Take a relaxed bicycle tour circling the city of Lancaster with the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society on Saturday, May 5. Learn about the historic neighborhoods from long term residents. Join us in our discovery as we visit individuals, churches, and schools to learn about our city” says organizer Jonathan Charles. Presenters include former mayor Janice Stork, historian David Brenner, and John Lahr, who grew up in Cabbage Hill, well as the African American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania.
Tickets cost $30, $20 for students, and can be purchased at lmhs.org or by calling (717) 393-9745. The deadline for registration is Saturday, April 28.
Janice Stork is a highly respected former mayor of Lancaster City, who held office from 1990 to 1998. Stork grew up in the Cabbage Hill neighborhood, however she spent the past forty years living in Chestnut Hill. She continues to be active on committees and her parish, even cooking for residents of the parish several days a week.
Manny Romain, pastor of the “Door of Refuge” congregation will share the story of Lancaster’s Hispanic community.
David Brener, whose family came to Lancaster in 1872, represents the fifth generation of active membership at Reform Congregation Shaarai Shomayim. He is a past president and lay historian of the congregation and is passionate that Shaarai Shomayim continues as a center for the Jewish community of Lancaster for generations to come. Shaarai Shomayim was chartered in 1856 and has worshiped at the Duke and James Streets location since 1896.
John Lahr has good memories of growing up on Cabbage Hill. Je values greatly the corner groceries, the working businesses, the recreational opportunities, the ball field, and the kids in the neighborhood that were part of his growing up years.
The tour begins and ends at James Street Mennonite Church, 23 W James St, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.