• LR20140814_CTheatreRudy
    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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  • LR20140717_BJohnnyJohns4
    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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  • 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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