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.
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Gorgeous riverfront property. 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.

Operating as usual

In November, we celebrate Native American heritage. “What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day ...
11/02/2020

In November, we celebrate Native American heritage.

“What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.” (from nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov)

Check out this online event on 11/19 at 11am presented by the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

https://www.si.edu/events/heritagemonth?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D148223425

Bats:  Misunderstood Creatures of the NightCondensed from article written by Rosemarie Curcio, Bat Rehabilitation Specia...
10/25/2020

Bats: Misunderstood Creatures of the Night
Condensed from article written by Rosemarie Curcio, Bat Rehabilitation Specialist from Raven Ridge Wildlife Center.
Bats are not blind. Some species use vision and olfactory (smelling) senses more than other for navigation and hunting, and much of the time it is during reduced daylight hours or darkness. Most bats have evolved the use of radar to echolocate prey, predators, obstacles, and other bats. To avoid last minute collisions, bats will decelerate and drop to the ground. This is what gives people the impression of being attached by bats. When people claim that they have been attacked, it is usually because a bat was in aerial pursuit of insect prey; the mosquitoes and gnats which tester about the person’s head to bite and extract blood. Only the vampire bat found in South America will creep up to domestic livestock and bite the animal, to lap us the small amount of blood it needs.
Bats belong to the order Chiroptera which means “hand-wing”. Despite the popular misconception that bats are flying rodents, bats are more closely related to primates than rodents. Their flying ability is unique among mammals; flying squirrels perform descending glides. Bats have a thin, vascular membrane which extends from the body to the ends of their wings (fingertips). They flap and manipulate their wings in a manner akin to birds.
Bats are beneficial in controlling insect populations and can consume half their body weight in insects in one night.
The word “dingbat” refers to someone who is not very smart. On the contrary, bats are quite intelligent. They spend a lot of time grooming themselves and keeping themselves clean. Most bats are very shy and gentle creatures and will only bit in self-defense or if frightened.
On the issue of rabies, less than 0.5% of all bat species contract rabies and even these rarely become aggressive since it suffers from paralysis and cannot move around effectively to bite. Humans are more at risk of contracting rabies from the domestic dog or cat that is not properly vaccinated against rabies.
Never touch a bat which is grounded. Of course, always use caution with any wildlife injured animal.
Before attempting any rescue call: Raven Ridge Wildlife Center at 717.808.2652 located in Washington Boro, PA
For more information please visit: www.ravenridgewildlifecenter.org

Show us your nature photos from Indian Steps Museum.  Take a hike on the grounds and post your best shots.  Here are som...
10/14/2020

Show us your nature photos from Indian Steps Museum. Take a hike on the grounds and post your best shots. Here are some of my photos from last week.

If visiting Indian Steps Museum, please be aware of the Spotted Lantern Fly on property.  In order to educate the public...
10/13/2020

If visiting Indian Steps Museum, please be aware of the Spotted Lantern Fly on property. In order to educate the public on this invasive pest, I have posted pics so you can identify this insect. Adults can be found on the tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima), an invasive plant. In the fall in Pennsylvania, adult spotted lanternfly prefer to feed and mate on tree of heaven when compared to other host plants. Help eradicate this pest.

Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day! We are sad that we cannot have a big celebration at the museum this year ☹️ but hope to s...
10/12/2020

Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day! We are sad that we cannot have a big celebration at the museum this year ☹️ but hope to see everyone in 2021 when it will be bigger and better! Please share how you and your family plan on participating in this important day!

Here are some ideas from the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-american-indian/2020/10/07/indigenous-peoples-day-2020/?fbclid=IwAR0keytBduk0QwC_2okTgTBnJAzq963oq4zyl3yZXMkqZj7SuVt8Whm5ktc

Tiny and wondrous sights in the meadow
08/12/2020

Tiny and wondrous sights in the meadow

Over the many years there have been several  different totem poles since John E. Vandersloot built Indian Steps Cabin in...
06/18/2020

Over the many years there have been several different totem poles since John E. Vandersloot built Indian Steps Cabin in 1912. According to the Conservervation News of Summer 1957, the current totem pole was carved from a red cedar tree by Gordon Hana, who is part Sioux Indian. The tree came from the farm of C. Russell Brown of New Park.
Historical records indicate seven carved totemic features: first level, or bottom figure bears the mythical Indian creature called Dsonoquo stealing a baby. Second figure: beaver chewing on a piece of wood. Third figure: Fish. Fouth figure: a Turtle representing an Indian Tribe possible Seneca. Fifth figure: A raven. Sixth figure: Indian figure head and Seventh: a Thunderbird, which stands for power, strength and battle.

Kerr Anderson and volunteers had to erect the tall totem pole, cementing it firmly in the ground. Read the attached article for more details.

Fast Forward: Spring of 2004, the totem pole was repainted, the time before tha (1990) a group of the York Carvers Association did a refurbishment and touchup. Robert Groff, CSYC board of director painted the totem pole matching its original colors.

Currently: the Summer of 2020, Jack Gardner repainted this outstanding structure and hopefully future generations will care to do the same.

Indian Steps Totem PoleWe gratefully acknowledge one of our Board of Directors:   Jack Gardner for all his time, energy ...
06/17/2020

Indian Steps Totem Pole
We gratefully acknowledge one of our Board of Directors: Jack Gardner for all his time, energy and work at Indian Steps Museum. Jack is pictured here with his latest project, which is the painting of the totem pole. Even though Indian Steps is closed until next April of 2021, Jack is still maintaining and trouble shooting the grounds and building. Thank you Jack for repainting the historic totem pole.

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

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

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Airville, PA
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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?