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  • Perry County Church Given New Life

    Perry County Church Given New Life

    Perry County Church Given New Life

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:02 AM EDT2014-08-19 15:02:59 GMT
    A big reason why Darlene Barrick fought to save the Mahanoy Union Church from bulldozers lies in the small cemetery next to it."This is Ulysses Grant Baker. My grandfather Baker," said Barrick, pointing to one of several headstones in the church cemetery with direct family ties. "He helped build the church."At another stone she added, "This is my Uncle Albert who fought in World War One."Since closing in the early 1960's, the church suffered heavily from neglect and vandalism. But stepping in...More >>
    A big reason why Darlene Barrick fought to save the Mahanoy Union Church from bulldozers lies in the small cemetery next to it."This is Ulysses Grant Baker. My grandfather Baker," said Barrick, pointing to one of several headstones in the church cemetery with direct family ties. "He helped build the church."At another stone she added, "This is my Uncle Albert who fought in World War One."Since closing in the early 1960's, the church suffered heavily from neglect and vandalism. But stepping in...More >>
  • Chancel Makeover Marks Dillsburg Church Centennial

    Chancel Makeover Marks Dillsburg Church Centennial

    Chancel Makeover Marks Dillsburg Church Centennial

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:17 AM EDT2014-08-15 13:17:26 GMT
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church is an easily recognized landmark of downtown Dillsburg, standing high on a hill, with large stain glass windows and an adjacent prayer garden.But it's inside the church where a remodeling project marks the celebration of the building's 100th anniversary.The most noticeable change is the altar area, now several feet wider, and easier to access.Pastor Lois Van Orden says the centennial seemed like the perfect time to modernize the chancel and choir area."The thing tha...More >>
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church is an easily recognized landmark of downtown Dillsburg, standing high on a hill, with large stain glass windows and an adjacent prayer garden.But it's inside the church where a remodeling project marks the celebration of the building's 100th anniversary.The most noticeable change is the altar area, now several feet wider, and easier to access.Pastor Lois Van Orden says the centennial seemed like the perfect time to modernize the chancel and choir area."The thing tha...More >>
  • Union County Museum Honors Buggy Makers

    Union County Museum Honors Buggy Makers

    Union County Museum Honors Buggy Makers

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 9:35 AM EDT2014-08-12 13:35:19 GMT
    The Buggy Museum in Mifflinburg is a tribute to a transportation industry that once thrived in the heart of Union county."They think they're coming to learn about one buggy maker," said museum executive director Bronwen Sanders, "when, in fact, we actually had 90 buggy makers in town."A visit there is a unique look at carriage making, housed in the refurbished buildings where William Heiss, his family and a handful of workers once turned out much in demand buggies, carriages and sleighs."Peop...More >>
    The Buggy Museum in Mifflinburg is a tribute to a transportation industry that once thrived in the heart of Union county."They think they're coming to learn about one buggy maker," said museum executive director Bronwen Sanders, "when, in fact, we actually had 90 buggy makers in town."A visit there is a unique look at carriage making, housed in the refurbished buildings where William Heiss, his family and a handful of workers once turned out much in demand buggies, carriages and sleighs."Peop...More >>

At Family Heir-Loom Weavers, Inc., they prefer the old school approach to textiles. They use old, outdated power looms to reproduce historically accurate carpets, bedding and clothing material. Their machines are slower than modern looms, requiring complicated set-ups by hand, but they say the finished product is more authentic.

"80% of our stuff is seamed together, " said David Kline, the company's founder. " And we do it, the width, just like they did in the 19th century."

From their humble beginning 30 years ago, David and Carole Kline have watched their family-owned business grow from two looms to forty-two, operating in two separate Red Lion locations, with 32 employees. Their work can be found in nine U.S. presidential homes, many national historic sites and in several museums around the world.

"We're happy and proud to see our stuff in places like that and never thought that I would," said Kline.

And since 1997, Hollywood has called on the Kline's for carpeting and material in several movies, such as "Amistad," "Cold Mountain," and most recently, the oscar-nominated "Lincoln."

While working a loom during our visit, five-year weaver Heather Wagner noted with pride her connection to the silver screen.

"I'm actually proud to announce I did the carpet for the Lincoln movie on this loom," she said.

Their son Patrick handles day to day operations of the business, as president of the company. While his 81-year-old dad enjoys keeping the machines in working order and searching for unwanted looms from other mills and textile schools looking to upgrade.

"To make room for a new loom, textile schools have to get rid of the old looms, " Kline explained. " Carole says they call me instead of the junk man," he added with a chuckle. "We have more looms per square inch than any mill in the country."

For their non-famous customers, a restored log house next door showcases three floors of period bed covers, table runners, curtains and pillows.

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