For educators working in the classroom, those teaching remotely and homeschooling parents, we have several resources for connecting with York county history online!
Happening Now: A signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation on display in the lobby at the History Center through July 3rd. You can see it for free Tuesday through Saturday 10-4.
Our latest exhibit: Missing Pieces: An Inclusive Timeline of York County History will debut on June 19th in honor of Juneteenth.
Want to teach your students about Juneteenth? Download this Juneteenth Lesson Plan
NEW! VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS
Due to the current COVID pandemic, we recognize most schools are not able to participate in on site field trips. The History Center now offers educators the opportunity to have your class visit us virtually. Our virtual field trips includes a live, guided virtual tour of our historic site hosted over video conferencing platform (Zoom, Google Meet, etc) with printable, hands-on activities to supplement the virtual visit. Choose from these options:
1. The Colonial Experience at the Golden Plough Tavern and the Horatio Gates House: Explores the creation of Pennsylvania, the establishment of York and what life was like in a middle-class Germanic home/tavern and an upper-class English home. Recommended: grades 3-12. Approximate time: 45-60 minutes.
2. Continental Congress at the Colonial Courthouse: Explores how York became the Capital of the United States and examines Continental Congress’ significant accomplishments (Articles of Confederation, 1st National Day of Thanksgiving, French Alliance, Printing of $5 million in Continental Currency) during their nine- month stay. Recommended: grades 5-12. Approximate time: 30-45 minutes.
3. Political Intrigue and the Conway Cabal at the Horatio Gates House: Explores the so-called plot to replace General George Washington as the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, examines Horatio Gates’ role at the Battle of Saratoga and his subsequent promotion to the president of the Board of War and discusses the role of the Marquis de Lafayette. Recommended: grades 8-12. Approximate time: 30 minutes.
Currently, we are offering these programs FREE to all York County schools. To learn more and to book your virtual tour experience, please contact our Manager of School Programs Bart Stump at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BELL RINGER ACTIVITIES
Our “Did You Know” and “This Day in History” videos offer short (approximately 2-3 minutes) segments of historical events with a local history connection. Choose from a variety of subjects including colonial history, the American Civil War, War of 1812 and topics of general interest. Videos are color coded by theme and dated for the actual day of occurrence with the titles hyperlinked to You Tube.
Fun quizzes may accompany the videos and may be used as is or can be copied so the teacher may see the scores.
WEBQUESTS WITH OUR DIGITAL EXHIBITS
What is a WebQuest? A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web. Use our digital exhibits to dive deeper into our local history. To find the latest WebQuests, CLICK HERE:
LESSON PLANS AND CURRICULUM
Thanks to a partnership between York College of Pennsylvania (YCP) and The History Center, education majors enrolled in the course “Seminar in Curriculum” were tasked with creating grade specific content, curriculum, and lesson plans that incorporated visits, outreach programs, hands-on activities or other concepts and themes related to the general history of York County as the whole, and the relation to the museums, historic sites, or collections of The History Center. The History Center is grateful for the commitment of York College of Pennsylvania and the dedicated students who have given their time and talents to enhance the educational resources and offerings of the York County History Center.
The Agricultural and Industrial Museum is a great way to learn science, technology, engineering, art and math concepts. Over the next few months, we will be adding more STEAM related lessons using our artifacts to bridge the gap between science and our history.
OTHER HISTORY SITES
Local history is all around us and there are some great online resources available on a variety of topics. Here are just a few: