Meeting Activities & Area Attractions


The 2022 spring Semi-Annual Meeting will be held on June 15-18 at the Eisenhower Hotel located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.   The nightly rate will be $119.    A voucher for a hot breakfast (up to 2 per room) will be issued at check-in.  For room reservations call 1-717-334-8121.  Deadline for reservations at the MWTCA rate is May 23.  The rate is good three days prior to and three days following the meeting.  Make sure you mention MWTCA.

The men’s display theme will be “Antique Tools from Eastern Pennsylvania.”  Brian Bancroft, in charge of displays, will be expanding your opportunity to display your treasures with “Show & Tell.”  For the Spring meeting Show and Tell will feature Antique Tools Made in Pennsylvania.  All who want to participate are asked to bring one or two of your favorite tools made in Pennsylvania.  These should be special in some way: old, or rare, or excellent condition, or have significance in some way.  All tools are welcome. This is a good opportunity to bring in your PA goosewing axes, planes and saws for “show and tell.” Six tables will be positioned in the display area where you may place your items.  There are only two requirements:  one will be to prepare a card describing the tool and why it is special and the other is to include your name.  There will be no judging or awards given.  This is for fun!  The whole idea is to get treasures out into the open, so others can see and enjoy them too!  Please plan to participate.  We will have a sizable area for tool trading and displays so plan on bringing lots of tools for sale and trade.

Registration is Wednesday, June 15 from 2-6 PM.  You can expect up to dozen rooms will be open Wednesday for in room tool trading.  Once again, we will “kick off” the meeting with a Welcome Reception at 6 PM with a light meal so don’t forget to register for this function.  The Tailgating will begin early Thursday morning (bring a flashlight) weather permitting.   Be aware that there is NO BACKUP plan should it be raining.

Three tours are scheduled for Thursday.  The first tour will depart for the Shriver House 9:30 a.m.  The Shriver House is NOT Handicap Friendly.  Travel back in time with a guide in period attire as you walk through the Shrivers’ meticulously restored 1860 home to learn the other side of the story – the civilian side of the Battle of Gettysburg.  We will then travel to the Eisenhower farm near Gettysburg for a self-guided tour of the grounds.  At the time of printing, it was uncertain whether the home would be open to tour.  The bus will then return to the Hotel.  The bus then departs for the Battlefield Museum and battlefield.  Here a tour guide will join us for a 2-hour tour of the battlefield.

Thursday evening’s presentation will feature “PA Goosewing Axes” by Ivan Raupp.  Ivan’s presentation will include information about the origins of the goosewing axe, how they were made, how they were used, and the identification of PA goosewing axes. Participants are invited to bring their axes to the trade room on FRIDAY for a PA goosewing axe documentation session. Information about the maker, location found, date, identification marks, and anecdotes about how the axe was found and the blacksmith’s history will be collected. Axes will be photographed with the owner’s permission. Leon Kashishian will assist Ivan. It is hoped that this information will be published.

On Friday the Trade and Display room will open at 6:30 AM for display set-up and loading in of tools at 7:00 AM.  At 8:30 AM displays will be ready for viewing followed by tool trading at 10 AM.  Jonathan Wotring will demonstrate the making of Pennsylvania long rifles.  Friday afternoon’s program will be conducted by Todd Hostetter, Bill Warner, and Jenifer Royer. This presentation will focus on Plane makers from Southcentral Pennsylvania.  Jennifer will highlight the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s 18th and 19th century PA German artifacts with a searchable data base demonstration. Bill Warner will update participants on the continuation of the E. W. Carpenter project. Todd Hostettler will introduce two resources for plane collectors: a Facebook group about Lancaster County PA plane makers and a website that showcases historical research on Southcentral PA plane makers.

For those members that can only attend on Saturday there is registration for ‘Saturday Only” with the trade room opening at 6:30 AM.  The What’s It session will be held in the Men’s Program Room at 10:30 AM.   Attendance at the banquet is NOT included with “Saturday Only” registration.

The display theme for the Auxiliary is “Open Theme.”  Make a display to share something that is special to you or your family

Thursday, 7:30 p.m.  MEET & GREET After brief introductions, we recognize first time attendees.  Then SHOW & TELL.  Bring projects, recently found treasures, parts of your collections—or share personal stories of. . . whatever is important to you.  It’s a time to enjoy and get to know each other better!  Friday afternoon at 2:00 PM June Kucia will lead the discussion on the book “Lake News” written by Barbara Delinsky.  On Friday evening the Auxiliary will host “Game Night.”

Saturday the Auxiliary will host a luncheon followed by a program “Women of Gettysburg” presented by Patty Hawthorn.  A short business meeting follows to discuss volunteers for the next meeting in Michigan City, Indiana.

Saturday afternoon’s session by Henry Disston and David La Touche will present information on the Disston Company & Early Philadelphia PA Saw makers.  David would like members to bring examples of early Philadelphia saws for discussion and cataloguing.

Saturday evening we will close out the meeting with a banquet and short business meeting.

For more information on our host hotel go to: For information on Gettysburg and the surrounding area go to: for information on museums, historic sites, places of interest, antique malls, etc.

Battlefield Tours  There are a wide variety of tours to take in the Gettysburg battlefield.  There is the popular double deck bus tour, walking tours, self driving tours, tours on horseback and individual guided tours.

National Civil War Museum  See and feel the emotions rise and fall as you embrace Bull Run, Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, Antietam and Gettysburg.

Jennie Wade House Museum With but few minor changes and repairs, the house remains much as it did more than 150 years ago. Authentically furnished from cellar to attic.

Gettysburg Heritage Center – Museum Witness the Battle of Gettysburg from two unique perspectives – the civilians who called it home, and the soldiers on the battlefield. The story of the battle comes to life through both museum displays, and the battlefield orientation film, “Gettysburg Animated Map”.

Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station  Walk in Lincoln’s footsteps in this free-to-visit museum featuring a self-guided tour, exhibits and artifacts relating to Lincoln and the railroad’s role in the history of Gettysburg. Stand where Lincoln arrived in Gettysburg on Nov. 18, 1863, the evening before delivering the Gettysburg Address.

Shopping   There are plenty of places to spend your money in and around Gettysburg.   Plenty of antique shops, farmers markets, quilt shops, pottery shops, Factory Outlet, shops featuring Christmas items from Germany and Civil War re-enactment supplies.

We have arranged great programs for you and know you’ll have a great time.

Note you must be a member to attend.  Badges are required to attend every function including the outdoor “tailgate” function.