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Manuscript Group 495
LANDIS FAMILY PAPERS
[ca. 1840-1945]
80 cubic feet


* * * The collection is located at the Landis Valley Museum, Lancaster, Pennsylvania * * *

Landis Valley Museum is located at 2451 Kissel Hill Road - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17601. To view these records contact the Site Administrator at 717-569-0401.

Originally created as a private museum during the 1930s by brothers Henry Kinzer Landis and George Diller Landis who were noted collectors, the Farm Museum was eventually acquired by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in 1953. In the words of Henry K. Landis penned in 1941, "...Here we find tools, artifacts, implements, vehicles, things actually made and used by the early inhabitants, presented for study rather than entertainment. Although there is much to amaze and surprise the novice, study and research is preferred." This is accomplished through preservation and interpretation of the largest collection of Pennsylvania German agricultural artifacts in the country and through the demonstration of: authentic traditional farming techniques, portrayals of rural village and industrial life, skilled craft demonstrations, historical breeds of animals, and historical plants. Landis Valley Museum is today a nationally recognized living history museum that collects, conserves, exhibits, and interprets Pennsylvania German material culture and heritage from the period 1740 through 1940.


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