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:

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!


Cory Van Brookhoven




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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.


Church Square


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Lecture on Historic Instrumental Treasures in the Lititz Moravian Archives Slated for March 18th

Join the members of the Lititz Historical Foundation on March 18th 2017 as they welcome Gentry Stolzfus, who will present a lecture on the fascinating historic instrumental treasures held in the collection of the Lititz Moravian Archives. The lecture will begin at 1:30 PM.

Stoltzfus, a Lancaster native, is a teacher and performer, as well as a researcher of organology- the history, evolution, and classification of instruments.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from Millersville University and has since been working on various projects in the Lancaster area.

For the lecture, he will delve into a small portion of the historic instrumental treasures held in the collection of the Lititz Moravian Archives.  All of the instruments to be presented are dated from circa 1762 through circa 1820, many of which are in original (or near original) condition and could still function in a performance today.  Included will be two quartets of early trombones, a rare serpent, an ophicleide, a particularly ornate keyed bugle, and a waldhorn- all of which are presently on display at the Lititz Moravian Archives.

Call the Lititz Library to reserve your space today! 717-626-2255.

Gentry Stolzfus

Gentry Stolzfus

Wald horn

Wald horn

A serpent

A serpent


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Free Lecture: Lancaster County Architecture-The First One Hundred Years (1710 – 1810)

Join the board members of the Lititz Historical Foundation as they welcome Gregory Scott for their lecture on January 14th, 2017 at the Lititz Public Library.

Scott, a Lancaster architect, will explore the three most dominate architectural styles of the time: Germanic, Traditional English and Georgian including Lancaster City and the surrounding countryside. Gregg is a senior partner in the architectural firm of RLPS Architects located in Lancaster County, PA, a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelors of Architecture degree. He holds professional affiliations with the American Institute of Architects, LeadingAge and the National Hospice Organization.  In addition to practicing architecture, Gregg writes a monthly architectural design column for Lancaster Newspapers entitled Design Intervention.

The program is free and open to the public, and will begin at 1:30pm. Contact the Lititz Library now to reserve your spot! 717-626-2255.

Gregory Scott.

Gregory Scott.

Rockford Plantation.

Rockford Plantation.


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“The Home Front During World War 2″ to be presented November 19th in Lititz

Join members of the Lititz Historical Foundation for their annual meeting slated for Saturday November 19th at the Lititz Public Library. The meeting will begin at 1:30pm.

After some brief items of business, the board will introduce local author C. Nat Netscher, who will host an illustrated program entitled “The Home Front During World War 2″.

Nat Netscher lived most of his life in Manheim Township before moving to Lititz in Lititz in 2015. He graduated from Manheim Township High School and the Pennsylvania State University, holding a BA degree in journalism. He is also the author of two published books: “The First 100 Years,” the story of the Manheim Township School District from the late 1840s to the late 1940s; and “From the Beginning,” a history of Manheim Township from its creation in 1729 to the year of the book’s publication in 2003. He also served in the US Army for two years during the Korean War, mostly in the Panama Canal Zone.

His illustrated program “The Home Front During World War II” will cover the period from the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941 to their surrender in August 1945.

Call the Lititz Library today at 717-626-2255 to sign up. This program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served after the presentation.

C. Nat Netscher

C. Nat Netscher

Paul Ritz serving his 2 hours per week as an airplane spotter in the observation post in Lexington north of Lititz, PA. There were two people here twenty-four hours a day. Ritz' companion was ill this day.

Paul Ritz serving his 2 hours per week as an airplane spotter in the observation post in Lexington north of Lititz, PA. There were two people here twenty-four hours a day. Ritz’ companion was ill this day. Photo @Marjorey Collins, 1942.

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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; 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, 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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