Next meeting – General meeting info



The 2022 spring Semi-Annual Meeting is scheduled for 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 a significance in some way.  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 what the saw is and why it is special.  The other is to include your name.  There will be no judging and there will be no 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 October 6 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.  We will then travel to the Eisenhower farm near Gettysburg for a self guided tour of the grounds.  At this time it remains 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 presentation will feature PA Goosewing axes by Ivan Raupp.  Ivan wants to invite participants to bring in their Goosewing axes and any information they have about them.  Ivan and his assistants would like to catalogue the axes brought to the presentation. He will use this information gathering session to hopefully compile data for a future article for publication on GW axes. He will be collecting the following information: Owner’s name and address, axe maker’s name and location, date of the axe, identification marks, anecdotes, if any, about how the axe was found & blacksmith’s history if known. Also, he plans to photograph all axes (with permission of the owner).  He will be assisted by Leon Kashishian during the cataloging activity.

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.  We are planning on having an individual demonstrating the making Pennsylvania long rifles. Friday afternoon’s session will be conducted by Todd Hostetter, Bill Warner, and Jenifer Royer on Plane Makers from Southcentral Pennsylvania.  Todd and his co-presenters also are requesting members to bring in planes from South Central Pennsylvania for discussion and cataloging.  

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-Presenter’s Choice”.  The only award given will be a “Member’s Choice” determined by the votes of those attending.

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!  On Friday evening the Auxiliary will host “Game Night”.

Saturday the Auxiliary will host a luncheon and program.  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.



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

Wednesday   June 15

2-6:00 p.m.     Registration

2:10 p.m.        Preservation & Education Committee

4:00 p.m.        Executive Committee

6-8:00 p.m.     Welcome Reception

8-10:0 p.m.     Hospitality room opens

Thursday    June 16

6:00 a.m.         Tailgating – Until You Drop!

6:00-Noon.       Registration

8 a.m.-5 p.m.    Auxiliary Social Activity Room open

9:30 a.m.-Noon Tours to Shriver House and Eisenhower farm

12:30-4 p.m.      Battlefield tour

4:00-6 p.m.        Board Of Directors Meeting

4:00-6 p.m.        Auxiliary Fall Meeting planning meeting

7:30 p.m.           Program Pennsylvania Goosewing Axes

7:30 p.m.           Auxiliary Meet & Greet

9-10:30 p.m.     Hospitality room open

Friday      June 17

6:30 a.m.            Move displays in & set up

6:30 am-5 pm.   Registration open

7:00 a.m.            Move tools in and cover

8-5:00 p.m.       Auxiliary Social Activity Room open

8:30-10 a.m.     Displays open for Q&A Session

9:00 a.m.         Demonstrations

10 a.m.             Trade Room Open

2:00-3 p.m.      Book Review

2-3:30 p.m.      Program Pennsylvania Plane Makers

3:30-6 p.m.     Trade Room Open

3:30 p.m.         S.I.G. Tape Measures

6:30 p.m.     Auction preview

7:30 p.m.         Auction

7:30 p.m.         Auxiliary Program – Game Night

9-10:30 p.m.    Hospitality room open

Saturday    June 18

6:30-10 a.m.    Registration

6:30 a.m.         Trade/Display Room opens

8-noon             Auxiliary Social Activity Room open

10:30 a.m.       What’s-it Session

11:30-1p.m.     Auxiliary luncheon & program

12:30 p.m.       Trade/Display room closes

2:00 p.m.         Program – Disston Company

6:00 p.m.         Cash Bar opens

6:45 p.m.         Banquet

9-10:00 p.m.    Hospitality room open