• Ruth Wike and Grace Getz of Lititz witnessed the Hindenburg disaster while on a road trip to New Jersey in 1937.
    Lititz locals brush with history through the years

    Oh, the humanity! “The earth shook.” It was the most terrifying thing we have ever seen, and we never want to see anything like it again.” These were the words quoted in the May 13, 1937 issue...

    • Posted February 25, 2015
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  • Chris Shinn of the band Live performs at the Lancaster Convention Center. (Photo by Marty Heisey/LNP)
    Eight miles south: Lititz residents didn’t have to travel too far for roots and blues

    This past weekend, the second annual Roots and Blues Festival took place in downtown Lancaster, with several Lititz residents playing a part in its success. The two-day celebration of music, organized by local promoter Rich Ruoff, brought...

    • Posted February 11, 2015
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  • Christmas at Lititz Square during the early 20th century
    Christmas a century ago

    Festivities reigned throughout the town As we prepare for Christmas this year, I thought I would take you on a nostalgic trip back in time. Let’s travel back exactly 100 years — to 1914 — to learn...

    • Posted December 19, 2014
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  • 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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  • The old Tshudy Malt House on West Main Street was a busy operation during Lititz’s early years. (image provided by Cory Van Brookhoven)
    The history of beer in Lititz by Cory Van Brookhoven

    Beer has a rich history in Lititz  Many years ago, malt houses were common across the United States. At these facilities, cereal grain was converted into malt with the end result being crucial to both breweries and...

    • Posted June 11, 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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