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Readers' Views: Preserving our town's treasures

Posted 7/22/14

 

Editor,

 

I attended the Middletown Area Historical Society’s “Music Along the Swatara” on Friday, July 18. What a wonderful event.

 

The music by Strange Foke was in a relaxing and beautiful venue along …

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Readers' Views: Preserving our town's treasures

Posted

Editor,

 

I attended the Middletown Area Historical Society’s “Music Along the Swatara” on Friday, July 18. What a wonderful event.

 

The music by Strange Foke was in a relaxing and beautiful venue along the Swattie.

 

Kids of all ages enjoyed food, face painting and games by Members 1st Federal Credit Union and others. Attendance was small, possibly due to a lack of advertising. Future events like these need to be supported by all. It was fun, and for a great cause.

 

I noticed that the Press And Journal made a nice contribution to the society. Thank you for supporting our community, P&J!

 

I have driven by the Ferry House and the Liberty Band Hall thousands of times, but never realized that these treasures were in my back yard.

 

The Ferry House offered ferry service across the Swatara Creek, and was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The Ferry House also served as a fort.

 

The Liberty Band Hall served as the former Salem Lutheran Church in Oberlin and was moved to Middletown in 1916. The Liberty Band practiced in this beautiful building until 1966.

 

The flood of 2011 took its toll on these historical buildings. The society is trying to refurbish these structures for all to enjoy once again. I want to encourage everyone to support the society’s efforts.

 

It is amazing how many true treasures our little town has to offer that few know exist.

 

There is an abundance of history in Middletown. We need to support the society’s efforts to let these landmarks tell the stories of days gone by.  

 

 

                                            Laura Little

                                 Londonderry Twp.

 

 

(Editor's note: The Press And Journal presented the Middletown Area Historical Society with a check for $520 – $10 for every new subscription and $5 for every renewal – as part of a fund-raising promotion in June. The Press And Journal presented the check to the society during "Music on the Swatara.'')