Welcome to the Hummelstown Area Historical Society

Office Hours:
Monday 11:00am-4:00pm
Wednesday 3:00-7:00pm

Museum Hours:
By Appointment Only
Call 717-566-6314 to schedule a tour

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"Then and Now"

Hummelstown Vintage Photography

The Hummelstown Area Historical Society cordially invites you to its latest exhibition, “Then and Now”. 

The show showcases vintage photographs of Hummelstown streets and properties from the Society’s archives. A hundred original photographs were carefully selected and copied for the “Then” part of the exhibition. These photographs were paired with current pictures of the same sites, which make up the “Now” portion of the exhibition. It’s interesting to see how some properties have changed, while others have remained the same. It is fun to see if you know where properties are located before reading the captions that are provided!

Much of the vintage photographs were taken by Sun Publisher Rich Hartwell and former Society President Phil Rainey. Some of the other photographs came from celebratory publications, family albums, and newspapers while the current photographs were taken by Dante Neely and Wade Seibert.
The exhibition features fascinating photographs, including three of the Warwick, with the earliest one dating back to 1900. It also includes pictures of three gas stations on Main Street, the Swatara Creek covered bridge, and the 1922 bridge that replaced it, as well as several old photographs of the Parish House.

If you have an old photograph of a building in town, consider sharing it with the Society. Bring the photograph to the Society office, and a photograph of your original picture will be taken and used in the exhibition.

The grand opening of the “Then and Now” exhibition will take place on Sunday, March 10, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The exhibition is also open during normal business hours on Mondays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and Wednesdays from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. 

Admission is free.

APRIL 2024

50 Years at the Hummelstown Area Historical Society
The talk at the monthly meeting of the Society on April 15, 2024 will be based on a new publication by Society member, Wade Seibert, about the history of the Historical Society. 

Members, activities, and accessions during its first 50 years are highlighted. Special attention is devoted to the original planning and organization of the Society.

Did you know what the Society’s biggest money raiser was in the 1970s?
Who was Silas Hummel?
When was the Society gifted the native American artifacts by Richard and Margaretta Hartwell?
How was the Parish House used prior to being the home of the Society?
All this and more will be addressed by Wade Seibert as a way to honor the commitment and work of past members, as well as the energy and activities of current members.