Calendar of Events

Program Descriptions

“A Son’s Letters to His Father” by Dr. Judith Witmer

September 17th

Our speaker is Judith Witmer on her book “World War II 1941-1945 A Son’s Letters to his Father”, based on letters written by a young soldier during WWII, is compelling reading.  Bill Calhoon, class of 1941 who could have grown up in your hometown, was described by an early reviewer of the book as a regular GI, a simple man who understood the complexity of the war in which he found himself, not having any idea that he would not see his wife or as-yet-unborn child until the little boy was three years old.  Bill was faithful in writing to both his wife and his father despite the fact that soldiers’ letters were censored as to war campaigns and locations.  However, because the letters are masterfully narrated in the context of the history, today’s reader, with even a limited knowledge of WWII, is immersed in the daily coping on the homefront and the events in the Philippines as they were happening. 


“Your Backyard Geology” by Jerri Jones

May 21

With the unique geographic location of Hummelstown, several chapters of geologic history will be told. The rocks underlying the town tell a story of about 450 million years ago when the area was in a shallow ocean and a new continental shelf was being built off the coast of a new continent. We were also located in the Southern Hemisphere at that time. The rocks that lie just to the east and south of Hummelstown represent a time when were in an everglades environment with roaming dinosaurs, abundant vegetation and a continent that was attempting to split apart. With this diversity of geology, mineral resources including iron ore, sandstone and limestone will be discussed. Let’s finally add in the hazard of sinkholes and the unique flow pattern of the Swatara Creek to finish the program.

Jeri Jones is a native of York, PA, attended Catawba College in N. Caroline where he earned his degree in Geoarchaeology. He owns Jones Geological Services in Spring Grove, PA where he studies the geology of southeastern PA and acts as a consultant to several area quarries. He conducts classes at Penn State-York and previously taught at HACC – Gettysburg, York College of PA and Messiah College. He received the Digman Award for Geologic Excellence from the Eastern Chapter of the National  Assoc. of  Geoscience Teachers. He has authored four books, written numerous articles and narrated a geologic education video series.


Special Programs

The Hummelstown Arts Festival Committee, Lower Dauphin School District, and the Hummelstown Area Historical Society are partnering with events in May, 2018 as a Celebration of Art in Hummelstown.

The Hummelstown Area Historical Society is staging a Retrospective Show  featuring the artistic talents of the late Hummelstown native, Robert M. Nisley. His artwork covering a period of 60 years will be displayed at the Society’s History House at 32 West Main Street, Hummelstown PA. The Show is open on Sundays from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Wednesdays during the month of May and the first week of June. Nisley painted scenes of the Hummelstown area,  designed many posters for the Arts Festival, and  sketched scenes as a soldier in World War II. There is no admission charge.

A second event being held at Lower Dauphin High School is the District Art Show  which features the talent and creativity of artwork from the elementary schools, middle school, and high school. The Show is open from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, May 18 and from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Refreshments and musical entertainment will also be part of this event. Admission is free.

Finally, the popular  Hummelstown Arts Festival silent and live auction of painted chairs occurs on Saturday, May 19, 2018 in the back yard of the History House at 32 West Main Street, Hummelstown. The chairs are painted by local artists, dignitaries, clubs, and groups. The chairs will be on display in Bowser’s store front windows and at the Lower Dauphin School District Art Show. Beginning at 2:00 PM, entertainment and refreshments will be available. The silent auction concludes at 4:00 PM and followed by a live auction at 4:30 PM.

During the event, the winning submission for the 2018 Arts Festival poster will be announced. Proceeds from the auction are used to meet expenses of the 2018 Arts Festival and for  funding the Robert Nisley Scholarships awarded to Lower Dauphin seniors. The Robert Nisley Retrospective Show in the History House will also be open on Saturday, May 19th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

For more information about the Chair Auction and 2018 Poster Contest, contact Carol Hilbert at or at 717-566- 9222. For more information about the Lower Dauphin District Art Show contact Dana Attivo at Contact Jean and Wade Seibert at 717-919- 0509 for information about the Robert Nisley Retrospective Show.