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"A Stitch in Time"

200 Years of Sewing & Needlework in Hummelstown

The Hummelstown Area Historical Society is staging a Show called A  Stitch in Time at the 1815  Parish House and the 1908  History House. Two hundred years of sewing and needlework by Hummelstown area women will be on display in the two buildings. The Parish House is located at the corner of Rosanna Street and North Long Alley, and the History House is located at 32 West Main Street. (Walking between the two buildings is relatively easy.)

There is no charge for admission. Please consider being a donor of the Show at a cost of $10 per person. You will also have an opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket to win a beautiful crocheted bedspread;  to buy hand made  items at the Society store; and to guess the number of buttons in the old Blue Mason Jar.


The Show is open from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM during the following days:


Saturday, January 18 & Sunday January 19

Sunday, January 26    

Sunday, February 2

Sunday, February 9

Sunday, February16 (Alternate Bad Weather Date)  


The Show will also be featured as the Society’s General Meeting on January 20 at 7:00 PM.

Groups, Clubs & Guilds

If you have a group, club, or guild which would like to visit the Show at a special time, or schedule a monthly meeting at the Show, please contact Office Manager Sean Meyer who will be glad to schedule that time. He can be contacted at 566-6314.


One unique feature of the Show will be the opportunity to meet individuals who will demonstrate their sewing skills and handwork in the Simpson room. This is an opportunity to learn about crocheting, quilting, and knitting. (The schedule will be posted at a later time.)


Show towels and Samplers (The oldest is dated 1821)

Doll & Children’s Clothing

Miniatures in Period Clothing Sewn by Ellis Simpson

Sewing & Needlework Displayed as Art

Sewn Items for the Parlor, Kitchen, Dining Room & Bedroom

Vintage Hand Sewn Dresses & Gowns

Collections of Button Boxes, Pin Cushions, & Baskets

Sewing Machines from the Civil War to the 1980’s

Quilts & Coverlets from the Society’s Collection

Demonstrations of Various Sewing & Handwork Techniques

Additional Information

We hope you will make plans to attend this unique Show.  If you would like to volunteer,  be a donor, or have questions please contact  Wade Seibert at 566-7567 or Sean Meyer at the Society.   Thanks also to the Organizing Committee which includes  Jean Seibert, Rosie Bashore, Cindy Shultz, Susan Seacord, Lynne Yost, Kathryn Otto, Julia Hair and Jane Gray.        

History of the Sewing Machine

Sewing Machines Featured in the Show

Hummelstown Dress and Show Factory

Lillian Ferguson Quilter

Sara Walters, 4H Sewing Instructor

Mary Fox Doll Hospital

Button Jars and Baskets

Thank You!

The Historical Society would like to thank the following business and professional sponsors and individual donors for their support of A Stitch in Time:

Business & Professional Sponsors

B. Hartmen Electric

Brownstone Dermatology Associates

Dr. Janet Calhoon, Chiropractor

Elite Home Services, Jeff Neely

Headquarters Hair Salon

Kirman Eye

Nancy’s Attic Niche

Rhoads Pharmacy, Dave and Jeanne Lutz

Verdelli Realty Associates

Individual Donors

Donald & Sue Beam

Rosie Bashore  

Darlene Christofes

Esther Eckenroth

Marni Granzoe

Jane Gray

Julia Hair

Jay & Ann Kopp

Carol Kreider

Chad & Heather Lister

Ralph & Melody Lovelidge

Mayor & Barbara Miller

Donald Neyhard

Kathryn Otto

Will & Gina Seibert

Cindy Shultz

James & Mary Smith

Earl & Darlene Spillers

Brian & Andi Stoner

Ed & Jean Vey

Dr. Judith Witmer

Byron & Beverly Wyld

Lynne Yost

Bethany Zelusky

Paul & Deanna Zelusky

Judith Schaffner

Susan Seacord

Wade & Jean Seibert