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Educational Activities for Adults

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. The lectures are held the second Saturday of each month, and begin at 10:30am at a featured History Center site.

The Cookes House

July 9, 2016: 10:30 a.m. Historical Society Museum

Aside from serving as the lodging of Thomas Paine during his stay in York during the city’s time as the  nation’s Capital,  the mill-house built in 1761 was the center of Johannes Guckes’ grain mill, saw mill, and distillery complex, and is the only building remaining in York City that represents our earliest colonial industries. The Cookes house also housed visitors to the Second Continental Congress, while they were meeting in York.  Later, the building was home to York’s first industrial-scale paper-maker, Phillip Jacob King, as he planned one of the most active industrial areas of York’s federal period. Join us to learn more about the early American history of the Cookes House, and the evolution of the mill complex that stood adjacent to the house from the mid-18th century until the great flood of 1933.

York’s African American Experience

August 13, 2016: 10:30 a.m. Historical Society Museum

The African American Historical Preservation Society (AAHPS) is a newly formed group dedicated to collecting, preserving and propagating information related to the African American experience in York, Pennsylvania. Society member Jeff Kirkland will present an overview of the groups’ work in documenting the local African American experience from the late 1700s until the mid to late 1900s … from the arrival of the first manumitted slaves, the strong abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad, to present day educators, entrepreneurs and community leaders. The hope of the AAHPS is to provide a sense of identity and motivation to members of our community, especially the youth, so that they might understand and appreciate our significant contributions to the building of this historic region, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We are not Makers of History. …We are Made by History.”

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. For your convenience, box lunches are available for $10. Lunch orders must be placed by no later than 5pm on the Wednesday prior to the program, and payment for the lunch (cash only, please) is also due by that time. Participants may also bring their own 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.

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 East Market Street, 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.