Historical Societies: News and Highlights

Historical Societies: News and Highlights presents news and information about Pennsylvania's regional and county historical societies.

Lenni Lenape Museum Relocates

The Lenni Lenape Historical Soci­ety is a non-profit organization which maintains a multi-facility museum and dedicates itself to programs and ex­hibits relating to the Lenni Lenapes, more commonly known as the Dela­ware Indians. In addition to a collec­tion of artifacts, the special museum contains a traditional village and gardens and sponsors ceremonies, lec­tures, and arts and crafts workshops. Special interest programs are also offered on a variety of topics and arrangements can be made to bring them to interested groups upon re­quest.

Currently, the society is moving ahead with plans to relocate in the 132-year-old Bieber house on the Lehigh Parkway in Allentown. Archi­tectural plans to renovate their new home have been approved by the state Department of Labor and Industry, but funds are still needed for materials and labor to complete the project. Those interested in contributing to help preserve the history of a culture which spans back over 2,000 years should contact the Lenni Lenape His­torical Society, Fish Hatchery Road, Allen town 18103, or call (215) 434-6819.


York’s Victorian Gem: The Horace Bonham House

The Victorian era was characterized by a variety of styles, all of which em­phasized clutter, intricacy, ornamenta­tion and diversity. It was an age of comparative great wealth so the aver­age person began to think of orna­mentation and decoration rather than function. One of the finest examples of Victorian architecture in York is the York County Historical Society’s beautiful Horace Bonham house. New­ly refurbished and decorated, the Bon­ham house reflects the finest of all periods of Victoriana.

The original house was built in 1800 with two stories, an attic and a small back wing. In September 1875, Horace Bonham purchased the prop­erty, greatly enlarged and remodeled it, and added a third floor, stained­-glass windows and parquet floors. The house and its furnishings were left to the society by Miss Elizabeth Bonham, daughter of Horace Bonham. in 1965.

Today, the society has opened two floors of the house as display rooms of York’s Victorian age. The garden has been redesigned to reflect the Victorian style, complete with foun­tain and urns. Visitors to York will certainly want to include a visit to the Bonham House and enjoy a journey back into an age of elegance and gen­teel living.


Historical Society Notes

The 75th annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Federation of Historical Societies will be held May 7-8, 1982 and will be hosted by the Delaware County Historical Society in commem­oration of the 300th anniversary of William Penn’s landing at Upland (Chester). Further details will be an­nounced later.

The Institute of Museum Services has awarded 204 grants for general operating support to history museums and historic houses for Fiscal Year 1982. This amounts to 36 percent of the general support funds which are being distributed. Of the museums re­ceiving support, those with operating budgets under $100,000 received 25 percent of IMS grants, between $100,000 and $500,000 received 31 percent, and over $500,000 received 40 percent. In addition, IMS awarded 400 grants of $600 each to museums for the Museum Assessment Program which supports outside professional assessment of museum operations. For further information on how your or­ganization can benefit from future grants programs, write the Institute of Museum Services, Department of Edu­cation, 300 C St., S.W., Room 4008, Washington, D.C. 20202.

Dr. Larry E. Tise, who has been executive director of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission since April, was appointed as executive secretary of the Pa. Federation of His­torical Societies on September 18 [1981].

The Museums and Historical Organ­izations Programs of the National En­dowment for the Humanities has set a second deadline for grant applications for the 1982 Fiscal Year. Applications are due on January 15, 1982 for projects beginning July 1, 1982. This deadline is being called provisional, however, and ultimately depends upon Congressional Fiscal Year 1982 appro­priations for the NEH.