AmplifierAtlas Companies > Atlas Van Lines > New Harmony, New Home

New Harmony, New Home

11/15/2016 Movers unloading items off back of moving truck
Sometimes special furniture requires extra special transportation. That’s what the University of Southern Indiana’s Historic New Harmony program needed to relocate five pieces of pre-Victorian furniture made by the Harmony Society – an industrious group of Bavarians that built an entire town in Indiana in ten short years, from 1814 to 1824.

The acquisition of the five original pieces came after a decade’s-long relationship between Connie Weinfapfel, Director of Historic New Harmony, and the collectors. Connie placed her trust in Atlas to complete the move.   

“One of the stories we tell in our educational programming is about the very refined lifestyle of the Harmony Society,” says Connie. “Unfortunately, we have very few actual artifacts with which to illustrate this story.”

But that all changed thanks to a generous gift from one of Historic New Harmony’s donors. From Patterson, Pennsylvania, the Weleski Transfer & Storage (2151) team delivered the pieces back to their original home in New Harmony, Indiana. Connie was pleased with the professionalism displayed by everyone involved with the process.  

“While the aggregate price of these five pieces doesn’t seem like a lot, their preciousness is inestimable,” says Connie. “Like many museums around the country, we all strive to improve how we keep our history alive and one of the most important ways is by displaying authentic artifacts.”

Over the centuries, the pieces have stayed in remarkably good condition, with minimal updates to the original parts. Each piece showcases the high quality craftsmanship of the Harmonists and tells a story about life within the historic society.

As a member of the Historic New Harmony Advisory Board, Bob Sonntag, Senior IT Developer, Atlas Van Lines, reserves a soft spot for the historic utopian town. From the time he was kid growing up in Southern Indiana to now, Bob has always been captivated by the uniqueness of the town and its connections to places all over the world.  

“With all of the things that seem to be lost to time or an every busier world, it’s pretty amazing that these pieces of simple furniture have been appreciated and maintained for 200 years,” says Bob. “Having them on display in New Harmony puts them where they can be appreciated by a larger audience and enhances the Lenz House exhibit.”

The pieces will display in the Lenz House – a single-family model home in New Harmony depicting daily life of the historic Harmonists.

Featured

Agents Lend a Helping Truck

Atlas® Van Lines Agents think ‘the bigger the better’ when it comes to spreading awareness about food insecurity. In partnership with Move For Hunger,™ a nonprofit that encourages donating food instead of moving it, our moving and storage companies are sharing the message from the largest billboards they could find – their moving trucks.

...read more

30 Years Later: Atlas® Agents Remember A Turning Point

The Annual Atlas® Convention is a highly anticipated and memorable experience for the entire Atlas family. The 2017 Convention in San Diego, was no exception, but a few, defining characteristics made it truly remarkable.

...read more

What if every customer thought of you as “part of their family”?

Each month, thousands of families go new places® with the help of Atlas® Agents. And each month, expressions of gratitude pour into Atlas via post-move surveys. It’s no wonder the comments often read like fan mail. People go hundreds, even thousands of miles, to get to a new home, a new community, a new job. Throughout their journeys, Atlas Agents provide service that is reliable and reassuring.

...read more

People

2016 Atlas Agent Award Winners

Checkout which Atlas Agents are this year's Quality Milton M. Hill Award winners, the President's Club 2015-16 Platinum winners, and the Sustainable Agent 2015-16 winners.

...read more

Exceeding Expectations Since 1944

On May 16, 2019, Merchants Moving & Storage, Inc. (1401) held an open house to celebrate their 75th business anniversary in Boise, Idaho.

...read more

Atlas Agents Help Students Move Out for Hunger

Atlas Agents are taking their trucks and charitable acts to a higher level – of education, that is. Move For Hunger Director, Adam Lowy, and team, coordinated the first ever Move Out for Hunger food drive, in partnership with Doorsteps and Food Recovery Network.

...read more

Events

Alexander's Celebrates a Big Year in Nashville

In 2015, Alexander's Mobility Services (0217) celebrated 20 years of service in the Nashville area, and they did it in a big way. As the largest multi-location agent in the Atlas family, Alexander's moved their Tennessee operations into a new location on the northwest side of the city.

...read more

BRAVO 2017 Recap

Atlas and its network of agencies celebrated BRAVO (Boosting Recognition of Atlas Van Operators) 2017 during the first week of October (4-6), an appreciation event for all the PVO’s hard work and dedication throughout the year. During the 2017 BRAVO celebration, the Annual Best of the Best contest took place, and 12 deserving Atlas Professional Van Operators were nominated.

...read more

BRAVO Week Recap: You Drive Us.

The last full week of September (26-30), Atlas and its network of agencies celebrated BRAVO (Boosting Recognition of Atlas Van Operators) Week, an appreciation event for all the PVO's hard work and dedication throughout the year.

...read more