Erik Larson, Distinguished Speaker Series

Erik Larson, historian and author of a half dozen international best sellers, will be the History Center’s Distinguished Speaker Series special guest for 2023 when he sits down with WITF-FM’s Scott LaMar Tuesday, April 18, at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts.
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Historical Society Museum

Located at 250 East Market Street is the headquarters of the History Center. The museum features some of the History Center’s diverse exhibits housed in a building that is itself a historical artifact.

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Agricultural & Industrial Museum

Explore York County’s vast contributions to the progress of agricultural and industry at the History Center’s Agricultural & Industrial Museum. The museum highlights over 300 years of transportation and agriculture.

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Seasonal Sites

The Golden Plough Tavern, the General Horatio Gates House, the Colonial Courthouse, and the Fire Museum are all located along West Market Street and are open seasonally April through November.

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Library & Archives

The Library & Archives, located on East Market Street, houses an extensive collection, including genealogy and family history, decorative arts, community organizations, and more.

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Blog: History Uncovered

In our History Uncovered blog, we make the past come alive by telling stories about the people, places and things that shaped the York County of yesterday and help us understand who we are today..

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Historical Society Museum

Located at 250 East Market Street is the headquarters of the History Center. The museum features some of the History Center’s diverse exhibits housed in a building that is itself a historical artifact.

More Info >

Agricultural & Industrial Museum

Explore York County’s vast contributions to the progress of agricultural and industry at the History Center’s Agricultural & Industrial Museum. The museum highlights over 300 years of transportation and agriculture.

More Info >

Seasonal Sites

The Golden Plough Tavern, the General Horatio Gates House, the Colonial Courthouse, and the Fire Museum are all located along West Market Street and are open seasonally April through November.

More Info >

Library & Archives

The Library & Archives, located on East Market Street, houses an extensive collection, including genealogy and family history, decorative arts, community organizations, and more.

More Info >

Blog: History Uncovered

In our History Uncovered blog, we make the past come alive by telling stories about the people, places and things that shaped the York County of yesterday and help us understand who we are today.

More Info >

The difference YOU make

The York County History Center is grateful for your support and commitment to this very special place. As a member, supporter or volunteer, you make history come alive.

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The difference YOU make

The York County History Center is grateful for your support and commitment to this very special place. As a member, supporter or volunteer, you make history come alive.

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Events & Programs


African American Genealogy

02-05-2023

Presented by York County History Center at York County Historical Society Museum, York
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Feb 05 @ 2:30 pm

This program will focus on the unique challenges that African American researchers face in their genealogical research. Many techniques are the same for all researchers, but there are many more obstacles presented to the African American...

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This program will focus on the unique challenges that African American researchers face in their genealogical research. Many techniques are the same for all researchers, but there are many more obstacles presented to the African American researcher because of their unique and often painful place in American history. There are some topics that are difficult to talk about but must be addressed in order to successfully research this area of genealogy. Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced researcher, there will be something for everyone. This presentation will also go into some more in-depth topics including DNA analysis and software tools that are also available.
In Person registration: Click Here
Zoom registration: Click Here
Rodney Barnett has been researching his family for over 20 years. Born in Washington DC, he was raised in the Prince George’s county, Maryland. Most of his research revolves around slavery in Virginia and Alabama. His travels include many trips to courthouses, cemeteries, family land, conferences, libraries, and other research facilities. Rodney has given many presentations of the subject of African American genealogy.

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Tags:   History & Heritage Online/StreamingFree Events

Second Saturday Series

02-11-2023

Presented by York County History Center at York County Historical Society Museum, York
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Feb 11 @ 10:30 am

The Second Saturday Series is presented on the second Saturday of each month. Speakers present on a wide variety of topics from York County’s 270 years of history including people, places, and events that have had local, regional, or national...

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The Second Saturday Series is presented on the second Saturday of each month. Speakers present on a wide variety of topics from York County’s 270 years of history including people, places, and events that have had local, regional, or national impact.

Most programs are held in the Meeting Hall at the Historical Society Museum and begin at 10:30. If any program is at a different location or time that will be noted under the title of the program. Attending any of these presentations is free and open to the public.

February’s program will feature Dr. Peter B. Levy. Dr. Levy was a Full Professor in the Department of History and Political Science at York College of Pennsylvania, where he taught courses on Recent America, the Civil Rights Movement, and Race and Justice until his retirement last spring.  He is the author of over a dozen books, including: The Great Uprising: Race Riots in Urban America during the 1960s (Cambridge University Press, 2018) as well as numerous articles and essays, including “Revisiting York’s Revolts,” which was published in the Journal of York County Heritage in 2019.  He has been the recipient of a number of awards including the York College Professional Service and Leadership Award (2012) and has participated in three NEH Summer Seminars.  While he was born and raised in California, he has lived in Towson, Maryland since he began teaching at York in 1989.

Fifty plus years ago York, Pennsylvania experienced one of the most severe racial revolts.  Little noticed at the time by the national press and rarely discussed publicly by locals, York’s uprising captured international attention over thirty years later when York’s Mayor, Charlie Robertson, was arrested and charged in conjunction with the murder of Lillie Belle Allen, a black woman who was killed during the 1969 revolt. Drawing on his recently published book, The Great Uprising: Race Riots in Urban America, Dr. Peter Levy will present an overview of the causes and consequences of York’s revolt.  In addition to providing a framework for better understanding York’s and the well-over 300 revolts that took place during the 1960s, Levy hopes to stimulate a discussion of why it is important to examine them rather than hide the uncomfortable parts of our past.

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Tags:   History & Heritage Online/StreamingFree Events

African American Genealogy

02-05-2023

Presented by York County History Center at York County Historical Society Museum, York
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Feb 05 @ 2:30 pm

This program will focus on the unique challenges that African American researchers face in their genealogical research. Many techniques are the same for all researchers, but there are many more obstacles presented to the African American...

[more+]

This program will focus on the unique challenges that African American researchers face in their genealogical research. Many techniques are the same for all researchers, but there are many more obstacles presented to the African American researcher because of their unique and often painful place in American history. There are some topics that are difficult to talk about but must be addressed in order to successfully research this area of genealogy. Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced researcher, there will be something for everyone. This presentation will also go into some more in-depth topics including DNA analysis and software tools that are also available.
In Person registration: Click Here
Zoom registration: Click Here
Rodney Barnett has been researching his family for over 20 years. Born in Washington DC, he was raised in the Prince George’s county, Maryland. Most of his research revolves around slavery in Virginia and Alabama. His travels include many trips to courthouses, cemeteries, family land, conferences, libraries, and other research facilities. Rodney has given many presentations of the subject of African American genealogy.

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Tags:   History & Heritage Online/StreamingFree Events

Second Saturday Series

02-11-2023

Presented by York County History Center at York County Historical Society Museum, York
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Feb 11 @ 10:30 am

The Second Saturday Series is presented on the second Saturday of each month. Speakers present on a wide variety of topics from York County’s 270 years of history including people, places, and events that have had local, regional, or national...

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The Second Saturday Series is presented on the second Saturday of each month. Speakers present on a wide variety of topics from York County’s 270 years of history including people, places, and events that have had local, regional, or national impact.

Most programs are held in the Meeting Hall at the Historical Society Museum and begin at 10:30. If any program is at a different location or time that will be noted under the title of the program. Attending any of these presentations is free and open to the public.

February’s program will feature Dr. Peter B. Levy. Dr. Levy was a Full Professor in the Department of History and Political Science at York College of Pennsylvania, where he taught courses on Recent America, the Civil Rights Movement, and Race and Justice until his retirement last spring.  He is the author of over a dozen books, including: The Great Uprising: Race Riots in Urban America during the 1960s (Cambridge University Press, 2018) as well as numerous articles and essays, including “Revisiting York’s Revolts,” which was published in the Journal of York County Heritage in 2019.  He has been the recipient of a number of awards including the York College Professional Service and Leadership Award (2012) and has participated in three NEH Summer Seminars.  While he was born and raised in California, he has lived in Towson, Maryland since he began teaching at York in 1989.

Fifty plus years ago York, Pennsylvania experienced one of the most severe racial revolts.  Little noticed at the time by the national press and rarely discussed publicly by locals, York’s uprising captured international attention over thirty years later when York’s Mayor, Charlie Robertson, was arrested and charged in conjunction with the murder of Lillie Belle Allen, a black woman who was killed during the 1969 revolt. Drawing on his recently published book, The Great Uprising: Race Riots in Urban America, Dr. Peter Levy will present an overview of the causes and consequences of York’s revolt.  In addition to providing a framework for better understanding York’s and the well-over 300 revolts that took place during the 1960s, Levy hopes to stimulate a discussion of why it is important to examine them rather than hide the uncomfortable parts of our past.

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Tags:   History & Heritage Online/StreamingFree Events

February 5, 2023

South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society

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February 11, 2023

Second Saturday Series

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February 14, 2023

Homeschool Days

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February 15, 2023

York Civil War Roundtable

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Tickets for An Evening with Erik Larson, our 2023 Distinguished Speaker Series special guest, go on sale for the general public at 10 a.m. Feb. 10. Larson is a best-selling author of narrative nonfiction whose acclaimed books include "In the Garden of the Beasts, "Devil in the White City" and "The Splendid and the Vile." Larson will sit down for an interview with WITF 's Scott LaMar at 8 p.m. April 18 in the Strand Theatre at the @Appell Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available through the Appell Center box office or online at www.appellcenter.org (click on Shows & Tickets and scroll down to the Larson event). Distinguished Speaker Series events occur every three years and are fundraisers for the History Center.
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Join us for the next Second Saturday talk when Dr. Peter Levy, York College history professor, presents "York's 1969 Revolt: A Defining Moment in York's Race Relations." Drawing on his recently published book, "The Great Uprising: Race Riots in Urban America," Dr. Levy will present an overview of the causes and consequences of York’s revolt. For details or to register, go here:
https://www.yorkhistorycenter.org/event/secondsaturday
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Come out to the next ALLVETS meeting and hear the story of George Wood, the first Black soldier from York County killed during World War I. Wood's story will be told by his great nephew Bill Armstrong, who worked with the History Center and York County Veterans Affairs to research Wood's almost-forgotten story and help Wood receive a posthumous Purple Heart. #BlackHistoryMonth

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https://www.yorkhistorycenter.org/event/allvets
Tickets to see best-selling author Erik Larson go on sale for the general public Feb. 10. Larson's books crackle with rich details, and you won't want to miss his visit to York April 18 with @WITF 's Scott LaMar. For tickets, go to https://t.co/BzBhumUDjx. https://t.co/aShPQxZdep yorkhistory photo
Aunt Jo as many called Johanna Richardson Harris, was a pillar of the West Princess St neighborhood. She was born in Virginia in 1870 and later made her way to York.
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After seven years and more than $50 million in renovations, the wait is over. The Hotel Yorktowne, now a Hilton property, officially opens its doors to the public today. Congratulations, and welcome back. https://t.co/D9TCvXAINK yorkhistory photo

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