Welcome to Historic Schaefferstown
Thanks to the dedication of our members, sponsors, and volunteers, we’ve come a long way since 1966. We invite you to get involved any way you prefer. Try something different! Take a class. Learn a new skill. Volunteer. Remember to renew your valuable HSI Membership for great benefits every year.
Pick up your printed 2018 brochure soon or download a PDF version now >

Thank you, Alice!

Alice Oskam, HSI President, at a recent Young Villagers summer workshop.Yes, it’s true. Alice Oskam, our much appreciated and loved President is officially retiring at the end of her 2017 term. Alice has done an impressive job of keeping all aspects of our organization humming and all the annual events well staffed with volunteers so visitors can experience HSI at its very best. We appreciate ALL your hard work and passion over the years, Alice. Gros dank!


New DVD: “Going Back in Time”

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New DVD is available to orderIf you enjoy learning how this village started and why it thrived here in the earliest days, you’ll love this DVD we produced (thanks to a grant from the Lebanon County Commissioner Hotel Tax Fund). Produced by Forney Video Productions with package and disc designed by local firm Bachleda Advertising, this interesting documentary is now available for purchase. Each is only $15 including tax and postage (if mailed). To order, please call 717-949-2244 or email the HSI office.


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. Learn more about the Dale exhibit >


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!