• Shooster, the legendary hermit of Speedwell, was a familiar character during the first half of the 
1900s. He mysteriously disappeared during the brutal winter of 1949-50. (Photo provided by Neil White)
    ‘Shooster’ of Speedwell

    Mystery surrounds the beloved hermit who disappeared during the harsh winter of 1950 Let’s take a trip just northwest of Lititz to an area near what once was (not too long ago) Speedwell Forge Lake. Many years...

    • Posted November 5, 2014
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    Was showing

    Lititz’s early movie theatres Many remember the old Lititz Theatre, which I wrote about extensively back in November 2011 in this newspaper. From 1935 to 1964, it served the community both young and old. However, this wasn’t...

    • Posted August 20, 2014
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    Here’s Johnny!

    Lititz boy makes it big, but never forgets his roots “I come from Lititz, Pennsylvania.” Those were the words uttered to host Dick Clark on American Bandstand July 15, 1959, right after the song “The Heart of...

    • Posted July 16, 2014
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  • Lititz looked quite tranquil in 1908. But, on Halloween night of that year, a riot threw the streets into chaos. (Photo from the Sketch Mearig Collection)
    The Lititz Halloween Riot of 1908

    In 1908, downtown Lititz was the scene of one of the most disgraceful and alarming disturbances in its history. On Saturday, October 31, Halloween night, a riot was in full swing on the streets when the Fourth...

    • Posted June 11, 2014
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  • The Young Men's Business League, located at the Square in Lititz, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. This photo was taken in the 1940s.
    A league of extraordinary gentlemen

     Young Men’s Business League turns 100   It all started 100 years ago when several Lititz citizens and businessmen decided to come together for a common cause. Originally organized on April 21, 1914, the Young Men’s Business...

    • Posted May 14, 2014
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  • Photos of the old Lexington Hotel are extremely rare. This ghostly image, perhaps the only of its kind, was published with Part I of this feature in the March 27 Record Express.
    Fast Times at the Lexington Hotel

     Part II of this infamous hostelry includes Prohibition raids, brothel arrests and the KKK This month, I conclude my story on the interesting history behind the Lexington Hotel, which lies just north of Lititz. The dawn of...

    • Posted April 16, 2014
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  • Photos of the old Lexington Hotel are extremely rare. This ghostly image, perhaps the only of its kind, was published with Part I of this feature in the March 27 Record Express.
    Fast times at the Lexington Hotel – Part 1

    Let’s take a trip north of Lititz, to the Lexington Hotel. This property, which is located along Loop Road, stands about in the middle of what was once the original route 501 (also referred to as the...

    • Posted March 26, 2014
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  • The past restored St. James Cemetery: Part 2

    By:

    CORY VAN BROOKHOVEN Record Express Correspondent

    , Staff Writer

    My historical story for the month takes us back to the St. James Cemetery in Lititz.

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    • Posted December 23, 2013
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  • Memories of Kissel Hill

    Many readers have asked me, “When are you going to write about Kissel Hill, the small hamlet just south of downtown Lititz?” I had it on my to-do list, but it took my friend Clair Amand to...

    • Posted October 28, 2013
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  • The first ‘Trial of the Century’ Part II in the twisted life of former Lititz student Harry K. Thaw

    By:

    CORY VAN BROOKHOVEN Record Express Correspondent

    , Staff Writer

    This is the second and final part of the twisted life of Harry K....

    • Posted September 11, 2013
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