The History of the Elizabethtown Historical Society
Located in Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the Elizabethtown Historical Society has been committed for over forty years to keeping alive the diverse, fascinating and inspiring history of Elizabethtown. The society has maintained several steadfast goals including:
- encourage the study of historical subjects
- promote an understanding of the heritage of the Elizabethtown area
- gather, compile and create historical documents, artifacts, and information related to the area
- promote and provide educational opportunities to the community
These goals were designed and developed for the society during organizational meetings that were held in Jack B. Horner’s Law Office during the late 1960’s.
Today the society strives to build on the vision of those men and women who started the organization: Kenneth E. Ebersole, Robert L. Hassinger, Anna Olweiler Needham, Clarance Enterline, Roy S. Heistand, Edward L. Crill, Lewis Bentzel, Robert G. Coble, Georgianna Forney and Jack Horner.
The society is located in the restored Peach Alley schoolhouse, at 57 South Poplar Street, Elizabethtown. The schoolhouse and adjacent meeting hall serve the community and the society in a multitude of ways. It serves as a meeting hall for the society’s monthly meetings, which are held the third Tuesday of the month, March, April, May, September, October, and November. The buildings also serve as a repository for the society’s artifacts and serve as a museum.