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ENGAGING PEOPLE IN LANCASTER STORIES The Heritage Center Museums at Market Square


Dear friends of the Heritage Center Museums, More than artifacts and historic architecture, the Heritage Center Museums tell our collective story and breathe life into the works that have helped us shape our region.

Bob Brandt Capital Campaign Chair

Say hello to our Committee Members

Wendy Nagle

Jay Bucher

Bill Kepler

Peter Barber

Ben Bamford

Deborah Brandt

We have the privilege to be both the stewards and future-makers of the heritage and culture of this extraordinary community. As the city continues on a path of growth and revitalization, the Heritage Center Museums at Market Square are at the center of a dynamic shift in local appreciation. We will become the place where people can connect to the heritage and everchanging culture of Lancaster. We are launching a campaign of awareness and engagement; a campaign for new Lancastrians and those with years of stories in this place. We are joining forces to say that we – as a community – believe that our community stories are worth telling. Join us. Be part of the excitement of moving Lancaster forward. Be part of adding your story – and the story of your family – to the pages of Lancaster’s future. Bob Brandt, Capital Campaign Chair


Drawing on the energy of the past, the Heritage Center Museums at Market Square can become a place where heritage is the new hip. A place for education and inspiration, we will be a launching point for time spent in the City of Lancaster.

LOOKING BACK

A Community Builder

James Buchanan, Thaddeus Stevens, Milton S. Hershey, F.W. Woolworth and John F. Kennedy are but a few who have stepped foot on our square since 1796. It has been many steps and many individuals who have shaped the story of Lancaster’s heritage. A place of engaging community for more than 200 years, the Heritage Center Museums at Market Square stand the test of time. Lancaster has stories that need to be told and new stories yet to be written.

photo by Robert H.Thompson Sr.

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The Hertitage Center Museums at Market Square provide Lancaster with a rich collection of historic art objects and significant pieces of our heritage – important elements that are worth preserving. Yet we provide more. With each painted chest and every hand-stitched quilt, we offer the community a connection to our roots, a connection to the lives that have come before us and to the lives that stretch ahead. We give Lancaster a sense of community, a place to gather, a place to share and a place to connect - something that is absolutely worth saving.

Imagine Market Square and our historic spaces bustling with the modern energy of working artisans, city visitors and curious students. A space to host gatherings and convene community conversations. A place filled with energy, ideas and connections.

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ENGAGING PEOPLE IN LANCASTER'S STORIES

Market Square has anchored the stories of Lancaster for more than 200 years. Our Heritage Center Museum building has seen post Revolutionary-era government and abolitionist movements. It has hosted Free Masons and freedom fighters. It has seen businessmen, families and farmers coming together and building our community. Today, we welcome local families, students, regional tourists and visitors from around the world. All of them looking for a place to connect.

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President JFK cira 1960

A fast-paced existence filled with digital screens, online conversations and flashing photos that come and go in moments. Yet, many of us seek something more. We crave a place to slow down, a place to listen to the stories, a place to connect.

A Gathering Place

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WE LIVE IN A DISPOSABLE WORLD.


THE ORIGINS OF THE HERITAGE CENTER where the past meets present

County erects two-story building on Penn Square to house public offices.

1795

1854 Building serves as the state capitol. The Masons agree to allow the county to use adjoining lodge hall.

1818

1799

1796 Borough of Lancaster completes construction on adjoining building, forming Lancaster's first permanent Market House structure and Market Square. James Hamilton agrees to build a lodge hall on top of pillars over the market loggia, recognized as the first instance of 'air rights' in the United States.

The City of Lancaster is incorporated.

1812 State offices move to Harrisburg. Lodge Hall reverts to Masons who use the space continuously until 1971.

New county courthouse opens at King & Duke, the building at Penn Square becomes city hall. The mayor's office and post office move to this building.

1889 1823 James Buchanan serves as Grand Master of the Lancaster Masonic Lodge #43.

City constructs the current Romanesque Revival market house, behind city hall.

Old city hall placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Heritage Center Museum and the Historic Lancaster Walking Tour open for the country's bi-centennial.

1972

1976

1973 City vacates building, and deeds property to The Heritage Center of Lancaster County.

2001 The "Lancaster City Historic District" is listed as nationally significant on the National Register of Historic Places".

2004 Heritage Center opens Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum at Lancaster Trust Building, 37 North Market.


Our Heritage Center Museum is a living connection to the people and the work that have built our community. Guardians of skill, knowledge and craft, the Heritage Center can be more. By engaging people in Lancaster's stories, we can connect our past with our future. Our building is the place that tells the story of Lancaster. The story of our heritage, our architecture, our art and our culture. As a city interpretive center, the Heritage Center Museum can celebrate the gifts of the city and become a starting point for exploration of our 'museum without walls.' The oldest existing building in

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Penn Square, we play a unique role in the city's future that opens doors and ideas to visitors from around the world. Our interactive opportunities are vast. Our active letterpress print shop attracts international visitors as well as young local artists. From fraktur to furnituremaking, our artisans make Lancaster's heritage come to life and give guests a chance to be part of the process and to add to the story of Lancaster. Preserving our historic building, celebrating Lancaster's unique culture, and engagingly interpreting our city for visitors, positions the Heritage Center to serve Lancaster for another 200 years.

interactive artisan experiences

THE HERITAGE CENTER MUSEUM


a preservation of culture and community OUR COLLECTIONS OF PENNSYLVANIA'S COMMON WEALTH The Heritage Center's rich collections of material culture and folk life, tell an engaging story of the families, artisans, and patrons of the arts of Pennsylvania. Objects in the collection feature fine examples of regional furnishings, textiles, fraktur, pottery, pewter, silver and fine art from the mid 18th century to the present. Joined with fun and active representations of the community at work or play, our collections continue to inspire artisans of the future. Whether on display in our galleries, or on tour in some of the regions most prominent museums and gathering places, these objects are Lancaster's ambassadors, and worthy of care for generations to come.

a cornerstone of history & heritage

A CULTURAL GATHERING PLACE In 2004, the Heritage Center of Lancaster County acquired the former City Trust Building as an exhibition space for our magnificent collection of antique Amish Quilts. In 2007 the exisiting gallery and retail space was expanded to accommodate traveling exhibitions of regional significance. In 2011, the main gallery transforms into the City of Lancaster's premier cultural gathering space, for special events, educational programming and private rentals.

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LANCASTER QUILT & TEXTILE MUSEUM


Add your story to the page. Support the Heritage Center Museums at Market Square.

A HERITAGE WORTH SAVING

Visionaries............................................... $50,000

OUR CAMPAIGN GOALS

Stewards of Heritage............................ $25,000

Revitalization of Heritage Center Museum Properties ...............$1,250,000

Artisan Inspiration................................. $10,000

Debt Reduction.............................................................................................$1,250,000 Endowment..................................................................................................$ 750,000

Cultural Connections...............................$5,000

Operations & Program Development................................................. $500,000

Storytellers.................................................$ 1,000

Interpretive Exhibitions & Signage..........................................................$250,000

TELL YOUR STORY

TOTAL CAMPAIGN GOAL*...........................................................$ 4,000,000

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The fabric of Lancaster is bound by the story of the people who live here. We each bring a strand to the narrative that builds the future of our community.

*All expenditures are based on a five-year projection

For more information or to discuss your gift, please contact: Wendy R. Nagle, Executive Director The Heritage Center of Lancaster County 13 West King Street Lancaster, PA 17603 wnagle@lancasterheritage.com cell: 717-682-5665


A CITY SUSTAINABLE

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13 West King Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17603 717.299.6440

www.lancasterheritage.com

City Stories Campaign Brochure  

Capital Campaign Brochure 2010