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


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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York County History Center
York County History Center9 hours ago
The History Center speakeasy is open! The August Spirits of the Past travels back to the Roaring '20, the time of Prohibition and speakeasies. Also, check out the two latest Friends of the History Center events to support: the Book Blast and a bus trip. That and more in this week's History Center enews. - https://mailchi.mp/yorkhistorycenter.org/weeklyenews0811
York County History Center
York County History Center2 days ago
Dr. Florence Gipe began her career in medicine as a nurse at York Hospital in 1919. In her early years in nursing, she was awarded the highest scholarship honors in her nursing program. Ten years later in 1929 Gipe would go on to be York Hospital’s superintendent of nursing. Throughout her time at York Hospital and beyond, she was able to aid in the education and supervision of new nursing staff. In the late 1930's Florence finished her master’s degree and went on to receive her doctorate after leaving York. Later she took on a different role as the first Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Maryland. Her colleagues said Dr. Gipe’s leadership placed "the school in a foremost position in the Nation."
The History Center holds a great collection of photos of Dr. Gipe throughout her time in York, like the image below.
#yorkhistory #yorkpa #york #yourhistorystartshere #nursing #nursinghistory #umd #femaledoctor
York County History Center
York County History Center2 days ago
David McCullough died Sunday at the age of 89. McCullough was among the best-known historians and writers of the last half century. His books were routinely best sellers, and his biographies of Harry Truman and John Adams won Pulitzers. He was also the narrator for many of Ken Burns' documentaries, notably "The Civil War." McCullough, a native of Pittsburgh, spoke in York in 2002 at the invitation of the York County Heritage Trust. He's pictured here, left, with George Glatfelter II, former president and CEO of P.H. Glatfelter, during the visit.

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2022/08/pittsburgh-native-david-mccullough-pulitzer-winning-author-of-john-adams-dies-at-89.html
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.

#OysterDay #YorkPA #YourHistoryStartsHere #Video #OysterFestival2022 #upcomingevent

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Reynold Smith founded York Tape & Label in 1947. His company revolutionized self-adhesive products into a multimillion-dollar industry.
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#YorkHistory #Yorkbusiness #businesshistory #York #YorkTape #ReynoldSmith #factoryhistory #flexograph #adhesive #tape #company #1940s https://t.co/ABVR7kfZER
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Have you seen the drink selection for Spirits of the Past yet? If you want to enjoy these cocktails sign up today!
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