Steam Plant Project

The “Placing History at the Center” Capital Campaign launched its fundraising campaign to raise more than $10 million from the community. Philanthropic support of the Placing History at the Center campaign will ensure the success of this new vision for York County. The total cost of the project now stands at $28 million, after supply-chain issues and rising costs added $3 million to the project in late 2021. We have raised $25 million to date, but we still need your help. It’s not too late to join our initiative to build the York County History Center!

To ensure that a vibrant tomorrow exists for our county’s history, we are working through deliberate and purposeful change to address new audience expectations, advances in technology, evolving  educational needs, and variability in economic conditions.  Our effort centers upon developing a museum, library & archive in the former Met-Ed steam plant building to open in early 2024.

The York County History Center will be a wonderful opportunity to share our history with others so they may appreciate the role the people, places, and ideas have played in creating our community.

Meet our architects and exhibit designers:

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The York County History Center is York County’s storyteller – connecting the community and tourists alike with the astounding stories of our shared history. Through compelling programs, exhibits and publications, we strive to inspire exploration of history, people and culture of our county, state and nation. Thank you for thoughtfully considering a gift to achieve our goal of enhancing and sharing York’s history today and for future generations.

Photo gallery from groundbreaking, Aug. 22, 2022

Full video of groundbreaking, Aug. 22, 2022

Animated Museum Walk Through Video

York County History Center Capital Campaign Video

We invite you to learn more how we engaged all members of our community to set the direction for this campaign. In 2014, the History Center produced Pondering Change, a report that framed our challenges as an organization and posed four possible solutions. Overwhelmingly, York Countians responded favorably toward the direction presented here.