In order for the History Center to help visitors effectively immerse themselves in York County’s diverse and memorable past, the History Center’s Interpretive Division utilizes all of the organization’s assets. It is the duty of the Collections Department to care for and exhibit of approximately 90,000 artifacts which comprise exceptional collections of everything from Decorative Arts to Military to Quilts & Coverlets to Industrial and much more. The Collections Department strives to have stories from every major era on exhibit. When you visit the sites of the History Center, you can step back in time while visiting the Colonial Complex or learn about York County’s entrepreneurial and industrial spirit at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum. For an exceptional overview of all of York County’s history, do not miss the Historical Society Museum Library & Archives.

The Designs of Frank Auspitz

Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Historical Society Museum Library & Archives March-July 2017


Opening March 4, the History Center will feature new collection acquisitions related to local York County artisan Frank Auspitz. Auspitz was a well-known expert on 18th century furniture and owner of Auspitz Cabinet Shop, based in York, PA.  Auspitz specialized in the design and creation of  period reproduction furniture along with historically themed interior designs and building construction.  The exhibit will include Auspitz furniture, drawings, and photographs recently added to the York County History Center collection.

Lewis Miller Gallery

Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Historical Society Museum Library & Archives March-August 2017

Lewis Miller’s Travels Abroad

The Lewis Miller gallery has been updated with a rotation of 16 new original Lewis Miller sketches focusing on Miller’s European travels during the mid-1800s.  Lewis “Loui” Miller (1796-1882) was born and lived most of his life in York, Pennsylvania. Though a carpenter by trade, he is remembered today as a folk artist. His sketches chronicle historical events, his travels in America and abroad, and the lives of ordinary people. The History Center maintains a collection of more than 2,000 original Lewis Miller sketches.