Winters Heritage House Museum and the Seibert Genealogy Library and Research Center exist to serve the Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania community. In 1989 concerned citizens of Elizabethtown, who wished to preserve an original town structure from demolition, a 1760 log home, founded the Elizabethtown Preservation Associates. This board now oversees four historic buildings, a volunteer-run museum, and a research library. Winters Heritage House has become a community center for learning and preserving historic skills, and sharing Elizabethtown’s rich heritage.
Shortly after the original Scots-Irish structure was saved and the Heritage House Museum was established, Esther Winters took a strong interest in its success and growth. In 1995, Mrs. Winters purchased an 1812 Pennsylvania German log house that adjoins the Scots-Irish portion of the museum. We became the “Winters Heritage House.” Mrs. Winters also purchased the 1877 Victorian brick home that sits west of the log structures and left it to the museum in her will.
The Seibert Library and Research Center is a genealogy library with a fairly extensive collection of unique local history and genealogy resources, and is housed within the museum. The focus of the library’s holdings include Elizabethtown and surrounding towns and counties in the Central PA region. The collection includes books, periodicals, over 50 oral histories on tapes and transcripts, maps, photographs, yearbooks, family histories, deeds, and other historical documents and valuable artifacts. Donations from the Seibert family made this library what it is today.