Heritage of Lititz Collection, 1940s-

Object ID:  MG0165

1 box     7 folders     .2 cubic ft.

Repository:  LancasterHistory (Organization)

Shelving Location:  Archives South, Side 4

Description:  The collection consists primarily of mementos of the 100th Anniversary Celebration of Lititz Memorial Square, 1995. Booklets show Gen. John Augustus Sutter’s home and contain biographical information. Pamphlets show the activities of Lititz’s 200th Birthday Celebration in 1956, the Lititz walking tour, a history of pretzel baking, and advertisements for local businesses.

Creator:  LancasterHistory.org (Lancaster, Pa.); 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:  Source unknown unless noted at the item level.

Related Items:  Metal pin commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Lititz Memorial Square 1895-1995; handcrafted replica of the Roebuck Public Fountain; and watercolor of General Sutter’s Lititz home were transferred to the Objects Collection, July 2007.


Folder 1

Insert 1  Booklet showing room layout of the 1871 home of General John Augustus Sutter in Lititz, Pa. as restored in 1980 by Farmer’s First Bank. A dozen restoration aspects are described. Gift of Glenn B. Knight, 9 October 1995.

Booklet, “General Sutter: The Man” traces the life of John Augustus Sutter from his 1803 birth in Germany through the discovery of gold at his California fort to his death in 1880 and burial in Lititz, Pa.  The 12 page booklet was published in November 1980 by the Farmer’s First Bank. Gift of Glenn B. Knight, 9 October 1995.

Insert 2  Pamphlet, Lititz Historical Foundation’s “Stroll Down Main Street” walking tour.  Brief description of 16 houses accompanied by current photographs of the houses and/or drawings of their original structure.  Directional map to Lititz published by Farmer’s National Bank of Lititz.

Pamphlet announcing program of Lititz, Pa.’s 200th Birthday Party, June 28-July 3, 1956.  Lists activities by day and time.

Booklet, “Remembering 100 years of the Lititz Memorial Square,” 1995, 6 pages, designed by Bill Dussinger.  Contains celebration program of October 7-8, 1995, history of the Memorial Fountain and biography of its donor, Dr. Peter J. Roebuck, and the fountain’s modification into the Memorial Public Fountain.

Poster advertising the 100th Anniversary Celebration of Lititz Memorial Square. (2 copies in Oversized Box 8, Archives North.) Gift of Glenn B. Knight, 9 October 1995.


Folder 2     Pretzels

“Long Life and Good Fortune.” Pamphlet about the history of the pretzel, including Lititz, the location of the first commercial pretzel bakery in America. American Machine & Foundry Company. Richmond, Virginia. No date.

Two “Official Pretzel Twisters” certificates from The Julius Sturgis Pretzel House, Lititz. No date.


Folder 3     Pamphlets

“You can be a Preserver of the Past, a Partner for the Future.” Lititz Historical Foundation. 1965.

Promotional pamphlet prepared and distributed by the Lititz Chamber of Commerce. No date.


Folder 4     Lititz, Lancaster County 2002: An 18th  Century Pennsylvania Moravian, Mennonite & Amish Community. Advertisements for local businesses, calendar of events, street map, copy of the 1887 bird’s-eye view map, and a directory of businesses, churches, and schools. Historical facts at the top of some pages. [2002].

Folder 5  “Home Business Booster Handy Document File” distributed by Lititz Springs National Bank. Four envelopes stapled into a folder to organize important documents, bills and other paperwork. Advertisements for Lititz businesses: Lititz Springs National Bank, Keath Planing Mill Co., Beck Bros., Lancaster County Farm Sales Agency, H. R. Wertsch, Long & Co., H. H. Girvin, Walnut Grove Dairy, J. W. Miksch, C. S. Zartman, Lititz Springs Ginger Ale, Hiestand Brothers, R. P. Weidman, E. B. Weber & Son, Spacht, Oldsmobile and Studebaker sales and service. Circa 1940s. Gift of Mary Ann Harpst, January 2010. 


Folder 6  Programs

“Town Crier,” program for Lititz Heritage Night. Shows Moravian Church Square and buldings of interest. Designed by Bill Dussinger, Penny Lane Graphics. 2 July 2002. Transferred from Library, April 2010.

Program for the Lititz Moravian Church Lantern Tour. Sponsored by the Archives & Museum Committee. 17 October 2004.

Folder 7  Banquet program, Bicentennial Anniversary of the Lititz Moravian Congregation. Moravian Fellowship Hall, Lititz. 11 February 1949.