Collection contains materials relating to the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the American Revolution in 1976. Most of the material is from countywide activities, but includes records from some towns. Contains minutes, newspaper clippings, program correspondence, photographs, and audio-tapes.
The six volumes that make up the Bicentennial Celebration, April 1971- February 1977 scrapbooks are a compilation of published materials such as newspaper articles, magazine articles, broadsides, brochures and pamphlets. The materials relay information about the actions of the Lancaster County Bicentennial Committee including meetings, mailings and events. The committee chose the "Hands of Liberty" theme for the committee and upcoming celebration. The theme was present on every mailing sent out by the committee and can be found on most of the materials within the scrapbooks. See finding aid for details and conditions for access.
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The Lancaster County Bicentennial Committee was established in order to arrange events throughout the county to celebrate the 200th year anniversary of the American Revolution. The committee officers were as follows: Donald G. Goldstrom, president; Frank C. Fryburg, vice-president; Harold E. Frey, treasurer; Jack W. W. Loose, secretary; and Sally Jarvis, publicity committee chairman. The Lancaster County Bicentennial Committee was commissioned by the Pennsylvania Department of Commerce. The committee met from 1971-1977.
This book discusses many aspects of the Lancaster County Amish community. Several well-known Amish customs are mentioned throughout the newspaper clippings such as Rumspringa, barn raising, marriage season, and education. Other articles contain information about funeral customs, past-time activities, agriculture and other occupations. An article of special interest surrounds two Amish men arrested for religious beliefs.
Book 1, The annexation of greater Lancaster, Manheim Township, 1947-1952. Book 2, The annexation of greater Lancaster, Manheim Township, 1947-1952.
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These scrapbooks address the development of Manheim Township. There is a variety of correspondence discussing the boundary lines between Greater Lancaster and Manheim Township and the impact they would have on the community. The books show the debates between Kendig C. Bare with Simplex Paper Box Corporation and John M. Groff with Armstrong Cork Company. The newspaper clippings give a wider community view of the complex problems in developing new boundary lines, including taxes and education.
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Collection contains information on Armstrong World Industries, formerly the Armstrong Cork Company, manufacturers of flooring and building materials. Several items concern military production during World War II. There are histories of the company, management correspondence, policy manuals, blueprints, consumer catalogs, annual reports, and copies of Armstrong Today, an internal magazine.
Corsair Planes Production, March 1942- February 1944. Now known as Armstrong World Industries, Armstrong Cork Company helped the war effort during World War II. Armstrong had a plant solely dedicated to the development of parts for Corsair Fighter Planes. James W. Grove worked for Armstrong and aided in the production of airplane parts including fins, Curtiss stabilizers, rudders, bulkheads, wing tips and other detail parts. The airplane plant created these parts that were used to create the Corsair Fighter planes for the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps pilots. This scrapbook includes magazine articles, newspaper clippings, photographs, telegrams and correspondence.
Mrs. Wisler used a Stark Bros. catalog for the scrapbook: Stark Bros. 1941 Xmas Ribbons. Stark Bros. Ribbon Corp., 352 Fourth Avenue, New York, NY. The catalog was produced for F. W. Woolworth Co. The newspaper clippings are pasted over the catalog pages.
Marian Root Wisler was married to John Jay Wisler, Sr. who was a 4th cousin of John W. W. Loose. Mrs. Wisler was the publisher of The Columbia Broadcaster.
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More than fifty scripts for the WGAL radio show, Aunt Min Sez, were saved in this scrapbook. Aunt Min, the homespun character, shared anecdotes about holidays, the weather, church, dieting, learning to ride a bicycle, Atlantic City, a bat in the house, house cleaning, and various other subjects. Her stories combined humor with down-to-earth philosophy about life and provided entertainment for readers and listeners. Mrs. Marian Root Wisler, of Columbia, Pennsylvania began publishing Aunt Min Sez as a newspaper column in November 1938. The fifteen minute radio scripts were written and read by Mrs. Wisler, who was sometimes joined by Mrs. Wilbur Laird portraying Jen. The show aired Thursday mornings at 10am on WGAL radio and the scripts were published in The Columbia Broadcaster.
William Uhler Hensel was born in Quarryville, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on 3 December 1851. Hensel attended the local public school and a series of private academies before entering Franklin and Marshall College in 1866. Hensel was very active in the school including fraternities and clubs. He graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 1870. After graduation, Hensel pursued a career in law and studied under Judge Isaac Hiester and David G. Eshleman. In 1873, Hensel was admitted to the Lancaster Bar and established his own practice in Lancaster. While studying law, he became interest in journalism and later maintained a dual career in journalism and law. After opening his law firm, Hensel became the co-owner of the Lancaster Intelligencer and also became editor of the newspaper. Hensel was active in politics and helped in the efforts of the Democratic Party in Lancaster County. He compiled many writings that aided campaigns such as biographies of the Democratic candidates. In 1891, he became the attorney general of Pennsylvania. As one of the founding members of the Lancaster County Historical Society, he wrote many articles for the historical society's journal that depict the county's history. Hensel was active in the community by giving lectures and presenting information to societies and clubs throughout Lancaster County. He was also president of the Pennsylvania-German Society. Hensel married Emily Flinn; they had one daughter named Elizabeth. He practiced law throughout his life and received honorary doctorates from Dickinson College in 1909 and Franklin and Marshall in 1912. Hensel died on 27 February 1915 from cirrhosis of the liver while on vacation in Georgia.
Lancaster County was officially established in 1729 out of Chester County. The first settlement began in 1709 and was established by Swiss Mennonites in 1710 around the area of present-day Willow Street. Hans Herr was the bishop of the founding group. The Hans Herr House is now the oldest building in Lancaster County dating back to 1719. The original inhabitants of the area included the Susquehannocks (also known as the Conestogas), Shawnee, Gawanese, Delaware, and Nanticoke. Huguenots, Scots-Irish, English, Welsh, and Rhineland Germans settled in Lancaster County after the Swiss Mennonites.
The scrapbook is composed of William Uhler Hensel's correspondence from 1910. These letters are responses to Hensel's invitation to the celebration of the 200th birthday of the first settlement in Lancaster County, near present-day Willow Street. The majority of the letters are handwritten. The book also contains programs describing the events of the celebration and an historical description of the first settlement in 1710.
James Buchanan Papers, Penn State University Libraries,
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Scrapbook for the wedding of Doris Jane Hall and Richard Henry Barr, Jr., both of Lancaster. At the front is a copy of the marriage service and certificate. The wedding was officiated by Pastor Allen L. Benner at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lancaster on 28 December 1946. The engagement was announced at the Hamilton Club on 5 August 1946. The volume contains engagement, bridal shower and wedding cards, as well as the wedding invitation. A description is given for each party and shower, including hostess, location, menu, guest list and gifts. Newspaper clippings announce the engagement and wedding. The bride's trousseau and fabric samples and details of the gowns are recorded. The bridal party is listed and the service is detailed. The guest list is a "Who's Who" of Lancaster. The couple honeymooned in Bermuda and kept a journal of their trip. Their family trees are found on the last page. Housed with the scrapbook are Richard's obituary and Doris' burial location.
This collection contains photographs, many labeled and dated, and two scrapbooks. One scrapbook contains newspaper articles concerning the military and professional life of Captain Groff. The other scrapbook contains military records including special orders, certificates, passes, correspondence, and government requirements. There are also newspaper articles, maps, and other memorabilia.
Book 1, Catharine B. Spitler scrapbook, 1937-1943. Book 2, Catharine B. Spitler scrapbook, 24 Dec. 1971-1987.
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Catharine B. Spitler, a resident of Landisville, Pennsylvania, compiled these scrapbooks. Book one contains information primarily about World War II. The newspaper clippings include information about Lancaster natives, both men and women that were involved in World War II, including ranks and location of service. There are also articles about the United States involvement in World War II. Interesting local articles and programs discuss the World War II Memorial in West Hempfield Township. Columbia's Sesquicentennial was documented through a series of newspaper clippings located in this scrapbook. Book two is a compilation of newspaper clippings, engagement announcements, wedding announcements and obituaries pertaining to Lancastrians. Locations around Lancaster County that were mention are as follows: Lancaster, Hempfield, Ephrata, Maytown and Mount Joy. An interesting subject within the second scrapbook is the1972 Flood of Lancaster (Hurricane Agnes).