Upcoming General Meetings

SAVE THE DATES:  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 17316

 

See Flyer Here; See Photos Here.
Wednesday, November 14, 7:30 pm (
Please note change of date)
EBHPS Red Men’s Hall,  332 W. King Street, East Berlin, PA
Speaker: Ross Hetrick
Topic: Thaddeus Stevens in Pennsylvania

“Thaddeus Stevens” portrayed by Ross Hetrick

 

Thanks to Ross Hetrick for his great portrayal of Thaddeus Stevens at our general meeting. It was an interesting and entertaining presentation!

 

Ross will talk about how Thaddeus Stevens helped destroy slavery and created a more equal society. He will detail his various achievements in Gettysburg and Lancaster and will include an incident where his life was threatened when he took possession of a house in East Berlin. The talk will be sprinkled with various Thaddeus Stevens jokes. Ross is the founder and president of the Thaddeus Stevens Society, a non-profit educational group founded in 1999 and dedicated to promoting the legacy of Stevens. He has been a journalist, coffeehouse owner and factory worker over the years. He is now retired and spreading the gospel of Thaddeus Stevens full time.

Thaddeus Stevens Photo

 

 Please Note: NYCHAPS (Northern York County Historical and Preservation Society) and EBHPS are now working together to promote the speaker series for both organizations.  See website at: https://northernyorkhistorical.org/events-calendar/  

All of NYCHAPS speaker programs, shown below, are held at the Maple Shade Barn, 35 Greenbrier Lane, Dillsburg, PA. They are free and open to the public.

 

  • Joe Sapienza on Thursday September 20, 2018 at 7PM, will discuss his documentary “Centralia: Pennsylvania’s Lost Town"  The Centralia mine fire started over half a century ago in the summer of 1962.

Previous Meeting Topics:

Wednesday, September 19 at 7:30 pm
EBHPS Red Men’s Hall,  332 W. King Street, East Berlin, PA
Speaker: Scott Mingus
Topic: The Underground Railroad
Thanks to Scott Mingus for a great presentation!

Scott Mingus discusses Undeground Railroad on Sept. 19, 2018
Scott Mingus discusses Undeground Railroad on Sept. 19, 2018

Scott Mingus discusses Undeground Railroad on Sept. 19, 2018
Scott Mingus discusses Undeground Railroad on Sept. 19, 2018

Scott Mingus Underground Railroad Talk

 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 7:30 pm 
Please Note Different Location: East Berlin VFW Post 8896 107 Locust St. East Berlin, PA  
Speaker: David Taylor Topic: Captured but not Forgotten

How US Intelligence secretly contacted Allied prisoners held in German camps during WWII and American POWs detained in the infamous Hanoi Hilton. 

This program will feature clips from two of his productions, “The Great Escape” and “The Spy in the Hanoi Hilton,” with an ongoing narrative by the producer/director himself.  See photos here.  See Dillsburg Banner Article here.

 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm
EBHPS Red Men’s Hall East Berlin, PA  
Speaker: John Maietta  
Topic: PA Trivia    (See photos here
       

Test your knowledge of Pennsylvania trivia, as we explore a wealth of fascinating facts from state history, popular culture, and current events.  You’ll learn about George Washington’s only battlefield surrender – and the development of the world’s first electronic computer.  You’ll hear the stories behind the druggist who helped Mozart write his greatest comic operas; the hapless tinkerer who almost invented the telephone; and the exiled Turkish imam who runs a worldwide spiritual movement from a hideout in the Poconos.  And you’ll find out why Pennsylvania can proudly lay claim to America’s first gas station, its oldest human settlement, its longest stone arch bridge, and its biggest shoe.  You’ll leave with a new appreciation for the wacky, wild, and wonderful side of the great Keystone State we call home.

 

Wednesday, 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.

Stacey Desitination Gettysburg Destination Gettysburg Talk

Wednesday, 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 Society Snapshots page.

Walk a Mile with Lincoln Presentation
"Walk A Mile With Lincoln" General Meeting Talk by Linda Clark 11/15/17 @ Red Men's
Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017:
Emma Kate Diehl shared the history of Herbs and Oils- Past and Present
Herb presentation photo 1Herb presentation photo 2  

 

Wednesday, July 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 ebtjake@gmail.com. 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.  Stephen Jacobs

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

This 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
Visitor Center