Scrapbook of the Linnaean Society, Tucquan Club and Lancaster County Agricultural Society, June 1851-October 1888


Collection: The Scrapbook Collection

Call No.: MG-434, Box 085

Title: Scrapbook of the Linnaean Society, Tucquan Club and Lancaster County Agricultural Society, June 1851-October 1888

Dates: June 1851-October 1888

Extent: 1 volume

Creator: [Simon Snyder Rathvon, compiler]

Repository: (Lancaster, Pa.)

Shelving Location: Archives South, Side 22


Description: The Scrapbook of the Linnaean Society, Tucquan Club and Lancaster County Agricultural Society reveals a variety of insights into the associations’ membership, events and history. The book contains newspaper clippings discussing the various scientific and leisure outings. Some of the articles pertain to occupations in Lancaster County that members were involved in, such as education, mercantilism and farming. Another prominent subject included was religion. The majority of the scrapbook is composed of newspaper articles. However, there are some obituaries and advertisements for local businesses also pasted into the book. Please note some of the articles in the scrapbook are published in German.


Conditions for Access: Please fill out a call slip for viewing.

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

Language: English, German.

Source of Acquisition: Source unknown.


Related materials at

Centennial Historical Committee. The Tucquan Club Centennial, 1869- 1969. Lancaster, Pennsylvania: The Tucquan Club, 1969.

Ripple, Paul H. 125th Anniversary Booklet of the Tucquan Club of Lancaster, 1869-1994. Lancaster, Pennsylvania: Paul H. Ripple, 1994.


Related materials at Franklin and Marshall College:

MS-13 Linnaean Society of Lancaster, Pennsylvania Records (1862-1896)


Subjects: Boehm, Martin.

Tucquan Club (Lancaster, Pa.) — History.

Linnæan society of Lancaster city and county, Lancaster, Pa.

Associations, institutions, etc.

Agriculture — Pennsylvania — Lancaster County — History.




Amish — Customs and practices.

Baptists, German.

Methodism — United States.

Methodist Church — History.

Pennsylvania Dutch.



Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)

Lancaster County (Pa.) — History, local.

Lancaster County (Pa.) — Social life and customs.


Administrative/Biographical History:

The Linnaean Society of Lancaster County

Its founding members, including Simon Snyder Rathvon and Jacob Stauffer, chartered the Linnaean Society of Lancaster City and County, Pennsylvania in 1862. The group was named for Carolus Linnaeaus, the Swedish botanist who invented the classification system for flora and fauna. The founding principles of the society were to learn and study their surrounding environment including geology, botany and zoology. The organization discontinued its practices during the 1920s.

The Tucquan Club of Lancaster

Formed out of the Linnaean Society as the Tucquan Scientific and Piscatorial Association in 1869, the Tucquan Club was a camping association for men. The original group consisted of twenty members who wanted a retreat away from the busy life of Lancaster City. Originally an annual four-day camping outing in July, it developed into a week long vacation which changed location every two to four years until 1909. In 1909, the members decided to hold the annual encampment at York Furnace Springs in York County. The Tucquan Club adopted a constitution and a set of by-laws in 1872; the by-laws mandated elections be held during their annual outing and defined the purpose of the group—to discover more about fishing, botany and science.


Custodial History: Previously housed in the Scrapbook Collection, Book 104.

Cataloged by: CRB, October 2007.

This project was funded by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, ME60112, 2007-2008.