Historical Committee

Lower Paxton Township Historical Commission

Mission Statement:
Identify and preserve the history of the people who lived amongst the rich mountains, trails and lands of Lower Paxton Township.
To promote the collection, exhibition, interpretation, education, and publication of the heritage for our community; present and future.

Monthly Meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at the Lower Paxton Township Municipal Center.

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Next Meeting:
Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 6 pm

 

About the Meeting:
The Lower Paxton Township Historical Commission invites residents to attend monthly meetings and help the Commission form a strong foundation.  One of the primary objectives is educate the community about the township’s rich history and to provide something of educational value at every monthly meeting.   During the July Meeting there will be a Historic Presentation on The Great Linglestown Fair, presented by Judy Miller Klinefelter. For 9 out of the 11 years of the Fair, it was held on her Grandfathers (William R. Miller) Farm.  Her father, Bob Miller as a young boy, dreamed of the fair on the farm, the third year of the fair it was moved to the Miller Farm.  A group of Linglestown High School boys went to State College, PA to learn about the Agricultural Fairs and came back to develop the fair and it ran from 1920 to 1930. The Fair drew 20,000+ people to the rural area in Lower Paxton Township.  There were horse races, animal, produce, food, needle work, judging and even rewards for antiques.  Come and learn what it was like to attend a fair during the 1920’s.  Hear about the Carousel Horses and the Wing Walkers that appeared at the fair.  In 1922 a plane landed at the fair and it was the first time people in the area ever saw a real airplane.

The public is welcome and there is no charge for this presentation.
There will also be a short business meeting preceding the presentation and ideas from the community are welcome.  The Commission is looking for pictures and stories that can be shared with 1750 followers on Facebook. 
Please come and join the Commission for this informational meeting Thursday July 12, 2018, 6 PM at the Lower Paxton Municipal Center 425 Prince St.  Lower Paxton Township, PA.

 

Catch up on previous historical presentations here...

Lower Paxton Township Historical Commision B-26 Crash
April 22, 1951, a B-26 traveling from Ohio to Delaware crashed into Blue Mountain, north of Linglestown, in Lower Paxton, PA. Three crew members were killed in the accident.
The hour presentation tells the story of the crew, plane and flight presented by Bob Thomas and David Doyle with a special guest that visited the site soon after the crash, telling eyewitness accounts.

B-26 Historical Presentation 
 

In The Press:
Article in The Burg - May 2018

 

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