New Museum Project

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.

The “Placing History at the Center” Capital Campaign launched its fundraising campaign to raise more than $6M from the community in 2017 along with applications for public support, grants, and other funding opportunities.  To date, $14.5M has been secured from the community and the Commonwealth.  Philanthropic support of the Placing History at the Center campaign ensures the success of this new vision for York County. 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 a deliberate and purposeful process of 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.

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

Meet our architects and exhibit designers:


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 the 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.

York County History Center Capital Campaign Video

Project Overview

The new History Center Facebook Live Update MARCH 2018

Exhibit Design Process

Below are several links to information and videos related to our exhibit design process for the Steam Plant building. Please check back for more project updates in the coming months, and we invite you to use the form below to submit comments and suggestions on this exciting process!

Most Recent Video Fly Through Steam Plant 2021

YCHC Content Matrix – Design Development

We are constantly adding and updating our content matrix with the vast array of stories York County’s history has to offer. Have suggestions for something we should add? Click here or use the form below to submit your comments, questions, or any suggestions you may have for the exhibit content team. We welcome your participation and interest in telling great stories and preserving the unique history of our county!