Heritage of Columbia Collection, 1870-

Call number:  MG-300

1 box     5 folders     .25 cubic ft.

Repository:  LancasterHistory.org (Lancaster, Pa.)

Shelving Location:  Archives South, Side 8

Description:  Collection contains items relating to the history of Columbia, Pa. Items include invitations and programs for the Centennial Anniversary Celebration in 1888 and Old Home Week in 1913, Chamber of Commerce brochures, a program for the 2005 ghost tour, and records of Justice of the Peace H. S. Hershey.

Creators:  Lancaster County Historical Society (Pa.)

Conditions for Access:  No restrictions.

Conditions Governing Reproductions:  Collection may not be photocopied. Please contact Research Staff or Archives Staff with questions.

Language:  English

Source of Acquisition:  Unknown, unless specified at the item level.


Folder 1     Celebrations

Insert 1  Program for the Centennial Anniversary Celebration of the founding of Columbia. Celebration included parades, rifle and shotgun tournaments, speeches, a regatta, fireworks, and reunions. 26-28 September 1888.

Invitation to the Centennial Anniversary Celebration, issued by The Centennial Association of Columbia, Pa. Lists officers of the association. 26-28 September 1888.

Insert 2  Invitation to Columbia’s Old Home Week, celebrating the 125th, anniversary of the founding of Columbia. Printed by E. A. Wright, Philadelphia. 12-19 October 1913.

Program for Old Home Week. Program was printed on paper milled at Ivy Mill in Chester County. The week’s events included parades, band and choral concerts, athletics, special church services, and military parades and drills. 12-19 October 1913.

“A Proclamation!” issued by the George W. Weaver, Chief Burgess of Columbia for Old Home Week. 25 June 1913.

Poem, “Columbia,” by Mrs. A. W. Rogers. To be sung during Old Home Week, October 1913.


Folder 2     Brochures

“Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Bureau of Information: Facts of an Economic, Historical and Descriptive Character about the Borough of Columbia, in Condensed Form.” Prepared by the Chamber of Commerce. Ad for commercial printing by The Royal Press, 328 Walnut Street, Columbia. 1923.

“The Riverboro Getaway to Better Living.” Brochure advertising Columbia as an attractive place to live and work. Contains history and information on education, industry, the Susquehanna River, and the community. Issued by The Columbia Area Chamber of Commerce. No date.

“Historic Columbia: Museums, Treasures & Riverlore.” Contains history, a map of the borough, and lists of museums, antique shops and art galleries, accommodations, specialty stores and outlets, and restaurants. Issued by the Susquehanna Heritage Visitors Center. No date. Gift of Carol Kloss, 2005.


Folder 3     Invitation to the Hutchinson Sociable at Mifflin’s Island, Columbia. “The ladies are requested to meet at Black’s Hotel.” 11 August 1870.


Folder 4     Card with the image of Josiah Wright (1848-1887) framed by a funeral wreath, the guide for the ghost tour.

Ghosts of Columbia: A Haunted Lantern Tour. Program for the Columbia ghost tour. Contains histories of Columbia Market House and Dungeon, Old Bruner Mansion, William Wright House, Wright House, and Mount Bethel Cemetery; cast of the tour; advertisements of local businesses; property owners; sponsors; and committee members. Prepared by Columbia Downtown Development Corporation. 2005. Gift of Carol Kloss, 2005.


Folder 5  Record book of H. S. Hershey, Justice of the Peace of Lancaster County. Columbia. Shows plaintiff(s) and defendant(s), abstract of case, costs, and judgment or outcome. 1886-1894. Purchased from dealer, January 2007. Transferred from MG-266 Daybook and Ledger Collection, Series 5 Municipal Records on 18 March 2009.