Oyster Festival is back!

The inspiration for our longest running fundraiser began with the discovery of oyster shells during an archeological dig behind the Golden Plough Tavern in the 1960’s. Now, 48 years later, Oyster Festival not only includes amazing food, but features family focused activities, live music, children’s activities and delectable baked goods. AND IT'S FREE.
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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 for tours 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 for tours 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


“Unceasing Fury: Texans at the Battle of Chickamauga, September 18-20, 1863”

08-17-2022

Presented by York County History Center at York County Historical Society Museum, York
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm

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Chickamauga, although the Civil War’s second-largest battle in terms of casualties, has had far fewer books written about it than the thousands of books penned about the war’s...

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Chickamauga, although the Civil War’s second-largest battle in terms of casualties, has had far fewer books written about it than the thousands of books penned about the war’s bloodiest battle, Gettysburg. Less than three dozen authors have tackled Chickamauga in-depth and most previous studies are of the full battle. What has been remarkable has been the dearth of books about specific brigades, regiments, or state troops at Chickamauga, unlike Gettysburg which has a plethora of specialty books. Scott Mingus’s and Joe Owen’s “Unceasing Fury: Texans at the Battle of Chickamauga, September 18-20, 1863”, is the first full-length book to examine in detail the role of troops from the Lone Star State.Chickamauga was deemed “the soldiers’ battle” because of the perception in the ranks of a lack of direct involvement of senior-level leadership. More than 4,400 of these soldiers were from the state of Texas. One out of every four of the Lone Star boys who fought at Chickamauga fell there. The surviving Texans gave us vivid descriptions of battle action, the anguish of losing friends, the pain and loneliness of being so far away from home, and their often-colorful opinions of their generals.Texans fought in almost every major sector of the sprawling Chickamauga battlefield, from the first attacks on September 18 on the bridges spanning the creek to the final attack on Snodgrass Hill on the third day of fighting. In between, Texas regiments launched attack after attack against Union lines in now famous spots such as the Viniard farm, Poe Field, Kelly Field, and North Dyer Field. Ultimately, Union mistakes led to a tactical Confederate victory, one that was marred by the strategic mistake of not aggressively pursuing the retreating Federals and seizing the vital transportation hub at Chattanooga.Drawn from personal accounts, memoirs, post-war newspaper articles, diaries, and other primary sources, this richly detailed study explores the critical role that Texas enlisted men and officers played in the three days of fighting near West Chickamauga Creek in September 1863.Biography- Scott L. Mingus, Sr. is a retired scientist and executive in the global specialty paper industry. The Ohio native graduated from the Paper Science & Engineering program at Miami University. He was part of the research team that developed the first commercially successful self-adhesive U.S. postage stamps, and he was an early pioneer in the development of bar code labels. He has written over 30 Civil War and Underground Railroad books and numerous articles for Gettysburg Magazine and other historical journals. He has appeared on C-Span, C-Span3, PCN, and other TV networks. Mingus writes a blog on the Civil War history of York County, Pennsylvania where he lives (www.yorkblog.com/cannonball). He has also written six scenario books for miniature war gaming. A great-great-grandfather was a 15-year-old soldier in the 51st Ohio in the Western Theater, and a great-grandfather was in the 183rd Ohio during the Carolinas Campaign. Other family members fought at Antietam and Gettysburg in the 7th West Virginia of the Army of the Potomac.

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The Roaring Twenties

08-19-2022

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

Adventure back in time to the days of speakeasies and Prohibition. You’ll imbibe in the beverages that were illegal for over a decade in the United States. More details soon!
Each class will include at least one cocktail that participants will...

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Adventure back in time to the days of speakeasies and Prohibition. You’ll imbibe in the beverages that were illegal for over a decade in the United States. More details soon!
Each class will include at least one cocktail that participants will make themselves with guided instructions, light refreshments, and a brief presentation on how, when, and where the cocktails would have been imbibed.
Ages 21+.  Pre-registration required.  To register CLICK HERE.

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“Unceasing Fury: Texans at the Battle of Chickamauga, September 18-20, 1863”

08-17-2022

Presented by York County History Center at York County Historical Society Museum, York
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm

Register Now!

In-person Registration

Zoom Registration 
Chickamauga, although the Civil War’s second-largest battle in terms of casualties, has had far fewer books written about it than the thousands of books penned about the war’s...

[more+]

Register Now!

In-person Registration

Zoom Registration 
Chickamauga, although the Civil War’s second-largest battle in terms of casualties, has had far fewer books written about it than the thousands of books penned about the war’s bloodiest battle, Gettysburg. Less than three dozen authors have tackled Chickamauga in-depth and most previous studies are of the full battle. What has been remarkable has been the dearth of books about specific brigades, regiments, or state troops at Chickamauga, unlike Gettysburg which has a plethora of specialty books. Scott Mingus’s and Joe Owen’s “Unceasing Fury: Texans at the Battle of Chickamauga, September 18-20, 1863”, is the first full-length book to examine in detail the role of troops from the Lone Star State.Chickamauga was deemed “the soldiers’ battle” because of the perception in the ranks of a lack of direct involvement of senior-level leadership. More than 4,400 of these soldiers were from the state of Texas. One out of every four of the Lone Star boys who fought at Chickamauga fell there. The surviving Texans gave us vivid descriptions of battle action, the anguish of losing friends, the pain and loneliness of being so far away from home, and their often-colorful opinions of their generals.Texans fought in almost every major sector of the sprawling Chickamauga battlefield, from the first attacks on September 18 on the bridges spanning the creek to the final attack on Snodgrass Hill on the third day of fighting. In between, Texas regiments launched attack after attack against Union lines in now famous spots such as the Viniard farm, Poe Field, Kelly Field, and North Dyer Field. Ultimately, Union mistakes led to a tactical Confederate victory, one that was marred by the strategic mistake of not aggressively pursuing the retreating Federals and seizing the vital transportation hub at Chattanooga.Drawn from personal accounts, memoirs, post-war newspaper articles, diaries, and other primary sources, this richly detailed study explores the critical role that Texas enlisted men and officers played in the three days of fighting near West Chickamauga Creek in September 1863.Biography- Scott L. Mingus, Sr. is a retired scientist and executive in the global specialty paper industry. The Ohio native graduated from the Paper Science & Engineering program at Miami University. He was part of the research team that developed the first commercially successful self-adhesive U.S. postage stamps, and he was an early pioneer in the development of bar code labels. He has written over 30 Civil War and Underground Railroad books and numerous articles for Gettysburg Magazine and other historical journals. He has appeared on C-Span, C-Span3, PCN, and other TV networks. Mingus writes a blog on the Civil War history of York County, Pennsylvania where he lives (www.yorkblog.com/cannonball). He has also written six scenario books for miniature war gaming. A great-great-grandfather was a 15-year-old soldier in the 51st Ohio in the Western Theater, and a great-grandfather was in the 183rd Ohio during the Carolinas Campaign. Other family members fought at Antietam and Gettysburg in the 7th West Virginia of the Army of the Potomac.

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Tags:   History & Heritage Online/StreamingFree Events

The Roaring Twenties

08-19-2022

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

Adventure back in time to the days of speakeasies and Prohibition. You’ll imbibe in the beverages that were illegal for over a decade in the United States. More details soon!
Each class will include at least one cocktail that participants will...

[more+]

Adventure back in time to the days of speakeasies and Prohibition. You’ll imbibe in the beverages that were illegal for over a decade in the United States. More details soon!
Each class will include at least one cocktail that participants will make themselves with guided instructions, light refreshments, and a brief presentation on how, when, and where the cocktails would have been imbibed.
Ages 21+.  Pre-registration required.  To register CLICK HERE.

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Tags:   Community History & Heritage

July 23, 2022

History Makers

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August 13, 2022

Second Saturday Series

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August 17, 2022

York Civil War Roundtable

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August 19, 2022

Spirits of the Past: Historic Mixology

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Back by popular demand Homeschool Days! Programs are designed for elementary school-age students but younger and older siblings are welcome to participate. The fee is $5/student and adults are free and must remain with their child during this activity. Participants are invited to explore the museum following the workshop when held at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum or the Historical Society Museum.

To reserve your spot, contact us at schools@yorkhistorycenter.org
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Mark your calendars for Oct. 16 and join the History Center for the 48th Annual Oyster Festival, once again a free, in-person event at the Ag & Industrial Museum. We'll have live music, games, beer and wine and plenty of your favorite fall foods. Oh, and lots of oysters! Proceeds support our work connecting York County's past and present. #YourHistoryStartsHere
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York County History Center20 hours ago
Thank you to everyone who joined us on our First Friday Walking Tours!
Today is National Oyster Day! The York County History Center has ties to Oysters in an interesting way. Watch today's This Day in History video to learn more.

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