After the lecture I took a tour of the church facilities with Jack Henderson and Megan Talley of the church heritage committee. I had met Jack at the Paxton conference, but it was especially good to see Megan, a former Messiah College history major. Megan is working as an administrative and programming coordinator at the M.S. Hershey Foundation. According to her LinkedIn page, she organizes tours and travel groups who want to visit Hershey Gardens, handles ticket ordering for special events, educates children on field trips "about plants, bufferflies, and Pennsylvania history," and coordinates the Hershey Gardens volunteer program. It was great to learn how Megan is putting her history major to good use.
Thanks to Debbie Hough, minister of Christian education, for inviting me back to Derry.
Here are a few pics:
|18th-century Derry Presbyterian Church graveyard in the shadow of the Hershey smokestacks A striking contrast|
|The Derry Presbyterian Church "Session House" (18th century). The protective display house was commissioned by Milton Hershey|