On August 30, 2020, Dr. Adam Bentz, Assistant Director of Library & Archives at the York County History Center, will present “The Daily Treasure Trove: How Digitized Local Newspapers Can Advance Genealogy and Local History Research”.  Please bring a question that you would like Adam to research using Newspapers.com.

For many historians and genealogists, newspapers have always been a go-to primary source. But with advances in digitization technology, mining old newspapers for invaluable data has never been easier, nor has there been so much information so readily available from one’s computer screen. In 2019, the York County History Center’s Library & Archives worked with Newspapers.com to digitize and upload the York Daily Record and the York Dispatch. This talk will primarily address the benefits of the Newspapers.com website, but will also explain how newspaper research can help fill in the gaps in many kinds of research projects. Following the presentation, the speaker will reach out to the audience for suggestions of research topics to demonstrate Newspapers.com for those who have never used the website before.

Adam T. Bentz, Ph.D. serves as Assistant Director of Library & Archives at the York County History Center and was previously employed as Archivist & Librarian at the Lebanon County Historical Society.  He earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in History at Lehigh University and a B.A. in Historical Communications at Lebanon Valley College.  He has served on the editorial board of the Pennsylvania History journal since 2016, currently serves on the Pennsylvania Historical Association Council, and recently joined the State Historical Resources Advisory Board (SHRAB).  In addition to his public history work, Dr. Bentz has served as an adjunct instructor at various colleges, teaching face-to-face and online courses for twelve years.


Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, pre-reservation seating/tickets are needed for this program.  Attendance is currently limited to 20 people.  Reservations can be made by clicking the link above or by contacting the front desk at 717-848-1587.

If you are unable to attend in person, this program will also be live-streamed through Facebook (publicly accessible, no Facebook account needed).

We remind our visitors of the following:

  • We require visitors, staff, volunteers, contractors and others to wear masks while on site.
  • Contact-less temperature checks will also be administered to all staff, volunteers and guests upon arrival.
  • We will clean and sanitize high-touch, high-traffic areas, with deep cleaning when the building is closed.  We encourage use of our sanitizing stations when necessary.
  • If you are feeling ill, please do not come on site.

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South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, Inc. (SCPGS) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization of genealogists. 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.

Event Details

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250 East Market Street
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South Central Pennsylvania Genealogy Society

Sunday August 30

2:15 – 4:00

Free. Reservations required. Reserve Your Seat

Program will also be live-streamed on Facebook (no account required)


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