Hershey History Center

Hershey History Center

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The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission recently approved a $3,939 grant for the Hershey History Center. I advocated for this project because the archives not only share stories from Derry Township, but also provide broader context of American manufacturing communities.

This grant will be used to safely store the Perley J. Hill collection on the Hershey Bears hockey history.
It was a great night hosting the Hershey History Center preservation gala. We received a preservation award for preserving the historic Abattoir building 🤍
Happy Saturday! Visit us today at the market until 8:00pm and join us for Happy Hour from 4:00-6:00pm. You can still purchase tickets to support Hershey History Center tonight at 5:45pm for their Preservation Gala 🤍 We hope to see you!

Shreddrrzz - One pork or chicken slider with your choice of sauce for $4.00
The Vegetable Hunter - $1.00 off signature meals and $1.00 off all cocktails and 16oz. canned beer 🍺
Midstate Distillery - $1.00 off cocktails 🍸
J&P Winery - Mood Cup with Lemon, Blue Raspberry or Cherry Slush and Sangria 🍷
Owl Hill Provisions, I & E Craft Kitchen and Sweet T and Greens will be serving small plate offerings 🍽
Schmidt’s Sausage - $1.00 off all meals 🌭

Thank you for supporting local this weekend!
FYI: There are a LOT of great items up for bid in connection with the Hershey History Center's upcoming Preservation Gala, including several of my own (#1036 through #1041).

Bidding opens on Saturday, November 5th at 8:00 a.m. through the link below.

Disclaimer: I'm on the HHC board. If you're not a member, consider joining!

Hand drawn map of Swatara Station in the 1930’s/1940’s on display in the exhibit dedicated to Hershey’s at the Hershey History Center in .
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Hand drawn map of Swatara Station in the 1930’s/1940’s on display in the exhibit dedicated to Hershey’s at the Hershey History Center in .
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Map of Hershey showcasing Italian points of interest in the exhibit dedicated to Hershey’s at the Hershey History Center in .
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Map of Hershey showcasing Italian points of interest in the exhibit dedicated to Hershey’s at the Hershey History Center in .
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Artifacts from a bygone era when Swatara Station was a bustling Italian Enclave are on display in the exhibit dedicated to Hershey’s at the Hershey History Center in .
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Artifacts from a bygone era when Swatara Station was a bustling Italian Enclave are on display in the exhibit dedicated to Hershey’s at the Hershey History Center in .
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The first Italian settlement in the area was actually in . This small display in the exhibit dedicated to the Swatara Station at the Hershey History Center in tells of the Waltonville enclave.
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The first Italian settlement in the area was actually in . This small display in the exhibit dedicated to the Swatara Station at the Hershey History Center in tells of the Waltonville enclave.
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Il Lavoro display in the exhibit dedicated to the Swatara Station at the Hershey History Center in .
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Il Lavoro display in the exhibit dedicated to the Swatara Station at the Hershey History Center in .
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La Religione display in the exhibit dedicated to the Swatara Station at the Hershey History Center in .
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La Famiglia display in the exhibit dedicated to the Swatara Station at the Hershey History Center in .
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The mission of the Hershey History Center is dedicated to preserve, promote, and interpret the history of Derry Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

History Museum / Library / Gift Shop

Hours: M, W, F: 10am to 3pm

Special event and weekend hours. Historical society for Derry Township and Hershey, Pennsylvania. Our museum and library is open to the public - we welcome groups, researchers, and education groups.

12/15/2022

Due to inclement weather today, the will open at 12:00pm. Please drive carefully. Rain turning to snow later.

Photos from Hershey History Center's post 12/09/2022

Stop in to the Hershey History Center to shop for gifts this Holiday. Find lots of one-of-a-kind items and mission-based goods, as well as locally made products. ⭐️⭐️⭐️We are open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm until December 31st.

Photos from Hershey History Center's post 12/09/2022

“Chocolate Town Special” returns! 🛤️🚉🚃

We are proud to show this unique and historic model train layout of the “Chocolate Town Special”, created for the Hershey Museum of American Life in 1995.

First shown a few years ago as a 1920’s scene of rural life and downtown Hershey, depicting the significance of this transportation on the vitality and growth of the community, the “Chocolate Town Special” has been adapted to depict a downtown historical Hershey scene of the original Hershey Chocolate Factory and Milton S. Hershey’s Highpoint Mansion.

😊Our special thanks to our supporters: John Cassel, Dave Laughery, Central PennScalers NTrak, First Davis Corporation, Lebanon Valley Rail Club, and Antique Automobile Museum of America.

Stop in with the family to enjoy this interactive display. Available for an undetermined period of time as our exhibition space allows.

The Hershey History Center is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm until December 31; closing early at 1pm. Other Holiday hours apply. Please visit the website for information at https://www.hersheyhistory.org

Members: Free
Adults: $5
Children (4-17): $2
Children age 3 and younger: Free

12/08/2022

Celebrate your memories with an ornament on our 🎄Remembrance Tree, on display throughout the holiday season. Your remembrance and tribute for living or departed loved ones, friends, and family supports the Hershey History Center. Thank you.
❤️💚🧡💛

We will accept your remembrances until Monday, December 19, 2022.

ORNAMENT LEVELS
Santa.................................$10
Star....................................$25
Christmas Ball w/Gold..…..$50

Download to print the form at the link, or stop at the Hershey History Center for a form at the front desk. We are open Mon to Sat | 10am to 4pm.
https://www.hersheyhistory.org/_files/ugd/5bb744_3abeb213f13d46be813cb9c7ef7f6ddd.pdf

Hershey History Center updated their business hours. 11/29/2022

Hershey History Center updated their business hours.

Hershey History Center updated their business hours.

11/29/2022

November 29 is . Please join this global day of giving by making a donation to the ’s Annual Appeal. Support our mission dedicated to preservation, interpretation and promotion of the rich history of Derry Township and Hershey, PA by making a contribution, or consider joining us as a member.

Please visit the link to our website home page for Annual Appeal donation options.
https://www.hersheyhistory.org

For Membership options, please select SUPPORT in the website menu.

Your gift will help support our collections and programs, and ensure the future of our history. Thank you.🙏🏻

11/25/2022

Well done team USA🇺🇸 for their strong performance against England at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, ending in a draw 0-0. Christian Pulisic, ⚽️🥅attacking midfielder or winger for Premier League club Chelsea and the United States national team, is a Derry Township School District graduate of Hershey High School and Hershey native!! GO USA! ❤️🤍💙

11/22/2022

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. 🌽🦃🍁We are thankful for your membership to the Hershey History Center. Your support helps us succeed in our mission to promote, interpret and preserve the history of Derry Township, Dauphin County, and Pennsylvania.
🦃🍂🍁

11/18/2022

Holiday Train Show

🚂All aboard for the Hershey History Center’s (HHC) Holiday Train Show from Wednesday, November 23 to Saturday, December 31.

Support for the annual holiday train display is provided by Ned Zechman and Family.

Now is a great time to become a member of the or gift membership to somebody important in your life. There is so much to see, learn, and experience, and we are expanding all the time!

11/18/2022

Remembrance Tree

Honor someone special in your life by purchasing a beautiful Holiday ornament 🎁at a level you are comfortable with to decorate our 🎄Remembrance Tree. Your gift benefits the Hershey History Center. Thank you for your generosity. We hope to see you soon! Extended hours of operation start Wednesday, November 23.

Printable form: https://bit.ly/3i7t6iO

We will accept your remembrances until Monday, December 19, 2022. Please visit our website for details at www.hersheyhistory.org

11/15/2022
11/15/2022

The Hershey History Center's Holiday Train Show 🚉returns this month with an exciting display that's fun for the whole family. Opening on Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Volunteers will be setting up soon, bringing track, engines, junctions, scenery, rolling stock, and more. So, mark your calendars and bring the kids to this wonderful working display of 🚞trains and their coaches.

Extended hours of operation:
Holiday Train Show begins on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 and runs until Saturday, December 31, 2022.

🛤OPEN: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Monday through Saturday.

🛤CLOSING EARLY:
Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. (10:00 am to 1:00 pm ONLY.)

🛤CLOSED:
Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Holiday Train Show ends on December 31 at 1:00 pm.

11/11/2022

Today is Veterans Day. 🇺🇸We honor those men and women for their service to our great country. Thank you!

11/10/2022

Tomorrow (Friday, November 11) is . Stop in at the Hershey History Center to visit Major Dick Winters Den, an interactive exhibit. Major Dick Winters, who lived in Hershey, PA, main character of the book and mini series Band of Brothers, donated his office and many of the items in it to us. Featured is his own desk, items that were on his wall, and books from his personal library.

Be sure to look in the drawers for items related to WWII. The uniform was the one used in the shooting of the series. The two collages were created by his wife Ethel.

Watch video footage of Tom Hanks and some commentaries by Major Winters on the TV series.

Our hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 10am to 3pm.

Photos from Hershey History Center's post 11/07/2022

Many 👏congrats to this year’s winners of the Preservation Award presented by the Hershey History Center for their amazing achievements.

The focus of the event was on the dynamic change to two downtown buildings that have lived numerous lives. These properties, and the respective owners, are going green by ♻️reducing the footprint for new building projects and recycling space once used for butchering and soap making, to reuse for many tasty treats and indulgent drinks. We thank them for everything they are doing at the Fresh Market at Hershey Towne Square and Hidden Still Spirits to help make our town of Hershey the great place it is! And, 🙏🏻thanks to all who joined us at this special event.

Enjoy some highlights of the evening.

11/03/2022

The countdown is on to the Hershey History Center’s 25th annual Preservation Gala—Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ♻️on Saturday, November 5 at 6pm at the Fresh Market at Hershey Towne Square.

✅Please sign up to bid on the Auction—registration is OPEN now and bidding begins at 8:00am on Friday, November 4. https://tinyurl.com/4tnhcukd

✅Highlights for Gala guests include special artifact displays, food, beverage, and dessert stations, behind-the-scenes tours, a silent auction highlighted by one-of-a-kind items, and a live auction. The annual Preservation Awards will be presented during the event.

✅Get your Gala tickets, and donate to the Hershey History Center at https://tinyurl.com/z8undbmd

Thank you for your support!

10/27/2022

Please support this year's exciting preservation gala, ♻️”Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”, hosted by the Hershey History Center on Saturday, November 5 at 6pm. The event will be held at the Hershey Fresh Market, 121 Towne Square Drive, Hershey, PA 17033.

This not your usual gala. It's a community event that the whole family can enjoy.💚

Tickets to attend, ways to sponsor or donate, and auction registration are available at https://tinyurl.com/mzphh5ud
📲If you have questions, please contact us at 717-520-0748.

To see the full video, please go to our website at www.hersheyhistory.org. Hope to see you at the gala!

Many thanks to Fresh Market at Hershey Towne Square, Hidden Still Spirits, Backyard Productions, Inc, and Made to Keep.

10/19/2022

Do you know what is the oldest building in this part of Pennsylvania? It’s a historic 🪵log cabin called Session House, located on the grounds of Derry Presbyterian Church. It was constructed of hand-hewn logs in 1732, which was the year George Washington born. “It is a monument to the devotion and loyalty of pioneer Americans to their church.”

Find a treasure of archived photos in PastPerfect Online, our collections database. And, come visit us to discover thousands of artifacts at the —where local history comes to life. Please see our 🌐website for PastPerfect Online and for hours of operation. www.hersheyhistory.org

10/12/2022

Got your yet for the (HHC) Hershey History Center’s 25th Annual Preservation Gala: Reduce | Reuse | Recycle? It’s on Saturday, November 5 at 6pm. This evening will feature tastes and treats 🍲🍛🍰from numerous vendors that are a vital part of Fresh Market at Hershey Towne Square, against the backdrop of the newly adapted space with sounds from regional and 🎶local bands, helping us to bring it all back home.

If you are unable to attend, you can still participate by being a sponsor, or by donating auction items, contributing to the HHC, and even by purchasing ad space. Ticketing and details at the link.

https://event.auctria.com/f1011207-c9fa-4350-ba95-a2b5a2ebde56/aa6cd270-8751-11e9-a741-3fcfcb35cbb0

Photos from Hershey History Center's post 10/08/2022

Since 1997, the Hershey History Center has recognized and awarded over 47 owners of residential, private business, and commercial properties, who endeavor to be partners in preservation. Now, more than ever, our community needs more partners who agree on a unified, thoughtful approach to address the rapid alteration of our town's streetscapes.

Our town is one of the few planned communities that still represents an era of American history, when planned industrial towns were created by their visionary founders. Daily, we witness demolition without pause or consideration for alternatives, a dilemma we all experience as the rapid change creates a new legacy...or leaves us without one.

Please visit the link to our explanation of why this matters and a petition that allows you to voice your interest in preserving the heritage of our town. https://bit.ly/3CHfDpC

Featured here are homes on East Areba Avenue, Hershey referred to as Brick House Row, pictured as they have remained for generations, since Hershey's earliest days when developed as company housing.

10/03/2022

Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month is celebrated in October. Pictured here is the Soldiers War Memorial, located between Old Chocolate Avenue and Chocolate Avenue, Hershey PA, at the edge of Swatara Station. It honors the Italian Community Soldiers who served in WWII. Phil Fratti and Ralph Zerbe, commanders of Hershey VFW Post 3502 and Hershey American Legion Post 386, respectively place a wreath at the War Memorial on Chocolate Avenue. 🇮🇹

Access the Hershey History Center’s archive for thousands of historic photos at: hersheyhistory.pastperfectonline.com

Fact: Did you know that more than 1.5 million Italian Americans served in the armed forces during World War II, amounting to some 10% of American soldiers in total?

Learn about the Italian immigrant community at the Hershey History Center. Open Mon, Tues, and Wed 10am to 3pm.

09/24/2022

Get your local history fix at the Hershey History Center, where history matters.⏳

Hershey Store Company (Hershey Department Store) opened for business on the Southwest corner of Chocolate and Cocoa Avenues. Hershey Inn (first training space for the Hershey Police Department, which was notably also the first of its kind in the USA) occupied the second floor. The specific date is unknown, but occurred in September 1910.

Find a wealth of photos and documents online at the Hershey History Center's database: https://hersheyhistory.pastperfectonline.com/

Photos from Hershey History Center's post 09/13/2022

The Labor Movement in Hershey: The 1937 Strike and the Italian Community Influence will be presented by Louis Paioletti at the Hershey History Center on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 7pm. Please RSVP: [email protected] as space is limited to 90 people. The event is free, but admissions donation is much appreciated.

The April 1937 sit-down strike by workers at the Hershey Chocolate Corporation was one of the most significant events -- if not the most significant -- in our township’s history. As the first-known confectionery company sit-down strike in the nation, and the first sit-down strike in PA, it encompassed traditional labor issues, discrimination, radicalism, ensuing violence, and deep division. Local Italian American history enthusiast Lou Paioletti will give a unique perspective of the widely unknown details of this event, factors that led to it, and its impacts on the company and community. The presentation will be from a neutral viewpoint and will contain special focus on the political and cultural ideology of the Italian immigrant community and its role in the local and national labor movements.

09/13/2022

🎉Happy Birthday, Mr. Hershey. Born September 13, 1857 on a farm near Derry Church, a small Pennsylvania community, Milton S. Hershey was the only surviving child of Fannie and Henry Hershey. Mr Hershey died on October 13, 1945. 🤎Thank you for everything that you did.

Pictured here holding a young Hershey Industrial School. Find this photo, and thousands more on Derry Township history at the center’s 📜Collections Database at https://linktr.ee/hersheyhistorycenter

09/08/2022

Catch up on the exhibits at the Hershey History Center. As our displays evolve, there is always something 🆕 to see. Second Saturday at the Hershey History Center is a perfect opportunity to bring the family to experience the ⏳history of Derry Township. Saturday, September 10. 10am to 3pm.

For more information, please visit the center's website: https://www.hersheyhistory.org

09/05/2022

From B’ars to Bears is a permanent exhibit that presents a thorough history of the American Hockey League's most storied and successful franchise.
🏒🥅It features items from the Hershey History Center permanent collection and items on loan from former Bears as well as other pieces culminating over 80 years of Hershey Bears history. 📀Purchase a DVD in the center’s store on the B’ars to Bears: Hershey’s Hockey Dynasty, a feature length documentary. And watch a movie trailer at the link.
https://www.hersheyhistory.org/film-trailer

09/05/2022

A very happy Labor Day to all workers. ❤️Thank you for everything that you do. It’s a great day to visit the Hershey History Center!
#history

09/01/2022

Although it was on November 15, 1909 that Milton S. and Catherine Hershey signed the Deed of Trust to establish the Hershey Industrial School for orphan boys, (the Trust was initially endowed with 486 acres of farmland) it was not until September 3, 1910 that the first four boys were enrolled at the Hershey Industrial School: Nelson A. Wagner, Irvin G. Wagner, Jacob A. Weber, and Guy G. Weber.
Image: MHS Homestead students. 1910.

Visit the Hershey History Center online at hersheyhistory.org and in person for more information on the Hershey Industrial School, and on how children were educated in the early days of Hershey, now Derry Township.

08/30/2022

Join us at the Pinehurst Barnyard for our final outdoor live jazz event this summer on Friday, September 2 at 7pm. The amazing Soul House will perform an eclectic mix of traditional jazz, R&B classics, blues, and rock under the stars ✨⭐️for two wonderful hours. Please bring lawn chairs and BYOB.

08/09/2022

Beat the 🥵heat on Saturday, August 13, when the Hershey History Center opens for Second Saturday from 10am to 3pm. Explore the center’s many exhibits of local history, among which is the 🏒🥅Hershey Bear’s ice hockey exhibit, featuring a large-scale photo of Don Cherry. Fans of ice hockey, please check it out on Twitter. https://twitter.com/CoachsCornerDC/status/1461716694204887040/photo/1

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The Mission of the Hershey - Derry Township Historical Society is dedicated to preserve, promote, and interpret the history of Derry Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

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Open today until 4pm.  Stop by and see the progress on our new train layout!

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