For the February 2024 public meeting, Cory Van Brookhaven, journalist, author, and historian, presented on Lancaster's Middleweight boxing champion, Leo Houck.
Local Historians Cory Van Brookhaven and Dominish Miller presented the similarities between the White Rose and the Red Rose cities including architecture, industry, religion, and much more!
Matthew Christopher, creator of the Abandoned America website, podcast, and book series, took us on a journey through some of America’s most haunting ruins. From abandoned malls and amusement parks to churches, factories, and homes, we explored the fascinating stories of how these places were left behind and separated fact from fiction when it comes to their past.
New Holland police officer Mike Zimmerman presented his research on the Buzzard Gang, a criminal band of brothers who grew up just south of New Holland and were notorious outlaws in the 1880s.
Brett Snyder, a local historian, discussed the life story of H. Clifton Thorbahn. Brett says, “I’m working to revive interest in H. Clifton Thorbahn’s importance to Lancaster County, based on his own scrapbook – as a Jazz music pioneer, writer, historian, teacher, editor, publisher, and tourism promoter.” Brett’s presentation included stories from Thorbahn’s life, including his involvement in promoting local jazz and vaudeville shows in the 1920s, writing, directing and producing radio specials for WGAL in the 1930s, writing for the Lancaster Sunday News from 1925-1935 and working with the Fulton Theatre as well as early Lancaster movie and vaudeville theaters.
This February 2023 presentation focused on racial/economic dynamics connected with the nearby Welsh Mountain Community. During the first session, Don Horning from the New Holland Area Historical Society moderated “Legends and Lessons from the Welsh Mountain.” The event included portrayals of notable Welsh Mountain personalities including Nancy Sandoe, Abe Buzzard, and Isaac Boots.
In February 2023, the Welsh Mountain series focused on racial/economic dynamics connected with the nearby Welsh Mountain Community. Ken Sensenig, a local historian, presented stories and historical research.
Lamar Weaver and John Weber explore the Weber-Weaver family’s connections in Lancaster County. The Johannes Weber family emigrated to the United States in the early 1700s and first settled in Philadelphia. They moved west to Lampeter; three of the four sons settled in East Earl Township, which later became known as the Weaverland Valley.