Longhouse to celebrate Native American traditions
The Lancaster Longhouse will open its doors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18 to celebrate local history and Native American traditions.
The longhouse, which was built on land adjoining the 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum, is a replica of a dwelling common among eastern woodland Indians.
It's what local Natives might have been living in when Hans Herr first settled the Willow Street area.
The structure is modeled after a longhouse footprint found in Washington Boro, where a village of Susquehannock once lived.
"This is an educational tool to teach children and generations to come about the history of Native peoples in Pennsylvania that was often missed in textbooks," Ruth Py, a local Lenape educator, said.
The free event will feature craft demonstrations, food, educational talks and tours. A dedication ceremony and blessing will take place at 1 p.m., when a white pine, the Iroquois symbol of peace, will be planted on the site.
Visit hansherr.org for more information.