Lancaster Longhouse

Lancaster Longhouse Longhouses were large multi-family homes made of logs, saplings and tree bark.

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].

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.

08/09/2017
Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center

"The Cemetery Information resource is a compilation of data and a variety of primary sources about each person buried in the Carlisle Indian School cemetery. Use the table below to find information on each person interred, including the date of decease, plot location, and primary documents regarding the death and burial. Search through our collection of additional content for more information on the cemetery, including an aerial map, a comparative table, and resources on the history of the cemetery." http://carlisleindian.dickinson.edu/cemetery-information

The Cemetery Information resource is a compilation of data and a variety of primary sources about each person buried in the Carlisle Indian School cemetery. Use the table below to find information on each person interred, including the date of decease, plot location, and primary documents regarding…

On a cool July afternoon, I spotted two spotted fawns asking for a tour.
07/29/2017

On a cool July afternoon, I spotted two spotted fawns asking for a tour.

How does our garden grow?!
07/26/2017

How does our garden grow?!

Swarthmore College Peace Collection
07/19/2017

Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Native Americans were and continue to be one of the most oppressed communities in our society. Activism both by and for Native Americans have been taking place throughout history and here at the Peace Collection we have several ways to explore this vast history in our collections of documents, periodicals and posters as well.

Nuclear waste has been a very real threat to many Native Americans, their land and their families. On July 16th 1979, 1,200 metric tons of uranium tailings and 378 million liters of radioactive water spilled out from a dam and into the water supply of the Navajo Nation. The Rio Puerco was contaminated with 7,000 times the allowable radioactivity for drinking water. Only 5% of the spill was cleaned after an entire month passed by, and no proper warning was put out to the Navajo people, many of who did not speak English or have electricity to listen to a tv or radio.

Another notable event was known as The Longest Walk, a peaceful transcontinental march for the rights of Native Americans. Beginning in California and ending in DC, the march had a participation of around 30,000 people. In the Peace Collection, we have several different files with documentation of the Longest Walk. Check out the link to the online finding aid below so you know what box to ask for when you visit!

Citizen Alert Native American Program/Nuclear Risk Management for Native Communities Newsletter: http://165.106.6.50/record=b3352375

https://www.swarthmore.edu/library/peace/DG151-175/DG162walkabout.htm#Acc.%2092A-020
In folder Longest Walk in Box 6 (Acc. 92A-020): WIN magazine Aug. 10, 1978

https://www.swarthmore.edu/library/peace/DG251-299/dg266Murphy.htm
Folder on Longest Walk in Box 35

Summer Day Fun!
07/19/2017

Summer Day Fun!

The Folk Art Fun for Kids and Adults class enjoyed making key chains today with the Master Blacksmith.
07/12/2017

The Folk Art Fun for Kids and Adults class enjoyed making key chains today with the Master Blacksmith.

07/10/2017
Research at the US National Archives

Research at the US National Archives

Want to do research from the comfort of your couch? Here's a list of digitized films about Native American available online through the NARA catalog. (Popcorn not included.)

1719 Hans Herr House Museum
07/07/2017

1719 Hans Herr House Museum

We are so pleased with our "new" Queen Bengal stove (ca. 1890) recently donated by a neighbor! Come to the museum store to see it. And thanks to our summer student for creating a hook in the blacksmith shop today for the tools.

It's a beautiful summer day!
06/28/2017

It's a beautiful summer day!

The sound of hammering, the smell of smoke-it's Blacksmith Days on our grounds today and tomorrow. Come out to this free...
06/23/2017

The sound of hammering, the smell of smoke-it's Blacksmith Days on our grounds today and tomorrow. Come out to this free event and learn about blacksmithing!

Our summer students are busy pulling weeds and maintaining the Three Sisters' garden and the Four Square garden. And mor...
06/21/2017

Our summer students are busy pulling weeds and maintaining the Three Sisters' garden and the Four Square garden. And more importantly they are helping history come to life by assisting the tour guides. It's a great start to our summer season. Come take a tour today!

Seen around the Herr House and Longhouse
05/26/2017

Seen around the Herr House and Longhouse

Seen around the Herr House & Longhouse....

05/19/2017
Research at the US National Archives

Research at the US National Archives

Interested in researching Native American history from the comfort of your couch? Check out History Hub for a new blog post about digitized Native American records available online in the National Archives catalog. This month’s topic is 19th century Native American removal and the Trail of Tears.

https://historyhub.history.gov/groups/american-indian-records/blog/2017/05/19/records-of-native-american-removal-available-online

Oak splint basket making class today.
05/06/2017

Oak splint basket making class today.

We will be closed on Friday, April 14, and Saturday, April 15, for the Easter holiday
04/10/2017

We will be closed on Friday, April 14, and Saturday, April 15, for the Easter holiday

A Girl Scout troop kicked off the 2017 season with a tour of the Herr House and Eastern Woodland Native American Longhou...
04/01/2017

A Girl Scout troop kicked off the 2017 season with a tour of the Herr House and Eastern Woodland Native American Longhouse. They loved the games and wagon ride too.

03/29/2017

We will be reopen for tours and activities on Saturday, April 1st. Tours of the Eastern Woodland Native American Longhouse are given at 10:00, 12:00 & 2:00. Plan to come for a tour soon!

12/16/2016

The Longhouse is closed for the winter. Join us again on Saturday, April 1, when we reopen for 2017

The Doctrine of Discovery
12/06/2016
The Doctrine of Discovery

The Doctrine of Discovery

The Doctrine of Discovery allowed European nations to colonize any land not ruled by Christian rulers, see Native people as less than human, and their lands as free for the taking. Learn more about the Doctrine and how we can work towards justice. [[nid:6659 collapsed=no]]

Smithsonian
12/01/2016
Smithsonian

Smithsonian

For years, Horace Poolaw photographed his community in rural Oklahoma, but most of the images were never printed in his lifetime.

Now photos by Poolaw—notable as an American Indian photographer who documented Indian subjects—are in a new exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. #AmericanIndianHeritageMonth

"This is the work of history but it has bearing on the present and future reality. The Longhouse and the MC USA web arch...
11/29/2016
What do Public History’s methods have to offer Anabaptist History (and the Anabaptist Future)?

"This is the work of history but it has bearing on the present and future reality. The Longhouse and the MC USA web archive are both attempts to share authority with communities that have been held at arm’s length." https://anabaptisthistorians.org/2016/11/29/what-do-public-historys-methods-have-to-offer-anabaptist-history-and-the-anabaptist-future/

So what would specifically Anabaptist public history look like? Or to put the emphasis differently, what would public Anabaptist history look like? Or what does it look like? Within the field of An…

"Winslow’s account showed that the Wampanoag Indians had played a prominent role in the Pilgrims’ celebration. Winsl...
11/14/2016
THE FIRST THANKSGIVING IN AMERICAN MEMORY–PART ONE

"Winslow’s account showed that the Wampanoag Indians had played a prominent role in the Pilgrims’ celebration. Winslow had devoted only one sentence to the Wampanoag, but that lone sentence made two disturbing facts undeniable: the majority of those present at the “First Thanksgiving” had been Indians, not Pilgrims, and the two groups had interacted peacefully. The revelation was jarring, especially outside of the Northeast." https://faithandamericanhistory.wordpress.com/2016/11/12/the-first-thanksgiving-in-american-memory-part-one-3/

In recent years I’ve become more and more fascinated with popular historical memory. It’s an odd phenomenon, really. By definition, it exists at the intersection between past and present. In the…

10/20/2016

The Lancaster Longhouse will be closed from 12 to 2 p.m. on Monday, October 24, for a special event. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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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

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(717) 464-4438

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