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Calendar of Events

The Manheim Township Historical Society Enrichment Series is a series of educational events seeking to bring various events from Manheim Township’s history to a present day audience. Filled with stories from intriguing speakers, cultural snapshots, and political rises and falls, this series brings Manheim Township’s history to life!

2017 Christmas Open House

Saturday December 9th & Sunday December 10th the Historic Stoner House will be open for the MTHS Christmas Open House and Holiday Gathering. Stop in for light refreshments, browse the gift shop and meet Santa. 

Saturday December 9th 10:00 AM through 4:00 PM


Sunday December 10th  1:00 PM through 4:00 PM

     Host your event at the Stoner House!

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Our Meetings

We welcome you to join us at 7 P.M. on the last Tuesday of each month at the Stoner House in Overlook Park (601 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601).

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Past Events

In addition to our annual Holiday events and fundraising, the MTHS Enrichment Series provides several lectures and guest speaker events through out the year. 

 View photo galleries here. 

  • 9/11 Memorial and Remembrance Ceremony
  • "If The Genes Fit, Wear Them" - DNA & Family History lecture - Darvin Martin
  • "Canals of the Susquehanna Valley" lecture series - Steven Runkle
  • Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge - Nicholas Gianopoulos, 99th Infantry Rifleman
  • Bratwurst & Biscuits: Early German & English Architecture (1710-1860) in Lancaster County -Greg Scott
  • President James Buchanan - Tim & Sue Mackey
  • History of Cigars in Lancaster County - Jim Rudy
  • 250th Anniversary of the Conestoga Indian Massacre Jack Brubaker
  • Civil War Embalming - Richard Ryder
  • History of Law in Lancaster - the Honorable Judge Joseph Madenspacher
  • From Spear Points to Civil War Buttons: Archaelogy from 10,000BC to the 20th Century
  • Historic Sites Bus Tour - Clarke Hess and Art Reist
  • Native American Bus Tour - Darvin Martin

 Manheim Township

- Historic Arts and Artifacts -

The Inaugural Museum Exhibition

of the Manheim Township Historical Society


The Manheim Township Historical Society invites the public to the opening of the society's inaugural museum exhibition at The Stoner House, on Sunday, June 21, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The exhibit, titled “Manheim Township – Historic Arts and Artifacts,” showcases 300 years of arts and commerce of the township. The museum items on display include objects from the Historical Society's collection, plus objects lent to the exhibit by other museums and collectors.

The 1750's Stoner House, adjoining The Barn at Overlook, has recently been restored by a community effort led by volunteers of The Manheim Township Historical Society. The restoration of this historic farmhouse was awarded the 2011 Historic Preservation Trust C. Emlen Urban Preservation Award.

The museum exhibit features historic arts and artifacts associated with the early families who first settled Manheim Township's farms and villages. The exhibition includes antique objects created by some of the township's premier historic artisans and tradespersons, representing blacksmithing, fraktur and textile arts, furniture making, gunsmithing, clockmaking, etc. In addition, the exhibition contains works produced by later generations of Manheim Township residents and businesses, representing three centuries of daily life in the township.

The museum exhibit is curated by Lancaster County historian Clarke Hess, who is a volunteer with the Manheim Township Historical Society. Clarke has published various works on local history, and has served on the board of directors of numerous local historical organizations, including Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, Landis Valley Museum, Lancaster County Historic Preservation Trust, etc.

“This exhibition celebrates the ingenuity and creativity of the early families who settled Manheim Township. The artifacts pay tribute to those who came before us, and the exhibit is a tribute to the historical society's friends and neighbors who follow in those earlier footsteps,” Clarke Hess explains.

The June 21 museum exhibit opening will be hosted by volunteers from the Manheim Township Historical Society. Refreshments will be served.

The six-month exhibit runs until November 21. After the opening event on June 21, the exhibit will be open to the public every Saturday from 10 to 1, with free admission.

The Manheim Township Historical Society


For more information contact: 

Deb Frantz: (717) 569-6638