2019 Annual Dinner Meeting of Friends of Old Annville

The 2019 Dinner Meeting of the Friends of Old Annville was on Saturday, November 9 at the Connor-Streicher American Legion in Annville.  During the opening wine and cheese mixer, the group of 50 in attendance chatted, reconnected, and viewed a then-and now photo slide show of homes in the historic district.  Rebecca Briody’s Chef-on-the-Go served up yet another delicious buffet dinner, after which FOOA President Mike Schroeder took everyone though a pictorial review of the many FOOA activities for 2019. 

Property pride awards for 2019 went to  Charles and Lorie Gonzalez for their hard work on their lovely home on South Manheim Street and to Scott and Crystal Aungst for taking such exquisite care of their historic home on East Main.  FOOA’s prestigious Historic Building Award was presented to St. Anthony Coptic Church on West Main for their restorative transformation of a key historic building. 

The following members of the FOOA Board of Directors were then elected to two year terms:

Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Megan Ball
Member at Large . . . . . . . . . . . Melissa Barlow
Member at Large . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Lesher
Member at Large . . . . . . . . . . . Jill Palanzo
Member at Large . . . . . . . . . . . Rachel Noll

Dr. Leroy Hopkins, President of the African American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania (pictured at right) then gave the featured presentation, “In Search of Lebanon County’s African-American Heritage,” in which he described his research on the history of African-Americans in our immediate area.  Dr. Hopkins’ talk, detailed and interesting, generated many questions and comments from the audience.  Excerpts of the talk by Dr. Hopkins are presented in the November-December 2019 Landmark and can be read here.