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!
332 W. King Street, East Berlin, PA
Please join us--Public Invited! Interesting speakers and
topics as well as
fine company and light
refreshments…the perfect evening.
Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 15,
For the general meeting on Wednesday
May 15, 2019 at 7:30, we welcome back
Bonnie Portzline presenting:
A NEW VIEW:
BIRDS WITH A GETTYSBURG ADDRESS – 2019
See Flyer Here
Portzline returns to EBHPS with a new
program for 2019, her latest slideshow of
her best and most recent birding adventures
and photo highlights from around historic
Gettysburg. In this presentation her focus
is on the descendants of “witness” birds
(bird species in and around the battlefield
in July 1863) and marvels at the fascinating
nature of local birds and nature’s ability
to survive. Everyone is invited to attend
this presentation at the East Berlin
Historical Preservation Society
headquarters, Red Men’s Hall, 332 West King
St. East Berlin, PA. on Wednesday, May 15 at
General Meeting on Wednesday, July 17,
WHAT’S IN YOUR BACKYARD?
See Flyer Here
The July 17
General Meeting features the Lost Boys
Recovery team of Andy Snell and Nate
Keister, metal detecting hobbyists. The two
partners will present a Power Point program
designed to give the audience an overview of
their business. The program will cover
topics such as: business beginnings,
research, property owner permissions, the
digging process, and code of ethics.
Andy and Nate will have their metal
detecting equipment and many examples of
local finds on display.
members are welcome to contribute their
backyard finds to the presentation.
Everyone is invited to attend this
presentation at the East Berlin Historical
Preservation Society headquarters, Red Men’s
Hall, 332 West King St. East Berlin, PA. on
Wednesday, July 17 at 7:30p.m.
Thanks to Mike McGough for a very interesting
presentation about leadership
characteristics and attributes of several
notable figures in American history at our
March 20, 2019 general meeting.
See Flyer Here;
See Photos Here
Thanks to Jeri
Jones for a great and entertaining presentation about the geology in this
area at our Jan. 16, 2019 general meeting! He
is a local geologist with a specialty in geoarchaeology
the owner of Jones Geological Services in Spring Grove, PA.
“WERE THERE ANY VOLCANOES IN THIS
Thanks to Ross Hetrick for his great portrayal of
Thaddeus Stevens at our general meetingon Nov.
14, 2018. It was
an interesting and entertaining presentation!
Topic: Thaddeus Stevens in Pennsylvania,
“Thaddeus Stevens” portrayed by Ross Hetrick.
See Flyer Here;
See Photos Here.
Ross talked 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
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:
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
W. King Street,
East Berlin, PA
Speaker: Scott Mingus
Topic: The Underground Railroad
Scott Mingus for a great presentation!
Scott Mingus discusses Undeground Railroad on Sept. 19, 2018
Scott Mingus discusses
Undeground Railroad on Sept. 19, 2018
Wednesday, July 18,
2018 at 7:30 pm
Please Note Different Location:
East Berlin VFW Post 8896 107 Locust St. East
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
Men’s Hall East Berlin, PA
Topic: PA Trivia (See
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.
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