Important Changes Coming to the SGAHPS Community

The Spring Grove Area Historical Preservation Society began serving the community in 1987. Thousands of community members have joined our organization over the years. Those people not only showed their support for our organization but also for the preservation of our heritage. We’ve had countless people step up to serve as an Officer, Director, Committee Member, or even a volunteer. Our Society has been located at a number of locations, but we’ve always stayed true to our mission:

We resolve to provide a historical legacy for this
and future generations of Spring Grove Area residents.

Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

We were recently notified by the Borough of Spring Grove that a buyer has been found for the Community Center building. We’ve been located there since 2000, and have made many friends and memories. The property has been on the market for quite some time. The new owner, Predix Property Management, will take possession on December 1, 2020.

The time has arrived for us to leave the location that we’ve called home. Based on the terms of our lease agreement, we will be vacating our current location by December 1, 2020. We will release additional details in the near future.

Shows the School Room featuring artifacts from the entire Spring Grove area and community.
School Room featuring artifacts from the entire Spring Grove area and community.

Over the past several weeks, our leadership team has been discussing a number of factors concerning our reopening. At the forefront of these discussions are two key elements. First, the move of our museum which is a major undertaking. Second, the Covid-19 pandemic and guidelines that businesses need to follow in order to operate.

Our leadership team has made the decision that our current museum location will not be reopening to the public. This was not an easy decision and not taken lightly. The Covid-19 guidelines we needed to follow were obviously one aspect of the decision. The most significant factor in making this decision was the time and effort it will take us to prepare our artifact collection for its upcoming relocation.

Change Is Inevitable

Please take note of the following:

  • While our physical SGAHPS Museum will not be open to the public, our Society will continue with its mission. We will be ramping up our online presence and are looking at ways to keep a physical presence within the community as we go through this transition.
  • Members will continue to receive “The Historical Ripplet”, our bimonthly newsletter.
  • As many people know, we needed to cancel several events in an effort to help keep the community safe due to the Covid-19 situation. We are excited to announce that events will begin in September and will be announced soon.
  • Those with business requiring in-person contact can reach us at 717-225-0732 or by completing our contact form. If we are unable to assist through those methods, we will schedule an appointment at the museum. If an in-person appointment is needed you will be required to wear a mask while in our facility.
  • While we greatly appreciate the artifact donations we receive, we will no longer be accepting unexpected artifact donations at the museum. If you have an artifact you would like us to consider for donation, please contact Blake Stough, our Curator at 717-487-1371, or send us a message through our contact form.

The leadership team of the Spring Grove Area Historical Society would like to express our sincere regret over the difficult decisions we had to make over the past few weeks and months. The challenges we met with Covid-19 and the news of our building being sold were unexpected obstacles.

The Best Time For New Beginnings Is Now

A unique way of looking at our situation is to compare it to the metamorphosis of a butterfly.

It begins with a tiny egg, which is similar to the original idea of the SGAHPS being formed. When the egg hatches, the caterpillar (larva) emerges and begins its journey in this world. This stage can be compared to the period when the SGAHPS was created, andĀ over time grew and expanded. Eventually, the caterpillar nestles itself into a chrysalis where a major transformation takes place. Our Historical Society entering that stage, as we pack up our artifact collection and plan for our future home at a new location. During this stage, there isn’t much to see from the outside, but inside there’s a great deal of action taking place behind the scenes. When the time is right, the butterfly emerges from its chrysalis and extends its colorful wings as people are in awe of its beauty. In terms of the SGAHPS, that phase will take place as we cut the ribbon of our new location and the community is in awe of OUR beauty.

We can’t wait until that day arrives.

On behalf of the Spring Grove Area Historical Preservation Society, we thank you. Our community has supported us since day one, and we are forever grateful.

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