21 November 2014

Extra Ordinary Give helps preserve Lancaster area history

Today is Lancaster County's Extra Ordinary Give. This is a day on which area non-profits participate in a 24 hours online marathon giving marathon sponsored by the Lancaster County Community Foundation. Many historical societies and venues are included today!

The Lancaster Historical Society (which now goes by LancasterHistory.org) focuses on the history of the entire county and maintains Wheatland, home of President James Buchanan. Buchanan is the only president from Pennsylvania and the only bachelor president.

The Lititz Historical Foundation is also participating today. The Foundation focuses on the history of the Lititz area. The Foundation also maintains the Lititz Museum and the Johannes Mueller House. The Lititz area received her first settlers - the Moravians - as early as the 1740s. 

The Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society preserves the culture of Anabaptist communities connected to Lancaster County.

The Conestoga Area Historical Society aims to preserve the history of the Penn Manor area. This includes Conestoga, Pequea, Manor, and Martic Townships, as well as Millersville Borough. The Society was formed in 1990. While any donation amount is appreciated, the Society notes that $25 can provide one archival storage box; $50 can pay for one newsletter mailing; and $100 could assist with the heating bill.

The Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley focuses on the heritage of the Northern Lancaster County municipalities. The Society's focus areas are: East & West Cocalico, Clay, Ephrata, West Earl and a portion of Earl Townships, as well as Akron, Adamstown, Denver & Ephrata Boroughs.

Ephrata Cloister Associates maintain the historical site and offer many education programs relating to the Ephrata Cloister. The Cloister was founded in 1732 by German settlers who sought religious freedom and a more spiritual way of life. Today, the site is a National Historical Landmark.

History comes alive at the Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum. This living history villages takes visitors back to the late 1700s. Administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Landis Valley preserves the history and culture of the Pennsylvania Germans who founded Lancaster County.

The Rock Ford Plantation is the home of Revolutionary War General Edward Hand. Hand served as Adjutant under George Washington. The museum offers many living history education programs.

The Friends of the Railroad of Pennsylvania supports the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. The Museum preserves railroading history and offers various educational programs throughout the year related to railroading and the effect it has - and still has - on America.

The Historic Preservation Trust does so many behind the scenes kind of events to preserve historical structures of Lancaster County. Among those structures are houses, barns, bridges, and mills.

All total, there are more than 300 non-profit organizations in Lancaster County that are participating today. To participate in the Extra Ordinary Give go to http://extragive.org.
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.