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 2019 brochure soon or download a PDF version >
Order Our “Going Back in Time” DVD
Watch the Preview >
If 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, this interesting documentary is now available for purchase. 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
Come 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 >
Buckwheat Field in Bloom
The Pennsylvania Germans planted buckwheat for livestock feed and made buckwheat flour for human consumption. Dale Zimmerman shared a photo he took of this summer’s crop in bloom. Half has been grazed by livestock. We hope to harvest the remainder to make flour as part of our annual Harvest Fair activities. Stay tuned for info.
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!