Free Celtic Concert Featuring Rizzetta’s Tones & Ice Cream Social

Join us for a free concert and free ice cream in our Mary Oehme Gardens in September!

On Sunday September 3rd, bring your lawn chairs and invite your friends, family, and neighbors to enjoy a relaxing evening in our gardens.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Rizzetta’s tones, a great Celtic and Folk band from Lancaster, PA.

The event is scheduled from 6:30pm – 8pm.

**We will also host an old-fashioned cake walk – more details coming soon!**

The evening is sponsored by Woodstream Corporation.

From the band’s website:

Rizzetta’s Tones is a Celtic and Folk band, comprised of ‘fraternal twin’ hammer dulcimers, silver flute, high and low whistles, and guitars. We often spice up our sound with button accordian, autoharp, Greek bouzouki, mandolin, ukulele, as well as doumbek, cajon, djembe, and other percussion instruments (yes, even frogs!) All four members take turns singing lead and background vocals on songs, both poignant and humorous. Our repertoire includes music from Ireland, Scotland, and the United States, drawing as well from the traditions of Finland, Brazil, France, Macedonia, and many other lands.

http://rizzettastones.com/

Call the historical foundation at 717-627-4636 with any questions.

See you there!

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Central PA Ghostbusters to Make Special Appearance in Lititz July 14th

Join the Lititz Historical Foundation on Friday July 14th as we welcome a very special appearance by the Central PA Ghostbusters!

From 5:00-7:00pm, members of the Central PA Ghostbusters will be on site at our museum for a special meet and greet. What’s more, they are also bringing their ECTO-1 vehicle! They will be accepting donations for the NHS Autism school in Carlisle, as well as selling t-shirts and stickers.

Come join the fun and get your photo taken with the Central PA Ghostbusters or the ECTO-1. It’s free, and all happening Friday July 14th at the Lititz Historical Foundation.

While the special guests will only be there for a short time, our museum and gift shop will be open from 5-9pm. Free refreshments will be served.

The Lititz Historical Foundation is located at 145 East Main Street in downtown Lititz. Call 717-627-4636 with any questions.

http://www.centralpaghostbusters.com/

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A Special World War 2 Evening Featuring King Street Big Band

Join us for a very special World War 2 themed evening on Sunday August 13th!

The King Street Big Band of Lancaster will be playing a free concert in our Mary Oehme Gardens.

In addition, we will have several World War 2 reenactors, vehicles, “Rosie the Riveter”, free food and (non-alcoholic) drinks, games, fun, and more!

Guests are encouraged to come dressed up in their favorite 40’s fashion!

As an added bonus, onsite will also be “America Homefront” – a very special 1940’s traveling museum which allows guests to walk through several rooms set up like a typical house during wartime.

The entire evening is FREE and open to the public. It will all happen in our gardens located behind our museum. Our address is 145 East Main Street in downtown Lititz.

Plenty of free street parking is available.

Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and invite family, friends, and neighbors.

The musical entertainment is sponsored by Moravian Manor and Luthercare.

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The event begins at 6:30pm.

The raindate is Sunday August 20th.

See you there!

Click HERE for the Facebook event page.

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King Street Big Band

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Come meet the Victory Sisters August 13th!

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America Homefront (background) will also be available to tour that evening!

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Come meet the WW2 Seabees August 13th!

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Our 55th Annual Antiques Show Takes Place June 23-24th 2017

Lancaster County’s oldest show of its kind and always a perennial favorite, this fundraiser will be staged in the Warwick Middle School (104 Maple Street) in Lititz June 23rd-24th.

Hours are Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 9am-2pm Admission: $9.00 or $8.00 with card or ad.

Promoted as an “old time country show” a cast of nearly 50 dealers will present a wide range of interesting, reasonably priced country wares and dry goods. Shoppers can expect to find farm items, stoneware, kitchen goods, textiles, early lighting, transfer ware, doll items, coin silver, holiday items, Pennsylvania folk art, and more! Hungry shoppers will have an opportunity to purchase a delicious variety of freshly prepared food, smoked meats and pulled pork as well as vegetarian choices from a well-known local food truck service set up outdoors adjacent to the show entrance. This food may be eaten indoors at the cafeteria. And shoppers with a sweet tooth can indulge in fresh, homemade baked goods executed by experts from the foundation’s bakers group.

Show hours are Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 9am-2pm Admission: $9.00 or $8.00 with card or ad. Visit www.lititzhistoricalfoundation.com or call for more info. 717.575.4006

 

Dealers for the 2017 include:

American Vernacular Antiques

Anderson-Breish Antiques

Antiques By the Falls

Antiques in Bloom

Ayscough Antiques

Barbara Ziegler Antiques

B.C. White Antiques

Beechwood Antiques

Bill Shaeffer Antiques

Brenda Daniels

Candy Fluman

The Cat Lady Antiques

Cheryl Mackley Antiques

Country Cupboard Antiques

Dave Tuttle Antiques

Diane Farr Antiques

Diane R. Hogg

Doug and Deb Woodboard

Ellen Katona & Bob Lutz

Francis Crespo Folk Art and Antiques

Guthrie & Larson

Ingle Nook Antiques

Jean Rice

Jeffrey Ricketts

Jeff Smith

John H. Rogers Antiques

Kevin Kruger

Kennedy Antiques

Larry E. Strickler Antiques

Lewis & Clark Antiques

Lynn Little

Margaret Schenck

Mary Beach Antiques

McClearen’s Antiques

Moseley’s Antiques

Old Farm Antiques

Oley Valley Antiques

The Passes

Patrick Murray

Paul & Nancy Hahn/Country Things

Payne & Campbell Ltd.

Polly Hagen Antiques

Richard Fuller

RSG Antiques

School House Farm Antiques

Squirrel Run Antiques

Sun High Antiques

Tex Johnson & Son Antiques

Wilhide’s Antiques

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Purchase a DVD Copy of the Lititz 1956 Bicentennial Celebration!

Orders are now being accepted for DVD copies of the 1956 Lititz Bicentennial celebration!

This celebration, which originally took place in 1956 and filmed in full color, showcases the people, events, buildings,  parade, and many scenes of downtown Lititz during the 1956 event.

Running time of the video is approximately one hour and three minutes.

Fill out the form below with payment and send it back to us to reserve your copy! All proceeds benefit the Lititz Historical Foundation.

NOTE: The film does not contain sound.

View the first 6 minutes of the video HERE.

to purchase copies, click on the order form here: BICENTENNIAL ORDER FORM

DVDs will also be available for purchase in our gift shop beginning May 12th.

Here are some screen captures from the video:

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We Open For The 2017 Season April 28th!

On April 28th our doors open for the 56th season!

Visit our free museum and stop by our gift shop where you’ll find a great selection of Moravian stars, local books, home décor, and so much more!

Our operating hours are Fridays and Saturdays 10am-4pm. Beginning Memorial Day, we are open Mondays-Saturday 10am-4pm, with tours available of our 1792 Johannes Mueller House with a docent.

Come learn about the history of Lititz and early Moravian life through room after room of various exhibits and artifacts.

Interested in booking our gardens for your next event? We’re always happy to answer your questions or assist you.

www.lititzhistoricalfoundation.com

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Annual Plant Exchange Takes Place May 7th

The Lititz Historical Foundation in conjunction with the Lititz Garden Club will hold its Annual Plant Exchange on Sunday, May 7th at 1:30 PM. The event will be held in the Mary Oehme Gardens, behind the museum buildings at 137-145 East Main Street in Lititz. The event is rain or shine.

The plants to exchange must be perennials and must have identification tags for each plant. Each plant must be placed in a container for transportation.

Upon arrival, a ticket will be handed out for each plant. The plants must be placed in categories including: Sun, Shade, Exotic, Bulbs, Herbs and Ground Cover. These tickets can be redeemed for another plant after all plants are placed in the categories and the attendees have some time to explore the categories.

An announcement will then be made to claim the plant you are interested in taking home.

Members of the Lititz Garden Club will also be on hand for assistance and to help answer gardening questions. You can bring 1, 2, 5, or more plants and enjoy the afternoon in the Foundation’s Gardens! The event is open to the public and there is no charge for this event, but a donation can be made to help maintain the Gardens.

 

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Expert to Speak February 18th on the Lancaster County Connection to the Pennsylvania/Kentucky Rifle

Lancaster County is known as the center of early Kentucky long rifle making, due to the early development and the number of prominent makers in the Lititz and Lancaster areas.

Join us on Saturday February 18th beginning at 1:30pm when we welcome David Geiger, who will be speaking about the Lancaster connection in regards to the Pennsylvania Long rifle, including the origins, mechanisms, and early history.  He will also talk about important local gunsmiths from the period and characteristics of Lancaster County Rifles.  Additionally, he will address the history behind the name “Kentucky Rifle”, and why this is the term is still used to describe Pennsylvania Long rifles today.

The free lecture will take place at the Lititz Library, located at 651 Kissel Hill Road in Lititz.

Geiger is a fourth generation antique arms firearms collector, dealer, and appraiser; and has been professionally involved in the firearms industry since he was very young. He has been collecting arms and armor since he was five years old and buying and selling as a dealer at shows since age 10.  Today, he has special expertise in Kentucky long rifles; French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, early American guns; and edged weapons. He is currently a Firearms expert for Morphy Auctions in Denver, PA.  Previously, he was a Specialist for Bonham’s in San Francisco’s Arms and Armor Department. He has examined, researched, authenticated, and catalogued thousands of weapons – including those from the estate of Joseph A. Murphy – as well as conducted arms appraisal on behalf of the Smithsonian.

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David Geiger

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Carved Flintlock Rifle signed Henry Leman

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Flintlock Rifle signed Melchior Fordey

 

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Donate HERE to the Lititz Historical Foundation during the 2016 Extra Give!

Since 1961, the Lititz Historical Foundation has helped preserve the past of the very special community of Lititz. Through quarterly newsletters and various free events including the Carol Sing, The Christmas Candlelight Tour of the historic 1792 Johannes Mueller House, multiple lecture series, The Evening of Music, and much more, we give back to our community in so many unique ways each year.

Although it has been a very busy year for us, our buildings (both built in the 1700’s), as well as our gorgeous Mary Oehme Gardens, need constant attention and care in keeping them the very special treasures that they are, and your gift will directly go to these causes.

We ask that on Friday, November 18th, you consider making a donation to the Lititz Historical Foundation by visiting our website: https://extragive.org/designee/lititz-historical-foundation

With the help of your generous efforts, our goal is to raise $3,000 this year.

Your gift, no matter how large or small, will make a BIG difference in helping us to continue to preserve the rich history of Lititz. And remember—the 2016 Extra Give takes place for ONLY one day—Friday, November 18th.

On behalf of our board members and myself, we THANK YOU so much in advance for your generosity!

Sincerely,

Cory Van Brookhoven

President

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Two Great Lititz Holiday Events To Get You in the Spirit of the Season!

The Lititz Historical Foundation, in conjunction with the Lititz Moravian Archives Committee, want to help you get in the holiday spirit!

First off is the community Christmas Carol Sing, slated for 7 pm on Thursday December 8th at Church Square. The Moravian Trombone Choir will be on hand and free song sheets will be handed out as you, your friends, neighbors, and family sing holiday classics. Afterwards, all are welcome inside Fellowship Hall for light refreshments.

The next evening, on Friday December 9th, we present “Christmas At Church Square” from 5-9pm.

The Lititz Museum (located at 137 East Main Street) will be open from 5-9pm. Come explore this free attraction, and don’t forget to shop the gift shop. Light refreshments will be available. The museum is located at 137 East Main street.

Next door, timed tours of the 1792 Johannes Mueller House will be free of charge. Tickets must be picked up the Lititz Museum beforehand that evening. Tours begin every 15 minutes, and go from 5-8pm.

Period costumed docents will be located throughout this historic home to answer your questions, as you discover what life was like in the closed Moravian town of Lititz.

In addition, Lititz Moravian Church Square (across the street from the Lititz museum) will be offering free attractions including:

-Free tours of the 1763 Lititz Moravian Coffee kitchen.

-Moravian historian Dale Shelley will be located in the church’s sanctuary, and will discuss the history of the Moravian star every half hour.

-The Lititz Moravian Archives Museum will be open.

-Light refreshment will be available in Eschbach Parlor.

For questions, please call the Lititz Historical Foundation at 717-627-4636. We hope to see you there!

The 1792 Johannes Mueller House.

The 1792 Johannes Mueller House.

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