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Educational Activities

Education & Programming

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.

2016 marks the 275th Anniversary of the founding of the city of York. In honor of this historic milestone, discover the city’s diverse  heritage through the Trust’s upcoming Second Saturday Lecture Series programs.

 Changing Crossroads: York’s Square Over the Centuries – June Lloyd

November 12, 2016

June Lloyd York County History Center Librarian Emeritus will highlight the history of perhaps York’s most well-known spot, “the square.” From the initial founding of York into the modern era, the square has been an important part of the city’s commerce, development, and heritage. Discover 275 years of the square’s history and evolving changes.

 York Water Company 200 Years – Jeff Hines 

December 10, 2016

Join York Water Company President Jeff Hines as he highlights the history of the oldest operating public utility in the Nation, the York Water Company. 2016 marks the company’s 200th anniversary.  Learn about York Water’s history and enduring service to the community.

The History of Christ Lutheran Church and Tour *** OFFSITE****

January 14, 2017

Join us for a special off-site program at York’s historic 1733 Christ Lutheran Church. York County History Center Education volunteer Jay Stevens, will discuss the history of the formation of the Lutheran congregation in York. Following the presentation, discover the historic aspects of the building with a building overview and tour by Mel Dick.

Christ Lutheran Church is located at 29 South George Street. Parking is available on the street as well as in the rear of the building.

 Henry Box Brown a Slave No More – Judy Wolfman

February 11, 2017

Author Judy Wolfman will tell the story behind her latest book A Slave No More. In this historical fiction work, Wolfman drew upon the true story of Henry “Box” Brown, a slave who shipped himself north from Virginia to Philadelphia in a 3 ft. x 2.5 ft. x 2 ft. box. Wolfman will discuss the incredible 27 hour journey Brown endured, as well as his life as a slave and later as an abolitionist speaker in the north.  Wolfman, a retired elementary teacher, has written fourteen books, nine plays, and over 200 magazine articles and short stories.

 S. Morgan Smith Re-inventing the Wheel – Stephen Nicholas and Terrence Downs

March 11, 2017 – Agricultural & Industrial Museum 10:30 a.m.

Join authors Stephen Nicholas and Terrence Downs of the recently published book Re-Inventing the Wheel: The Incredible Story of S. Morgan Smith, Minister, Inventor, Industrialist. Nicholas will provide an overview of Smith’s life and his rise as one of York County’s leading industrialist and entrepreneur, along with his pioneering role in hydroelectric power. Following the presentation, guests are invited to explore S. Morgan Smith company objects on display at the museum.


Lunch with The Librarians

On the first Friday of each month, The History Center’s Library & Archives hosts a roundtable discussion on a different topic related to researching local genealogy or history. See below for information about next month’s program. The programs are held at the Historical Society Museum and begin at 1:00pm. To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to ask questions or share a story with the group, the number of participants is limited. Pre-registration is required by the Wednesday prior to the program. Participants are free to bring their lunch. The program is FREE and open to the public.

York Civil War Roundtable

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.

Texans at Gettysburg: Blood and Glory with Hood’s Texas Brigade — Randy Drais

August 17, 2016, 7:00 p.m., Historical Society Museum

The Texans from Hood’s Texas Brigade who fought at the Battle of Gettysburg described their experiences of the battle in personal diaries, interviews, newspaper articles, letters and speeches. Their reminiscences provide a fascinating and harrowing account of the battle as they fought the Army of the Potomac. Speeches were given in the decades after the battle during the annual reunions of Hood’s Brigade Association and the dedication of the Hood’s Brigade Monument that took place in 1910 at the state capital in Austin, Texas also described their actions at Devil’s Den, Little Round Top and other areas during the battle.

Join Randy Drais, amateur Civil War historian and Battle of Gettysburg buff and co-author of the new book Texans at Gettysburg: Blood and Glory with Hood’s Texas Brigade as we learn about many of those unique personal accounts by Texans at Gettysburg.

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.

Coming this September! Mustering Up Your Family History

Mustering Up Your Family History is a genealogy conference sponsored by South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society and the York County History Center. The conference will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 8:00am to 4:15pm. Ronald L. Hershner, author of Letters From Home: The Civil War Correspondence of a York County Family will be the key note speaker. The conference features four general genealogy workshops and four military record workshops to choose from. For the conference schedule or to register, please see the conference brochure. For descriptions of the workshops, please see the workshop schedule.

ALLVETS Roundtable

ALLVETS is a non-profit organization, founded in 2015 by 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 roundtables are held on Saturdays. Meetings are FREE and open to the public. Due to the holiday schedule, no programs are held in November or December.

Terry Shenberger — Speaker

August 24, 2016, 7:00 p.m., Historical Society Museum

terry-shenbergerI am a lifelong York County resident, born and raised in the village of New Bridgeville near Red Lion. I graduated from Red Lion High School in 1966 and received my Bachelor of Science in Education in 1972.

Before enlisting in the US Army I was married and we now have two adult children, and one granddaughter, and two step grandsons. I served in the US Army in the US Army Security Agency from 1970 until 1973, plus one additional year, 1974, in the Active Army Reserve. My training include BCT at Ft. Dix, NJ, and AIT at Ft. Devens, Ma. My duty stations were: 7th RRFS, Udorn, Thailand; 6th ASAFS, Homestead, FL; and Army Reserve, 254th Supply Co., York, PA. My highest rank was E5, SP5.

After separating from the military, I began my teaching career in Industrial Arts-Technology Education. I taught at Joppatowne Junior/Senior High School (1973-74), West York Junior High (1974-82), York City High School (1982-83) and York Suburban High School (1983-2005). I served as Head of the Technology Education Department 1994-2005. I have a Master’s of Science in Education and over 65 addition graduate credits in Education. In 2005, I retired from teaching with 32 year total. Since retirement, my wife and I have been traveling, both in the US and international.

Ray J. Tuleya — Speaker

September 28, 2016, 7:00 p.m., Historical Society Museum

ship-1175Ray J. Tuleya grew up at 847 Boundary Avenue and graduated from York Catholic in 1955. He attended Penn State on a Navy ROTC scholarship, graduating in 1959. During his midshipman cruise in the summer of 1958, his ship went to the Mediterranean. He transferred off that ship due to the Lebanon Crisis before coming home to Pennsylvania.

Ray and his wife Betty (McLauglin) were engaged in the summer of 1959. In August 1959, his 1st assignment as a new officer was to the USS York County, and he probably the only York native to serve on the ship partially named after his own home county.

Things worked out that his ship was sent to Baltimore in July 1960. Ray and his Betty were married at St Mary’s in downtown York, with his fellow officers able to make the ceremony since it was close to Baltimore.

Around November of 1961, Dad transferred to Admiral Jack McCain’s staff with Naval Intelligence. Therefore, he was working for Senator John McCain’s father during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Ray retired from active duty in 1963, but stayed in the reserved until 1984, when he retired as a Captain while living in Oregon. Ray and his wife just moved back to York last August  as did their son Ray. The Tuleya’s have been members of the York County History Center for a long time.