Stewartstown Area Historical Society

Stewartstown Area Historical Society The Stewartstown Historical Society has been serving the community since 1984. We are located at 17 Mill Street, Stewartstown PA. Hours: Sundays 2:00-4:00 PM. Other hours by appointment.

Our primary purpose is to undertake the preservation and restoration of ancient or historic public buildings, works or monuments significant to or connected with the history of Stewartstown Borough, York County, Pennsylvania and the vicinity immediately adjacent thereto; to erect, restore, preserve and mark such buildings, works and monuments; to publish or republish matters of historical interest and to compile, edit, print and distribute such publications; to care and maintain historic buildings, monuments, objects and antiquities committed to its custody; to research, restore, rehabilitate and engage in other activities furthering the protection, enhancement, continued existence, collection and display, or enjoyment of any building, structure, object, district, place, site or area significant to the history or culture of Stewartstown Borough, York County, Pennsylvania and the vicinity.

2019 Historian and Preservationist of the Year Award Banquet
04/15/2019

2019 Historian and Preservationist of the Year Award Banquet

04/14/2019

THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY WILL BE CLOSED ON EASTER SUNDAY.

03/10/2019
03/10/2019
Don Linebaugh, of the Stewartstown Histoical Society, spoke at the York County History Center (York, PA) today on the ca...
02/10/2019

Don Linebaugh, of the Stewartstown Histoical Society, spoke at the York County History Center (York, PA) today on the canning industry in southern York County: "PUT A LID ON IT!: The Canning Industry in York County." Was so very honored to have Tom Summers attend along with his sons and grandson (left to right - Mike, Don, Tom, Bruce, Bryce).

Tom served as President of Charles G. Summers, Jr., Inc. in New Freedom, PA, from 1967 to 1984. The Summers firm started in Jessup, MD, in 1865, later moved to Baltimore in 1873, and then moved to New Freedom about 1932. Tom followed his mother Caroline as President; she served 1951 to 1967. Charles G. Summers, Jr., Inc. canned a wide variety of vegetables, including corn, beans, tomatoes and onions, under the Superfine brand.

Tom told us about working with the German POWs who were prisoners at the camp in Stewartstown in 1944 and 1945 ( a seasonal facility connected to the main camp at Ft. Indiantown Gap).

He also mentioned that when the firm canned dehydrated potatoes for the US troops, the women working the canning line would place small notes to the troops in the top of the cans!

Visit us over the holidays.  We will be open December 23rd and 30th.
12/19/2018

Visit us over the holidays. We will be open December 23rd and 30th.

The Stewartstown Historical Society will hold an open house on Sunday, December 2, 2018, from 1:00 pm to 4;00 pm.Visit u...
11/20/2018

The Stewartstown Historical Society will hold an open house on Sunday, December 2, 2018, from 1:00 pm to 4;00 pm.

Visit us to see our holiday displays. All publications will be available for purchase, as well as postcards and other Stewartown and area memorabilia.

The Stewartstown Railroad Company will also be running their Santa Train rides at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 2:30 pm.

Visit these websites for more information:

http://stewhist.org/html/calendar.htm
http://www.stewartstownrailroadco.com/train-rides/

PUT A LID ON ITThe Canning Industry in Southeastern York County Dr. Donald LinebaughThe canning industry, which dates ba...
10/17/2018

PUT A LID ON IT
The Canning Industry
in Southeastern York County

Dr. Donald Linebaugh
The canning industry, which dates back to the military campaigns of Napoleon, became an important part of the economy of Pennsylvania and southeastern York County in the late 19th century. This presentation will examine the introduction and rise of the canning industry in southern York County, which is closely linked to the introduction of the Stewartstown and Maryland and Pennsylvania railroads and to the introduction of automated canning machinery, particularly the Sanitary Can machine. Canning houses provided opportunities for area farmers, allowing them to sell their entire crops under contract and opened employment opportunities to men and particularly women during the early 20th century. During the World Wars, canned goods from southeastern PA made their way around the world to feed U.S. troops; during WWII, German prisoners of war at the camp in Stewartstown helped to harvest produce for canning and worked in some of the canning houses.

November 14, 2018, at 7:30 PM
Fellowship Hall
Stewartstown United Methodist Church
Presented by the
Stewartstown Historical Society
A free-will offering will be taken to support the historical society.
For more information, contact the historical society at 717-993-5003, https://www.facebook.com/Stewartstown-Area-Historical-Society-121053244572872/ , or our website: http://www.stewhist.org/html/calendar.htm

03/22/2018

The Historical Society will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018.

03/22/2018

The program on canning houses in Southern York County scheduled for April 11, 2018, at the Stewartstown United Methodist Church has been postponed. A new date for this program will be announced.

12/15/2017

The Historical Society will be closed on December 24 and 25, 2017.

YESTERSYEARS IN SOUTHERN YORK COUNTY, BOOK III will be available early in December. Price $25.00
11/07/2017

YESTERSYEARS IN SOUTHERN YORK COUNTY, BOOK III will be available early in December. Price $25.00

FAMILY RESEARCH Tips in Applying Family Research SkillsTo Public  History  Stephen H. SmithStephen H. Smith, is a retire...
08/28/2017

FAMILY RESEARCH

Tips in Applying Family Research Skills
To Public History
Stephen H. Smith
Stephen H. Smith, is a retired engineer, a genealogist, and historian, who wrote an award-winning history of Barshinger Families in America; a branch of his family. An interest in local history is used to enhance his family histories and in the development of locally oriented presentations. He also writes for the public on his popular "YorksPast" blog on the York Daily Record site. Now in its fifth year, that blog is approaching 1,000 posts.

September 27, 2017, at 7:30 PM
Fellowship Hall
Stewartstown United Methodist Church
P resented by the
STEWARTSTOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

A free will offering will be taken to support the historical society.
For more information, contact the historical society at 717-993-5003,
or go to our website www.stewhist.org

04/06/2017

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE
Stewartstown Garden Tour
“A Salute to Joseph Benson Gable”
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10 to 2 (rain date May 20)

Visit 7 local gardens including the Homestead of Joe Gable, a self-taught master plant breeder, made Stewartstown famous with his hybrid azaleas and rhododendrons.

Your tour will start at the Mason-Dixon Library, with a video highlighting the many accomplishments and awards of Mr. Gable. Tour wristbands will be distributed at that time.

Tours: $10 in advance and $12.00 on tour day. Please, no children under 12.

For more information, please call the Mason-Dixon Public Library at 717-993-2404.

04/06/2017

The Historical Society will be closed Easter Sunday.

Reinventing the Wheel”The S. Morgan Smith Story York County Industrialist and Pastor presented byStephen Nicholas Jr. ...
04/06/2017

Reinventing the Wheel”
The S. Morgan Smith Story
York County Industrialist and Pastor
presented by
Stephen Nicholas Jr. and Terrence Downs

May 10, 2017, at 7:00 PM
In Heritage Hall
Stewartstown United Methodist Church

A free will offering will be taken to support
the historical society. For more information, contact the historical society at 717-993-5003.

12/22/2016

We are closed Christmas Day and New Years.

Enjoy the Holiday Home Tour on December 3, 2016The annual Holiday Home Tour is always an enjoyable event. This year it i...
11/20/2016

Enjoy the Holiday Home Tour
on December 3, 2016

The annual Holiday Home Tour is always an enjoyable event. This year it is on Saturday, December 3. It includes five residences, the Wallace-Cross Mill, J. J. Hartenstein’s mortuary, and the Round Hill Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Your Society building will also be open with its annual holiday exhibits. The tickets are $15.00 in advance and $20.00 the day of the tour. The event is co-sponsored by the Mason-Dixon Public Library and the Stewartstown Historical Society and is an important fundraising event for both.

Call 717-993-2404 or 717-993-5003 for more information.

Stewartstown Area Historical Society's cover photo
08/25/2016

Stewartstown Area Historical Society's cover photo

A program on one-room schools in East Hopewell Township and the restoration of the old Hyson School will be will be pres...
08/23/2016

A program on one-room schools in East Hopewell
Township and the restoration of the old Hyson School will be will be presented by the Stewartstown Historical Society on Sept. 7, 2016, at 7:30 PM
at the Hopewell Presbyterian Church
8426 Church Rd, Felton, PA 17322.

The new book, One Room One Teacher, by Roger Wilson and Kathryn Jordan, will be available for purchase.

A free will offering will be taken to support the historical society.

For more information, contact the historical society at 717-993-5003, or go to our website www.stewhist.org.

12/25/2015

The society has reprinted "Stewartstown:Then and Now" , a history Stewartstown published for the sesquicentennial celebration in 2001. The price is $15.00, tax included.

11/17/2015

Holiday Home Tour 2015

Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Mason-Dixon Public Library is pleased to work with the Stewartstown Historical Society to present the Holiday Home Tour of 2015—our 6th year for the tour!

Tour six homes, the Fawn United Methodist Church, and the SHS museum for the annual Holiday Open House.

The Home Tour brochure and reservation form is available at the Mason-Dixon Library and the Stewartstown Historical Society.

Reserve your Tour Pass in advance.

Please stop in to see us.
Your SHS is on the tour!

On September 30, 2015, Dr. David Glenn, a retired dentist and local historian, will present a program on the  challenges...
08/24/2015

On September 30, 2015, Dr. David Glenn, a
retired dentist and local historian, will present a program on the challenges of crossing the Susquehanna River. How the Indians dealt with the river as a barrier, to the opening of the Norman Wood Bridge in 1968.

The program will also include the geology of the river, the Chesapeake and Tidewater Canal, the
Holtwood Dam, the Theodore Burr wooden bridge, and the new kayak feature.

This presentation, sponsored by the Stewartstown
Historical Society, will be held on
Wednesday September 30, 2015, 7:00 PM,
at the Stewartstown United Methodist Church

A free will offering will be taken to support the historical society.
For more information, contact the historical society at 717-993-5003, or go to our website www.stewhist.org.

View the progress of restoration of the historic Hyson School at our website http://stewhist.org/
04/12/2015

View the progress of restoration of the historic Hyson School at our website http://stewhist.org/

01/29/2015

The Historical Society has decided to publish a third volume of Yesteryears in Southern York County. Anyone who would like to share photographs (before 1960) from North Hopewell, East Hopewell, Fawn Twp, Stewartstown, Fawn Grove, New Park, Gatchelville, Cross Roads, or Winterstown should contact the Historical Society at 717-993-5003 or 717-993-6735. Photographs will be accepted as donations, or can be scanned and returned to the owner.

01/24/2015

We now have a new printing of Yesteryears in Southern York County Vol. I available for sale. The price is $25.00 - tax included.

Stewartstown Historical Society Fall Lecture“Playing Indian:  John E. Vandersloot’s Indian Steps Cabin” Dr. Donald...
09/23/2014

Stewartstown Historical Society Fall Lecture
“Playing Indian: John E. Vandersloot’s Indian Steps Cabin”


Dr. Donald W. Linebaugh

October 22, 2014, Wednesday, 7:30 pm
Stewartstown United Methodist Church
26 South Main Street
Stewartstown PA

Society President Donald W. Linebaugh will present a lecture titled “Playing Indian: John E. Vandersloot’s Indian Steps Cabin” in October. Examining the Indian Steps Cabin, he explores the structure’s architectural design and its place in the Pan-Indian Movement of the early twentieth century. Constructed by York County lawyer John E. Vandersloot between 1910 and 1912, the “cabin” was built on property used by early Native Americans to access the river for fishing. An avid outdoorsman, Vandersloot was adept at finding Indian artifacts on his sojourns along the river and quickly became interested in the native peoples who left these objects behind. Having bought a small cabin on the property in about 1907, Vandersloot started his new “cabin” in 1910. Designed to celebrate the land’s former residents, the structure, an extraordinary Arts and Crafts Style confection, literally became the display system for Vandersloot’s large artifact collection. He embedded the artifacts, including projectile points, stone axes, and pottery, in concrete panels on the building’s exterior, crafting pictograph-like images. A broad Pan-Indian perspective can be read in these images as well as in the structure’s circular kiva room, drawn from southwest pueblos; totem pole from the Pacific northwest; and stained glass windows and decorative ironwork, representing Vandersloot’s notions of Native design traditions from across the region and country. Linebaugh explains that Vandersloot, who adopted the Indian name Hoch-chi-ta-get-ta, took genuine interest in and celebrated Native American culture. Nevertheless, the “cabin” was also a clubhouse for “playing Indians,” and we will hear about the intriguing Tipi Order of America, a fraternal organization with a Masonic-like structure, that was established at Indian Steps in 1917.

Don Linebaugh is a professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at the University of Maryland, College Park. He and his family live in East Hopewell Township on the historic Adam H. Trout Farm.

Free Admission
A Free-Will Donation will be taken to support the Historical Society
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02/16/2014

“LETTERS FROM HOME”
presented by the
Stewartstown Historical Society
April 2, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Ronald L. Hershner

Stewartstown United Methodist Church
26 S. Main Street
Stewartstown, PA 17363

With the Civil War raging in 1863, nineteen-year-old farm boy John Harvey Anderson left the quiet cornfields of Hopewell Township in southern York County and rose to the defense of his country and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. By the end of the war, this cavalryman was fighting his way through the Carolinas, riding with one of the most battle-hardened and respected units in the Army of the Cumberland.

Over the course of Anderson’s service in the Union cause he received a number of letters from friends and family that not only encouraged him to do his duty but also provided first-hand accounts of life and attitudes on the home front. Twenty-three of those letters, written between 1863 and 1865, survive to offer a rare personal insight into the Civil War homefront in southern York County. Local historian and author, Ron Hershner, who received these letters as a gift from his great-aunt, Anderson’s granddaughter, uses these letters as the foundation of his latest work Letters From Home to delve into the political, social and economic consequences of the war.

“It is a story of a family coping with the distance that divided them from each other,” Hershner writes. “And it is a view into the ardently held and fiercely advocated opinions about the war that divided the southern York County community.” Harvey Anderson’s boyhood home served as a wartime microcosm of what transpired in countless northern communities.

01/25/2014

Do you want to learn more about your house or farm, or explore the history of your family’s homeplace? Then join Society President, Dr. Don Linebaugh, for his historic house/property workshop on Saturday, February 8, 2014, from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.
The workshop will address both standard archival research approaches and the fast growing digital re-search world. Topics to be covered will include deed, census, probate, newspaper, map and photograph research, as well as the importance of oral history. We will also learn about how to explore and date structures, through an archaeological approach to buildings, peeling back the layers of time.
Each participant will receive a "house research manual" containing materials covered in the class. Dr. Linebaugh, Director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, teaches a historic property re-search graduate seminar at the University of Maryland, and his one-day workshop draws on the structure of this semester long class. The price of the workshop, $25.00, includes lunch and the research manual.
The size of the workshop is limited to just 20 participants, so please register now to guarantee a place. To register, email to [email protected], or call 717-993-5003, and leave a message.

Address

17 Mill St, PO Box 82
Stewartstown, PA
17363

Opening Hours

Sunday 14:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(717) 993-5003

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