February 12, 2024

Cabinet of Curiosities, Ep. 4: Boiler Bolt and Lantern Ring

From the ordinary comes tragic history For our fourth installment in the Cabinet of Curiosities video series, Bailey Lozanoff, Collections Manager, tells the story of two seemingly ordinary items with unexpected links to tragic events from more than a century ago. And she walks us through the care required for these unique items. The first, a […]

February 1, 2024

Animating history

Creating digital magic in new museum experience is no simple trick By The Exhibit Design Team When the History Center’s core exhibit opens in the new museum, library and archives, visitors will see many of the best-known items in our collection, from the A-frame Ammonia Compressor and Conestoga Wagon to the Weaver Player Piano and […]

January 12, 2024

Cabinet of Curiosities, Ep. 3: Plaster Fruits and Vegetables

Education artifacts recall legacy of WPA project Poke around in the esoterica of our collection long enough, and you’ll find something you probably never saw before. Our Collections staff recently pulled out some hand-painted, plaster fruits and vegetables. It turns out these were educational tools that date back to the 1930s. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, […]

December 15, 2023

Cabinet of Curiosities, Ep. 2: Ebony and Ivory Elephants

The delicate elegance of carved elephants In 1965, Elizabeth Bonham bequeathed to us her home and possessions, including her collection of ebony and ivory elephants. The latest Cabinet of Curiosities episode features Bailey Lozanoff, collections inventory assistant, sharing the story of these unique pieces and their care. From regular cleaning to monitoring humidity levels, our […]

November 13, 2023

Cabinet of Curiosities, Ep. 1: The Monkey Fur Cape

Fur cape goes from glamour to conservation With close to 90,000 artifacts in our collection, the York County History Center has many items that are seldom or never on public display. In this new video series, Cabinets of Curiosities, we introduce you to some of the oddities in our vast collection. Episode 1: The Colobus […]