Thursday, December 21, 2006

National Wax Museum of Lancaster County Heritage- Amish Barn Raising

As promised, here is another shot from the National Wax Museum of Lancaster County Heritage. This scene, the Amish barn raising, is considered the highlight of the museum. Barn raising has been a tradition in the United States since the 18th Century. Nowadays, it is primarily used by the Amish community (Hence the inclusion in the Lancaster County museum). This scene displays so much of the action one would see in a traditional barn raising.

This gentleman is probably the crew chief. He most likely has the most experience at raising barns.

This man is log carrying guy. Someday, if he raises enough barns, he'll be able to be the big fat man on the box.

Reminder: There are only a few days left to visit the Discover Lancaster County History Museum before it closes for good. They are trying to find a new home for the collection, but nothing solid has surfaced yet. Keep your fingers crossed.

View their official website while you still can here.


1 comment:

expo66 said...

A technical marvel in 1969 when it debuted, the Amish barn raising finale was an outstanding creation. The second half of the finale, the Amish family at the huge dinner table spread- with a succulent-looking wax turkey and the voice-over hymn, ending with the turning set of an Amish buggy heading home at the end of day, is an unforgettable and moving way to send tourists into the dreaded gift shop. From 1969 thru 1993 brochures from the museum bragged of the "triple-phonic" sound at the finale. It was simply 3 speakers! I fought and won with the Dutch Wonderland/Hersheypark brass to save this scene when I covered the closing the last week of December 2006 and Rick Stempel, GM of Dutch Wonderland, promised me on film that it would be save and moved next door to DW after considerable pressure from yours truly. Yes- the National Wax Museum lives on- and hopefully the man who bought most of the scenes intact will reopen a new museum soon. I was working in Italy during the auction and am disgusted that I couldn't buy/save some of the scenes to protect them.

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