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Educational Activities

Education & Programming

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 Summerfield 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Dr. Philip Kissinger

January 25, 2017, 7:00 p.m., Historical Society Museum


Dr. Kissing was an Army chaplin for thirty-three years.