Welcome to the Hummelstown Area Historical Society
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News & Updates
OPEN BOOK SHOW
The latest Show at the Hummelstown Area Historical Society is entitled Open Book. The show features books, both old and new, on a variety of interesting subjects. The Open Book Show can now be visited by members and visitors on Sundays in January from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. The Show is located in the Society’s History House at 32 West Main Street. The Seiberts, curators of the Show, will be available to answer questions and discuss the themes and interests of the various displays. Books that feature Hummelstown’s history and its early founders have been very popular and are available for browsing. The earliest books were printed in the nineteenth century. Books written to commemorate Hummelstown’s 175th, 200th, and 250th Anniversaries can also be reviewed. Textbooks and yearbooks from Hummelstown High School and Lower Dauphin High School are also on display. Books from the Bolton, Simpson, Yount, and Brightbill book collections are available for browsing. The Show is also open during the normal business hours of the Society office on Mondays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and Wednesdays from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Please call the Business Office at 717-566-6314 for more information. Plan to attend the Show which is both interesting and unexpected!
HAHS Parish House Presentation – 18 March 2024
“Split Rail Fences – How they were made, used, and their influence on Civil War Battlefields”
Presented by Michael Espenshade
Many of us are impressed by the historical look of a split rail fence. But why were there different
styles, how were they used, and what does it take to build them? Some people even refer to them as
“Civil War fences”. How did they affect the outcome of many Civil War Battles? As an experienced split rail fence builder, Mike Espenshade will use photographs to show how to make split rail fences. As a historian, Mike will explain their use and cite their influence on the outcome of multiple Civil War combat situations.
50 Years at the Hummelstown Area Historical Society
The talk at the monthly meeting of the Society on April 5, 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.