LancasterHistory

LancasterHistory LancasterHistory is a non-profit, local history museum that offers museum exhibitions, tours of President James Buchanan's Wheatland, a Research Center, Museum Store, and Arboretum.

Visit our website at www.lancasterhistory.org to learn more.

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Found boxes of photos and aren't sure what to do with them? Are you the family archivist and need some tips? If so, Sept...
09/03/2021

Found boxes of photos and aren't sure what to do with them? Are you the family archivist and need some tips? If so, September is the month for you! On our Photoblog this month we'll be covering different topics related to the care and preservation of photographs as part of Save Your Photos Month. Stay tuned for more!

Found boxes of photos and aren't sure what to do with them? Are you the family archivist and need some tips? If so, September is the month for you! On our Photoblog this month we'll be covering different topics related to the care and preservation of photographs as part of Save Your Photos Month. Stay tuned for more!

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT): Identified as “Mr. John Martin’s picnic hamper”, this photo of a lovely day near Glen Rock wa...
09/02/2021

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT): Identified as “Mr. John Martin’s picnic hamper”, this photo of a lovely day near Glen Rock was snapped by Frank Reid Diffenderfer in 1902. What better way to spend your Labor Day weekend than with a huge picnic hamper full of goodies?

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT): Identified as “Mr. John Martin’s picnic hamper”, this photo of a lovely day near Glen Rock was snapped by Frank Reid Diffenderfer in 1902. What better way to spend your Labor Day weekend than with a huge picnic hamper full of goodies?

Due to current inclement weather conditions, all operations of LancasterHistory, including President James Buchanan's Wh...
09/01/2021

Due to current inclement weather conditions, all operations of LancasterHistory, including President James Buchanan's Wheatland, will be closing today, September 1, 2021 at 3pm. Thank you!

Due to current inclement weather conditions, all operations of LancasterHistory, including President James Buchanan's Wheatland, will be closing today, September 1, 2021 at 3pm. Thank you!

Opposites attract, especially in regards to Wheatland's icehouse/smokehouse! Learn about and take a peek inside this uni...
09/01/2021
Doors in the Sky and on the Ground: The Icehouse and Smokehouse | LancasterHistory

Opposites attract, especially in regards to Wheatland's icehouse/smokehouse! Learn about and take a peek inside this unique building in Museum Associate Stephanie Celiberti's latest blog entry, "Doors in the Sky and On the Ground." http://ow.ly/MxOl50G2itX

Of the many doors at Wheatland, the doors to the icehouse and smokehouse catch the eye the most. One door “floats” on the second floor with no visible stairs to access it. The other seems normal enough, but holds a surprise upon opening. These doors typically remained closed, but in today’s bl...

08/18/2021
Wheatland's Front Lawn | Wheatland In Detail

Join volunteer museum educator, Emma, as she takes you around the front lawn of Wheatland. From the meadow to the fresh water springs, she’ll reveal what the exterior ground looked like in Buchanan’s time and share a few stories along the way.

It's been a "record" year! Get it? 😉 While we often think of records primarily as a form of entertainment, they were als...
08/12/2021

It's been a "record" year! Get it? 😉 While we often think of records primarily as a form of entertainment, they were also used to inform. In 1948, Armstrong Cork Company (now Armstrong World Industries) inserted a vinyl record into an operating report booklet distributed to employees. The Record of a Record Year booklet commemorated “a record-breaking total of sales—an all-time high for any year in the history of the Company.” The two-sided recording lasts for 3 minutes and 14 seconds. #NationalVinylRecordDay

It's been a "record" year! Get it? 😉 While we often think of records primarily as a form of entertainment, they were also used to inform. In 1948, Armstrong Cork Company (now Armstrong World Industries) inserted a vinyl record into an operating report booklet distributed to employees. The Record of a Record Year booklet commemorated “a record-breaking total of sales—an all-time high for any year in the history of the Company.” The two-sided recording lasts for 3 minutes and 14 seconds. #NationalVinylRecordDay

When it comes to the outbuildings at Wheatland, many are familiar with the privy and the icehouse/smokehouse which are 1...
08/04/2021
Of Buildings Past: Outbuildings at Wheatland no Longer Extant | LancasterHistory

When it comes to the outbuildings at Wheatland, many are familiar with the privy and the icehouse/smokehouse which are 1828 originals to the property. But did you know that a few more outbuildings stood on the grounds at Wheatland? Though the buildings are no longer extant (still standing), illustrations, photographs, and descriptions clue historians in on what once existed. http://ow.ly/8Jez50FKhBU

In this blog entry, learn about the various outbuildings at Wheatland that are no longer standing or visible.

One might think that town criers existed a long, long time ago, but Lancaster City had town criers employed through the ...
07/30/2021

One might think that town criers existed a long, long time ago, but Lancaster City had town criers employed through the 19th century. This 1852 invoice submitted to the Lancaster City Council indicates payment due to town crier Mathias Zahm for his services of crying the renting of bakers stands in the market place and making a proclamation that empty wagons should be removed during market hours. For Zahm's service, he received $1.12 (close to $40 in today's rates). #ArchivesFriday

One might think that town criers existed a long, long time ago, but Lancaster City had town criers employed through the 19th century. This 1852 invoice submitted to the Lancaster City Council indicates payment due to town crier Mathias Zahm for his services of crying the renting of bakers stands in the market place and making a proclamation that empty wagons should be removed during market hours. For Zahm's service, he received $1.12 (close to $40 in today's rates). #ArchivesFriday

#ThrowbackThursday | Ah, summer! The sun is high and the air is hot. Everything is green and a bit overgrown. It’s time ...
07/29/2021

#ThrowbackThursday | Ah, summer! The sun is high and the air is hot. Everything is green and a bit overgrown. It’s time for a refreshing dip in a cool creek. Or, like these lads c. 1910, the muddy waters of the Conestoga Creek near Churchtown.

#ThrowbackThursday | Ah, summer! The sun is high and the air is hot. Everything is green and a bit overgrown. It’s time for a refreshing dip in a cool creek. Or, like these lads c. 1910, the muddy waters of the Conestoga Creek near Churchtown.

The US Defense Department's Project Transition, established in 1967, sought to help veterans transition from military li...
07/25/2021

The US Defense Department's Project Transition, established in 1967, sought to help veterans transition from military life to civilian life, as well as provide veterans with valuable job skills. A training program conducted by Armstrong Cork Company (now Armstrong World Industries) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina taught veterans about flooring and flooring installation. Students who successfully completed the program had on-the-job experience, help with their resumes, and assistance finding jobs as Armstrong trained flooring mechanics. #NationalHireAVeteranDay

The US Defense Department's Project Transition, established in 1967, sought to help veterans transition from military life to civilian life, as well as provide veterans with valuable job skills. A training program conducted by Armstrong Cork Company (now Armstrong World Industries) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina taught veterans about flooring and flooring installation. Students who successfully completed the program had on-the-job experience, help with their resumes, and assistance finding jobs as Armstrong trained flooring mechanics. #NationalHireAVeteranDay

In early America, citizens used lotteries to raise revenue without directly involving the government. These lotteries we...
07/23/2021

In early America, citizens used lotteries to raise revenue without directly involving the government. These lotteries were a means to finance public works projects, such as building roads, colleges, and churches, and paving streets. Pictured here is a broadside advertising a lottery to fund repairs to St. James Episcopal Church in Lancaster in 1807. This lottery was one of 78 "schemes" authorized by the PA legislature between 1796 and 1808. #ArchivesFriday

In early America, citizens used lotteries to raise revenue without directly involving the government. These lotteries were a means to finance public works projects, such as building roads, colleges, and churches, and paving streets. Pictured here is a broadside advertising a lottery to fund repairs to St. James Episcopal Church in Lancaster in 1807. This lottery was one of 78 "schemes" authorized by the PA legislature between 1796 and 1808. #ArchivesFriday

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT): Kick back and relax --- it's National Hammock Day. 😎 What's more relaxing than swinging gentl...
07/22/2021

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT): Kick back and relax --- it's National Hammock Day. 😎 What's more relaxing than swinging gently in the shady trees on a warm summer's day? Friends of Elizabeth Peale Ryder get comfortable in their hammock in this 1910s photograph.

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT): Kick back and relax --- it's National Hammock Day. 😎 What's more relaxing than swinging gently in the shady trees on a warm summer's day? Friends of Elizabeth Peale Ryder get comfortable in their hammock in this 1910s photograph.

07/20/2021
The Pollinator Gardens | The Tanger Arboretum

Join Friends of the Tanger Arboretum Board Member Lorri Schmick in the Pollinator Gardens to learn about the collaborative effort to establish the gardens and a few examples of popular pollinator plants!

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT): A group of GIs enjoy some fresh warm donuts during World War II – do doubt delivered to them ...
07/15/2021

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT): A group of GIs enjoy some fresh warm donuts during World War II – do doubt delivered to them by the USO’s “Donut Dollies”, who provided hot coffee, donuts and other refreshments to soldiers during the war.

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT): A group of GIs enjoy some fresh warm donuts during World War II – do doubt delivered to them by the USO’s “Donut Dollies”, who provided hot coffee, donuts and other refreshments to soldiers during the war.

07/14/2021
A Tour of the Wheatland Privy | Wheatland in Detail

Why are there so many seats inside the privy? What’s it doing so far away from the Wheatland mansion? And why did people throw items away in the privy? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Museum Associate Stephanie Celiberti gives a behind the scenes tour of Wheatland's privy.

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT): Mmm, ice cream! 🍦 July is National Ice Cream Month. In this photo, Elizabeth Aument (third fr...
07/08/2021

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT): Mmm, ice cream! 🍦 July is National Ice Cream Month. In this photo, Elizabeth Aument (third from left) and her friends enjoy ice cream cones somewhere near Millersville in the 1920s. Penned at the bottom - "Ain't we got fun?"

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT): Mmm, ice cream! 🍦 July is National Ice Cream Month. In this photo, Elizabeth Aument (third from left) and her friends enjoy ice cream cones somewhere near Millersville in the 1920s. Penned at the bottom - "Ain't we got fun?"

We look forward to welcoming back Allegro Orchestra Lancaster this Saturday, July 10 at 7:30pm for "Allegro at Wheatland...
07/07/2021
Concerts | Allegro Orchestra Lancaster

We look forward to welcoming back Allegro Orchestra Lancaster this Saturday, July 10 at 7:30pm for "Allegro at Wheatland!" 🎶 Enjoy a summertime, evening concert on the historic grounds of President James Buchanan's Wheatland as Allegro Orchestra Lancaster features Haydn’s "Symphony No. 70," Coleman’s "For a Beautiful Land," and more. Tickets are available online at https://www.allegrolancaster.org/concerts.

Our mission is to expand the appreciation and love for classical music across multiple generations in Lancaster County by making great music accessible in new, friendly and playful ways.

John Munford announced in the "Lancaster Journal" newspaper in 1824 that he planned to put on a "splendid display of pyr...
07/04/2021

John Munford announced in the "Lancaster Journal" newspaper in 1824 that he planned to put on a "splendid display of pyrotechny" on the Fourth of July. 🎆The advertisement boasted various fireworks, from rockets to Roman Candles to a grand finale--an Egyptian Pyramid--which would discharge one thousand "brilliant stars." Tickets were required, however, since Munford needed to be able to recoup monies spent on the event.

John Munford announced in the "Lancaster Journal" newspaper in 1824 that he planned to put on a "splendid display of pyrotechny" on the Fourth of July. 🎆The advertisement boasted various fireworks, from rockets to Roman Candles to a grand finale--an Egyptian Pyramid--which would discharge one thousand "brilliant stars." Tickets were required, however, since Munford needed to be able to recoup monies spent on the event.

New to the LancasterHistory collections, the Dodge Family Papers (MG-836) consists primarily of correspondence, historic...
07/02/2021

New to the LancasterHistory collections, the Dodge Family Papers (MG-836) consists primarily of correspondence, historical memorabilia, objects, ledgers, photographs, and patents related to the Dodge family and the various cork companies associated with the family name in Lancaster. Founded in 1871 in Berlin, NY by George W. Dodge, the company relocated to Lancaster in 1876. In 1926, Arthur B. Dodge, grandson of G.W. Dodge, founded what is still known today as the Dodge Cork Company. (Collection generously donated by Clifford H. Dodge.) #newacquisition #archivesfriday

New to the LancasterHistory collections, the Dodge Family Papers (MG-836) consists primarily of correspondence, historical memorabilia, objects, ledgers, photographs, and patents related to the Dodge family and the various cork companies associated with the family name in Lancaster. Founded in 1871 in Berlin, NY by George W. Dodge, the company relocated to Lancaster in 1876. In 1926, Arthur B. Dodge, grandson of G.W. Dodge, founded what is still known today as the Dodge Cork Company. (Collection generously donated by Clifford H. Dodge.) #newacquisition #archivesfriday

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT): This festively decorated cottage along the Conestoga River near Sunnyside was certainly ready...
07/01/2021

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT): This festively decorated cottage along the Conestoga River near Sunnyside was certainly ready to entertain some Independence Day party goers in the 1920s. The many flags are 48 star American flags, which were used from July 4, 1912 until July 4, 1959 when Alaska joined the Union. The 50 star flag, the current flag, would arrive one year later in 1960 when Hawaii joined the Union.

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT): This festively decorated cottage along the Conestoga River near Sunnyside was certainly ready to entertain some Independence Day party goers in the 1920s. The many flags are 48 star American flags, which were used from July 4, 1912 until July 4, 1959 when Alaska joined the Union. The 50 star flag, the current flag, would arrive one year later in 1960 when Hawaii joined the Union.

This July for #wheatlandindetail on our Instagram, we're discussing hygiene in the Victorian era in America. When discus...
06/30/2021
How Victorian Women used the Privy in Multiple Layers of Clothing | LancasterHistory

This July for #wheatlandindetail on our Instagram, we're discussing hygiene in the Victorian era in America. When discussing women’s clothing and Victorian hygiene, one question comes up in the minds of many. How did Victorian women use the restroom in multiple layers of clothing, especially in all those skirts? To the modern person, the idea seems impossible, but it was not nearly as complex. In fact, the construction of clothing, particularly the undergarments, made a trip to the privy something of a breeze. Read to learn more ➡️ http://ow.ly/jEIZ50FlPli

When discussing women’s clothing and Victorian hygiene, one question comes up in the minds of many. How did Victorian women use the restroom with multiple layers of clothing? To the modern person, the idea seems impossible, but it was not nearly as complex as it may seem. In fact, the construction...

Throughout the month of July on our Instagram, we're going to take a look at hygiene at Wheatland and in the Victorian e...
06/29/2021

Throughout the month of July on our Instagram, we're going to take a look at hygiene at Wheatland and in the Victorian era. How did people bathe? And how often? And is this a bath tub? (Yes!) 🛁 So check out our Instagram (@lancohistory) to learn more! #wheatlandindetail

Throughout the month of July on our Instagram, we're going to take a look at hygiene at Wheatland and in the Victorian era. How did people bathe? And how often? And is this a bath tub? (Yes!) 🛁 So check out our Instagram (@lancohistory) to learn more! #wheatlandindetail

July is right around the corner and that means National Ice Cream Month! 🍨 Located at 20 East Orange Street in Lancaster...
06/28/2021

July is right around the corner and that means National Ice Cream Month! 🍨 Located at 20 East Orange Street in Lancaster, Hupper's Candy and Ice Cream offered ice cream specialties and a lunch selection. This menu from the 1950s showcases all the delicious, sugary treats, including Hupper's Special Sundae with delicious fudgy cake, country-style ice cream, fudge sauce, whipped cream, and topped with a cherry. 🍒 Yum! (Artifact generously donated by Suzanne M. Kohler.) #newacquisition

July is right around the corner and that means National Ice Cream Month! 🍨 Located at 20 East Orange Street in Lancaster, Hupper's Candy and Ice Cream offered ice cream specialties and a lunch selection. This menu from the 1950s showcases all the delicious, sugary treats, including Hupper's Special Sundae with delicious fudgy cake, country-style ice cream, fudge sauce, whipped cream, and topped with a cherry. 🍒 Yum! (Artifact generously donated by Suzanne M. Kohler.) #newacquisition

Though this card table looks solid in stature, it has a few moving parts! It has a two-leaf, fold over top that creates ...
06/27/2021

Though this card table looks solid in stature, it has a few moving parts! It has a two-leaf, fold over top that creates a larger surface when unfolded. The surface can also pivot on the pedestal, which is located at the center of the table. The flexibility of this card table meant that it could become more compact for storage and expand for use when needed. #wheatlandindetail

Though this card table looks solid in stature, it has a few moving parts! It has a two-leaf, fold over top that creates a larger surface when unfolded. The surface can also pivot on the pedestal, which is located at the center of the table. The flexibility of this card table meant that it could become more compact for storage and expand for use when needed. #wheatlandindetail

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Lancaster, PA
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LancasterHistory is open Monday - Saturday, 9:30am - 5pm. Tours of Wheatland are offered Monday - Saturday, on the hour, from 10am - 3pm. To view exceptions to hours in regards to holidays, inclement weather, and special closings, please visit www.lancasterhistory.org/visit. More information and tickets are available on our website at www.lancasterhistory.org or by calling (717) 392-4633. Thank you!

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LancasterHistory is a non-profit, local history museum that offers tours of President James Buchanan’s Wheatland, a full-service Research Center, museum exhibitions, a Museum Store, and the Louise Arnold Tanger Arboretum. At LancasterHistory, you can learn about Lancaster County and 300 years of fascinating history through engaging museum exhibitions, tours of the home of 15th U.S. President James Buchanan, or through conducting scholarly or genealogical research in our Research Center. Our entire, 11-acre property---referred to as the Campus of History---has stories, exhibitions, and learning opportunities for every visitor.

To learn more about how you can visit, or see what educational resources we have online, please visit our website at https://www.lancasterhistory.org.

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Looking for a "Mammy Welk" from Strasburg area who made a salve from pine rosin that was popular in our Metzler family. Would like to identify who she was. We have the recipe but she has been lost to time. Would have been born about 100 years ago now.
Buchanan moves up on the list!
Hello All! Happy Friday! I am a returning Millersville Alum who is starting a neon sign shop in Lancaster in the new year called Hex Neon. www.hexneon.com We are actively looking for old photographs or any visual information for a business called Clark's Diner that used to be on Prince St. across from the Fulton. It had a 10 foot double sided neon sign on top that is long gone. BUT WE FOUND IT! We have a fund raiser right now to bring it back from OHIO and restore the bad boy! But we need more visual documentation to get the restoration correct. Might anyone in this group have a photograph of the sign on its original rooftop? This is the only picture I have and as you can see...it sucks. Any help would be greatly appreciated and feel free to message me. Best DJ Hex Neon 📷
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT History of the Conestoga River Lecture Recording Now Available Did you miss the online lecture on August 11th? No worries! Watch a recording of the event via YouTube!
Today in 1874 The Soldier and Sailor monument in the old square was dedicated. It marks the spot where courthouses had stood. Where the Continental Congress had met and the Penna. legislature had assembled.
What are some foods that Pennsylvania Germans would have eaten about two-hundred years ago? So far I have hand-rolled pretzels and apple schnitz. Working on creating a menu for a meal (or a day) of such foods. Thanks!
Would you have any family genealogy for Johann Mundorff? Born: 1714 Neiderkassel, Rheinland, Germany Death: 1774 (59-60) Conestoga, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States I'm also trying to find his grave site in Conestoga, PA. Thank you for your time, Matt Mundorf
Hello. I am former resident of Lancaster County now living in Japan and teaching social sciences at a university in Tokyo. I am working on a project about the global spread of Japanese cuisine by looking at restaurants and Lancaster is one example of the US situation. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHEN THE FIRST JAPANESE RESTAURANT (NOT CHINESE) WAS ESTABLISHED IN LANCASTER. If you have any information, including newspapers article, personal experience, etc..., please let me know. I sort of remember a Japanese steak house on the Columbia Avenue in the 1970s. Incidentally, I have published an article on the role of Chinese restaurateurs in running Japanese cuisine restaurants throughout the US, using Lancaster as one of the case studies. It is based on fieldwork I did in the early 2010. I would be happy to post it for download if I could figure out how to do it on FB. Thanks for reading this!
Interesting story of the Lavender Scare; what other Lancaster-related stories might be out there from this era?
Question? Bowmans jewelry and repair store/shop. Are they Ever going to settle the dispute for that property? I really miss seeing that shop opened up. Beautiful part of Lancasters' history.
Hi all! If you're interested in Palatinate/ German genealogy and making DNA connections, please join our group- Palatinate German DNA and Ancestry. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1910097069268875/
I'm trying to find out as much as I can about Garber's Mill. Apparently it was located on the patch of land that is now the parking lot for the Liederkranz. The Liederkranz itself having been rebuilt from the old stable of the mill. The only information I have ever been able to find in over a decade of research is here. (https://millpictures.com/mills.php?millid=1078) Wondering if anyone might have anymore info.