Learn to Make Paper German Stars – MORE CLASSES ADDED!

We are excited to once again offer classes on how to make paper German stars, and due extreme popularity, we are adding more dates! See below for more information.

Three additional classes will be held at our museum, and will take place on Monday evenings: November 7th, November 14th, and December 5th. All classes run from 7-9pm.

Cost is $15.00 per person. Cost includes Registration Fee, Star Kit and Refreshments.

Call to Register: 627 – 4636

Or send a check for $15.00 and mail below to:

Lititz Historical Foundation

137 East Main street, P.O. Box 65

Lititz, PA 17543

Please indicate “Paper German Star Class” on the check, and tell us which day you’d like to attend.





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Mixed voice acappella quartet Sum of Each to Perform in Lititz September 4th

Join the Lititz Historical Foundation for a LIVE performance by Sum of Each in the Mary Oehme Gardens on Sunday September 4th at 6:30pm. The gardens are located behind 145 East Main Street in downtown Lititz. Bring your lawn chairs and invite your family, friends, and neighbors!

The performance is free and open to the public.

Sum of Each, a mixed voice acappella quartet, found one another in the summer of 2011. They are comprised of two members of Lancaster’s Red Rose Men’s Chorus, and two members of Lititz’s Red Rose City Women’s Chorus. This past March, the group scored first placed in the Mid-Atlantic Division of the Barbershop Harmony Society’s Mixed Quartet competition. They enjoy delivering singing grams for birthdays and Valentine’s Day, and can be found singing nearly anywhere, including Clipper Magazine Stadium, company parties, street corners, libraries, and wolf sanctuaries. Their repertoire includes popular pop and soul standards by the Eagles, Billy Joel, Brian Setzer, Elvis, and Marvin Gaye. Sum of Each is: Melissa Hunnefield, Lititz; Jennifer Seymour, Lancaster; Paul Stober, Ephrata; and Don McElroy, Manheim.

Special thanks to Warwick Woodlands for underwriting this performance.


Sum of Each.

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Lititz Community Band to play Mary Oehme Gardens August 14th

Mark your calendars for Sunday August 14th as the Lititz Community Band will be playing a FREE concert in Lititz! The concert will take place in the Lititz Historical Foundation’s Mary Oehme Gardens, and will begin at 6:30pm. The foundation is located at 145 East Main Street, Lititz.

There’s always a great turnout for this evening of music, and it’s a wonderful way to spend a FREE summer evening in Lititz. Bring your lawn chairs and invite your friends, family, and neighbors!

The free concert will be sponsored by Luthercare.

For more information, please call 717-627-4636, or visit the Lititz Historical Foundation on Facebook.


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Violin Master Craftsman and Historian To Make Stop in Lititz

Join us on Friday, September 9th as we host Jeffrey Reider, violin historian and proprietor of Reider’s Violin House located in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. The event will take place at our museum from 5-8:30pm.

Reider is a luthier, archetier and master craftsman, with over 25 years of experience. He also comes from a musical background and grew up in a family of craftsmen. He also repairs and restores violins, and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Come learn more about the fascinating history of this instrument, which has been prevalent in the Lititz Moravian community for generations.

The event is all part of Second Friday in Lititz. Our museum and gift shop, located at 145 East Main Street, will also be open that evening. Light refreshments will also be served.

Shown below are just some of Reider’s violins.

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Lititz Historical Foundation to Observe 54th Annual Antiques Show

The Lititz Historical Foundation is pleased to announce this annual fund raiser to benefit the 1792 Johannes Mueller House, their 54th Annual Antiques Show!

Lancaster County’s oldest show of its kind and always a perennial favorite, the fundraiser will be staged in the Warwick Middle School (104 Maple Street) in Lititz June 24-25.

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!

The well-established show attracts dealers and shoppers from across the northeast as well as the Atlantic seaboard and as far south as South Carolina. Other participating states include New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware; as well as a large cadre of dealers from Pennsylvania.

A fact worth noting is the extraordinary loyalty base of the dealer pool. A surprising 32% of dealers have done this show for at least one decade. Several vendors are in a second or even third decade of perfect participation. Such is a remarkable achievement and also includes a super loyal shopper crowd.

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. Many of the selections are baker specialties made from family recipes, some allegedly a secret. These treats are delightful. They should not be missed.

Lititz Antiques Show, Warwick Middle School, June 24 and 25; 10-4 and 9-2; admission $9 or $8 with card or ad; www.lititzhistoricalfoundation.com Call for more info: 717.575.4006

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Art with Local Ties to be Sold to Benefit Lititz Historical Foundation

The Lititz Historical Foundation is pleased to announce plans for the exclusive sale of a collection of paintings by the late Lititz artist, John Andrew Wenger.  This sale will provide a rare opportunity to own one of Wenger’s distinctive ink and watercolor paintings of rural scenes, historical farms, mills, and small towns located throughout Lancaster and surrounding counties.

The sale opening will take place at the Lititz Museum, 145 E. Main Street, Lititz, on June 3, from 5 pm until 9 pm.  This coincides with the Taste of Lititz event, providing a festive atmosphere in downtown Lititz, with Main Street closed to traffic and activities for everyone.

Following the opening, the sale will continue in the Museum Gift Shop during regular Museum hours.

In the spirit of an art opening, the Museum will provide refreshments to guests who wish to browse and buy paintings. There will be approximately 100 matted, unframed paintings for sale in a variety of sizes, with prices ranging from $25 to $100.  All proceeds will go towards Museum improvements and outreach.

A preview of the sale will be open to Lititz Historical Foundation members prior to the public opening.  For information on becoming a member, visit www.LititzHistoricalfoundation.com, visit us on Facebook, or stop in to the Museum during regular hours from 10 am until 4 pm, Monday through Saturday, beginning Memorial Day.

John Andrew Wenger was born in Lancaster in 1917 and graduated from Penn State University in 1939. He grew up drawing and dabbling in all art mediums, especially water colors.  He worked for Andes Advertising Agency and later bought the Lititz-based company.

John and his wife Jane were active members of the Lititz community.  Wenger loved creating scenes of his beloved home town, as well as taking excursions to other historic towns, along back roads so he could sketch. John was a member of The Village Art Association, now known as The Lititz Art Association, from its inception in 1966. He was often seen at his easel in downtown Lititz, and showed his work at the popular Lititz Art Show.

Wenger became an active member of The Lititz Historical Foundation in 1982. He gave his time and talent to create “Walk Down Main Street,” a brochure handed to interested tourists visiting Lititz. His legacy to the Historical Foundation are the Time Line panels in the front room of the Lititz Museum. This large project was begun in January of 1992 with John providing the texts and art work. Although Wenger did not live to see the finished panels, his contribution continues to be enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. Wenger passed away in August of 1992.


Shown here are just some examples of Wenger’s work:

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Lititz Historical Foundation Recipient of 2015 C. Emlen Urban Leadership Award!

The Lititz Historical Foundation has been named the 2015 winner of the C. Emlen Urban Leadership Award by the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster, PA.

Gary Klinger, President of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster, says that the awards honor those with the commitment and foresight of preserving historic buildings and keeping history alive.

“We felt that the Lititz Historical Foundation did an exceptional job embodying the type of community education and outreach that was in keeping with the mission of the Historic Preservation Trust. We also felt that the presentation submitted exemplified true leadership in building awareness of the rich architectural heritage of the greater Lititz area. We felt that the work and the efforts of the Lititz Historical Foundation provided leadership and an example of what can be done for other local historical groups to follow.”

Lititz Historical Foundation President Cory Van Brookhoven remarked “We are very honored to receive this very special award. Our tour guides, volunteers, and board members all work very hard to promote the rich history of Lititz. From the Lititz museum, to free educational programs throughout the year, to guided tours of our beloved 1792 Johannes Mueller House, we are constantly eager to educate our visitors from all across the world. It is very humbling to be recognized by such a wonderful organization.”

The award was presented to the foundation at a special recognition banquet held at Lancaster Country Club on Tuesday, November 10th, 2015.


  Left to right: Karen Genevish, Secretary; Carrie Blevins, Volunteer and Events Coordinator; Cory Van Brookhoven, President; Teri Foster, Board Member; Marian Shatto, Treasurer. 

 Media inquiries may be sent to:

Cory Van Brookhoven


Lititz Historical Foundation

137-145 East Main Street

Lititz, PA 17543




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Learn Letterpress Printing at our March 19 Lecture!

On Saturday March 19, join the board members of the Lititz Historical Foundation for a fascinating lecture and hands-on demonstration on the history of letterpress printing! Our guest will be Ken Kulakowsky from Lancaster’s Heritage Press Museum, who will take you through the history of this fascinating craft.

Once the dominant way to print, it has found a new audience in the maker movement and with graphic designers excited by something tactile in the digital world.

Founded in 2004, our colleagues at the Heritage Center Print Shop Museum in Lancaster have attracted local and international tourists.

The .918 Club, comprised of local letterpress enthusiasts, is passionate about educating the community on the technique and history of this craft.

Attendees will have the opportunity to try their hand at this fascinating art, as a table-top press will be available for use.

The lecture will be held at the Lititz Library’s community room, and will begin at 1:30pm. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the foundation at 717-627-4636. We hope to see you there!


Ken Kulakowsky

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History of Pensupreme to be discussed January 16th in Lititz

By popular demand, the Lititz Historical Foundation is proud to welcome back David Heckel, who will discuss the history of Pensupreme dairy in Lancaster County. The lecture will take place at the Lititz Library’s community room on Saturday, January 16th beginning at 1:30pm.

Heckel is the grandson of Eli L. Garber, who founded the original company.

Eli L. Garber was born on February 11th, 1864. In 1890, he invested his money in the Garber-Reist Company located in Stevens, PA. By 1895, they began operating a creamery and egg business which was located at the current site of Susquehanna Banks headquarters on Cedar Street in Lititz. It was at this location that the business incorporated under the name E.L. Garber and Son.

In 1929, the company’s name was changed to Penn Dairies, Inc., with the trade name now known as Pensupreme.

Pensupreme ice cream was a VERY popular treat in the area, and the company also owned several convenience stores around the county.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the foundation at 717-627-4636.

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“A Colorful Folk: Pennsylvania Germans and the Art of Everyday Life” book signing & lecture slated for February 20th

On Saturday, February 20th, the board members of the Lititz Historical Foundation will welcome special guest speaker Lisa Minardi, who will host a program and book signing entitled “A Colorful Folk: Pennsylvania Germans and the Art of Everyday Life.”

The program will take place in the Lititz Library’s community room, and begins at 1:30pm.

This lecture will explore the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur), textiles, furniture, metalwork, and pottery during this very special program. Embellished with hearts, flowers, birds, and other traditional motifs, these objects reveal a love of color, design, and whimsy. Most are functional, but others were made “just for nice” and attest to the Pennsylvania Germans’ penchant for decorating virtually everything—from a tiny pincushion to the side of a barn. This illustrated presentation will be given by Lisa Minardi, assistant curator at Winterthur Museum and an expert on Pennsylvania German art and culture.

A book signing and sale will be held after the program.

Minardi serves as an assistant curator at Winterthur Museum and a Ph.D. candidate in the History of American Civilization program at the University of Delaware, where she is studying the Germans in colonial Philadelphia for her dissertation. A specialist in Pennsylvania German art and culture, she holds a B.A. in history and museum studies from Ursinus College and an M.A. from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture. Some of her publications and exhibitions include: Drawn with Spirit: Pennsylvania German Fraktur from the Joan and Victor Johnson Collection (Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2015); A Colorful Folk: Pennsylvania Germans & the Art of Everyday Life (Winterthur, 2015); Quill & Brush: Pennsylvania German Fraktur and Material Culture (Free Library of Philadelphia, 2015).

For any questions, please call the historical foundation at 717-627-4636.

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Lisa Minardi.


“A Colorful Folk: Pennsylvania Germans and the Art of Everyday Life” book by Lisa Minardi.


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