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Educational Activities

Paths to Freedom: A Regional Underground Railroad Symposium

Friday March 31, 2017 & Saturday April 1, 2017

The York County History Center is hosting a two day event to showcase recent scholarship on the Underground Railroad in South Central Pennsylvania and connections throughout the region.  Local authors and historians will bring their expertise of the activities and individuals connected to the Underground Railroad both north and south of the Mason Dixon Line and east and west of the Susquehanna River.

All events will take place at the Historical Society Museum Library & Archives

March 31, 2017 Talk and Book Signing with Scott L. Mingus, Sr.

Saturday April 1, 2017 Underground Railroad Symposium


Friday March 31, 2017 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Event is Free, Pre-registration Required

The Ground Swallowed Them Up: Slavery and the Underground Railroad in York County

Award winning Civil War author and historian Scott Mingus will draw on his recently published book The Ground Swallowed Them Up: Slavery and Underground Railroad in York County to highlight the history of slavery in York County. Mingus will highlight the rise of the abolitionist movement, and early local efforts to assist runaway slaves, with a particular focus on anti-slavery and compassionate Quakers and free blacks during 1800 to 1840. These efforts over time united into the broader Underground Railroad movement. Mingus will also cover accounts of early slave catchers from York County.

Mingus will be available for book signings after his presentation.

Saturday April 1, 2017 9:oo a.m. – 3:15 p.m. Registration Required

Underground Railroad Symposium


York County History Center Members: $15.00

Non-members: $20.00

Registration Fees include morning refreshments and lunch

Symposium Schedule:

Moderator: Dr. Ted Sickler, Director of Custom Content, LNP Media Group and Adjunct Professor, Lebanon Valley College

8:30 a.m. – 8:55- Registration and morning refreshments

8:55- 9:00 – Welcome and Introduction


9:00 – 9:45 -Debra Sandoe McCauslin, Adams County, PA

9:45–10:30 – Cooper Wingert, Cumberland County, PA

10:30–10:45 – break

10:45–11:30 – Scott Mingus, York County, PA

11:30–12:15 – Randy Harris, Lancaster County, PA

12:15–12:45 – Lunch, included (on site)

12:45–1:30 – Dr. Leroy Hopkins, Keynote Speaker

1:30–2:15 – Milt Diggins, Cecil County MD

2:15–3:00 – Iris Barnes, Harford County, MD

3:00–3:15 – Closing remarks

3:15–3:30 – Walking Tour to William Goodridge Freedom House

4:00–5:00 – Complimentary tour of the William C. Goodridge Freedom House with William C. Goodridge and Lydia Smith as portrayed by Kelly Summerford and Darlene Colon.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Bob & Donna Pullo

York College of Pennsylvania Department of History and Political Science

Thank you to our Partners:

The Goodridge Freedom Center owned and operated by the Crispus Attucks Association of York, Pennsylvania

Second Saturdays Lecture Series

Second Saturdays are a FREE series of lectures offered by the York County History Center, providing entertaining yet educational Saturday mornings for the community. All programs begin at 10:30 a.m.  and are held at the Historical Society Museum Library & Archives unless otherwise noted.

Charles Thomson and the Continental Congress – Bruce Gill

April 8, 2017 –  ***Special Start Time 11:00 a.m.***

Bruce Gill, the Executive Director of Harriton House, will present a PowerPoint lecture on Charles Thomson, an Irish-born patriot leader during the American Revolution and Secretary of the Continental Congress. Thomson’s role with the Continental Congress as well as his restored home outside of Philadelphia, PA will be highlighted by Gill.

Located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Harriton House is the historic 18th century residence where Thomson lived. Gill opened the museum to the public in 1976 for the Nation’s  Bicentennial.  During Gill’s time at Harriton House, the museum has grown to include not only the 6-room historic house museum but also a livestock stable, an education and administrative center, and a blacksmith shop. Gill holds a Master’s Degree in American Civilization from George Washington University.

Red Lion’s “Hinkey” Haines: One of a Kind

May 13, 2017

Join Jim Loyer, former owner of Loyer’s Pharmacy in Red Lion as he shares the remarkable story of Red Lion native Henry “Hinkey” Haines. Haines played both professional baseball and football in the 1920s and 30s, winning championships in both sports as a member of the New York Yankees and the New York (Football) Giants. A teammate of Babe Ruth, and a nationally known football star, Haines enjoyed an amazing athletic career. Loyer will highlight Haines’ professional career and his Red Lion connections.

On the Trail: A History of Hiking in Pennsylvania

June 10, 2017

Join Silas Chamberlain, CEO of York’s Downtown Inc. and nationally recognized historian of American hiking and trails, as he focuses on the history of hiking and trail development in Pennsylvania. Chamberlain will provide an overview of his new book On the Trail: A History of American HikingOn the Trail is the first history of the American hiking community and its contributions to the nation’s vast network of trails.  In the mid-nineteenth century urban walking clubs emerged in the United States. A little more than a century later, tens of millions of Americans were hiking on trails blazed in every region of the country. This groundbreaking book is the first full account of the unique history of the American hiking community and its rich, nationwide culture.  A book signing will be available following the program. In addition after the presentation Carl R. Knoch, Chairman of the York County Rail Trail Authority will highlight the Authority’s recent, current, and future projects.

Frontier Country: The War between Pennsylvania and Maryland

July 8, 2017

Dr. Patrick Spero, the Librarian and Director of the American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia will discuss the little-known war between Maryland and Pennsylvania in the 1730s. The conflict was over the border between the two colonies. Discover how this conflict encouraged settlement in the area that is now York County. This episode in American history, as highlighted in Spero’s recent book Frontier Country: The Politics of War in Early Pennsylvania, proved formative not only for the history of York County, but for the development of Pennsylvania in the years preceding the American Revolution. A book signing will be available following the presentation.

York Civil War Round Table

The York Civil War Round Table (YCWRT) is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote, interpret, preserve, and protect the Civil War heritage of York County, Pennsylvania, through the education and exchange of information with its members and the general public. Membership is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about the American Civil War.

Founded as the White Rose Civil War Round Table, the York CWRT holds monthly meetings the third Wednesday of every month except December at 7:00 p.m. in the Meeting Hall of the York County History Center’s Historical Society Museum at 250 East Market Street in York, Pennsylvania. Each meeting features a guest speaker talking about a Civil War topic of local or national interest. Meetings are FREE and open to the public. See below for information about next month’s program.

South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society

South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, Inc. (SCPGS) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization of genealogists. As genealogists, they study ancestry and family history, and are interested in preserving family heritage for future generations. Their primary geographic area of interest and coverage is Pennsylvania’s York and Adams Counties. Their purpose is to encourage and promote an interest in genealogy by collecting and preserving materials related to genealogy, encouraging the compilation and publication of family genealogies and histories, publishing materials of interest and benefit to members, holding meetings for the education of members and the public, and offering financial and volunteer support to the library at the York County History Center.

Monthly meetings are held in the Meeting Hall of the York County History Center, at 250 East Market Street, York, Pennsylvania unless otherwise noted. The business portion of the meeting begins at 2:15 PM and the program begins at about 2:30 PM. Meetings are FREE and open to the public.

ALLVETS Roundtable

ALLVETS is a non-profit organization, founded in 2015 by the late Jim Bean, a Vietnam veteran, to collect the stories of local veterans. Each month a different veteran from any branch of the military who served in any capacity shares his or her story about their service to our country.

The ALLVETS Roundtable meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm at the Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market St., York. Occasionally, special round tables are held on Saturdays. Due to the holiday schedule, no programs are held in November or December. Meetings are FREE and open to the public. For more information, please visit ALLVETS.US or e-mail ALLVETS1York@gmail.com.

Jim Cole, Army Special Forces

March 22, 2017, 7:00 p.m., Historical Society Museum

Clem Neiderer, Army – Vietnam Veteran

April 26, 2017, 7:00 p.m., Historical Society Museum

Ronald G. Herman, Army: 22 years in the artillery, two tours in Vietnam

May 24, 2017, 7:00 p.m., Historical Society Museum

Gary Phillips,  Army – two tours in Vietnam

June 28, 2017, 7:00 p.m., Historical Society Museum