saved, pollution reduction has occurred, and recycling is part of every day life. But we still have a long way to go, with many threats to the future of our Earth still looming it will take all of us working together to protect our resources and create a brighter future.

Here in the Chesapeake Bay watershed we know this all too well. From Cooperstown, New York to Virginia Beach, across Maryland, Pennsylvania and portions of West Virginia and Delaware, this National Treasure is in all of our hands. Luckily we have so many hardworking groups, individuals, and agencies dedicated to protecting it so that we may solve our challenges and pass on a healthier Bay. Much like how all of our streams, rivers and wetlands flow together to create the Chesapeake, these partners are united in their work to protect and improve our watershed and all that depends on it. These folks represent some of those who keep the spirit of Earth Day alive every single day.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Chesapeake Conservancy Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Chesapeake Bay Program Maryland Dept. Of The Environment Calvert Marine Museum & Lighthouse The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore Chesapeake Mermaid Anita C. Leight Estuary Center posted by OPCA Eden Mill Harford Land Trust HARFORD BIRD CLUB Indian Steps Museum NorthBay Adventure Freshwater Journeys Lights Out Baltimore Phoenix Wildlife Center, Inc. Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc. Owl Moon Raptor Center Susquehanna National Heritage Area Susquehannock Wildlife Society Chesapeake Conservation Partnership Oregon Ridge Nature Center Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments West Virginia Conservation Agency University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Robinson Nature Center Blue Water Baltimore Maryland Reptile Conservation Center Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Havre De Grace Maritime Museum, Inc. Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Maryland State Parks AmeriCorps Izaak Walton League of America - Harford County Conservation Society of York County Maryland Department of Natural Resources- Wildlife & Heritage Service Safe Skies Maryland

Happy Earth Day! It is the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day- how will you celebrate? We invite you to share the e...
04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day! It is the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day- how will you celebrate? We invite you to share the eco-conscious activities you are doing today (photos if you can!), or anything you've been doing lately that is helping the planet. No step or action is too small, and maybe it will inspire others!

Learn more about the history of this special day here: https://www.earthday.org/history

And discover some ways you can help!
https://www.earthday.org/take-action-now

#earthday #earthday2020 #earthdayPA #helptheplanet Earth Day Network Conservation Society of York County #conservation #sustainability #yorkPA

“Look at the beauty happening while the world waits....nature waits for no one” Thank you Dori Grimm for sharing your be...
03/27/2020

“Look at the beauty happening while the world waits....nature waits for no one”
Thank you Dori Grimm for sharing your beautiful pictures and wise words.

03/26/2020
Knaper's Stop & Go

Knaper’s is providing potty’s to the homeless in York AND taking our last minute orders with kindness and professionalism!
Always there to back us up Knaper’s!
Thank you!

Portable Toilet Rentals and Septic Cleaning

Indian Steps PUBLIC Clean Up day is CANCELED but please read the attached, good news inside!  🤗 with additional Updates-
03/26/2020
Indian Steps Clean Up day and More Updates

Indian Steps PUBLIC Clean Up day is CANCELED but please read the attached, good news inside!
🤗 with additional Updates-

In a recent email The Conservation Society of York County requested help preparing the grounds of Indian Steps Museum for opening day.  Our public clean up day has been postponed in order to ensure the safety of our valued community, BUT...if you would like to volunteer on your own time,  Indian...

03/17/2020
Conservation Society of York County

Conservation Society of York County

The grounds of Indian Steps Museum, Bonham Wake and Codorus Furnace are all open during daylight hours. The weather has been perfect for hiking and exploring. Fresh air is safe and free 😀
You will find new brochures at ISM and Bonham with information regarding their history.
Pack a lunch and relax.

Indian Steps Museum
205 Indian steps Rd
Airville Pa 17302

....And 5 miles from Indian Steps sits

Bonham-Wake-Robin Wildlife Sanctuary
51 Spencer rd
Airville Pa 17302

Codorus Furnace and Forge
4045 Furnace Rd
My. Wolf, Pa 17347

Indian Steps Native American Festival 2020!
03/10/2020

Indian Steps Native American Festival 2020!

We need YOU! Indian Steps depends on community support and volunteers. Please fill out the volunteer interest form below...
02/19/2020

We need YOU! Indian Steps depends on community support and volunteers. Please fill out the volunteer interest form below and we can find something tailored for you. Please email completed forms to [email protected]

*Families
*Hours toward community service
*Retirees
*Students
*Scouts
*Past volunteers that want to be active again...

Everyone is welcome!
Thank you, and we hope you will join us!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FKGXBTYTNXztjsgTzQ-E-NPhjpwy6fx6ykgCTsEN_QA/edit?usp=sharing

02/13/2020

We are almost finished our 2020 event calendar. Exciting season ahead packed full of fun!

01/17/2020

The beauty of this place is indescribable. This was Tuesday, I have never seen the water down so low. Warning ... if you like your shoes don’t walk out far, the mud likes them too, and will suck them right off your feet!

01/13/2020

#hearthugs our local Disney+ Marvel Super Hero will be on WGAL news 8 at 6:00pm!!!! You have to see the difference this beautiful young lady is making in our community! Lorelei will be making an appearance and signing her Marvel Comic books at Indian Steps Museum. Her dream is to bring awareness to heart disease for everyone, especially our Indigenous people.
http://www.facebook.com/CHDHeartHugs

12/24/2019

Twas the Night before Christmas and throughout Bonham Wake
all the creatures were stirring and anxiously awake.
Excited for the spring season ahead
they couldn't possibly snuggle down in their beds.

As the stars twinkled in the sky
Codorus Furnace stood tall as once did in 1765.
Remembering the Penn Family, and the honorable John Smith,
the Continental Army and the cannonballs that it made swift.

Wills School Standing just as its been,
ready to open its doors to new friends.
The one room schoolhouse still has history to teach,
to all in york county and everyone it can reach.

Fly, Eagles and Hawks dance to the flutes and drums
said Indian Steps to the spirit of fun!
Knowledge and history can never be replaced
as the feeling of knowing shines down on your face.

Next season is only shortly away,
please come join us in learning so history will stay.
It will be fun and well worth your time
to understand the stories that aren't just mine.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and warmest well wishes for a blessed New Year.
The Conservation Society of York County.

***IT'S GIVING TUESDAY and CSYC needs your HELP***Established in 1922 our mission is to Preserve York County's Natural, ...
12/03/2019

***IT'S GIVING TUESDAY and CSYC needs your HELP***
Established in 1922 our mission is to Preserve York County's Natural, Prehistoric, and Historic Landscapes.
The Conservation Society of York County is a non-profit organization that owns and operates:
Indian Steps Museum, Bonham Wake Robin Wildlife Sanctuary, Ulmer-Root-Haines Park, Codorus Furnace, and Wills one room school house.
On this Giving Tuesday the Conservation Society of York County is asking for your financial support, which will help us continue our educational programs, expand our York County community interest, and preserve our historic locations.
At this time we do not have access to electronic payment solutions, but we would be beyond grateful to accept a check made out to :
The Conservation Society of York County or Indian Steps Museum,
Mailing Address is: 205 Indian Steps Rd. Airville PA 17302
If you have any questions please contact our Outreach Coordinator Dana Adams 717-862-8202, or [email protected]
#give, #givingtuesday, #givelocal, #donate, #thankyou,

11/22/2019

The universe is made of stories, not Atoms.
-Muriel Rukeyser

Walking the Red Road
11/04/2019

Walking the Red Road

“We were told that we would see America come and go. In a sense America is dying, from within, because they forgot the instructions of how to live on earth.Its the Hopi belief, its our belief, that if you are not spiritually connected to the earth, and understand the spiritual reality of how to live on earth, its likely that you will not make it.Everything is spiritual, everything has a spirit, everything was brought here by the creator, the one creator. Some people call him God, some people call him Buddha, some people call him Allah, some people call him other names. We call him Tunkaschila... Grandfather.We are here on earth only a few winters, then we go to the spirit world. The spirit world is more real then most of us believe. The spirit world is everything.Over 95% of our body is water. In order to stay healthy you've got to drink good water. ... Water is sacred, air is sacred. Our DNA is made out of the same DNA as the tree, the tree breaths what we exhale, we need what the tree exhales. So we have a common destiny with the tree. We are all from the earth, and when earth, the water, the atmosphere is corrupted then it will create its own reaction. The mother is reacting. In the Hopi prophecy they say the storms and floods will become greater. To me its not a negative thing to know that there will be great changes. Its not negative, its evolution. When you look at it as evolution, it's time, nothing stays the same.You should learn how to plant something. That is the first connection. You should treat all things as spirit, realize that we are one family. Its never something like the end. Its like life, there is no end to life”

-Floyd Red Crow Westerman

11/02/2019

To our Native American friends,
What would you like the general population to know about your heritage and traditions?
Please inbox Indian Steps with your tribal name and I will respectfully post

11/02/2019

Native Americans did not put a lot of value into material items. There was little in the way of possessions and ownership. People didn't own land or collect money in the bank. They valued intangible things like respect, honor, and status.

We are happy to share the news that DAWNLAND is free to stream for the month of November in celebration of National Nati...
11/01/2019
Dawnland | Season 20 Episode 2 | Independent Lens

We are happy to share the news that DAWNLAND is free to stream for the month of November in celebration of National Native American Heritage Month. Individuals in the United States can stream the 54-minute Independent Lens broadcast edition of DAWNLAND on the PBS website.

Watch this film up to November 30th.

November was named as Native American Heritage Month in 1990 by then President George H. W. Bush. In the beginning, this...
11/01/2019

November was named as Native American Heritage Month in 1990 by then President George H. W. Bush. In the beginning, this was only done for that particular year and not established as a continuous month of learning and celebration that would continue for all time.
What do you want to know about Native American Heritage?
One question will be picked daily and answered as the daily post the next day.

It’s getting dark! 😱👻
10/27/2019

It’s getting dark! 😱👻

Did you know a real Superhero lives in our hometown?  Lorelei McIntyre-Brewer made a special trip to Indian Steps to rea...
10/18/2019

Did you know a real Superhero lives in our hometown? Lorelei McIntyre-Brewer made a special trip to Indian Steps to read with our children during Indigenous Peoples day. She told us a special secret that we can't tell just yet, but I can give you a clue;
She really is a Superhero and wants to share the story of her adventure with us before the world finds out! Stay tuned for more details later this month. #MarvelsHeroProject
Heart Hugs

Thank you to all who came and celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day with us yesterday!
10/15/2019

Thank you to all who came and celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day with us yesterday!

Honoring the First Peoples of America
10/14/2019

Honoring the First Peoples of America

Join us at Indian Steps Museum on October 12th, Saturday from 5:00 to 6:00 PM for a free presentation on "When the Stars...
10/09/2019

Join us at Indian Steps Museum on October 12th, Saturday from 5:00 to 6:00 PM for a free presentation on "When the Stars Spoke to Us". Speaker, Gregory Markowski, Member of the Conservation Society of York County and York County Astronomical Society will encourage us to look UP into the night sky and take us back 2500 years ago. A slide presentation features what the skies looked like back then and how the indigenous people of the Americas viewed the celestial bodies.

Photos from Indian Steps Museum's post
10/06/2019

Photos from Indian Steps Museum's post

Rain or shine we are still going!
10/06/2019

Rain or shine we are still going!

Look at all of this AUTHENTIC Native American merchandise!!!  Most of it is handmade, you have to see it for yourself!  ...
10/06/2019

Look at all of this AUTHENTIC Native American merchandise!!! Most of it is handmade, you have to see it for yourself! Oh my goodness we don’t see this on the East Coast very often. Tomorrow 10-5 is your last chance.

10/06/2019

We had a wonderful turn out today! Please come see us tomorrow until 5!

Post your photos below! We are open till 6pm today!
10/05/2019

Post your photos below! We are open till 6pm today!

Thank you to all the volunteers, staff, board of directors, vendors, demonstrators, and members who helped with our 2019...
10/04/2019

Thank you to all the volunteers, staff, board of directors, vendors, demonstrators, and members who helped with our 2019 Indian Steps Festival.

Greetings and Hello from Indian Steps!  Below are a few ways to say hello in several tribal languages.O'-Si-Yo'    -    ...
10/02/2019

Greetings and Hello from Indian Steps!

Below are a few ways to say hello in several tribal languages.
O'-Si-Yo' - Cherokee
Halito - Choctaw
Hau - Dakota and Lakota Sioux
Buzhu - Objiwa Chippewa
Apaa - Yupik Eskimo
Ya'at'eeh - Dene Navajo
The Native American Festival Committee is making final preparations for you to enjoy a fantastic experience in southern York County at Indian Steps Museum in Airville, PA!
Join us as we celebrate Native American Arts, Culture, and Music with great FOOD, FUN and ENTERTAINMENT right at our historic and world renowned Indian Steps Museum
You'll witness authentic Drumming that includes the Native American dance circle with special opportunities being offered for audience participation in these events, too! You do not want to miss this memorable experience!!
Spend time on our grounds browsing the Festival with many Traders and Craftsmen, offering their authentic handmade Native items such as Jewelry, Pottery, Art, Knives, Books, Furs, and Blankets with all the traditions of the Tribal Native American Pow-Wow.
PLENTY OF GREAT FOOD TO ENJOY:
BBQ Chicken
Lions Club hot dogs, burgers and fries
Ruby’s Fabulous Frybread
Turkey Hill Ice Teas /Drinks

FESTIVAL HOURS
10-6 Saturday, October 5th
10-5 Sunday, October 6th
Grand Entry each day begins at 12:00 noon

We are a family friendly event, so everyone is welcome!
You may want to bring a lawn chair or blanket since seating is limited.

Suggested donation is only $5.00 per person at gate which includes admission to the museum.

Join us in our candlelit Kiva room on Sunday, October 27th at 6pm for an eerie lecture by Rick Fisher, a leader in local...
09/30/2019

Join us in our candlelit Kiva room on Sunday, October 27th at 6pm for an eerie lecture by Rick Fisher, a leader in local paranormal investigation. This will also be our last day of the season.

09/29/2019
09/24/2019
Storytelling at Indian Steps Museum

A new totem pole was erected in the "story ring" as a focal point for Judy Englert to utilize as she weaves the legends of the Native Americans for visitors in an unique outdoor setting along the Susquehanna River.

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205 Indian Steps Rd
Airville, PA
17302-9358

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Indian Steps Cabin, also known as Indian Steps Museum, is an historic memorial and museum located in 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 an 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 a 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.

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Everything from the building to the grounds, the festivals, the peace and serenity, the river, the scared space. EVERYTHING!! Thank you for continued service to all communities! A-ho
I'm interested in this because I'm 1/8 sesquahana indian. My great grandma was full blooded. Next time I'm up your way, I'll pay a visit.
Join the Indian Steps Archaeology Team of 2018 on April 28th, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. There will be lectures, tours, and demonstrations on flintknapping and prehistoric artifact identification. Space is limited to 20 people to sign up for the upcoming workshops and excavations. Please attend this orientation for instructions on how you can become part of the team.
Hilltop Marina likes the museum.
Head Dancers
September-9-2017
Hard Working Women at the Pow Wow
Had a great time at the powwow with my little man. Thank you all
Very worthwhile event ! Unusual opportunity !
when is the Indian pow wow down there this summer?