The Landis Brothers were quite extraordinary… even for their time. The late 1800s were a time of intellectual energy, innovation, and extraordinary efforts to explore the limits of both what people know and human capabilities. But the Landis brothers were not just a product of their time. They were also ones to recognize the value of preserving what was quickly being lost of old ways and traditions. They developed a passion for collecting all kinds of extraordinary things even in their childhood.
Being college educated and having lived in New York City during their early adult years, the brothers had learned to enjoy and appreciate a broad range of things that may not have otherwise touched them in their childhood home of Lancaster County, PA. So, when they returned later in life to live in the Lancaster area, they recognized the potential loss of many things being discarded in America’s headlong rush into modernism.
That is why they began their museum and why they worked hard to preserve other important items that were glimpses into the disappearing past of the southeastern Pennsylvania German immigrants community of the late 1700s through the 1800s.
For this luncheon event, you get to meet and talk with two of our re-enactors playing the roles of Henry K and George Diller Landis, the two somewhat eccentric founders of our museum who also lived in the central house on the property directly across from the Hotel. The “brothers” will share their history as well as sometimes wild stories of their escapades and adventures.
Be prepared for some great entertainment, as well as a wonderful lunch, followed by a special tour of at least one of the rarely opened buildings on the property. It will certainly be an afternoon of both fun and education.
Seating is limited, so be sure to get your tickets early.
Date: March 21, 2020
Time: 11:30am – 2:30pm
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