Artifacts From The Archives


This artifact is 271/2 inches high and 22 inches wide and is made of paper. 

 It was produced by the Earth Week Committee of Philadelphia Pa. 

The poster celebrates the first Earth Week, April 16-22 1970 and was donated by David Collingwood


This year celebrates the 51st anniversary of Earth Day that began in the Unites States. The first Earth Day was celebrated on March 21, 1970. In1972 the date was altered and for the past 47 years has been celebrated on April 22. In some places it is celebrated throughout the week. Earth Day was designed to bring attention and demonstrate support for environmental protection. Earth Day is now an annual event celebrated around the world in more than 193 countries.

This artifact is 8 inches wide and 10 7/8 inches long. It has yellowed with age and has some damage over the entire page especially in the upper left-hand corner. There is an official Seal of the American Legion Post 255 in the center of the page and attached to the upper left-hand corner is a metal lapel pin that reads: American Legion School Award. This award was presented to Frank Gombert student of the of West Rockhill Consolidate School in June of 1940. The artifact was donated by: Cindy Trauger

This artifact is 30 3/4 high and 22 3/4 wide

The painting is oil on canvas mounted on a wooden frame and then framed again in wood.

The painting is of Hoots Mill located on Rocky Dale Road, West Rockhill Township, Bucks County, Pa.

The painting was painted in 1966

By John P. Hoot

The painting is signed and dated

The painting was donated by Rt. Rep. Paul Clymer of West Rockhill Township.

 Hoot's Mill is located in West Rockhill Township, Bucks County, and was also known as " The Little Red Mill " the mill was believed to be in existence since the 1730's. Unfortunately, nothing is left of the mill except the stone wall and the dam.

This Artifact is 12 1/8th inches long and 2 1/16th inches wide. The artifact is made of paper, the paper is yellowed with age and has a large ink stain 3 inches from the top of the paper and is still legible. This paper is an artifact that belongs to a larger collection that lies within a scrapbook donated by a member of the WRHS: David Brensinger. The artifact is a compilation of unseasonable snow starting from1774-1899 and unseasonable drought starting from 1621-1875. William Thorne of Lancaster County submitted the article circa 1940. I will give you some of the highlights: 

1790 dark day, dark from a.m. fowls went to roost, dark as night, lights had to be lit and travelers could not proceed.

1816 The summer less year, many snowfalls in June.

1845 killer frost, May 31st kills thousands of acres of wheat in Eastern Pa.

1855 snow fell on May 15th and 19th.

1883 November 13th falling stars, it seemed as if every star from the firmament fell to earth.

1899 cold and very deep drifts, traffic tied up, 10 degrees below zero.

The droughts give years but no months.

1749 106 days in succession without rain

1762 123 days in succession without rain