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Amazing find! Experience the year 1937 in Lewisburg

Sep 04, 2015 10:47AM ● By Kevin
A 12-inch reel of 16mm film of rare footage of Lewisburg in 1937 was uncovered in the historical society archives. The film was digitized on to a CD, preserving 40 minutes of everyday life in 1937.  It’s not fancy, but we see scenes of 1937 gas stations, stores and shops on Market Street, often with their owners and employees standing in front, and even a Lewisburg High School soccer game.  We see churches as parishioners leave the worship service, and schools as students leave the building. Any Lewisburg student who was at school on the day the photographer visited is surely on the film. See North Ward, South Ward, Linntown, and the Lewisburg High School as they were in 1937.  Glimpse the Lewisburg Chair Factory, Lewisburg Woolen Mills, the orphanage at what is today’s RiverWoods along with Herman and Leiser’s Dry Goods store, Busser Plumbing Supply, and Dreisbach Wholesale Hardware. You will even experience a fire drill with “victim,” smoke, and hoses shooting water. See a 1937 slice of history as it was—and YOU ARE THERE!

The CD 1937 in Lewisburg is for sale at the Union County Historical Society office in the county courthouse, and at the Mercantile and Open Door Gallery in Lewisburg.  Cost for the CD is only $16.  For more information, contact the historical society at 570-524-8666 or

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Union County Historical Society - Lewisburg, PA

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