Holiday Hours

All sites will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 29, for staff development and will resume regular operating hours on Wednesday, November 30, 2022.
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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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About Us

The History Center fulfills its mission by telling the remarkable stories of York County’s different ethnic and socio-economic groups, businesses, inventions, and historic events.

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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.

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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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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


“Old Suz”, York’s first steam fire engine

12-01-2022

Presented by York County History Center at York County Historical Society Museum, York
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Dec 01 @ 7:00 pm

Greg Halpin, York Fire and Rescue’s Chief Historian, will be presenting on “Old Suz”, York’s first steam fire engine. “Old Suz” was originally built for the Paris Exposition by Ives and Son of Baltimore Maryland. It arrived by train...

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Greg Halpin, York Fire and Rescue’s Chief Historian, will be presenting on “Old Suz”, York’s first steam fire engine. “Old Suz” was originally built for the Paris Exposition by Ives and Son of Baltimore Maryland. It arrived by train in York on May 11, 1868. Greg is active on social media, educating the public on Central Pennsylvania and York County fire history. He has moderated the Facebook Group, York County PA Fire Service History, since 2017. He is also in the process of writing a book about fire history, which he hopes to finish soon.  You can learn more about Greg at his website- http://greg.halpin.com/

Reservations are recommended for this program. If you have trouble making a reservation, please contact the front desk at 717-848-1587. If you are unable to attend in person, you can view this program online through Zoom. This program will also be live-streamed on the York County History Center Facebook page.
For In-Person seating, please CLICK HERE 
For Zoom registration, please CLICK HERE
The York County Writers’ Roundtable networks writers and researchers of York County and regional history. The group meets on the first Thursday of every quarter at 7:00 p.m. at the Historical Society Museum, Library & Archives at 250 E. Market St.  This event is free and open to the public. 
In an effort to bridge the gap between others’ projects and you, we’ll include links to notable articles, videos, and other resources you might find interesting in future emails. Click the topics below to read more! Send your stories and initiatives for inclusion in future Writers’ Roundtable newsletters to Jim McClure (jimmcclure21@outlook.com), Jamie Noerpel (jamietyson2442@gmail.com), or Dominish Miller (Dominishmiller@gmail.com).

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Second Saturday Series

12-10-2022

Presented by York County History Center at York County Historical Society Museum, York
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 10 @ 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.

December’s event features: Jim McClure, retired editor of the York Daily Record/York Sunday News and associated digital products, as well as published York historian  –  York County’s growing diverse community comes from deep roots. This program will also be streamed live on Facebook and Zoom.

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“Old Suz”, York’s first steam fire engine

12-01-2022

Presented by York County History Center at York County Historical Society Museum, York
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Dec 01 @ 7:00 pm

Greg Halpin, York Fire and Rescue’s Chief Historian, will be presenting on “Old Suz”, York’s first steam fire engine. “Old Suz” was originally built for the Paris Exposition by Ives and Son of Baltimore Maryland. It arrived by train...

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Greg Halpin, York Fire and Rescue’s Chief Historian, will be presenting on “Old Suz”, York’s first steam fire engine. “Old Suz” was originally built for the Paris Exposition by Ives and Son of Baltimore Maryland. It arrived by train in York on May 11, 1868. Greg is active on social media, educating the public on Central Pennsylvania and York County fire history. He has moderated the Facebook Group, York County PA Fire Service History, since 2017. He is also in the process of writing a book about fire history, which he hopes to finish soon.  You can learn more about Greg at his website- http://greg.halpin.com/

Reservations are recommended for this program. If you have trouble making a reservation, please contact the front desk at 717-848-1587. If you are unable to attend in person, you can view this program online through Zoom. This program will also be live-streamed on the York County History Center Facebook page.
For In-Person seating, please CLICK HERE 
For Zoom registration, please CLICK HERE
The York County Writers’ Roundtable networks writers and researchers of York County and regional history. The group meets on the first Thursday of every quarter at 7:00 p.m. at the Historical Society Museum, Library & Archives at 250 E. Market St.  This event is free and open to the public. 
In an effort to bridge the gap between others’ projects and you, we’ll include links to notable articles, videos, and other resources you might find interesting in future emails. Click the topics below to read more! Send your stories and initiatives for inclusion in future Writers’ Roundtable newsletters to Jim McClure (jimmcclure21@outlook.com), Jamie Noerpel (jamietyson2442@gmail.com), or Dominish Miller (Dominishmiller@gmail.com).

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Tags:   History & Heritage Online/StreamingFree Events

Second Saturday Series

12-10-2022

Presented by York County History Center at York County Historical Society Museum, York
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 10 @ 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...

[more+]

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.

December’s event features: Jim McClure, retired editor of the York Daily Record/York Sunday News and associated digital products, as well as published York historian  –  York County’s growing diverse community comes from deep roots. This program will also be streamed live on Facebook and Zoom.

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Tags:   History & Heritage Online/StreamingFree Events

November 28, 2022

Bookmarked: Zoom Book Club

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December 1, 2022

Writers’ Roundtable

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December 2, 2022

First Friday

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December 4, 2022

Member Holiday Open House

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If you like it put a roof on it! We're asking for your help to raise $2,000 of the final $8,000 we need to pay for a new roof at the Gates House Won't you consider a gift to help keep this beautiful building in good repair and accessible for years to come? Use this link to make your Giving Tuesday gift.
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Giving Tuesday is THIS TUESDAY, Nov. 29. We're asking for your help to raise $2,000 of the final $8,000 we need to pay for a new roof at the Gates House. The Gates House, along with the neighboring Plough Tavern, are the jewels of our colonial properties, and they need historically authentic care. That can be expensive. Won't you consider a gift to help keep this beautiful building in good repair and accessible for years to come? Use this link to make your Giving Tuesday gift.
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Local historian Jim McClure returns to the History Center Dec. 10 to speak about “York County’s growing diverse community comes from deep roots:” You can hear Second Saturday talks in person or online. To register, contact us at 717-848-1587 or send an email to programs@yorkhistorycenter.org.
The Fire Museum of York County will be closed Saturday 11/26. For more information, please contact 717-848-1587. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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