As a building material, brownstone became so popular in the latter half of the nineteenth century that these years are sometimes referred to as the “Brownstone Age of the Victorian Era.” The pits at Hummelstown, originally chartered as the Pennsylvania Brown Free Stone Company and eventually named the Hummelstown Brownstone Company, became Pennsylvania’s premiere brownstone operation and the only one well known outside the Commonwealth. Hummelstown brownstone was used as trim or as primary building material for many significant buildings throughout the Commonwealth and the nation. The buildings included churches, institutions of higher learning, courthouses and, in nearby Mt. Holly Springs, Pennsylvania, a public library. As a result, the quarries at Hummelstown have now been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.(Source: Brownstone Revisited: The Hummelstown Brownstone Industry by Ben Olena. Used with permission.)
The William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library, built on the site of the old National Hotel, features a brownstone wall in the main entry rotunda. This unique facet of the building is the site of specialized recognition for members of the “Brownstone Society,” those individuals and families who both value local history and chose to recognize the importance of libraries for past and future generations. Space on the wall is limited to 40 members.
You can join these special donors by making a gift of $5,000 to the Dauphin County Library System. Your gift may be paid over 3-5 years and is fully tax deductible. You may have your name included on the wall, or use this unique opportunity to create a memorial or tribute to someone special.
We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Hummelstown’s past and securing the future of its library.
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