Are you as excited for this year’s York Halloween Parade as I am? The parade is a long-standing York tradition, going back at least 90 years. Here’s a pic of the York Manufacturing Company employee band, decked out as skeletons for the 1926 parade.
In honor of York City’s 275th anniversary, this year’s parade is themed Dreams for a Future York. Want to extend that theme into the rest of your Halloween weekend? The York County History Center has you covered! Check out the amazing art installation by local artist David Lynch at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, themed We Can Build This City, which honor’s York’s past and envisions York’s future. Then, head over to the Historical Society Museum Library & Archives for a colorful, multilayered timeline-style exhibit highlighting key people, places and events in the city’s history, which is sure to fuel your dreams of York’s incredible future!
Although we’re getting ready to pilfer candy from our kids’ stash next weekend (and don’t tell me you aren’t!), it’s time to talk turkey. Turkey Trot, that is. Every year, the Friends of the York County History Center (formerly the Auxiliary) assemble bagged lunches, including a monster turkey sandwich, cranberry sauce, chips, apple, candy and a huge Brown’s Orchard sugar cookie. Yum! Best of all, this perfect antidote to your mid-week bagged-lunch blahs can be delivered right to your workplace. Sound tempting? Simply print out an order form, see if any of your coworkers might be interested too, and drop off your order and payment to the History Center by Tuesday, October 25th. Then, on Thursday, November 10th, the perfect lunch will show up at your doorstep! After all, while you’re busy planning your Thanksgiving Day feast, the last thing you need to worry about is packing a workday lunch!
Also, if you haven’t gotten tickets yet for this year’s Distinguished Speaker Series, now’s the time to get them before they’re all gone! Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize winning author, editor, presidential historian, and political commentator, will share his insights on how our nation’s history informs our future on Thursday, November 3rd at 6:30 p.m. at Wyndham Garden York. Meacham’s talk will center on the theme American Then and Now: What History Tells Us About the Future. With his appearance occurring just before the election, we look forward to his observations on this year’s presidential race, as well as past elections. Proceeds from the Distinguished Speaker Series support Mr. Meacham’s session with local high school and college students earlier that day, and also help fund planning for our future History Center campus. In addition to getting to hear Mr. Meacham speak, you’ll also have the opportunity to meet him personally, and enjoy a great meal in the process. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear one of America’s most prominent public intellectuals speak right here in York, and support the future of the York County History Center!