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 2020 brochure soon or download a PDF version >
(Please note: This downloadable PDF includes the correct Harvest Fair dates of Sept 19-20; however, our other glossy printed brochures have incorrect date information for the 2020 Harvest Fair. Our apologies.)


Order Our “Going Back in Time” DVD

Watch the Preview >

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, 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.


COVID-19 Pandemic and Local History

handkerchiefLocal news clippings help show the impact of the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918. Our COVID-19 experiences during 2020 will become part of our ongoing historical timeline, too. If you have noteworthy images, videos, and real-life stories about how Lebanon Valley is being affected today, we invite you to submit your materials to us to consider keeping for current and future generations to access. Email to >  (Note: By providing any materials, you are giving our museum permission to save, use, and share your submissions.)


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 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!