Writers’ Roundtable

The York County Writers’ Roundtable networks writers and researchers of York County and regional history. The group meets on the first Thursday of every quarter at 7:00 p.m. at the Historical Society Museum, Library & Archives a 250 E. Market St.  This event is free and open to the public.  Hope to see you there!

December 2, 2021 – Michael Helfrich – Glenalvin Goodridge Photography

Community Partner Programs

South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society

South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, Inc. (SCPGS) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization of genealogists. As genealogists, they study ancestry and family history, and are interested in preserving family heritage for future generations. Their primary geographic area of interest and coverage is Pennsylvania’s York and Adams Counties. Their purpose is to encourage and promote an interest in genealogy by collecting and preserving materials related to genealogy, encouraging the compilation and publication of family genealogies and histories, publishing materials of interest and benefit to members, holding meetings for the education of members and the public, and offering financial and volunteer support to the library at the York County History Center. SCPGS Special Publications list.

Monthly meetings are held in the Meeting Hall of the York County History Center, at 250 East Market Street, York, Pennsylvania unless otherwise noted. Meetings held in-person and virtually on Zoom/Facebook Live will begin at 2:30.

August 29, 2021How to Navigate the Pennsylvania State Archives’ Online Resources – Aaron McWilliams, Pennsylvania State Archives

October 3, 2021 Genealogical Resources of the York County History Center’s Library and Archives – Nicole Smith, Director of Library and Archives, York County History Center

November 7, 2021The Churches and Chaplains of York County During the Civil War – Scott Mingus, Cannonball Blog

January 2, 2022The Dempwolf family of architects and their architecture in York County – Mark Shermeyer, President,                  SAArchitects

February 6, 2022History of Celtic languages and their expressions in Pennsylvania – Chip Kauffman

March 6, 2022History and practice of making long rifles in Pennsylvania – Brad Emig, Owner & Craftsman, Cabin Creek Muzzleloading

April 3, 2022The Challenges Facing the Continental Congress in Yorktown, Pennsylvania – Tom Gibson, Volunteer, York County History Center

May 1, 2022History and records of Pennsylvania’s state mental hospitals – Tyler Stump, Pennsylvania State Archives

June 12, 2022 – Henry James Young Award program

York Civil War Round Table

The York Civil War Round Table (YCWRT) is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote, interpret, preserve, and protect the Civil War heritage of York County, Pennsylvania, through the education and exchange of information with its members and the general public. Membership is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about the American Civil War.

Founded as the White Rose Civil War Round Table, the York CWRT holds monthly meetings the third Wednesday of every month except December at 7:00 p.m. in the Meeting Hall of the York County History Center’s Historical Society Museum at 250 East Market Street in York, Pennsylvania. Each meeting features a guest speaker talking about a Civil War topic of local or national interest. Meetings are FREE and open to the public.

January 20, 2021, Scott Mingus and James McClure will present “Civil War Stories from York County, Pa.”

February 17, 2021, Peter C. Miele, Executive Director, Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center will present “The Work For Freedom: Life in the Pennsylvania Borderlands, 1840-1865”

March 17, 2021 Chris Army and Rick Schroeder, Licensed Battlefield Guides, will present “The Irish Brigade: The Fearless Sons of Erin”.

April 21, 2021 Bob Bowser will present “A Good Natured Drudge: The Untold Story of Edman ‘Ned’ Spangler”.

May 19, 2021 Bruce S. Allardice will present “Baseball During the Civil War”.

June 16, 2021 – Codie Eash will present “‘The Old Keystone State Speaks Today’: Gettysburg’s Pennsylvania Veterans Reunion of 1889”.

July 21, 2021 – Ron Kirkwood will present “George Spangler: The Most Important Farm in the Battle of Gettysburg”. 

August 18, 2021 – Change of speaker – Scott Mingus will present “Human Interest Stories from Antietam”.

September 15, 2021 – Matthew Borders will present “A Last Roll of the Dice: The Third Confederate Invasion of the North – 1864”.

October 20, 2021 – Webinar – Leon Reed will present “No Greater Calamity for the Country: North-South Conflict, Secession, and the Onset of  Civil War”.

November 17, 2021 – Webinar – Michael Jesberger will present “A Soldier’s Civil War Christmas”.


ALLVETS is a non-profit organization, founded in 2015 by the late Jim Bean, a Vietnam veteran, to collect the stories of local veterans. Each month a different veteran from any branch of the military who served in any capacity shares his or her story about their service to our country.

The ALLVETS meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm at the Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market St., York. Occasionally, special round tables are held on Saturdays. Due to the holiday schedule, no programs are held in November or December. Meetings are FREE and open to the public. For more information, please visit ALLVETS.US or e-mail

April 28, 2021 – Buck Buchanan – Vietnam Veteran and Huey pilot

May 26, 2021 – Brenda Webb – ARMY field communications

June 23, 2021 – Al Ferguson – ARMY Vietnam Veteran 1971-72 and security agent

No ALLVETS program in July.  Come visit our table at the York Fair!

August 25, 2021 – Craig Siewert will speak about his Father’s experience in Korea.  

September 22, 2021 – Bob Smoker – ARMY, 101st Airborne, Vietnam 1969-70.

October 27, 2021 – Don Sheaffer – SeaBees, Vietnam