Lancaster Longhouse

Lancaster Longhouse Longhouses were large multi-family homes made of logs, saplings and tree bark.
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For hundreds of years before Europeans arrived, longhouses dotted Pennsylvania’s landscape. In some places, like Washington Boro in Lancaster County, thousands of people lived together in towns filled with longhouses. As part of their mission to represent the culture and context of Lancaster County’s first European settlers, Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society and the 1719 Hans Herr House in Willow Street are working in collaboration with Circle Legacy Center, Lancaster, and members of the local Native American community to construct a replica Native American longhouse that honors Pennsylvania’s Native People. The Longhouse will provide space and resources to teach local Native American history to both adult visitors and school groups on the grounds of the 1719 Hans Herr House in Willow Street, Pennsylvania. When complete, it will be one of the only interactive outdoor exhibits of Native life in Pennsylvania and one of only a few similar buildings in the nation. To donate or volunteer, please contact the 1719 Hans Herr House at (717) 464-4438 or [email protected].

1719 Hans Herr House Museum
05/11/2020

1719 Hans Herr House Museum

New educational resource! Learn to candy flowers from your backyard.

#outdoorlearning #mlearning

Complimentary download: bit.ly/HerrHouseHandsOnHistory

Lancaster County Magazine
05/09/2020

Lancaster County Magazine

By now, you’ve probably watched your fill of television and movies and walked the dog a million times. So it’s time to take a trip … via cyberspace.

Pictured is the Lancaster Longhouse at the 1719 Hans Herr House Museum in Willow Street. Explore more here: https://bit.ly/2SzxPtI

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Please note: The fundraising meal for the Lancaster Longhouse is being postponed until later in the year. Keep an eye on...
02/04/2020

Please note: The fundraising meal for the Lancaster Longhouse is being postponed until later in the year. Keep an eye on our event page for updated information.

Need a Christmas gift for the history buff on your list? Perhaps they enjoy watching Forged in Fire on the History Chann...
12/06/2019

Need a Christmas gift for the history buff on your list? Perhaps they enjoy watching Forged in Fire on the History Channel?

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society offers a gift card for One-to-One Blacksmithing.

Taught by a Master Blacksmith on the grounds of the 1719 Hans Herr House Museum, the gift recipient will learn the basics of the craft and create a simple project.

For more info follow this link -- bit.ly/121Blacksmith.

Warming up Thanksgiving leftovers?While you wait, check out the Holiday Book Catalog!Great gift ideas are just a click a...
12/03/2019

Warming up Thanksgiving leftovers?
While you wait, check out the Holiday Book Catalog!
Great gift ideas are just a click away... http://bit.ly/LMHSholidaybook

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11/27/2019

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11/26/2019

We are Hiring!

Join the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society and its dynamic mission to benefit the local community and beyond.

Learn more and apply for open positions. http://bit.ly/LMHSjobs

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Grateful to our ExtraGive supporters! There were some technical issues on Friday evening.Due to this hiccup, ExtraGive h...
11/25/2019

Grateful to our ExtraGive supporters! There were some technical issues on Friday evening.

Due to this hiccup, ExtraGive has graciously extended the deadline until 11:59 pm, Tuesday, November 26!

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You still have time to support our mission to conserve history.

11/25/2019

Grateful to our ExtraGive supporters! There were some technical issues on Friday evening. If you had issues, please message us and we will assist you.

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society is excited to partner with ExtraGive! An incredible 24-hour campaign to give back...
11/21/2019

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society is excited to partner with ExtraGive! An incredible 24-hour campaign to give back to the community.

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Lancaster Longhouse
11/20/2019

Lancaster Longhouse

Lancaster Longhouse's cover photo
11/20/2019

Lancaster Longhouse's cover photo

I support Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society and its mission to conserve history with the library/archives, the 1719...
11/19/2019

I support Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society and its mission to conserve history with the library/archives, the 1719 Hans Herr House Museum, the Lancaster Longhouse, and the Mennonite Information Center & Biblical Tabernacle Reproduction. Will you join me? #ExtraGive November 22nd. http://bit.ly/LMHSExtraGive

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We just wrapped up a finger weaving class here at the Longhouse. Native Americans traditionally used this technique to w...
04/13/2019

We just wrapped up a finger weaving class here at the Longhouse. Native Americans traditionally used this technique to weave without using a loom, with beautiful results. Here we see one of the students just getting started on her project, as well as another one from this morning further along to show the pattern.

We offer a variety of folk art classes here throughout the year, with local experts teaching small groups of students traditional crafts. Check out more of our upcoming classes and other special events at www.hansherr.org/events.

Some nice reflections on the Longhouse from Lancaster County Magazine...https://www.lancastercountymag.com/learning-abou...
07/19/2018
Learning About Native American History

Some nice reflections on the Longhouse from Lancaster County Magazine...

https://www.lancastercountymag.com/learning-about-native-american-history/

Learning About Native American HistoryPhoto and text by Seth DochterMy daughter was working on a school project that entailed building a shelter inspired by a Native American structure. I suggested we check out the longhouse at the 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum. While I was aware Lancaster was once....

Museum of Ojibwa Culture
06/28/2018

Museum of Ojibwa Culture

Driving past the Longhouse this morning, I noticed a guest hoping to get in on the first tour... sitting on top of the L...
05/16/2018

Driving past the Longhouse this morning, I noticed a guest hoping to get in on the first tour... sitting on top of the Longhouse. Good thing we hadn't left a smoke flap open; we may have had a goose get in without paying the admission fee.

Recently, a keen-eyed visitor spotted some movement in the field next to the visitors' center. Low and behold, some fox ...
04/30/2018

Recently, a keen-eyed visitor spotted some movement in the field next to the visitors' center. Low and behold, some fox kits emerging from their burrow to romp in the sun on a pleasant spring day... 🦊

We're grateful that, after more than 300 years of European settlement here, the museum is still in a rural area surrounded by farmland, which not only helps us better imagine this setting centuries ago but also allows us to observe this kind of wildlife.

National Historical Publications and Records Commission
04/24/2018

National Historical Publications and Records Commission

The Carlisle Indian School is a major source of memory for Indian nations across the country. From 1879 to 1918, roughly 10,000 students were sent to Carlisle in an attempt to assimilate them into the dominant Euro-American culture. Once at the school, Native students were forbidden to speak their own languages, wear their traditional clothing, or practice their own customs and religions.

The first school of its kind, Carlisle served as a blueprint for off-reservation Indian boarding schools throughout the United States and much of Canada. The lasting impact and legacy of Carlisle and the Indian boarding school movement is an important part of American history. Shown here is the student body, c. 1900.

Dickinson College's Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center (CISDRC), http://carlisleindian.dickinson.edu/, represents an effort to aid research by bringing together, in digital format, a variety of resources located in different institutions around the country. The CISDRC intends not just to share archival material, but to further build and develop the archival record by providing a platform for Native Americans to add both their voices and their personal documentary collections as additional resources.

Through a grant from the NHPRC, Dickinson College is conducting a Teachers' Institute to develop tools and curricula and train teachers in using the collection to deepen understanding of the the ways in which this troubled and veiled history can be used to understand and illuminate current educational concerns, practices, and community struggles, the project will map out pathways for this history to be taught within the context of Native and non-Native schools and colleges, and within community organizations.

You can read more about the project at http://carlisleindian.dickinson.edu/teaching

1719 Hans Herr House Museum
03/05/2018

1719 Hans Herr House Museum

Winter aconites at the Herr House enjoying some evening sunshine...
A reminder that warm weather is coming and that we reopen for tours in less than a month!

Footage from around the Herr House and Longhouse grounds was used in a recent video for Refugee Makers, a local initiati...
02/13/2018
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Footage from around the Herr House and Longhouse grounds was used in a recent video for Refugee Makers, a local initiative that’s doing some innovative work with refugees. Check out their website; scroll down a little bit on their homepage to see the video.

I was thrilled that they opted to get some shots here. The parallels between many of the refugees in the Lancaster area today and the first European immigrants three centuries ago are profound.

https://www.refugeemakersproject.com/home-1

1719 Hans Herr House Museum
11/22/2017

1719 Hans Herr House Museum

Happy Thanksgiving from the Herr House and Longhouse!

We'll be open on Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving for those who wish to stop in over the holiday weekend.

1719 Hans Herr House Museum
11/15/2017

1719 Hans Herr House Museum

Looking for a unique, meaningful Christmas gift to give to someone? In response to high demand, we are planning on running a second bookbinding class on Saturday, November 25 from 9am to 3pm, and we have two open slots to fill.

Email [email protected] to reserve a slot. If the class fills up and you're still interested, I can email you once we have a date set for a 2018 bookbinding class. You will make a beautiful blank book (great for journaling) with a leather spine featuring raised bands and a marbled cover.

Your humble museum director, with 5 other students, gave it a shot this past Saturday, with the process and results proudly displayed below!

National Trust for Historic Preservation
11/01/2017
National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Trust for Historic Preservation

American history begins not with the first European settlers or the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but with the people who lived here for centuries before: Native Americans. Their diverse cultures, traditions, and histories expand our lens of what should be preserved and challenge us to think beyond the classic definition of historic preservation.

Lancaster Longhouse's cover photo
10/07/2017

Lancaster Longhouse's cover photo

1719 Hans Herr House Museum
09/12/2017

1719 Hans Herr House Museum

It's a beautiful day at the longhouse.
08/10/2017

It's a beautiful day at the longhouse.

Address

1849 Hans Herr Dr
Willow Street, PA
17584

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 09:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(717) 464-4438

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