Our Shortline Railroad is now CLOSED for the season. Thank you to everyone who came to visit and ride with us!
Rides will resume in Late May 2024.

The MAHLS Campus including Museum Exhibits and Gift Shop will continue to be open every Friday, 10am – 2pm.

We are located at 1 Brickyard Rd, Mars PA

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Happy Friday! MAHLS will be open today, November 17, for self-guided tours and friendly conversation from 10am – 2pm.Dreary days are perfect for curling up with a good book (or ~300 good books…). While you’re visiting, be sure to check out our library! Our Curator, Tom, has been hard at work cataloging our large collection. We’ll be making a separate post about how you can see what we have to offer online – Including an almost complete collection of Mars yearbooks dating back to the 1920’s!Also, don’t forget to stop by our gift shop. Just in time for Christmas, we still have a great selection of gifts for the Martians in your life! View full selection here:www.facebook.com/100076323828871/posts/pfbid0NCrQkJozzDUvVrxpcU9hpHCQ8CWjg9qqMssxNgiVoeVVWsABfxQi… See MoreSee Less
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More Martian Music stories…by Dave McCoyIn 1978 the Mars High School band went to Florida and marched through Walt Disney World. This picture of the band was taken on Daytona Beach. I’m furthest to the right. I played trumpet. I remember we all got sunburned really badly.Mark Schell was the Drum Major that year. Gary Giel became the Drum Major around 1979 or 1980. There were a lot of chaperone parents at the La Quinta hotel where we stayed which had a pool. We all hung out or laid out or swam at the pool. One of the boys who was dating one of the girls was rubbing suntan lotion on her back and one of the parents made a big deal about it. I can’t remember how that ended. I still have the letter to my parents from the Superintendent of the Mars schools stating that I had been a good boy.Another unusual memory from Walt Disney World, we were putting on our band uniforms in the locker rooms, an older man came in and said very loudly, "Is Joe Workman here?" In fact, Joe Workman was sitting on the bench close to me and he looked up to the man and said, "I’m Joe." The man replied, "I am your father." And that hit me, I’m thinking "Wow!" See MoreSee Less
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MAHLS would like to take a moment and sincerely thank all veterans for their service to our country. We have a vast collection of various photos and other artifacts pertaining to today’s holiday. For a look back through what we’ve previously posted, please click here: www.facebook.com/profile/100076323828871/search/?q=Veterans%20DayToday, our own veteran volunteer, Al, assisted Mars BSA Troop 400 scout, Will, in properly retiring our previous flag and replacing it with a new one. See MoreSee Less
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Timeline photosSTRIKE UP THE BAND! and continue our celebration. About 100 years ago the Mars Band, sponsored by the Modern Woodmen of America, posed for this picture before the 4th of July ballgame. (Some members are in their baseball uniforms). According to Ruth Miller’s history, “ it was one of the best organized bands to be found anywhere”. The band played for many community events. One tradition was serenading at the home of newlyweds. One bitter cold winter night, as the band was prepared to serenade, the valves and slides of the brass instruments froze making them unplayable. Only the clarinet of A. C. Irvine could perform. He claimed to know only one solo number and serenaded the newlyweds with “In the Good Old Summer Time”. Band members L to R: Row 1: Charlie Boyd, John Jordan, Arba Jordan Seated Row 2: Walter Marshall, Chall Ross Standing Row 3: Robert McElhinny, George Knaell, Floyd Zeigler, A. Clark Irvine, Henry Shultz, and Ira Wilson See MoreSee Less
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