Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Volunteer Bruce Hoover talks about the Pennsylvania Long Rifle.
Volunteer Larry Hess talks about stills.
LVM staff member Tom Martin pulls a beautifully baked apple pie out of the wood-fired brick oven.
Making a rope is a very popular activity at Harvest Days
Even our American Lineback cow Sarah needs a snack, which she gets here from a few new friends!
Volunteer Rick Brouse assists in making home-made apple butter.
Volunteer Mike Elmer, along with resident Belgian horses, Ben and Sue, demonstates plowing.
50 year veteran volunteer master cabinetmaker Clair Garman talks to the next generation of LVM volunteers!
Turkey Hill, a generous corporate sponsor of Harvest Days, delights visitors with free samples.
Folks waiting to buy their admission tickets.
Picking out just the right pumpkin from the Harvest Days "Pumpkin Patch" is a family tradition for many folks. But some people do get a bit carried away now and then!
Not to mention getting started at a very young age!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The American Girl Doll camp enjoyed activities from the Felicity, Samantha and Kit time periods. These activities included a Victorian Tea Party with parlor games, a price comparison lesson in the Country Store and creating a purse from a burlap sack.
The Apprenticeship camp enjoyed working with David Lunin , a furniture maker. They built their own stool and painted it with milk paint.
The older campers in Historic Trades Camp worked with master cabinet maker, Claire Garman. They built a large bench and learned how to decorate it with a Pennsylvania German technique known as wood graining. The campers were also able to enjoy a clay tablet and bead project with Mike Keller, our potter. The week was only complete after Tom Martin instructed the campers on baking in the wood-fired brick oven behind the Tavern. They tried recipes from the Landis Valley Cookbook which Tom helped to write. We were also able to eat delicious hand made pizzas made in the brick oven for lunch (What a treat!).
This summer was the first time the Education Department offered summertime Hands on History Days. Families and other summer camps from the area took part in both fun filled days. Participants were treated to a lesson in the 1890s school house, processing wool, playing colonial games, learning about artifacts and making an “old fashioned” craft. Many participants also enjoyed a picnic lunch in our picnic grove and a wagon ride.
Due to their success, we will continue to offer the Hands on History Days next summer. Keep watching our web-site for updates on our fall, winter and spring activities in the Education Department and thank you for your continued support.
A quick group shot before putting their homemade pizzas into the wood-fired brick oven!
Participants with instructor Dave Lunin giving their projects the "stress" test!
If you have any questions about any of the programs offered by the Educational Department at Landis Valley Museum, please feel free to give Sheri Brown a call at 717-569-0401, ext. 228.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
What was found was a "commutation" receipt for Henry Harrison Landis (the father of the Landis brothers).
As Henry H. was drafted for service in the Civil War on July 18, 1863 (the Battle of Gettysburg was July 1-3, 1863), he paid a commutation fee of $300 to receive discharge from further liability under the draft instituted in March of the same year. The receipt is dated August 20, 1863.
$300 in 1863 is approximately $5300 in 2009 dollars!
Although Henry obviously did not serve in the military, this still makes an interesting tie-in to our Civil War day event here at Landis Valley.
Here are a few photos from Civil War Day.
Union encampment right outside of the Jacob Landis farmhouse.
Visitors getting an explanation of Civil War military tactics.
A firing demonstration.
Our very own Mike Elmer in uniform atop of our very own horse, Lizzie. Mike is a volunteer with our Farm Program and can often be seen driving or riding our horses.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
The Landis Valley House Hotel was built in 1856 by Jacob Landis Jr. It is an original structure standing on its original site, which is at the crossroads which met in what was once the village of Landis Valley. When a post office became part of the hotel around 1860 it put Landis Valley "on the map"!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
And here is a detail of the inscription on the bottle.
Monday, May 18, 2009
This is old fashioned entertainment at a very affordable price. Pack a picnic lunch & blanket and come show the kids how much fun a lazy summer day can be!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Recently a film crew from Blue Ridge Channel 11 came to film an episode of "Inside Access" which is hosted by Ryan Bomgardner and his sidekick Jeffrey, pictured above.
According to the Blue Ridge Channel 11 website, "the show goes behind the scenes of attractions of Lancaster County (with some hilarious results) as well as educating audiences on issues such as health, recycling, and history."
You can learn more about Ryan and his friends here.
The episode about Landis Valley Museum is scheduled to air numerous times during the month of May, so be sure to check the Blue Ridge link above for scheduling information if you are a Blue Ridge cable customer.
We hope that Ryan and Jeffrey enjoyed their visit!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Our Herb & Garden Faire will take place on Friday & Saturday, May 8th & 9th! Hours are 9am-5pm, admission is $8, children five and under free! This is a great event for gardeners, also a nice way to spend the day. Shop or plants, seeds, art for the garden and more!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
To honor this great occasion today, the second Sunday in March is recognized as "Charter Day" in Pennsylvania.
Charter Day is a free admission day to all Commonwealth owned historic sites.
Landis Valley Museum saw a visitation of over 2,000 people on Charter Day.