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Our future vision for the York County History Center is a new campus that serves as a major cultural anchor and community space in downtown York. This former electricity-generating plant transformed York County 150 years ago. Our new museum is poised to do the same thing, starting this summer!
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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


Revolutionary York Walking Tour

06-19-2024

Presented by York County History Center at Colonial Complex, York
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Jun 19 @ 6:00 pm

Travel to locations where some of our Founding Fathers spent their days while the Continental Congress was stationed in York.

Travel to locations where some of our Founding Fathers spent their days while the Continental Congress was stationed in York.

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York Civil War Roundtable

06-19-2024

Presented by York County History Center at York County Historical Society Museum, York
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Jun 19 @ 7:00 pm

June 19, 2024 - Daniel Nied - "The Hunley Watch"

This program will be in person and on-line (on Zoom and Facebook)

In Person registration: Click Here

For Zoom link: Click Here

"First. That the US Steamer Housatonic was blown up and sunk by a...

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June 19, 2024 - Daniel Nied - "The Hunley Watch"

This program will be in person and on-line (on Zoom and Facebook)

In Person registration: Click Here

For Zoom link: Click Here

"First. That the US Steamer Housatonic was blown up and sunk by a Rebel torpedo craft on the night of February 17, Last, at about nine o’clock PM, while lying at anchor in 24 feet of water off Charleston, South Carolina...” That statement is part of the official findings of the Naval Court of Inquiry, March 7, 1864.  The Union knew about a new Confederate submarine from information furnished by spies, and they did try to minimize exposure to danger as best they could, but to no avail. This was new technology, and new rules were now in play which would change the course of naval history forever.

The Hunley, a Confederate miracle, the Southern built hand-cranked submarine with an eight-man crew, had sunk a Northern ship! Would this be the breakthrough the South needed to destroy Northern Naval ships and end the blockade that was crippling southern shipping? But the Hunley vanished, not to be seen atop the water until she was raised in Charleston Harbor, in August of 2000. The mystery of her sinking is a fabulous and complex one and is still being investigated. Many questions required answers, and many experts in various disciplines would be needed to come up with answers following a myriad of clues. We need only concern ourselves at this point, with one clue – the captain’s pocket watch.

Daniel Nied is an internationally recognized authority on the manufacture, conservation, and restoration of clocks and watches. He has taught and lectured extensively and has provided Horological consulting services to the United States Government, and to many national publications and organizations. He is the Owner and Director of York Time Institute, a school of watch and clock making which was licensed in 2008 by the Pennsylvania Board of Private Licensed Schools. He previously served as Director of the School of Horology of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. His approach to education requires students to master a wide variety of skills and techniques through active participation.

 

The York Civil War Round Table is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote, interpret, preserve, and protect the Civil War heritage of York County, Pennsylvania, through the education and exchange of information with its members and the general public. Membership is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about the American Civil War.

Founded as the White Rose Civil War Round Table, the York CWRT holds monthly meetings the third Wednesday of every month except December at 7:00 p.m. in the Meeting Hall of the York County History Center’s Historical Society Museum at 250 East Market Street in York, Pennsylvania. Each meeting features a guest speaker talking about a Civil War topic of local or national interest. Meetings are FREE and open to the public.  For upcoming programs, please visit the Cannonball webpage http://www.yorkblog.com/cannonball/york-cwrt/.

 

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Tags:  History & Heritage

Revolutionary York Walking Tour

06-19-2024

Presented by York County History Center at Colonial Complex, York
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Jun 19 @ 6:00 pm

Travel to locations where some of our Founding Fathers spent their days while the Continental Congress was stationed in York.

Travel to locations where some of our Founding Fathers spent their days while the Continental Congress was stationed in York.

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Tags:  History & Heritage

York Civil War Roundtable

06-19-2024

Presented by York County History Center at York County Historical Society Museum, York
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Jun 19 @ 7:00 pm

June 19, 2024 - Daniel Nied - "The Hunley Watch"

This program will be in person and on-line (on Zoom and Facebook)

In Person registration: Click Here

For Zoom link: Click Here

"First. That the US Steamer Housatonic was blown up and sunk by a...

[more+]

June 19, 2024 - Daniel Nied - "The Hunley Watch"

This program will be in person and on-line (on Zoom and Facebook)

In Person registration: Click Here

For Zoom link: Click Here

"First. That the US Steamer Housatonic was blown up and sunk by a Rebel torpedo craft on the night of February 17, Last, at about nine o’clock PM, while lying at anchor in 24 feet of water off Charleston, South Carolina...” That statement is part of the official findings of the Naval Court of Inquiry, March 7, 1864.  The Union knew about a new Confederate submarine from information furnished by spies, and they did try to minimize exposure to danger as best they could, but to no avail. This was new technology, and new rules were now in play which would change the course of naval history forever.

The Hunley, a Confederate miracle, the Southern built hand-cranked submarine with an eight-man crew, had sunk a Northern ship! Would this be the breakthrough the South needed to destroy Northern Naval ships and end the blockade that was crippling southern shipping? But the Hunley vanished, not to be seen atop the water until she was raised in Charleston Harbor, in August of 2000. The mystery of her sinking is a fabulous and complex one and is still being investigated. Many questions required answers, and many experts in various disciplines would be needed to come up with answers following a myriad of clues. We need only concern ourselves at this point, with one clue – the captain’s pocket watch.

Daniel Nied is an internationally recognized authority on the manufacture, conservation, and restoration of clocks and watches. He has taught and lectured extensively and has provided Horological consulting services to the United States Government, and to many national publications and organizations. He is the Owner and Director of York Time Institute, a school of watch and clock making which was licensed in 2008 by the Pennsylvania Board of Private Licensed Schools. He previously served as Director of the School of Horology of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. His approach to education requires students to master a wide variety of skills and techniques through active participation.

 

The York Civil War Round Table is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote, interpret, preserve, and protect the Civil War heritage of York County, Pennsylvania, through the education and exchange of information with its members and the general public. Membership is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about the American Civil War.

Founded as the White Rose Civil War Round Table, the York CWRT holds monthly meetings the third Wednesday of every month except December at 7:00 p.m. in the Meeting Hall of the York County History Center’s Historical Society Museum at 250 East Market Street in York, Pennsylvania. Each meeting features a guest speaker talking about a Civil War topic of local or national interest. Meetings are FREE and open to the public.  For upcoming programs, please visit the Cannonball webpage http://www.yorkblog.com/cannonball/york-cwrt/.

 

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History Passport

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June 14, 2024

Spirits of the Past: Historic Mixology

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June 19, 2024

York Civil War Roundtable

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June 21, 2024

Make Music Day

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