Historical Tours of Center of Mercersburg

Historical Tours of Center of Mercersburg

Mondays in July – 11th, 18th, 25th, 2022 * 6:30 PM & Friday September 9th, 2022 * 10:00 AM
The content and itinerary of each tour are the same, so those wishing to participate may choose which evening they wish to attend.
Participants are asked to call 717-328-2248 in order to register for a tour, which each evening will begin at 6:30 PM at the Fendrick Library.
Harriet Lane Tea & Talk, Franklin County Visitors Bureau

Harriet Lane Tea & Talk, Franklin County Visitors Bureau

Saturday May 14th, 2022 * 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
The event is being held in the 1865 lobby of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at 15 South Main Street in Chambersburg.
Enjoy an afternoon of tea and talk about Harriet Rebecca Lane, First Lady of Franklin County and the United States
Author Bob O’Connor will speak about Harriet Lane, sharing excerpts of his book, “Harriet Lane: The Original First Lady of Washington.” Emily Martin, a local thespian, will bring a young Miss Lane to life as she mixes and mingles with her visitors.
The 10,000 sq. ft. building served as a bank from 1865 to 2015.
A Little About Harriet  
Harriet was born in Mercersburg, Franklin County, PA on May 9, 1830 to Elliott Tole Lane and Jane Buchanan Lane.
Her grandfather was a merchant, who came from Donegal County in Ireland and established a good foundation for his family.
Harriet’s father was a merchant, and her mother was the younger sister of James Buchanan. It was a family of ample means.
Even with a level of wealth, her life was not easy. At age nine, her mother died and two years later, her father.
Her favorite uncle, James Buchanan, adopted Harriet.
She would serve as his confidante and consultant, traveling to Great Britain when Buchanan served as Minister to England.
She was a favorite of Queen Victoria and the royal court.
When James Buchanan became president, she served as “First Lady” and was an accomplished hostess.
She chose to hold off marrying until she was 35 years old. Within three years, she would have two sons and a happy family life.
Tragedy returned in 1881, 1882, and 1884 when she lost both sons to rheumatic fever and her husband died unexpectedly.
Harriet Lane came to understand the fleetingness of life, the value of family, and the importance of keeping a purpose.
She gave generously to the research of children’s disease, endowed a school for boys, and planted the seed of a national art gallery.
The Perspective of a Celtic Blessing 
“May God give you, for every storm, a rainbow, for every tear, a smile, for every care, a promise and a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, for every sign a sweet song, and an answer for each prayer.”
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*Bingo* To Support The Mercersburg Halloween Parade

*Bingo* To Support The Mercersburg Halloween Parade

Sunday, September 12th, 2021 *  at the St Thomas Fire Hall
Doors will open at 11:00 AM with bingo to begin at 1:00 PM.
Play 20 games with a few special games as well.
Light meal items and refreshments will be available but will not be included in the price of the ticket.
Tickets are $20 prior to the date, and $25 at the door .
Tickets are not yet printed, further details to follow for how to purchase tickets once they are available!
*Thank you for your support*
Conococheague Institute Offers New Position

Conococheague Institute Offers New Position

Live 18th Century Living History, Immerse yourself in Nature and share your passion with others through Educational Programs. Join the CI team!

The Conococheague Institute (CI) a Non-Profit Museum and Gardens in Franklin County PA, is looking for a passionate employee to increase the Visitor’s Experience of its unique Cultural and Natural Resources

The Historic Warden and Programming Lead will have an incredible opportunity to educate the public on America’s early Colonial History in an engaging and dynamic atmosphere. They will be responsible for maintaining the Historic Garden and perform 18th Century Living History Crafts and programs from the Cabins.

These roles will be performed in 18th Century clothing, to provide an immersive experience as possible for the visitor.

With a unique story of 18th Century Life, our story features Women and Men, Enslaved People, Native Americans, as well as Welsh, English, Scotch-Irish, and German Residents. As such the applicant would have a wide array of stories to portray.

In order to ensure the Visitor has a safe and enjoyable visit, the Historic Warden’s other duties will involve weekly maintenance of the grounds and buildings, as well as behind the scene programming development and other duties as assigned.

Want to live an 18th Century life, and inspire others to appreciate our American Story? Apply now by sending in a resume and cover letter to mwedd@cimlg.org, or contact CI for more information on the position and more details.

Applications will be accepted until March 10th, and interviews may be conducted in person, virtually, or by phone.

Complete job description below. CI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.