Updated Fall and Winter Bus Trips

*Sunday, November 2:  Origins of the Underground Railroad in Lancaster and York Counties Tour with Historian and Interpretive Guide, Randolph Harris, a catered group luncheon, and costumed re-enactors.  $75.00 per person due by September 28th;
*Sunday, November 9:  Escape for a full day (14 hours) to visit a variety of places sure to please and delight your senses on a fun MYSTERY trip for both men and women alike — adults only.  One meal will be included.  $75.00 per person due by October 5th.
*Tuesday, November 11:  New York, New York for the 95th Annual NYC Veterans Day Parade.  Salute our troops, veterans, and first responders in “America’s Parade” and enjoy free time to do-as-you-please in the city and in Central Park.  $60.00 per person due by October 12th.
*Sunday, November 30:  New York, New York for the sights and sounds of Christmas in New York City.  Free time to do-as-you-please in Rockefeller Center and Chelsea Market.  $65.00 per person due by October 26th.  
*Sunday, December 7 and Monday, December 8:  Overnight trip to historic Williamsburg, VA for the Grand Illumination Celebration, hotel accommodations with breakfast, admission to Colonial Williamsburg, holiday shopping, and other historic sites en route.  $250.00 per person ($500.00 per couple) based on double occupancy or $300.00 per single based on single occupancy due by November 2nd.
*Saturday, December 13:  Bellefonte, PA for Victorian Christmas, an historic downtown walking tour, and an extended dinner and shopping stop on the way home at the famous Country Cupboard in Lewisburg, PA.  $55.00 per person due by November 9th.
All trips will depart from Columbia, PA, and you will have plenty of free time for sightseeing and meals on your own.
Just a reminder:  I’ll need to have at least 30 reservations made one month prior to the trip date to be able to keep each trip, and checks for payment should be made payable to “Tiffani K. Lynn” and mailed to the address listed below.  Also, please feel free to share this information with any family, friends, co-workers, etc. who may be interested as well.
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1st Annual Albatwitch Festival


The 1st Annual Albatwitch Festival will be held in Columbia on Saturday, September 27. Click on the link to see the day’s schedule.  Lots of Food and Music. Also Ghost Tours

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Caring for Heritage Event

Caring for Heritage PosterThe First Annual 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. Meet the Invalid Corp., The Lancaster Fencibles, Author of Civil War children books Joel Moore that will donate all profits to the Columbia High School education fund.

Come and support your local non profits at this first annual event!
This a free of charge stand rental for the non profits to showcase their heritage and raise funds. 

Locust Street Park
500 Locust Street Columbia, PA 17512
Saturday, August 30, 2014
8 AM – 4 PM

Thank you sincerely,
Chris Vera
Director/Columbia Historic Preservation Society
(717) 684-2894

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Origins of the Underground Railroad Tour Sat. 8/9 and Sun 9/14

Origins of the Underground Railroad in Lancaster and York Counties
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 York and Lancaster Counties.  Covering approximately 40 miles, from the Wrightsville and Columbia area to the Borough of Christiana, the tour will feature six stops and includes costumed re-enactors as well as 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. Cost is $75 per person.
The tour will be led by historian Randolph Harris of Lancaster, a Partner in the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, a program of the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service.  Since 2003, Mr. Harris has been responsible — directly or in collaboration with other historians — for the designation of 20 of the approximately 50 sites in Pennsylvania included in the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.
Tours begin at 9 AM at  the Columbia Historic Preservation Society, 19-21 North Second Street, Columbia, PA and return there by approximately 4 PM.
For reservations, call Tiffani at 717-799-6093.
Photos courtesy of Randolph Harris.
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CHiPS 2014 Bus Trip Schedule *Updated 7/19/2014*

Please review all information as this page was updated 7/19/14.

*Saturday, August 9:  An educational local history tour that spans 40 miles.  Learn an important part of our area’s rich history on the Origins of the Underground Railroad in Lancaster and York Counties Tour with Interpretive Guide, Randolph Harris, including costumed re-enactors and a catered group luncheon.

$75.00 per person due now, seats are still available, please call today!

[PLEASE NOTE:  This tour is also scheduled for Sunday, September 14th with $75.00 due by August 10th.]

Enjoy the video titled ‘Footsteps of History-Columbia’s role in the Underground Railroad’: http://columbiahistory.net/history-2/underground-railroad/

*Sunday, August 24:  Brooklyn, NY for the 38th Annual Brighton Jubilee Festival and free time to do-as-you-please in the area and on the beach and historic boardwalk of Coney Island — home of the original Nathan’s famous hotdogs.

$60.00 per person due by July 20th.
<><>The Jubilee is a Brooklyn tradition that celebrates diversity.  The multi-block festival features multiple entertainment stages and blocks of merchandise and informational booths as well as kiddie rides and delicious food.  Established 37 years ago, the Jubilee now attracts more than 125,000 people every year and is dedicated to bridging the communication gap through the international language of music.  We are planning to be at Coney Island from about 3:00 to 6:00 P.M.<><>

*Sunday, August 31:  Alexandria, VA to enjoy the “Signature Event” Celebration featuring exhibits, food vendors, and waterfront activities plus a rematch between Alexandria residents and the British Embassy, which commemorates the Bicentennial of Alexandria’s involvement in the War of 1812, and free time to enjoy extraordinary Alexandria’s quaint and historic waterfront town.
$50.00 per person due by July 27th.

*Saturday, September 20th: New Hope, PA for a scenic train ride and free time to shop and explore, Scarecrow Festival at Peddler’s Village, and The Shoppes of Premise Maid (a GREAT chocolatier, bakery, and ice creamery).
$75.00 per person due by August 17th.

*Sunday, September 28th: Washington, D.C. and Arlington, VA for the World War II and Korean War Veterans Memorials, the Pentagon 911 Memorial, and a guided group tour of Arlington National Cemetery, which is commemorating its 150th Anniversary this year.
$65.00 per person due by August 24th.

Sunday, October 12th:  Arendtsville, PA for the 50th Annual National Apple Harvest Festival, Gettysburg National Military Park, and free time in downtown historic Gettysburg, PA.
$50.00 per person due by September 7th.

December: Lastly, an overnight trip is being planned again this year for the Grand Illumination Celebration in Williamsburg, VA on Sunday, December 7th and Monday, December 8th.  In addition to that, you’ll have free time in Colonial Williamsburg and we’ll be doing sightseeing in historic towns beginning to celebrate Christmas along the drive.  Please let me know right away if you’re interested and would like additional information about this trip.

All trips will depart from Columbia, PA, and you will have plenty of free time for sightseeing and meals on your own.  Please call Tiffani at (717) 799-6093 to get detailed information and make reservations early.  Just a reminder:  we will need to have at least 30 reservations 30 days prior to each trip to be able to keep it.  Consequently, if you are interested in a particular trip, please book early.



Columbia Historic Preservation Society 2014 Bus Trip Updates


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Maytown Memorial Day Celebration

We invite everyone to come by and visit our stand in Maytown, PA. during their annual Memorial Day celebration on Monday, May 26 between the hours of 9am and 4pm. Image

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Chis Vera will  give a talk on ‘The Tunnels Under Columbia’. The talk will  take place on  Saturday, May 24 at 1:00 pm in the Columbia Historic Preservation Society’s  Banner Hall, 21 N. 2nd St. in Columbia. The public is invited to share their own  stories of tunnels in Columbia after the talk. 

Donations always appreciated, thank you for your support!

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