• Back in 1919, Roy Musselman was known to give locals rides in his airplane, taking off from a field north of town. The photo was most likely taken on the property of the Spruce Villa Dairy. (Photo from the Robert “Sketch” Mearig collection)
    The 1919 Aeromania Epidemic

    Ever since the first successful airplane flight near Kitty Hawk, N.C., by the Wright Brothers in 1903, Americans, as well as the entire world, have been fascinated with the magic of flying. And Lititz residents are no...

    • Posted March 30, 2016
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  • The Linden Hall Choir, pictured here in 1959, sang weekly at Sunday vespers.
    Vespers: Continuing a Linden Hall Tradition

    Vespers has been a tradition at Linden Hall since its founding by the Moravian Church in 1746. As the school has grown, the vespers service has gone from being held every Sunday in the Mary Dixon Memorial...

    • Posted December 7, 2015
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  • “In the 1930s, the girls would ride to Mt. Gretna in the back of trucks, singing the entire way.”
    The history of Gretna Day

    Linden Hall students enjoy ‘a day in the woods’ In 2016, Linden Hall will celebrate 270 years of educating and empowering young women. Linden Hall has long been a part of the educational landscape in the Lititz...

    • Posted November 17, 2015
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    Whatever Happened to Ignacio Heintzelman?

    September 12, 1985 The following story was told by Ike Kauffman in his weekly column, ‘Mid The Turmoil: As the first full weekend of high school, college and professional football games is completed, the hoary tales about...

    • Posted September 11, 2015
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  • Mary Dixon graduated with Linden Hall's class of 1879.
    Mary Dixon Chapel turns 130

    This week marks the 130th anniversary of the dedication of one of Lititz’s most iconic buildings, the Mary Dixon Memorial Chapel at Linden Hall. The grand brownstone structure has stood majestically at the left side of Church...

    • Posted February 25, 2015
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  • Oehme Barbershop in downtown Lititz.
    Barber in the Basement

    Remember the old Oehme Barbershop, in the basement of the Rudy Building, where you could get a witch hazel steam for 10 cents back in the day? What was this a big Lititz news item way back...

    • Posted February 11, 2015
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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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  • Abe Buzzard of the infamous Buzzard Gang was in the news this week in 1924.
    1924: Abe Buzzard released from prison

    1934: Seeds planted for Lititz Theatre 10 Years Ago Thursday’s Record Express April 29, 2004 • School Upgrades – The Warwick School District officially opened its doors to community members to see the finished product of two...

    • Posted April 30, 2014
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  • G. Graybill Diehm knew how to get things done in Lititz.
     1914: Year of The League

    10 Years Ago Thursday’s Record Express April 22, 2004 • Little League Parade &tstr; Warwick Little League celebrates its 10th year this Saturday with a parade of 500 players through town. Special recognition will be given to...

    • Posted April 23, 2014
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  • This week in 1974, the former home of Sen. Pierson at 125 S. Broad St., known at the time as the Quincy United Methodist Home, was in a state of limbo. Today it serves as the Audubon Villa Nursing Home. Photo courtesy of the Sketch Mearig Collection