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More 2018 Dates coming soon! Upcoming Speakers for East Berlin Historical
Preservation Society General Meetings at 7:30 p.m. Red
Men’s Hall. All are welcome! Address:
332 W. King Street, East Berlin, PA
March 21, 2018:
Jeri Jones of Jones Geological Services, Spring
Grove, PA, will offer a talk entitled "Your
Backyard Geology", a Powerpoint presentation.
Public is invited!
details about talk:
How the area formed as a result of a rift valley
during the breakup of Pangaea and almost became
a part of Africa.
Rocks in the area are sedimentary and igneous in
origin of Mesozoic age.
Mineral resources in the immediate area include
brownstone quarrying, iron mining and several
small copper deposits.
Fossils include dinosaur tracks, amphibians and
Proof that East Berlin once was in the Southern
Hemisphere and Miami, Florida area while moving
We will also include information on South
Mountain as it once was a very old rift area of
a supercontinent 1 billion years ago.
Some rocks contain a famous fossil that we
believe were sea worms.
Mineral resources include copper, iron, clay and
Were there any volcanoes in the area?
Where and how exactly did the Pigeon Hills form.
How was the Battle of Gettysburg affected by
Previous Meeting Topics:
January 17, 2018:
Thank you, Stacey Fox for your great and
inspiring discussion. Stacey Fox, the
vice president of Destination Gettysburg,
gave a talk entitled "A Look at Adams County Tourism".
She discussed the organization, tourism as a
product, the evolution of tourism, and the economic
impact of tourism.
November 15th, 2017:
Thank you to
Linda Clark for her excellent talk about what the people of
Gettysburg witnessed when President Abraham Lincoln
arrived to dedicate the National Cemetery in
November 1863. See photos on our
"Walk A Mile With Lincoln" General
Meeting Talk by Linda Clark 11/15/17 @ Red
September 20th, 2017:
Emma Kate Diehl shared the history of Herbs and
Oils- Past and Present
19th, 2017: Dave
Eisenhart spoke about the origins of the East Berlin
Railroad. Very interesting talk to a full house!
See photos here.
Note pertaining to the East Berlin Railroad from
Stephen Jacobs, added 2/23/2018:
East Berlin Railroad Information needed........
For those of you who attended the East Berlin Railroad presentation
on July 19, 2017, I’m the guy who is trying to put together a book on
the railroad. I was unprepared for so many people who wanted to
talk to me and the little time we had. To some I entirely missed you and
I am sorry. Several had offered to show me a photo of different RR
items in which I am very much interested. Any individuals
wanting to share their material with me, I would gladly accept it and
try to use it in my book. All material can be submitted to me at;
Stephen Jacobs, 33 Pennwick Drive, Lititz, PA 17543. I would high Res
scan the material and return it. Any material used will be given full
acknowledgement in the book. For those wanting to submit electronic
material send to
A short description of the photos like when taken and by who if known
would be appreciated.
I am currently trying to locate the four trestles; we know that
three were located on Pine Run, Marbles Run, and Hokes Run. We know that
Pine Run is at the Bridges Golf Course where currently there is a
covered bridge. However the other two runs I cannot find on any maps. We
also know that there was one trestle just north of Abbottstown but can’t
identify which run that was. There was also mention of the “long bridge”
which we have no information on. Another mystery is that in 1927 the
East Berlin Coach was sold to Daniel Mummert who cut it into three
sections and moved it to “Mummert’s Grove” to be converted into
fisherman’s quarters. I would love to find old pictures of those shacks.
Also any pictures of the Abbottstown station would be of great help. Any
help you folks can be, would greatly be appreciated. Thank You.
Rescheduled for May 17, 2017: Birds with a Gettysburg Address by
Bonnie Portzline, member of South Mountain Audubon Society
May 17 2017 at 7:30 pm at Red Men's Hall, 332 West King St., East
Berlin, PA 17316
talk has been rescheduled for the general meeting on Wednesday, May 17 at 7:30p.m.
in Red Men’s Hall, 332 West King St., East Berlin, PA. The presenter,
a member of the South Mountain Audubon Society, will share her program
entitled “Birds With A Gettysburg Address”. Bonnie Portzline is an
avid birder and photographer. She will feature not only
birds but also
Gettysburg Battlefield monuments with bird ornamentation.
Bonnie has presented summer evening campfire programs at the
Gettysburg Battlefield amphitheater. She is currently working on a
photo collection of birds that Ike and Mamie Eisenhower may have seen
when they resided at their Gettysburg farm. She delights in sharing
her photography and knowledge of birds with audiences with
wide-ranging backgrounds and interests.
Attendance at this program is a perfect way to welcome Spring while
combining history with nature. You are encouraged to come out for an
evening of spectacular visual images coupled with a historical
narrative. Society members and the general public are welcome. As
always there will be refreshments following the program.
Photo by Bonnie Portzline,
Northern Mockingbird, a resident species, eats berries near the
Gettysburg Museum and