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|The Isaac Meier
maintain the structural and historical integrity of the Isaac Meier Homestead
in order to provide a facility for educational, cultural and social activities,
as well as an interpretive museum of preservation and restoration.
The Birth of the Isaac Meier Committee
A handful of Myerstown residents were involved with saving the Lebanon
County Courthouse and in planning the Myerstown's Bicentennial in 1968. This
helped to spark the idea of saving the Meier Homestead, which was in danger of
being torn down. According to Mrs. June Ebling, a charter member of the Isaac
Meier Homestead Committee, in 1970 Mayor Rodney Steltz was concerned with
saving the endangered Meier Homestead and contacted people in the community who
had the same concerns. A committee was formed but little did they know it would
prove to be hard work.
One of the obstacles was sparking the community's
interest in their "home" and it was felt that if the Meier house would be open
for the public's inspection, seeds of interest would be planted. Ms. Tillie
Sando was instrumental in getting the ball rolling and one of the first things
she did was approach Borough Manager Edward H. Treat to get permission to open
the house to the public. Manager Treat was skeptical on the success of the idea
but he stated if the Committee could get state approval, they should go for it.
In order to get State approval, several things had to be accomplished such as
the stairway leading to the upstairs had to be closed to visitors and a
sub-floor had to be placed in the hall. This was going to cost $1,500.00. The
Committee went to work canvassing the community's businesses for donations; and
after the money was raised, the work accomplished, the Meier Homestead was open
to the public. Faced with an empty house, the Committee approached several
local antique dealers to loan them antiques to place in the house.
Steltz, Chairman; June Ebling - Fund Raising; Viola Mohn and Mary Ann Bugg were
members that made up the first Isaac Meier Homestead Committee.
the Committee started archeological digs at the site and one of the items
unearthed was a green glass decanter. The recovered items found are on display
at the Meier Home.
The Committee has been instrumental in raising funds for the
structural repairs that had to be made to save the structural integrity and
also to inform the public on the various architectural methods used during the
structural changes made to the Meier Homestead in its lifetime. Also in
coordination with the school district, children are brought to the home for a
tour and historic lesson. The lessons are specially geared to the age group and
Committee members volunteer to dress in period dress, and work with the
children. One of the lessons planned is for the child to write with a quill as
Isaac Meier's children did in the past.
The Homestead holds various
functions to raise money for their projects and one of these is the Annual
Country Fair held in September. You can find volunteers in period dress
cooking, knitting, crocheting - depicting some of the things the Meier family
might have done during their day. The period food such as stews and baked goods
is offered to the curious visitor. During the year the Homestead is open to the
public for tours, and in November the annual Kerzenlicht Nacht, (Candlelight
Night) is held at the homestead. Candles are lit throughout the house, carols
are sung and refreshments are served.
The Committee not only works in
the past but is looking to the future. They are working towards the
construction of a Heritage Center that will:
of these things will be physically impaired accessible.
- Provide an ancillary building to house records of
the Historic Preservation Trust of Lebanon County and artifacts and memorabilia
of the Borough of Myerstown and surrounding areas
- Include a meeting room equipped with
state-of-the-art audio and visual aids for cultural, educational, and
historical lectures and events
- Provide space for craft workshops and hands-on
activities for adults and children
- Display architectural and educational exhibits
- House a library and archives with space for
- Market appropriate historical items such as books,
crafts, and mementos from a gift shop
- Facilitate conferences and receptions, area
organizational meetings and catered social events
- Provide storage area, kitchen facilities and
The Heritage Center is to be built in the style of a
bank barn much like the barn that existed in Isaac Meier's day and will be
located on the Homestead site as close to the original barn building as
The Meier Homestead does publish a newsletter twice a year
and copies can be attained at the Myerstown Community Library. This newsletter
is also sent to members and sponsors of the Isaac Meier Committee.
|You can become
a member of the Meier Homestead
| Individual Annual - $25.00
Junior Annual -
|Life Endowment - $500.00 (May be
paid over 2 years in 2 - $250.00 installments)
|send your check to:
Isaac Meier Homestead, Inc.
Myerstown, PA 17067
The Committee is always looking for volunteers and
you could be just the person they are looking for. Please contact the Borough
Office (717-866-5038) for contact information.
| Isaac Meier
Homestead , Inc. Officers
Phyllis Showers, Vice President
Katie Kirst, Secretary
Beverly Strickler, Corresponding Secretary
and Assistant Treasurer