2nd Floor: The Aaronsburg Story

Stairway Portraits (view on your way):

Daniel Musser (1822-1888)

Maryjane Belle Musser Sturgis (died 1883 at age 23)

Bessie Sturgis, Maryjane’s daughter (age 3

at time of mother’s death)

Bessie Sturgis Gramley – as adult

S. Ward Gramley – husband of Bessie Sturgis

Samuel & Titus Gramley – grandfather & father of Ward

June Goyne Corotto – family connections & miniature photograph at age 3

Oil painting by June’s mother, Lucille (1925)


Ruth C. Rudy Foyer

Memorabilia from Mrs. Rudy’s 14-year service as Representative of 171st district in General Assembly & other political activities.

Note family photographs and fraktur of Mrs. Rudy’s parents’ marriage certificate, world map with push pins marking all locations visited by the Rudy’s.

The 2nd Floor Foyer: Display reflects upon the lives of major benefactors, C. Guy Rudy and Ruth Corman Rudy. Ruth Rudy served 14 years (1982-1996) in the PA House of Representatives elected from the Penns Valley area. Includes family genealogy, family photos, bills she introduced, and more. See a book filled with correspondence, cards and letters from noteable Democrats from the past.

Exhibit Room 3:  The Aaronsburg Story

Expanded exhibit of photographs, programs, books, music, articles, 1949 pageant stage plan, newspaper pages, & other memorabilia from the original Aaronsburg story of October 23, 1949

Round Table – Booklets about the Aaronsburg Story available for donation, please

  1. Essay by Robert Weible
  2. Narrative by Maryann Yoder

Right Corner of Room – Clothes & photographs from 1949 event.

North Wall & Table – Map of Aaronsburg, Aaronsburg Story slide presentation & quotes from famous people who attended original 1949 event, follow-up event in 1953. Also pages from the 1949 Millheim Journal

West Wall – original shields from 1949 event. Table, articles and newspaper clippings about “perpetuation” of the story and formation of The Aaronsburg Story, Inc., erection of historical marker in 1997

South Wall – glass case, programs from The Story events since 1949

Table, photographs of Aaron & Rachael Levy, pewter communion set, article reporting rediscovery of ‘lost’ communion set in the Salem Lutheran Church building & other memorabilia from Aaronsburg and its story.

Genealogy Room

Genealogy records, books & papers

High school yearbooks, family & school pictures

Cemetery records

All available for research

New microfilm reader for old Millheim Journals containing local history and obituaries

Exhibits:  Kerlin Poultry Empire  – Christmas of Yesteryear  –  Alcove Exhibit “Ladies Feathered Hats”  –  Newly Expanded Aaronsburg Story

Ongoing exhibits open during the Dutch Fall Festival and by appointment only:  The Carriage House & BarnThe Craftsman Building

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