Pennsylvania Historical Marker Dedication Events For July 2012

The Pennsylvania Historical Marker Program captures the memory of people, places, and events that have affected the lives of Pennsylvanians over the centuries since William Penn founded his Commonwealth. You have probably seen many of the blue and gold markers throughout Pennsylvania. Since 1946, Pennsylvanians have gathered to unveil, dedicate, and celebrate the installation of new historical markers. Virtually all of these ceremonies are public events, and you're invited to attend those held near where you live or whose subject matter interests you.

July Dedication Events

July 15
2:00 PM

Heidelberg Raceway & Sports Arena

It was the site of the final circus show under the Big Top for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The event garnered local and national media attention. An early NASCAR Raceway, although rather short-lived, it hosted some significant races.

Location: 2055 Washington Pike, Heidelberg, PA   Map

Local Sponsor: Borough of Heidelberg

More information: Historical marker for speedway to be dedicated July 15

July 15
2:00 PM

Birthplace of Commercial Ice Cream Production

In 1852, surplus milk and cream from the successful dairy industry in York County, PA was used to produce ice cream that was distributed commercially for the first time in the US. Although the primary market was Baltimore, Jacob Fussell chose to set up his factory in Seven Valleys, PA, closer to the supply of raw materials. Although Fussell’s operation was moved closer to the market in 1854, York County farmers continued to manufacture and distribute ice cream to the Baltimore market through the 1940s.

Location: York County Heritage Rail Trail at bridge over Rt. 214, Seven Valleys, PA   Map

Local Sponsor: Red Lion Grange

More information: Marker will honor York County's place in ice cream history

July 17
2:00 PM

Ralph W. Abele

A leader in Pennsylvania's environmental history. As Executive Director of the Fish & Boat Commission, his primary accomplishments were the protection of water quality against pollution, and the restoration of American shad to their native Susquehanna River.

Location: PA Fish & Boat Commission, 1601 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, PA   Map

Local Sponsor: PA Fish & Boat Commission

More information: Historical Marker to be Unveiled Honoring Ralph W. Abele

July 20
5:30 PM

Revolutionary War Gun Factory

Due to the British occupation of Philadelphia during the American Revolution, the Provincial government’s gun manufacturing facility was moved to the interior of the state so that operations to supply the Continental army with muskets and rifles could continue. Hummelstown was chosen due to its remoteness, proximity to Lancaster’s armory, and availability of materials and water power.

Location: 226-228 W Main St., Hummelstown, PA   Map

Local Sponsor: Hummelstown Area Historical Society

More information

Visit the Pennsylvania Historical Marker Program website for more information about the program or to search the marker database.

If you are on the go, you can use your smartphone to view the Pennsylvania Historical Markers mobile website and locate the markers nearest to your location.

A small selection of marker photos are pinned to our Pennsylvania Historical Markers board on Pinterest. Photos are pinned regularly, so be sure to follow the board for all of the latest updates.


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