What lurks in the dark forest or swims in the deep waters of Pennsylvania? Meet your local, neighborhood cryptids. These beloved beasts offer different ways to understand the history of the state. Be it the Sea Serpent winding through the Susquehanna River, the sinister werewolves of Lancaster County, or the sobbing Squonk from Franklin County’s hemlock forests, each of these monsters will spark your imagination and make you wonder what is possible in the shadows, just at the edge of your mind’s eye…  Even as cryptids are having a modern burst of popularity –  PA’s furry little Albatwitch has its own festival – their history and stories extend back in history. These mysterious creatures have been with us for thousands of years, changing and evolving as we do, reflecting their region’s identity.

Photo by Kirsten Weaver

Our speaker for the evening: Rissa Miller

Rissa Miller is an editor, author, herbalist, seer, and storyteller. Her storytelling expertise stems from extensive research into the area of esoteric history, including ghosts, witchcraft, cryptids, and folklore. Rissa believes the most enduring stories teach us not only about humanity’s past, but also give reason to reflect on our own present beliefs and realities.

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Event Details

Historical Society Museum
250 East Market Street
York, PA 17403

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Wander in the Woods

  • October 19
  • 6:30 – 8:00 PM
  • In person & virtually
  • Register Here

Free Program

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