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. See below for information about next month’s program.


January 17, 2018 – Gene Barr  – “A Civil War Captain and His Lady: Love, Courtship and Combat from Fort Donelson through the Vicksburg Campaign.”

Gene Barr will be doing a PowerPoint program on his book, a true “Cold Mountain” love story from the Northern perspective of Josiah Moore and Jennie Lindsay, two immigrants from Ireland. Josiah was the Captain of the 17th Illinois Infantry and his war would be a long and bloody one. Their courtship and romance, which came to light in a rare and unpublished series of letters, forms the basis of Gene Barr’s memorable book. Gene Barr is the president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. He is a board member of the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg and spent many years engaged in Civil War living history events. He is a native of Philadelphia and lives in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.


February 21, 2018 – Cooper H. Wingert – “Abolitionists of South Central Pennsylvania”

Historian and author Cooper Wingert will explore the history of the antislavery movement in South Central Pennsylvania. Close to the Mason-Dixon line, South Central Pennsylvania was a magnet for slave catchers and abolitionists alike. Influenced by religion and empathy, local abolitionists risked their reputations, fortunes and lives in the pursuit of what they believed was right. Women, alongside men, wrote protests, petitioned Congress and pioneered the Underground Railroad. The sister of Benjamin Lundy, one of America’s most famous abolitionists, married into an Adams County family, and spent decades helping runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad. National figures such as Frederick Douglas toured the region, delivering antislavery orations to mixed receptions. In 1859, John Brown planned Harper’s Ferry raid from Chambersburg, where his identity was concealed by local abolitionists.

Cooper Wingert is the author of eleven books and numerous articles on slavery and the American Civil War. He is the recipient of the 2012 Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr. Literary Award for Confederate History in recognition for his book “The Confederate Approach on Harrisburg.” He is currently co-authoring a book on “The Cumberland Valley Railroad” with author and historian Scott L. Mingus, Sr.


March 21, 2018 – JOSEPH MIECZKOWSKI – “The 1863 New York City Draft Riots”

April 18, 2018 – MICHAEL S. JESBERGER – “The H.L. Hunley; Confederate Submarine” – Rescheduled from March 2017

May 16, 2018 – ERIC J. WITTENBERG – “The Battle of Trevilian Station”

June 20, 2018 – JAMES McCLURE – “Who was Chief Burgess David Small, at York’s helm when the Confederates came to town in 1863”

July 18, 2018 – Dr. JENNIFER M. MURRAY – “On A Great Battlefield: the History of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1863 – 2016”

August 15, 2018 – RAY KINARD – “Hanover Branch Railroad: Gateway to Gettysburg”

September 19, 2018 – DR. CHARLES C. FENNELL, JR. – “The 1st U S Sharp Shooters: The Most Significant Union Reconnaissance at Gettysburg”

September 23, 2018– BATTLEFIELD WALK AT GNMP with DR. CHARLES C. FENNELL, JR. – 10 AM to 12 Noon

October 17, 2018 – SCOTT L. MINGUS, Sr. – “The Second Day at Gettysburg: The Attack and Defense of Cemetery Ridge, July 2, 1863”

November 14, 2018 – SCOTT E. ROSENAU – “Lincoln and the Founders: Completing the Unfinished Work” – Date change due to Thanksgiving


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. The business portion of the meeting begins at 2:15 PM and the program begins at about 2:30 PM. Meetings are FREE and open to the public.

February 4, 2018 – Jeffrey Kirkland – “Reflections on the African-American Experience In York”

Our speaker, Jeff Kirkland is a lifelong member of the York community and has been a leader in York’s African-American community.  He has also had a lifelong interest in history and in recent years has been researching the history of York’s African-American community.  For this presentation Mr. Kirkland will give us incite and reflections on the history and experiences of the African-American community in York.

March 4, 2018 – RICHARD KONKEL – “The Scotch Irish: Their Origins in the British Isles and Their Impact in South Central Pennsylvania”

April 8, 2018 – AARON McWILLIAMS – “Navigating Pennsylvania’s Revolutionary War Militia Records”

May 6, 2018 – JACK SOMMER – Tour of Prospect Hill Cemetery   *** on location program starts at 2:00 pm ***

June 3, 2018 – Henry James Young Awards

September 22, 2018 – GENEALOGICAL CONFERENCE – Pennsylvania German Research

ALLVETS Roundtable

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 Roundtable 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

January 24, 2018 – Stanley Fisher – Army-Vietnam Veteran
February 28, 2018 – Ed Hott – Army-Korea late 60’s
March 28, 2018 – Art Lentz – WWII veteran
April 25, 2018 Open
May 23, 2018 Open
June 27, 2018 – David Mills – Army