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PHS Meeting Dates and Speakers

2014

April 7 - 7:00 PM - Paxton Presbyterian Church,  3500 Sharon Street.  Mr. Norman Lacasse will give a presentation on "Ringing the City with Green," regarding the Capital Area Greenbelt.  Light refreshments will be served at the meeting.  Bring a friend.  We hope to see you there.

 

August 4 - 6:00 PM - PHS Annual Picnic, rain or shine, at the Saussaman Park Pavillion (North of the Paxton Presbyterian Church).   All are welcome.  You do not have to be a PHS member to come and enjoy the evening.

At the August picnic the Paxtang Historical Society will provide sandwiches, drinks, condiments, plates, cups, and utensils.  If possible, please bring a covered dish of your favorite recipe to share.  Please call Shirley or Murv Grunden before July 30th if you plan to attend and let them know what type of food you are planning to bring, so we have a close count for the event.  Call (717) 561-2602 after 6:00 and leave a message if no one is at home.  Or email them at murvg@aol.com with email subject title of PHS Picnic.

 

October 6 - 7:00 PM - Paxton Presbyterian Church,  3500 Sharon Street.  Civil War Historian Craig Caba will speak on Pennsylvanians and the Civil War, accompanied by a wonderful display of artifacts.

 

 

2013

April 1 - 7:00 PM - Paxton Presbyterian Church,  3500 Sharon Street.  Mr. Willis Kocher, an area resident, former social studies teacher, Civil War historian, speaker, guide and collector will make a presentation on “The Gettysburg Address”.  Mr. Kocher is a past President of the Harrisburg Civil War Round Table.  Light refreshments will be served at the meeting.  Bring a friend.  We hope to see you there.

April 11th - 11:00 am till 9:00 pm - SPECIAL FUND RAISING EVENT FOR PHS AT HOSS'S STEAK AND SEAFOOD HOUSE IN HUMMELSTOWN ( by Swatara Creek).  We have teamed up with Hoss's to raise money for the 2014 PHS Paxtang Centennial Book of Memories.  PHS WILL RECEIVE 20% PAYOUT from purchases, but our group must have a minimum of $300 in total pre-tax food and beverage sales, purchase of gift cards is not included.  We need everyone to come together and help us to publish this Memories of Paxtang Book so no one will forget Paxtang and keep Paxtang in our hearts.  Event Update:  PHS raised about $360 from $1,798 in total sales.  Thank You So Much.

August 5 - 6:00 PM - PHS Annual Picnic, rain or shine, at Paxtang Cemetery.  Note Location Change:  We will meet in front of the Paxtang Cemetery Mausoleum, along North Paxtang Avenue.  We are having a very special Paxtang Historical Society annual picnic this year.  Paxtang Cemetery is hosting our annual picnic in conjunction with their 115th Anniversary.  The Paxtang Cemetery will have a Civil War reenactment, the Victorian Dance Ensemble, the Susquehanna Travellers Quartet and dinner in front of the Mausoleum on top of the hill.  Please, if possible bring a covered dish of your favorite recipe for others to taste.

Please call Shirley or Murv Grunden before August 3rd if you plan to attend and let them know what type of food you are planning to bring, so we have a close count for the event.  Call (717) 561-2620 after 6:00 and leave a message if no one is at home.  Or email them at murvg@aol.com with email subject title of PHS Picnic.

August 15th - Thursday, 5:00 pm till 9:00 pm - SPECIAL FUND RAISING EVENT FOR PHS AT ISAAC'S Famous Grilled Sandwiches at 421 Friendship Road Harrisburg (behind Bass Pro Shop on Paxton Street).  We have teamed up with Isaac's to raise money for the 2014 PHS Paxtang Centennial Book of Memories.  PHS WILL RECEIVE A 25% PAYOUT from purchases, and an additional 15% on any Isaac's Gift Cards purchased while there.   A special fundraiser form is needed to take to Isaac's, which will be available at the Paxtang Historical Society's August 5th picnic event (described above).  Forms also can be obtained from Shirley Grunden or downloaded from here: PHS Isaac's Fundraiser Form.doc       Please help us to raise the money to publish the Paxtang centennial book.

September 4th, 11th, and 18th All Day - SPECIAL FUND RAISING EVENT FOR PHS AT MAMA'S PIZZA at 3412 Derry Street, Paxtang.    On these 3 days, Mama’s  Pizza will donate 10% of All Sales to the Paxtang Historical Society to help with the costs of publishing a book of Paxtang Memories that will be available in 2014 for the Paxtang Centennial.  Please help us out with your purchase on these days.

October 7 - 7:00 PM - Paxton Presbyterian Church,  3500 Sharon Street.    PHS Annual Meeting and Program entitled Archaeology, Saving the Past for our Future by Dane Snyder, MA RPA.

December 9 - 6:30 - Paxtang Historical Society will be visiting the Ephrata Cloister for our December get together.  Please call David Foreman (717) 564-1345 for tickets as they go on sale November 8, 2013. You can go on your own or car pool from the Paxton Presbyterian Church.

Monday, December 9, 2013
Christmas at the Cloister
Performance at 6:30 pm

An annual favorite for many families in the community, join us as we spend a few moments of quiet reflection, listen to seasonal readings and enjoy holiday music in the 1741 Meetinghouse.

Seating is limited and advance tickets are required.
Tickets are $6 per person.
No exchanges or refunds will be made.

Ephrata Cloister
632 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
Telephone (717) 733-6600

Ephrata1732@gmail.com

http://www.ephratacloister.org

 

 

2012

April 16 - 7:00 PM - (Note Change of Date) Paxton Presbyterian Church,  3500 Sharon Street.  Civil War Historian Craig Caba will speak on Pennsylvanians who walked in the footsteps of history from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War, accompanied by a display of artifacts.

August 6 - 6:00 PM - PHS Annual Picnic, rain or shine, at the Saussaman Park Pavillion (North of the Paxton Presbyterian Church).   All are welcome.  You do not have to be a PHS member to come and enjoy the evening.

We are requesting that those that have memories or stories of Old Paxtang please write them down and bring them along to share with others.  We are planning to collect as many as we can for a 100th Year Celebration Booklet in 2014.

At the August picnic the Paxtang Historical Society will provide sandwiches, drinks, condiments, plates, cups, and utensils.  If possible, please bring a covered dish of your favorite recipe to share.  Please call Shirley or Murv Grunden before July 30th if you plan to attend and let them know what type of food you are planning to bring, so we have a close count for the event.  Call (717) 561-2602 after 6:00 and leave a message if no one is at home.  Or email them at murvg@aol.com with email subject title of PHS Picnic.

October 1 - 7:00 PM - Paxton Presbyterian Church,  3500 Sharon Street.    PHS Annual Meeting and a living history presentation by David Klinepeter, as he portrays the Civil War Governor of Pennsylvania, Gov. Andrew Gregg Curtin.

December 10 - 7:00 PM - A visit to the Hummelstown Area Historical Society Meeting and Special Program entitled Civil War Christmas by Myra Reichert.  The Meeting/Program will be at the Parish House located on North Alley and North Rosanna Street in Hummelstown.

2011

January 9 - 1:00 PM - Tour of the Pennsylvania National Fire Museum located at 1820 N. 4th Street, Harrisburg.  We will meet at 1:00 PM at the Museum.  Admission is free for Paxtang Historical Society Members.   Cost for Non-Members is $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for students.  Please call Yvonne Rosenberger, (717) 564-6256, if you plan to attend and leave a message on the recorder.

April 4 - 7:00 PM - Paxton Presbyterian Church,  3500 Sharon Street.  Mayor D. J. Landis will speak on Michael Simpson, a native of Paxtang and founder of the Simpson Ferry.

August 1 - 6:30 PM - PHS Annual Picnic, rain or shine, at the Saussaman Park Pavillion (North of the Paxton Presbyterian Church).   All are welcome.  You do not have to be a PHS member.  As a special treat, music will be provided by the Father and Son Team of Frank and Frank Tittiger, and for those who would like to share, Paxtang memories by current and past Paxtang residents.  PHS will provide sandwiches, drinks, condiments, plates, cups, and utensils.  If possible, please bring a covered dish of your favorite recipe to share. 

October 3 - 7:00 PM - Paxton Presbyterian Church,  3500 Sharon Street.    PHS Annual Meeting and presentation by David Biser on John Harris, Jr.

December 11 - 2:00 PM - Christmas at Fort Hunter, a tour of the Fort Hunter mansion that will be decorated for Christmas.  Free to PHS members.

2010

October 4 - 7:00 PM - Paxton Presbyterian Church, 3500 Sharon Street.    PHS Annual Meeting and presentation “PA Coal Mining Past and Present and Death in the Mines” by Robin Lighty

August 2 - 6:00 PM - PHS Annual Picnic, rain or shine, at the Saussaman Park Pavillion (North of the Paxton Presbyterian Church).  There also will be a very brief business meeting.  All are welcome.  You do not have to be a PHS member.  As a special treat, music will be provided by the Father and Son Team of Frank and Frank Tittiger.  PHS will provide sandwiches, drinks, condiments, plates, cups, and utensils.  If possible, please bring a covered dish of your favorite recipe to share.  For planning purposes, if you plan to attend, please call Shirley or Murv before July 27, and indicate what type of food you plan to bring along.  Call them at (717) 561-2620, after 6PM.  Feel free to leave a message.  You can also email them at murvg@aol.com and indicate "PHS Picnic" in the subject line.

 

April 5 - 7:00 PM - Paxton Presbyterian Church, 3500 Sharon Street.  

Stephen Russell will speak on "Thaddeus Stevens and Jonathan Blanchard and their impact on the Anti-slavery movement in Pennsylvania."

During 1837 in Harrisburg there was a unique merging of abolition forces.  The American abolition movement was actually a number of movements that converged to change the spiritual, political and economic landscape in America as the practice of slavery was prohibited and the concept of equality was considered.  In 1837, Harrisburg became the focal point for a unique convergence of two of these abolition movements.

Thaddeus Stevens, a growing force for the political abolition movement, was becoming more vocal regarding his anti-slavery sentiments, and Jonathan Blanchard, a new force for the theological abolition movement, was assigned by the American Anti-Slavery Society to focus on Pennsylvania, launching local anti-slavery chapters and organizing an anti-slavery convention in the state.

When these two men met, Blanchard encouraged Stevens to be more vocal and more direct with his anti-slavery position.  Stevens provided Blanchard with political support and entry into local gatherings so Blanchard could present his position.

Together the two men created more energy and activity for the Pennsylvania anti-slavery effort than each would have accomplished on their own.  The Harrisburg Anti-Slavery Convention in January 1837 and the Pennsylvania State Constitutional Convention in May 1837 were both deeply impacted by the influence of these two men.

In his PHS presentation, Stephen Russell will discuss Thaddeus Stevens and the “Definition Years” of his life. In addition, he will discuss Jonathan Blanchard and his role in the Theological Abolition Movement.  Their combined activities will be placed in historical context to demonstrate the amazing convergence of their efforts.

 

2009

January 11 -  2:00 PM - PHS Business Meeting at Paxtang Municipal Building followed by a tour of the Pennsylvania Capitol at 3:00.

April 6 -  7:00 PM Paxtang Municipal Building.  Kara Russell, Historian for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, will present “Evolution of Transportation” tracing the evolution of transportation in PA from the Indian trails up to the present time.

August 3 - 5:30-8:00 PM - Paxtang Cemetery.  Third Annual PHS Picnic and tour of Paxtang Cemetery. The Paxtang Cemetery is sponsoring this Paxtang Historical Society Event. Sit back and enjoy the food and the music of yesteryears, or take a historical tour on the horse drawn wagon.  he Paxtang Cemetery staff will be on board the ride to highlight the history of the cemetery that will be celebrating its 111 years in business on July 27, 2009, the Paxtang Cemetery will also be providing a tour inside the Large Paxtang Mausoleum built in 1916. All are welcome, you do not have to be a member to come and enjoy the festivities. The Paxtang Historical Society/Paxtang Cemetery will provide Condiments, Drinks, Plates, Cups, Plastic Ware (Spoons, Forks and Knifes), food will also be available, please, if possible bring a covered dish of your favorite recipe for others to taste. Please call Shirley or Murv Grunden before the 28th of July if you plan to attend and let them know what type of food you are planning to bring so we have a close count for the event. Call (717) 561-2620 after 6:00 PM, leave a message if no one is at home. Or E-mail us at murvg@aol.com  Subject: PHS Picnic

October 5 - 7:00 PM - Paxton Presbyterian Church, 3500 Sharon Street.    PHS Annual Meeting and presentation “Darlene Murray as Abigail Adams”

December 13 - 2:00 P.M. - Special Tour of John Harris - Simon Cameron Mansion, 219 South Front Street, Harrisburg, by staff of Historical Society of Dauphin County. 

 2008

January 13  - 3:00 PM -Reservoir Park,  Harrisburg.  Tour of National Civil War Museum. 

April 7 - 7:00 PM - Paxtang Municipal Building.  Dr. Lawrence E. “Larry” Keener-Farley presents “Harrisburg Area in the Civil War”

August 4 - 6:30 PM - PHS Annual Picnic at Saussaman Park and presentation by members of the Camp Curtin Historical Society “Harrisburg During the Civil War” 

October 6 - 7:00 PM -  Paxtang Municipal Building.  PHS Annual Meeting and presentation by Steve Runkle “Gettysburg to the Susquehanna.”

2007

January 8 - 8:00 PM,  40 North East Drive, Hershey, Tour the Hershey-Derry Township Historical Society facility.

April 2 - Transportation and Communication During Colonial Times.
Speaker Todd Galle, Curator for the PA State Museum. 7:00 p.m. at the Paxtang Municipal Building.

August 13 - Picnic at the Pavillion (behind Paxton Presbyterian Church), followed by an architectural walking tour led by Steve Zarick.

October 1 - Annual Meeting followed by a presentation of the War of 1812.
Speaker Dr. Aaron Larson. 7:00 p.m. at the Paxtang Municipal Building.