February 17, 2017

The Power of Provenance

What do museums look for when assessing whether or not an offered object is a good fit for the organization’s collection? All museums may have slightly different criteria, but we all look for the object’s provenance (proving authenticity), its condition and whether it supports the organization’s mission. In our previous post, we discussed the authenticity […]


February 3, 2017

Collections Authenticity: Determining What’s “Real”

As museums, we are expected to have “the real thing.” Our reputation as trustworthy sources of learning depends upon it. But what if we aren’t sure? What if we have an object that “might be” or “could be” and how do we deal with these pieces? My goal is to introduce you to the tricky […]


January 13, 2017

Charrette: Civic Therapy for York

York in the 1960s was awash with racial tension. Like many small cities, York experienced rioting, gang violence, and increasing crime, resulting in grave concern about safety and the future of our youth. In a bold move toward positive change, the York Charrette, Inc. was formed, a York County council created to address these racial […]

A festive postcard from the History Center collection.

December 30, 2016

To a Better Future: Welcome 2017!

To A Better Future 2017 is upon us, and this is the time of year many of us embark on new journeys, from better caring for our physical or spiritual wellbeing, to attaining new educational or career goals. There is a lot of work ahead of us in 2017 here at the York County History […]


December 19, 2016

Creativity Abounds in York County

York Countians have long been a creative bunch. Lewis Miller was a prolific chronicler of life in the early Republic, his drawings widely recognized as a national treasure for capturing our country at an important political and socio-economic crossroads. David Heckert, a contemporary of Miller, was known in his elder years as a local eccentric […]