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06/01/2020
Buchanan Basics | Buchanan's Death

President James Buchanan passed away in his home on June 1, 1868. Stephanie Townrow joins us from President Buchanan’s bedchamber at Wheatland to discuss his death and funeral on this somber anniversary of his passing.

"Today the CDC reminds us to 'wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds...' The US Public Health Servi...
05/29/2020
Foiling Influenza - LancasterHistory

"Today the CDC reminds us to 'wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds...' The US Public Health Service advice in 1918 was less specific: 'wash your hands before you eat and keep your fingers out of your mouth.'” Through the lens of local newspapers, learn about how Lancaster handled the 1918 Flu Pandemic in the latest blog entry "Foiling Influenza."

How Lancaster Dealt with the 1918 Pandemic There are striking similarities and dramatic differences in how the influenza epidemic was dealt with in 1918 and how we are doing it today. We learned from mistakes made 102 years ago, but many things have parallels to today. The following are a few exampl...

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT): Jesse Jones, right, holds “Eddie the Flying Goose”, as they prepare for a parachute jump at L...
05/28/2020

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT): Jesse Jones, right, holds “Eddie the Flying Goose”, as they prepare for a parachute jump at Lancaster Airport, c. 1930. This first incarnation of the airport was located on Manheim Pike at the current site of Carpet and Tile Mart and was in operation until the present airport on Lititz Pike opened in August 1935. Eddie was the airport mascot and made many parachute jumps with own specially made parachute.

In her latest blog entry, "The Disappearance of the Portrait of Mrs. Ellis," Museum Associate Stephanie Celiberti tells ...
05/27/2020
The Disappearance of the Portrait of Mrs. Ellis - LancasterHistory

In her latest blog entry, "The Disappearance of the Portrait of Mrs. Ellis," Museum Associate Stephanie Celiberti tells the story of a 1866 history mystery involving a purloined portrait at Wheatland.

Oh, the Stories of Objects Left Behind… and Lost in Time Upon entering President James Buchanan’s Wheatland, one experiences the mansion quite similarly to what Mr. Buchanan experienced. The mansion itself had very little interior structural changes over its life, save for changes such as the in...

05/26/2020
Buchanan Basics | Buchanan's Hat Tub

How did President Buchanan bathe? From President Buchanan’s bedchamber at his Wheatland home, Stephanie Townrow discusses his “hat tub” and the president’s personal hygiene routine.

At Wheatland, we talk a lot about Lara, President Buchanan's large Newfoundland dog. However, Wheatland was home to plet...
05/22/2020
All the President's Pets - LancasterHistory

At Wheatland, we talk a lot about Lara, President Buchanan's large Newfoundland dog. However, Wheatland was home to plethora of other pets that ranged from fluffy to feathered! Learn more in Stephanie Townrow's latest blog entry, "All the President's Pets."

President Buchanan was the reluctant master of quite a few fluffy and feathered friends, including a toy terrier, a canary, and two bald eagles.

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT): President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs autographs after receiving an honorary degree at Frankli...
05/21/2020

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT): President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs autographs after receiving an honorary degree at Franklin & Marshall College's commencement ceremonies on June 2, 1963. Although he arrived about 30 minutes late, with no intentions of speaking, he did give a brief speech and received a standing ovation from the crowd of 3,300 who had gathered at Mayser Gymnasium. Also in attendance was Pennsylvania’s then governor William Scranton.

Animals of all sorts have been providing love, companionship, and support to humans for thousands of years. Enjoy "Histo...
05/20/2020
Digital Photo Exhibit: Historic Pets of Lancaster - LancasterHistory

Animals of all sorts have been providing love, companionship, and support to humans for thousands of years. Enjoy "Historic Pets of Lancaster," our latest digital exhibit featuring historic photographs of pets of all shapes and sizes. 🐾

Viewing on a mobile device or just want to make the exhibit larger? Click here to view the exhibition full screen. 

The frog pond and spring at Wheatland were an oasis of sorts for President Buchanan. Today the frog pond is a delightful...
05/18/2020

The frog pond and spring at Wheatland were an oasis of sorts for President Buchanan. Today the frog pond is a delightful area of the historic property where visitors can enjoy the soothing sounds of running water, swimming koi fish, and perhaps spy a frog or two. 👀 This Monday, download and enjoy a new coloring book page of President Buchanan's Frog Pond, created by Jenny Germann. Try It Tip: Give the pond some inhabitants! Draw fish or frogs in or around the pond. 🐸

In Part 2 of "Lancaster's Cork Connection," Project Archivist Dr. James McMahon shares information about the development...
05/15/2020
Lancaster's Cork Connection | Part 2 - LancasterHistory

In Part 2 of "Lancaster's Cork Connection," Project Archivist Dr. James McMahon shares information about the development of the cork industry in Lancaster County with a special focus on the history of the Armstrong Cork Company, today known as Armstrong World Industries, Inc. and Armstrong Flooring, Inc.

From Portugal to Lancaster and Around the World with the Armstrong Cork Company Written by James McMahon, Ph.D. My name is James McMahon and for the past few months I have working as a project archivist for LancasterHistory. My responsibilities include cataloging and digitizing a vast collection of....

You won't want to miss the final entry in Stephanie Celiberti's "A Stitch Is Worth A Thousand Words" blog series. Stepha...
05/14/2020
A Stitch is Worth a Thousand Words, Part V: Completion and Reflection - LancasterHistory

You won't want to miss the final entry in Stephanie Celiberti's "A Stitch Is Worth A Thousand Words" blog series. Stephanie set out five entries ago to create a 19th century reproduction gown. In this entry, we learn about (and view) the finishing touches made to the gown.

Tying It All Up And so we have arrived at the end, or rather the beginning, of this reproduction gown’s existence. The last bits of this project all have to do with creating ties, so yes, we are quite literally “tying it all up.” Creating Bodice Ties In my previous post, I created the silk [.....

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT): Pictured here is a postcard image of the Susquehanna River near Tucquan Glen. The image was t...
05/14/2020

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT): Pictured here is a postcard image of the Susquehanna River near Tucquan Glen. The image was taken by noted amateur photographer and local printer David Bachman Landis sometime around 1910. Landis calls this “Lake Tucquan.” While the sturdiness of that dock may be questionable, there’s no doubt the view of the river is superb.

05/11/2020
Buchanan Basics | Miss Hetty's Room

From Miss Hetty’s bedchamber at President James Buchanan’s Wheatland, Stephanie Townrow shares more about the beloved housekeeper of Wheatland, Esther “Hetty” Parker.

"When most people think of cork, the first use that usually comes to mind is that of bottle stopper... But the story of ...
05/08/2020
Lancaster's Cork Connection | Part I - LancasterHistory

"When most people think of cork, the first use that usually comes to mind is that of bottle stopper... But the story of cork is so much more." Click below to read the first installment of "Lancaster's Cork Connection," a new blog series exploring the history of cork and its unique connections to Lancaster County.

Article Written by James McMahon, Ph.D. Posted by Emily Miller Introduction My name is James McMahon and for the past few months I have working as a project archivist for LancasterHistory. My responsibilities include cataloging and digitizing a vast collection of archival materials that document the...

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT): In 1958, the Long’s Park Amphitheater Foundation was established to raise funds for the const...
05/07/2020

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT): In 1958, the Long’s Park Amphitheater Foundation was established to raise funds for the construction of a band shell at the park for cultural, civic, and educational use. Fundraising was spearheaded by the Sertoma Club, who held specific drives and used proceeds from their annual Long’s Park Chicken Bar-B-Que. Ground was broken in June 1961 for construction which cost a total of $65,000. Pictured here during construction in early 1962, the amphitheater was officially opened May 26, 1962 – Memorial Day weekend – with an all day celebration.

05/06/2020
Buchanan Basics | Traveling Trunks

From Harriet’s bedchamber in President James Buchanan’s Wheatland, Stephanie Townrow offers an up-close look at the Louis Vuitton traveling trunks used by President Buchanan’s niece, Harriet Lane Johnston, and her husband Henry.

Missing our family-friendly History Explorers programs? Now you can join our History Explorers mascot, Harpo the Cat, to...
05/04/2020

Missing our family-friendly History Explorers programs? Now you can join our History Explorers mascot, Harpo the Cat, to complete some fun activities from home. This "Harpo from Home" activity sheet includes 4 fun activities for all ages. Print at home (tip: use grayscale to conserve ink) and share your completed activity sheets with us on social media - we'd love to see them!

05/01/2020
Buchanan Basics | Buchanan's China

From the dining room in President James Buchanan’s Wheatland, Stephanie Townrow offers an up-close look at President Buchanan’s numerous sets of French china, some of which he used in the White House.

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT): For those of you missing baseball season, this one’s for you. Here’s the 1958 Lancaster Red R...
04/30/2020

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT): For those of you missing baseball season, this one’s for you. Here’s the 1958 Lancaster Red Roses goofing off for the camera while sitting for their team photo. This incarnation of the Red Roses was part of the Eastern League from 1958 to 1961 and was an affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, the Chicago Cubs, and finally, the St. Louis Cardinals. They played at Stumpf Field, built by John G. Stumpf for previous incarnations of the Red Roses in 1938. The field, located at 1350 Fruitville Pike, was used by the team until they folded in 1961 and today is used for games by local leagues.

Museum Associate Stephanie Celiberti is back with a new entry for "A Stitch is Worth a Thousand Words." In Part 4, Steph...
04/28/2020
A Stitch is Worth a Thousand Words, Part IV: Attaching Skirt to Bodice - LancasterHistory

Museum Associate Stephanie Celiberti is back with a new entry for "A Stitch is Worth a Thousand Words." In Part 4, Stephanie shows how to attach the skirt to the bodice of her 19th century gown.

And Sew It Begins… to Come Alive! With the bodice and skirt nearly completed, it’s time to put the pieces together. This is where the magic truly begins, for this is the part where the gown starts looking like something one could wear. Joining the Skirt to the Bodice To join the skirt to the [.....

04/24/2020
Raising Buchanan

A birthday message from our friends at Raising Buchanan. 🎉🥃🎂

Happy 229th Birthday to President James Buchanan from some of the Raising Buchanan team! Raising Buchanan is available for Pre-Order on iTunes right now! https://apple.co/2wL3IrQ

04/23/2020

📢 Starting at 7pm EDT tonight, join us to enjoy special cameo appearances, the cinematic trailer of Raising Buchanan, and the online premiere of "Buchanan's America," LancasterHistory’s award-winning, short documentary, created in partnership with Aurora Films. Happy Birthday, James Buchanan! 🥳

04/22/2020
"Buchanan's America" Documentary Trailer [For Watch Event]

We're so excited to celebrate with you during the Buchanan Birthday Watch Event tomorrow, April 23 at 7pm Eastern on our page and YouTube channel! Check back during the day Thursday for direct links to the Watch Event to bookmark or save. But for now, here's the trailer for "Buchanan's America!"

Watch the Teaser! https://www.facebook.com/lancasterhistory/videos/249794706171377/Celebrate James Buchanan's 229th birt...
04/22/2020

Watch the Teaser! https://www.facebook.com/lancasterhistory/videos/249794706171377/

Celebrate James Buchanan's 229th birthday this Thursday, April 23 by tuning in at 7pm Eastern for LancasterHistory's online Buchanan Birthday Watch Event! Watch and chat with us live on LancasterHistory's Facebook or YouTube, and enjoy special cameos, the trailer of Raising Buchanan, and then the premiere of Buchanan's America, our award-winning, short documentary.

Facebook and YouTube Watch Event specific links during the day on Thursday. We hope to see you then!

04/21/2020
Buchanan Birthday Watch Event [Teaser]

Psst...Did you hear that LancasterHistory is hosting a Buchanan Birthday Watch Event on April 23rd at 7pm Eastern in celebration of James Buchanan's 229th birthday? 👀 Check it out!

Exciting news! 🎉 President James Buchanan's Wheatland won a Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Award for Preservation Pl...
04/21/2020

Exciting news! 🎉 President James Buchanan's Wheatland won a Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Award for Preservation Planning! Projects in this category demonstrated the best planning and development practices to promote historic preservation. Thank you so much, Preservation Pennsylvania, and congratulations to all award winners!

Downtown Lancaster's "Theater Row" was home to several glamorous movie theaters screening the latest motion pictures dur...
04/20/2020
Digital Photo Exhibit: Now Showing - LancasterHistory

Downtown Lancaster's "Theater Row" was home to several glamorous movie theaters screening the latest motion pictures during the Golden Age of American cinema. Check out "Now Showing!," a digital photograph exhibit, by clicking the link/photograph below.

Still have those crayons and coloring pencils handy? Now you can color Wheatland, President Buchanan's beloved home! 🖍 D...
04/17/2020

Still have those crayons and coloring pencils handy? Now you can color Wheatland, President Buchanan's beloved home! 🖍 Download your page from our website at https://bit.ly/lhlearn, or save the image below. Show us your finished coloring book page on social media by tagging @lancasterhistory on Facebook and/or @lancohistory on Twitter and Instagram. Happy coloring! 🎨 (Coloring page created by Jenny Germann.)

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT): Pictured here is the 200 year old boxwood shrub at Hillside, the country home of Lancaster ph...
04/16/2020

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT): Pictured here is the 200 year old boxwood shrub at Hillside, the country home of Lancaster photographer Ella G. Ball. Hillside was located on Centerville Road between Marietta Pike and Columbia Pike. The shrub was thought to be the largest in the United States on a single stem and measured 25 feet in diameter and 12 feet high. It was valued at $2,000 in 1928 (roughly $30,000 today) when it was sold to Longwood Gardens. It was moved on a 30 ton truck at night, owing to its enormous size.

Take a bite out of history today with two blog entries about Milton S. Hershey, plus a themed Word Search! 🍫 Our first b...
04/15/2020
Milton S. Hershey: A Favorite Son of Lancaster - LancasterHistory

Take a bite out of history today with two blog entries about Milton S. Hershey, plus a themed Word Search! 🍫 Our first blog entry explores Milton S. Hershey's beginnings in Lancaster, PA. The second entry (link in first blog) tells of the Hersheys near sail on the RMS Titanic, which tragically sank 108 years ago today.

Written by James McMahon, Ph.D. “… no man stands higher in business and social circles in the city of Lancaster than this man, who has been crowned with success.” Portrait and Biographical Record of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1894 Milton Snavely Hershey, the man behind the chocolate bar, ...

Museum Associate Stephanie Celiberti is back for Part III of "A Stitch is Worth A Thousand Words!" In this week's entry,...
04/14/2020
A Stitch is Worth a Thousand Words, Part III: The Skirt - LancasterHistory

Museum Associate Stephanie Celiberti is back for Part III of "A Stitch is Worth A Thousand Words!" In this week's entry, Stephanie tackles the creation of the skirt of her 19th-century gown and shows you step-by-step photos of the sewing process along the way. 📍

Creating the Skirt When it comes to this gown specifically, the skirt is the thing. Its free-form nature hangs off the body to highlight free movement and the natural form desired with the Neoclassical movement. Because the skirts are attached as a high Empire waist just under the bust, they also el...

Looking for some Friday fun? Break out those crayons and coloring pencils and color James Buchanan! 🖍 Download your shee...
04/10/2020

Looking for some Friday fun? Break out those crayons and coloring pencils and color James Buchanan! 🖍 Download your sheet from our website at https://bit.ly/lhlearn, or save the image below. Show us your finished coloring "Buck" page on social media by tagging @lancasterhistory on Facebook and/or @lancohistory on Twitter and Instagram. Happy coloring! 🎨 (Coloring page created by Jenny Germann.)

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    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.
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    Here's a postcard I believe has a local connection.
    I've been watching the Netflix series Medal Of Honor Netflix & at the beginning of the first episode there is a montage of soldiers who served in World War II. This gentleman appears at the 2:58 mark & I can't help but wonder if anyone knows anything else about him.
    In doing family history research we have found that the brother of our direct ancestor died at Sadsbury Meeting House in April of 1775. What little we have been able to learn suggests there was an attack on the meeting house by the British. Can anyone shed light on what took place? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you to LancasterHistory.org for a great event tonight!!! We had an absolute blast teaching the dance lesson to such an enthusiastic and talented group. If you would like to build you swing skills, all of us at Lindy Central would love to see you at a weekly lesson or upcoming dance. Keep in touch via Facebook or lindycentral.com! https://www.lindycentral.com