Old Annville Movie Matinee
Leedy Theater, Lebanon Valley College
Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m.
Footage filmed in 1950 by the Millard-Williams Family of Annville will be publicly screened for the first time at the Old Annville Movie Matinee scheduled to take place 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 15 in the Leedy Theater of Lebanon Valley College. The event is free and open to the public. A free-will donation will be taken to offset the costs of the large-format theater setting. Light refreshments will be served. Space in the theater is limited. Community members interested in the matinee may reserve a seat by contacting Owen Moe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717.867.4326.
“More than three hours of footage taken in Annville in 1950 have recently been pulled from storage and digitalized,” notes local historian Paul Fullmer. “We’ve identified 12-18 minutes of highlights, drawn largely from the 3000-acre Millard Farms, the Williams Family’s involvement in national cattle and horse shows, and an expansive company party on the property. At the event, participants will learn how they can access to the entire collection free-of-charge.” Other shorts include footage from 1976—taken at Annville’s bicentennial celebration—among other scenes from the late twentieth century. The matinee will conclude with short films produced by LVC students in recent years which tell stories based in Annville in documentary format.
Fullmer will facilitate questions and comments between viewings, with an end-time scheduled for 3:30 p.m. “A chance to see the cars, clothes and customs of this area in 1950 will fascinate the general audience,” Fullmer stated, “and those with knowledge of farm equipment or horse and cattle breeding will enjoy several key shots. It is hard to find short, fat Angus cattle like the ones which took the regional awards at that time.”
“We are thankful for the generosity of Dr. Dean Snyder, Dean Snyder, Jr. and members of the extended Millard and Williams families,” added Co-president Owen Moe, “who have dedicated a significant amount of time and resources to share this classic footage. People won’t want to miss out on the unique opportunity to see these scenes on the big screen.”
“At one point, the Millard Family operated not only the quarry, but also a flour mill, thoroughbred horse sales, Angus cattle sales, a pig farm… even an airport,” Fullmer pointed out. “And, despite the breadth of business, the products were top-notch. Millard horses appeared in the Olympics and President Dwight D. Eisenhower was among the customers who purchased their cattle.”
Guests with artifacts related to the Millard-Williams Family or Annville history in general are invited to bring items to share with the Friends. Documents, photographs, and special, loved, historic, unique, wacky, or interesting objects are sought. Members of the Board of the Friends will display a couple objects from the town archive to share as well.