Frequently asked questions


How do I apply to get a plaque for my older home?

Please complete the Plaque for Historic Recognition Form. We ask that you allow us 30 calendar days to review your request and we will provide a written response to you. If you need help completing the form or have questions, please contact one of the Board Members.

How much does a plaque cost?

We are a non-profit and do not have any steady stream of funding, we must ask each property-owner to pay the entire cost of the plaque. At this time, we do not have a firm cost set in stone ($175 for an historic recognition plague and $450 for an interpretive plague are ESTIMATES). Please speak with a Board Trustee if you are interested in the historic recognition plaque for your home or property or if you have an idea for an interpretive plaque.


I want to become a member.  How much is the membership fee?

Membership fees are different for individuals, families, local non-profit organizations, and businesses. We also offer annual and lifetime memberships. Please click on the membership page for the application and fee structure.

General Questions

Community Presentations

I want to attend a presentation.  Do I have to be a paying member?

No. All our presentations are free community events and open to the public free of charge.

I want to provide a presentation.  Who do I contact?

You may contact Nancy Avolese at 717-944-9891. Please leave a message. All messages will be returned within 24 hours.


I love to do research.  How can I help?

You can contact one of the Board Trustees and we will gladly give you ideas for topics to research. You can also pick your own topic. You must relate it to Lower Swatara Township. If after you do the research and you want to provide an article, we can place it on the website, FB, or share it at the next community presentation.


Can I volunteer without joining the society?

Of course. We need all kinds of volunteers. People who like photography, those who work with their hands like masons, carpenters, electricians, etc. We need folks to help review plaque applications, organize memberships, do mailings, plant flowers and trees, etc. We would never turn anyone away who wants to help preserve history in Lower Swatara Township.

Business Sponsors

As a business owner, I'd like to sponsor this group. Who do I contact?

To be a business sponsor, you can simply complete the membership form and become a supporting member. If you would like to offer additional financial assistance or provide support that is non-monetary, we would love to share your kindness and advertise your business on our webpages, Facebook, and printed materials. You may contact: Nancy Avolese at 717-944-9891. Please leave a message and a call will be returned to you within 24 hours. Or you may email her directly at