• SGAPHS Welcomes New Executive Director

    Spring Grove, PA— 7/29/2022 — Spring Grove Area Historical Preservation Society (SGAHPS) is pleased to announce Tracy Haper as their new Executive Director. “Tracy is a University of Maryland, Baltimore County graduate with a B.A. in History.  Her experience in museum education, exhibit curation and programming with the Baltimore Museum of Industry, along with her leadership roles in the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and her passion and enthusiasm for local history have us excited to welcome her to our organization”, explained Bruce Stambaugh, Board President. The mission of the society is to provide a historical legacy for this and future generations of Spring Grove Area…

  • Harry P. Schrum Service to the Society Distinction of Emeritus Program

    The Board of Directors of the Spring Grove Area Historical Preservation Society initiated their Harry P. Schrum Service to the Society Distinction of Emeritus Program in their March 24, 2022 meeting.  The program is established to honor individuals, members, docents, volunteers, Board of Directors who have served the society with distinction.   The inaugural awards were presented to JoAnn Harrold, Records Administration Emeritus and Charles Harrold, Exhibit Director and Artist Emeritus at a presentation on July 21.   President Bruce Stambaugh shared with the Board of Directors the history of “the recipients’ dedicated service over decades of the society’s administrative, archival, creative, and museum facility operations”.  He paid tribute to…

  • June 12

    BUTTERFLY RELEASE TO BENEFIT HOSPICE PROGRAM The  Visiting Nurse Association of Hanover and Spring Grove Hospice Program will host its 14th Annual Butterfly Release, on Sunday June 12 at 3 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church 5055 Grandview Road Hanover PA 17331 The Butterfly Release will be preceded by a brief Celebration of Life honoring and remembering dearly deeply departed loved ones. The Butterfly Release is open to the public and families are invited to attend. For more information: Contact the VNA of Hanover and Spring Grove at 717-637-1227 or 800-422-3197

  • Thank you to our GLY Donors!

    This year, thanks to our generous donors, we were able to raise $2850 during the 24 hour Give Local York fundraiser.  We appreciate the support and will continue to preserve Spring Grove and surrounding areas history for generations to come.

  • Give Local York ~ May 6, 2022

    Celebrate 24 hours of giving to York County’s Non Profit community! Donate to Spring Grove Area Historical Preservation Society. Bring in your donation on May 6th from 9 am to 4 pm; Mail it to us at SGAHPS GLY, P.O. Box 383, Spring Grove, PA 17362 Or Donate at www.givegab.com/nonprofit/sgahps  

  • York County Family Devastated by Smallpox Outbreak

    A few months ago we received an inquiry about a photograph from our vast artifact collection. The morbid image apparently showed several deceased family members lying together on a bed. Those shown apparently succumbed to an influenza outbreak and were residents of the Pigeon Hills. Unexpectedly, the photo of the Riley family was located and more accurate details of the story have been uncovered. As it turns out, smallpox was the culprit. For those shocked when learning about early post-mortem photographs (from History.com): In the 1800s, taking a photo of a dead body wasn’t creepy—it was comforting. In an era when photos were expensive and many people didn’t have any…

  • 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…