About the Museum
The Snyder County Historical Society museum has both permanent and temporary displays. The permanent displays on the first floor include a diorama of the Rolling Green Park dated circa the 1930s; the park was located in Hummel's Wharf in the eastern reaches of Snyder County and featured traditional amusement rides, the Crystal Pool and a dance pavilion hosting the best of the Big Band sounds of the era—all are represented in this display created by Bob Troutman. Other displays depict a Native American's dwelling, a blacksmith shop and work tools, a print shop and its equipment, wagons, sleds, bicycles and other material articles illuminating life and work in Snyder County. On the second floor is a Civil War Room which features Snyder County's role in the Civil War, including photographs of and letters from soldiers; posters; displays; arms; and other material artifacts. Next to this room is space dedicated to changing and semi-permanent exhibits such as early optometric, photographic and telephone equipment, and post office services; a collection ofartifacts detailing the life of Francis "Rudy" Gelnett was recently featured in this site.
The museum is located in the Society building at 30 E. Market Street in Middleburg, PA. This building was erected in 1834 as "Emmanuel's Church," a union church of the Lutheran and German Reformed congregations, and was obtained from the First United Church of Christ in 1978 and opened for use in 1981. It was expanded and renovated at the turn of the 21st century to hold the Society's library, lecture hall and space for museum artifacts. The museum is open from 1:30 to 4:00 on Sunday afternoons from May 1 through September, is free and handicapped accessible. Generally, programs are conducted once a month during the summer with topics such as the music of Stephen Foster or the homespun art of making spoons.
Each year, artifacts are added to the museum's collection which have been made or used in Snyder County, been associated with a person, place or event in the County or have an aesthetic or cultural use fulfilling the Society's mission. Procedures followed when the Society receives donations are detailed in its Bulletin and may be obtained by contacting its museum curator. The museum is closed from December to March.