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Published: November 5, 2021

Stepping into the Past

“The war to end all wars”, “The Great War” or War World I as it is more formally is known, is a devastating part of Earth’s history. The war was fought over the course of 4 years, involved over 30 nations and was fought on 4 continents. The Great War officially ended on June 28, 1919 with the Treaty of Versailles. However the fighting ceased on the Eleventh hour of the Eleventh day of the Eleventh month in 1918, with an armistice.

November 11th or Veterans Day, is a day most Americans know, it is a usually a paid holiday, a day people go shopping, relax or spend time with family. Most people do not  realize the history of Veterans Day. History that can be traced back to the WWI’s armistice. In 1919, the first commemoration of Armistice Day was declared by President Wilson.


His commemoration address contained the following:

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"

Originally November 11th was supposed to be celebrated as a day of observance. In 1938 Congress made November 11th a federal holiday, as a day set aside to honor WWI veterans. Then in 1954 World War II required the largest mobilization of our nations soldiers. The 83rd Congress (1954) amended the Armistice Day Act, to replace Armistice to Veteran, in order to honor all American Veterans of War.

Later on in the year President Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” stating:

“In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”

Steppingstone Farm Museum is operated by the Steppingstone Museum Association, Inc., a
private non-profit with a long term lease of the previous Paul farm property in Susquehanna State Park. This land is part of the Land of Promise tract from the first land survey in 1684. The museum was established in 1970 with the collections of Mr. J.E. Bull. After his passing in 1976, the museum moved to the Land of Promise in Susquehanna State Park. The museum demonstrates historic trades to the public from 11am-3pm on Saturdays and Sundays from

April-October. The office is open year-round from
9am-2pm Tuesday- Friday and the grounds are open to foot, paw, hoof, and bike traffic from 9am to sunset every day.

The museum offers many special events throughout the season, private and school tours, special programs, and site rentals. These programs, gift shop sales, grants, memberships, and private  donations support the museum.

Calendar of Events

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Looking Forward to 2022...

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Board of Directors
Robert Thresher
Ron Querns
First Vice President
Teresa Stout
Second Vice President 
Robert Thresher
(Acting) Treasurer
Wendy O'Steen
Josephine Bodt
John Stanley
Amanda Hickman 
Mark Herman
Honorary Directors
Don Osman 
Carolyn Smith
Museum Staff
Haley I. M. Strong
Executive Director
Stephanie Kennedy 
Museum Manager
Katelyn Long​
Heather Uzdilla
Site Coordinator
Michael Carney 
Maintenance Personnel 

From the Desk of the Director
Haley I. M. Strong

This year has been a busy one for the Museum! We have welcomed new staff, new volunteers and have said good bye to some friends. We had a record breaking Fall Harvest Festival, with an estimated 2,500 attendees through the gate, 70+ volunteers, 5 sponsorships and a miraculous revenue margin. We are extremely thankful for all the community support and volunteer help we received. While we have not finished up with 2021 yet, we are looking forward to an exciting 2022 season.   

Thank you to our sponsors!

Steppingstone Wish List

The below items are needed at the museum. We will provide a donation letter for your tax deduction use.

Thank you for thinking of us!​

Our Amazon Wishlist can
be found by clicking


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Keep in Step with the Steppingstone



Steppingstone's Volunteer Corner
Thank you to all the Volunteers that have helped out at or with past events!

Amanda Hickman 

The Archer Camp

Art Elsner

Barbara Elsner 

Ben Uzdilla 

Bill Watson 

Brennan McDonough 

Bridget Graff 

Coralee Simms 

David Turney 

Emily Schmidt 

Gail Connolly 

Geoff Graff 

Gerry Scarfe

Jason Gallion 

Jim Pisciotta

Jo, Bernie & Bryon Bodt 

Joe Cambria 

John Hughes 

John Stanley

Judi & Joe Robillota 

Kelly Landers 

Madelyn Danner 

Mark Herman 

Maryellen & Lou Kosydar

Mike Dawson 

Nancy Hill 

Nick Thresher 

Oscar Jones

Russ Emery 

Stephanie Comer 

Sue Leonard 

Sydney Lewis 

Taylor Birmingham 

Taylor Kennedy 

Terry & Allen DeShong 

Wade & Karen Whitlock 

Heather Gibson

Cub scout troop 

Heidi Gerard

and Inner County Outreach 

Jessica Wehde

Girl scout troop