2015 Tour of Freedom

Enjoy a relaxing day of historic proportion as you ride into the past of Lancaster County’s Underground Railroad History

. First, you will learn of history in the Columbia Historic Preservation Society’s Banner Hall, hosted by William Wright of the 1800’s, where we will leave on a bus ride to the past and meet historic figures such as William Whipper, Robert Loney and Lydia Hamilton-Smith.

The bus will make stops at the Columbia River Park, Mount Zion AME Church Cemetery, Lydia Hamilton-Smith Home,Thaddeus Stevens Office, Shreiner-Concord Cemetery and Christiana’s Zercher Hotel.

Heritage travelers will experience an excursion that highlights the rise of abolitionism and anti-slavery activism in Southeastern Pennsylvania, from about 1780 through 1860, focusing on visits to authentic sites and stories of the Underground Railroad in Lancaster County.

 Covering approximately 40 miles, from Columbia Borough to the Borough of Christiana, the tour will feature stops with costumed re-enactors and several related sites that will be described from the motor coach.

Among the stops are historic properties recognized by the National Park Service as authentic sites associated with the Underground Railroad where some of the earliest and most nationally significant episodes of resistance occurred against the institution of slavery. 

A catered group luncheon will also be included.

Enjoy a relaxing day of historic proportion as you ride into the past of Lancaster County’s Underground Railroad History

. First, you will learn of history in the Columbia Historic Preservation Society’s Banner Hall, hosted by William Wright of the 1800’s, where we will leave on a bus ride to the past and meet historic figures such as William Whipper, Robert Loney and Lydia Hamilton-Smith.

The bus will make stops at the Columbia River Park, Mount Zion AME Church Cemetery, Lydia Hamilton-Smith Home,Thaddeus Stevens Office, Shreiner-Concord Cemetery and Christiana’s Zercher Hotel.

Hosted by the Columbia Historic Preservation Society and Christiana Historical Society

$75.00 per person ( includes luncheon)

Call Tiffani for reservation at 717-799-6093

Tour of Freedom

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2015 Columbia Caring For Heritage Non-Profit Organization Event

Caring for Heritage event for all non profits from Columbia, PA and surrounding areas to participate and support their heritage. From yard sale, antiques,bake sale and many other goodies will be available for sale at this event. Meet and experience Civil War life on display with demonstrations of life as a soldier and a woman’s care during Civil War. Enjoy a walk along the Susquehanna River, a hike to Chiques Rock and a visit to Columbia Crossing Trails Building.

Location: Columbia River Park     Front & Walnut Street  Columbia, PA 17512
Date: August 29, 2015
Time: 8 AM – 3 PM 
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Albatwitch Festival 2015

The information for the upcoming 2015 Albatwitch Festival (2nd Annual) can be found on the official website. The date is Saturday, Sept.26 on Locust St. in Columbia,PA. This year promises to be bigger and better than our first annual.  Rick Fisher,paranormal authority, and Chris Vera, Columbia Historic Preservation Society president are the co-organizers.

APPLE PIE CONTEST            —             ZOMBIE BEAUTY CONTEST

GHOSTS OF COLUMBIA WALKING TOUR

To learn more about the legend of the Albatwitch, visit the following website:

http://www.albatwitchfestival.com/home2.html

To see a list of the speakers, and read their extensive biographies, please click on the following link:

http://www.albatwitchfestival.com/speakers.html

If you would like to be a vendor at the event, please fill out the form on the following link to the vendor site:

http://www.albatwitchfestival.com/vendors.html

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CHPS To Offer Class Reunion Services

ATTENTION REUNION PLANNERS

Need a small venue to help round out your events?  Why not arrange with CHPS for a “trip down Columbia’s memory lane” geared with some of your class timeline?  We can also follow up with a personal tour of the new river park building.  For more information contact us at our website or call VP of the Board of Directors, Suzanne Whallon at 717.201.6379.

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Lloyd Mifflin Exhibit to Open Friday, May 22

The Columbia Historic Presentation Society’s “The Mifflin Experience” Grand Opening will open this  Fourth Friday in Columbia on May 22, 2015 from 5 PM -8 PM. Located near the home of “America’s Greatest Sonneteer” , enjoy Lloyd Mifflin’s art, sonnets, photography and personal archives. The Museum will display other famous Columbia artists. Come and enjoy an experience of Lloyd Mifflin’s life and literary attributions to America.Lloyd Mifflin Portrait 2

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Kathy Brabson to lecture at Columbia Historic Preservation Society May 30

Kathy Brabson will present a lecture on Saturday, May 30 in Banner Hall at the Columbia Historic Preservation Society. The lecture will begin at 2:00pm, and is open to the public. The lecture is free.

Click on the links below for information on her lecture and her book “Life Of Thad Stevens”

 Brabson Book Cover (2)

Brabson Presentation

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CHPS To Take Part In Northwest River Trails Building Ceremonies

Columbia Borough, Columbia Historic Preservation Society, Rivertownes PA USA and Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, are proud to announce a celebration of the newly finished River Trails Building located at Front & Walnut Street, Columbia, PA.

First to start this celebration on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 9:00 AM-1:00 PM is the Susquehanna Riverlands Conservation Landscape Summit. This is a RSVP event with Keynote Speaker Julie Fitzpatrick Assistant Director / Special Projects Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Downtown Center.

Second, a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:00 PM, afterwards the public can tour the facilities that include kitchen, information desk, modern restrooms and deck that overlooks the riverfront. This 2 million dollar project is to guide visitors to the beautiful flowing hills of Chiques and the attractions in the Columbia area.

Our final event in the evening runs from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and is for the general public to explore Columbia’s past and future in many facets. Vistors can enjoy lectures by Jack Hubley (Nature Program for All Ages), Randolph Harris (Origins of the Underground Railroad), William Whipper portrayer (Richest Black American and famous Abolitionist), Lydia Hamilton-Smith portrayer (Thaddeus Stephens personal friend and Abolitionist) and Mike Acord, Susquehanna Fish & Tackle (fishing the Susquehanna).

We will also have boating safety, bicycle demonstrations, home composting and kayak demonstrations. Civil War recruiting officer to defend the bridge, and other Civil War era soldiers. Special guest Tom Hermansader, Art Flows in Columbia, a drawing experience, a riverfront demonstration on the Susquehanna River. Live music, food trucks, alpaca farm and the start of Columbia’s Litter Letter Project. Watch for another email blast for more information. Please note: River Park will be closed for boat trailers on this day. All parking will be directed by Columbia Fire Police to the field next to River Park.A1Northwest Trails Building

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