Fall Harvest Fair

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Harvest Fair this year. Even with the rainy weather, it was a great time for all. We hope to see you again next year!


Annual Meeting, October 18

Steigle house DrawingEveryone is invited to this FREE event starting at 2pm. Bring a friend and join us at the Brendle Museum Lower Level for light refreshments, a silent auction, and this year’s presentation, a history of Schaefferstown’s “Stiegel House” with historian Alan G. Keyser. Get details.

John R. Dale Wood Dioramas Exhibit

John Dale DioramasCome and see these beautifully detailed, historical dioramas depicting early Pennsylvania-German life, on display in the Gemberling-Rex House off the square in Schaefferstown. Experience folk life through John R. Dale’s intricate carvings that he called “wood stories”. Some of the carvings on display include scenes of a kitchen garden, harvest time, a general store and Halloween pranks. For more information on John R. Dale and exhibit information click here.


An Authentic Pennsylvania German Experience

Founded in 1966, HSI is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the culture and unique history of Schaefferstown and greater southeastern Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. 

The Pennsylvania German and Swiss cultures which flourished here during the last few centuries are authentically presented among several historic sites – the Alexander Schaeffer House and Farm, the Thomas R. Brendle Museum, and the Gemberling-Rex House. 

Throughout the year, our sites host cultural events with all the local, historic flavor you expect. Visit our sites, take part in events, become a member, and discover how you can be a valuable volunteer. Your memorable, authentic Pennsylvania German experience with HSI will last a lifetime. Enjoy your website visit today!