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Newest Newsletter 2016   Vol.6, No.1
Newest Accounts Oct. 2016 Vol 6, No. 2

SAMHAIN Scotch-Irish Halloween Celebration October 30, 2016


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Scotch-Irish Halloween Celebration

at the

Dale/Engle/Walker House

Sunday, October 30, 2016, 1:00-4:00 p.m.



Game: Snap Apple

An apple is suspended from a string and children are blindfolded.

The first child to get a decent bite of the apple gets to keep their prize.

For younger children, a doughnut suspended in the same way may be used.

Pumpkin Carving & Painting Demonstration

Dates back to the 18th century and to a blacksmith named Jack who colluded with the Devil. He was condemned to wander the earth but asked the Devil for some light. He was given a burning coal ember which he placed inside a turnip that he had gouged out. Villagers in Ireland hoped that the Jack-o-lantern in their window would keep the wanderer away. When the Irish emigrated to America there was not a great supply of turnips so pumpkins were used instead.
Free pumpkins to all children to decorate at home.

Irish Barmbrack Cake

Traditional Irish cake, filled with dried mixed fruit, eaten on holidays. It is tradition to add objects to the barmbrack which symbolize certain things having to do with fortune and marriage for the person who receives each slice.
Serve slices with root beer and water.

Photo-Op Booth

A specially decorated space will be created for families to take photos.

House Tours

Guided tours of the house and hearth will be conducted at 2:00 and 3:00.

Wagon Shed and Milk House will be open.

Self-guiding tour sheets to the outside of the house will be available.

This event marks the end of the tour season at D/E/W.

*Samhain - pronounced SAH-win or SOW-in; a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year.

Sponsored by PHMC Pennsylvania Historic Museum Commission

Annual John B. Deans Dinner --- 19th-century Pennsylvania German Houses --- November 10, 2016

19th-century Pennsylvania German Houses

Thursday, November 10, 6 PM Annual John B. Deans Dinner and Program at the Carriage Corner Restaurant, Mifflinburg.

Architect Chris Macneal will present the program at the November dinner meeting. He will talk about the 19th century Pennsylvania German houses in Union County and the perpetuation of patterns of family and community use of space which shape house form and siting. Some of these patterns are still quite evident in present-day Amish and Mennonite houses.

The program follows a buffet dinner with choices of entrees, sides, salad, dessert, and beverages. Awards for contributions by individuals or groups for historic preservation and service will be presented. Society publications, including the 2017 calendar, coloring book, and playing cards, will be available for purchase at the dinner.Local members will receive reservation forms for the dinner/program in the mail or can make reservation below.

Others interested can attend by contacting the Society at 570-524-8666 or info@unioncountyhistoricalsociety.org or can make reservations below.

Meal Information to come.

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Union County Historical Society CALENDARS


2017 Calendars



THE UNION County Historical Society’s 2017 Calendars are now for Sale. As in the past, we have dug into our archives to bring you pictures of the past. This year, since its the 100th anniversary of World War I, the calendar is centered on this time frame. Union County mobilized for the war and on certain months you will see the headlines from the local papers that reflect the war efforts.

TWO sizes are available this year, the regular size at $6 and then a pocket size calendar for $4.  If ordering by mail add $2.00 for postage and handling for each calendar. If ordering more than one calendar, please call the office at 570-524-8666 for postage charge.  Checks can be mailed to the Union County Historical Society at 103 South Second Street, Lewisburg, PA 17837.  You can also order calendars online by using the links below.

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TWO Or More Calendars

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Historical Society Raffle

Historical Society Raffle

New ImageMembers and Friends are invited to participate in the Union County Historical Society's  2016 RAFFLE

Grand Prize – UCHS Individual Lifetime Membership: free biennial publications, use of library and other benefits of membership

2nd Prize – Framed Large Print of the Campus Theatre, from original architects drawings

3rd Prize – Framed Small Print of the Campus Theatre, from original architects drawings

4th Prize – Heritage Millenial Bundle – 8 Books on local history, published by the Union County Historical Society.

5th Prize – Lasansky Bundle – 6 Books by local author Jeannette Lasansky, from the Oral Traditions project.

Tickets - $2 each or 3 for $5     

Drawing HELD November 17, 2016; Do not have to be present to win.

You can purchase raffle tickets by visiting us at the Historical Society located in the Union County Courthouse, Lewisburg, PA.

Raffle tickets can be purchased via mail. Send checks for the amount of tickets to the Union County Historical Society 103 South Second Street, Lewisburg, PA 17837, ticket stubs will be sent to you. Or ...

You can purchase raffle tickets online and ticket stubs will be sent to your home.


Historic Playing Cards

Historic Playing Cards

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Union County Historic Playing cards are here. While you enjoy your favorite game of poker, rummy or even war, you can peruse the pictures and captions of various historical sites and events of Union County.
These decks make great gifts for everyone. Speaking of gifts, the holiday season is right around the corner. They are available for $9 a deck plus $3 S&H or they can be picked up at the office. If you order between 2-5 decks, S&H is $5.
Cards can also be picked up at the following locations:
The Mercantile at 319 Market Street, Lewisburg
Laurel Markets 1415 PA-235, Laurelton
Tastecraft Market 315 Chestnut Street, Mifflinburg

Order below to be shipped.

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Check out the Bookstore for other new Items as Historic Playing Cards and Union County Coloring Book

2016 Season at Dale/Engle/Walker House with Dairy Exhibit and special Collections Exhibit

DairyMonth2016The Dale/Engle/Walker House, 1471 Strawbridge Road, Lewisburg, will exhibit anything dairy this year.

The house features the exhibit  “Milkin' It: Union County's Dairy History” with local dairy bottles, caps, milk boxes and advertising. The exhibit “Union County Collects” has a variety of interesting pieces from the society's collection including a beautiful set of hand-painted locally-made chairs. Tours of the house include the original hearth with period cooking implements, the wagon shed with vintage farm tools and equipment, and the old milk house with a dairy display.

The Dale/Engle/Walker House, 1471 Strawbridge Road, Lewisburg, will be open for tours and exhibits every Sunday afternoon 2 to 4 PM from June through October. 

Directions: from Route 15 in Lewisburg, take Route 192 west for 1.5 miles, turn north on Strawbridge Road and drive 1.5 miles to the site.

For more information, contact the  Union County Historical Society at 570-524-8666 or info@unioncountyhistoricalsociety.org, and visit the website at http://www.unioncountyhistoricalsociety.org/

Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children age 13 to 18, free for children 12 and under.

The Dale/Engle/Walker House will be open every Sunday afternoon from June through October. Watch for special Celebrate Heritage events throughout the season. For more information, contact the  Union County Historical Society at 570-524-8666 or info@unioncountyhistoricalsociety.org