2012-10-31 / Local & State

Conococheague Institute To Host Seminar On Historic Area Spring Houses

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The Hawbecker/Hawbaker spring house on Route 995 south of Welsh Run, Pa. The property was first settled in 1740 by Thomas Evans; it is not certain when the spring house was built, but other structures on the site date to 1830. The Hawbecker/Hawbaker spring house on Route 995 south of Welsh Run, Pa. The property was first settled in 1740 by Thomas Evans; it is not certain when the spring house was built, but other structures on the site date to 1830. The Conococheague Institute will host a seminar on historic spring houses in Montgomery Township, southern Franklin County, Pa., on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Welsh Barrens Visitors Center, Rock Hill Farm, 12995 Bain Road, Mercersburg, PA 17236.

Geographer Dr. Allison Feeney of Shippensburg University and Kameelah Temple and Shippensburg University student Brandon Snyder will present findings from a facultystudent research program that they worked on together in the summer of 2012. Their project to map the spring houses in Montgomery Township was designed to provide basic data on the subject for the benefit of future researchers. They also sought to understand why a relative abundance of spring houses exists in Montgomery Township.

The program will address how the project began, the history of settlement patterns, the first families data (demonstration), how maps are made today, with a demonstration of the GIS ( Geographic Information System), findings on the Hawbecker (Hawbaker) spring house, and the results and what could be done in the future. A break for lunch is scheduled.

Dr. Feeney is an associate professor at Shippensburg University in the Department of Geography and Earth Science, where she specializes in cartography and GIS. In her research, she has recently mapped such cultural trends as drive-in movie theaters and the growth trends of the knitting industry. She earned her Ph.D in geography from Michigan State University.

Snyder is a 2009 graduate of James Buchanan High School. He is in his fourth year at Shippensburg University, where he majors in history/social studies education and minors in geography-earth science. He published an article on the Hawbecker/ Hawbaker spring house in Welsh Run, Pa., in the July 2012 issue of The Conococheague Institute’s newsletter, The Conococheague Pioneer Times.

The seminar is provided free of charge and is open to the public.

RSVPs are required to ensure seating availability. Contact staff at 717-328- 3467 or pioneerhistory@innernet.net to reserve a seat. Participants may bring their own lunch; sandwiches will be available for purchase with an RSVP.

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