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Quilt 2 - The Society's 2017 Winter Show

Please join the Hummelstown Area Historical Society and the Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Middletown for a new Winter Quilt Show at the Parish House.

The Show is entitled Quilt 2 and features seventy five vintage and contemporary quilts displayed at the Society’s historic 1815 Parish House at North Rosanna Street and North Alley in Hummelstown.   

There is no charge for admission.   The Show is open on the following Sundays in 2017:

Sunday, January 29   1:00 PM – 4:00 PM  

Sunday, February  5   1:00 PM – 4:00 PM  

Sunday, February 12  1:00 PM -  4:00 PM  

Sunday, February 19  1:00 PM -  4:00 PM

Sunday, February 26  1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


The Quilt 2 Show is a follow-up to the popular quilt show that the Society staged  as part of Hummelstown’s 250th Anniversary in 2012.   Quilt 2 will feature new displays including:

  • A Then and Now display of quilts sewn in different time periods but with the same pattern.
  • Four Star of Bethlehem Quilts are featured, dating from 1880 to 1950.
  • Crib and Cradle Quilts displayed on doll and children’s furniture.  
  • A Quilter’s Showcase features a series of 5 quilts sewn by a single quilter.
  • A WOW display of quilts which are breathtaking in design, craftsmanship, or color.
  • Vintage quilts from the Society’s collection.
  • The Voices of the Quilters examine how the patterns and skills of the quilters provide clues about their lifestyles and values.

This Show is not to be missed by those who enjoy sewing quilts, admiring quilts, or appreciating the history and artistry associated with quilts.  If you have questions or wish to schedule a special time to visit the Show, please contact the HAHS Office at 717-566-6314 or  Wade Seibert at 717-919-0509


A Special Quilt 2 Lecture

Ann Parsons Holte, author of Making the Lancaster Diamond Sampler: A 19th Century Quilt Design by Fanny's Friend (Schiffer), will present a special lecture on February 12, 2017 at 2:00 PM in the community room of Zion Lutheran Church at 100 West Main Street.  (Please note this location is adjacent to the Parish House and will comfortably  accommodate those who will be attending.)


Holte’s lecture is entitled Threads That Run From The Past, Through Our Lives, And Into The Future.    She will bring modern quilts that are reproductions of 1860’s quilts from the Lancaster area.   You will also get a glimpse of the history of the area during that era.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own pre-1950 quilts for discussion.      

Pennsylvania German Folk Display

William Penn invited residents of the German Rhineland to move to Pennsylvania. He promised religious freedom, political expression, and economic opportunity. Through the 1700’s and until the Revolutionary War, they came. They initially settled in Germantown, near Philadelphia. But eventually, their numbers were too large, and land was becoming so expensive that they moved west into Lancaster and Lebanon Counties and north into Berks, Northampton and Lehigh counties. (Dauphin County was created from Lancaster County in 1785.)

The settlers were members of Lutheran, Reformed, Moravian, Brethren, Mennonite, and Amish churches.  They valued hard work, love of family, and stewardship in the community.  As farmers and craftsmen, they prospered economically.  But rather than adopt the lifestyle of their English and Scotch Irish neighbors, they held on to customs, language, food and dress, and even artistry that they practiced in their homeland. Today some of those traditions continue to be part of our lives like sauerkraut on New Year’s Day, baptisms after catechism training, quilt sewing, and the Kutztown Fair.  

The Historical Society is celebrating Pennsylvania German Folk with new exhibits and a driving tour.  

  • The Pennsylvania German Folk exhibit at the Parish House highlights German craftsmanship and artistry with displays of painted furniture, frakturs, bookplates, handiwork, and decorated kitchen items.  The display is open to the public on Mondays, by special appointment, and during monthly general meetings.

  • The Rural Routes Barn Tour, scheduled for Saturday, October 29, features 28 sites to be seen by driving in your own automobile through South and East Hanover Townships.  Many are Pennsylvania Bank Barns, which is a barn style that the German immigrants brought with them from their homeland.  Tickets are $25 per automobile.

  • Photographs of local barns and models are displayed at the History House at 32 West Main Street.

  • The Quilt 2 Show is scheduled for January and February, 2017. Sixty quilts will be displayed in the Parish House. The Society’s quilt show in 2012 was so popular, that this new show is being staged.

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