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.
August 25, 2019 – “Revolutionary Rarity”: Continental currency printed in York – Bart Stump
This program presented by Bart Stump focuses on the five million dollars of Continental Currency chock full of iconic imagery and thought-provoking mottoes that was printed while Continental Congress used York Town, Pennsylvania as the fledgling nation’s capital for nine months. Heavily counterfeited by the British, the April 1778 Yorktown issue of Continental Currency was recalled, and the majority of the bills destroyed. The surviving bills, due to their rarity, are now some of the most collectible pieces of Continental Currency.
October 6, 2019 – Never Built . . . The Town of Pleasant Garden and Other Curiosities – Stephen Smith
The files of the York County History Center contain an old hand-drawn plan of the Town of Pleasant Garden. The town has named streets and contains 175-lots, however it is not dated. This town was never built, and until this research, the planned location was unknown. This presentation focuses on the methods used in the discovery of the planned location for the Town of Pleasant Garden; by using a case study of researching land ownership history in the location where the town was to have been built in the late 1700s. The other curiosities deal with a bridge and a railroad; both planned, but never built. The planned 1793 river bridge, between York and Lancaster Counties, may have been the reason the Town of Pleasant Garden as drawn up in the first place. In the last months of the Civil War a new railroad was surveyed through this region of eastern York County. This railroad was to parallel the canal south from Wrightsville and pass through Long Level. If that railroad would have been built, through lands of the planned Town of Pleasant Garden, maybe we would have that town today. This program will be presented by Stephen Smith.
November 3, 2019 – Using DNA Test Results in Genealogical Research –
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
July 17, 2019 – Ronald D. Kirkwood – “Too Much for Human Endurance: The George Spangler Farm Hospitals and the Battle of Gettysburg”
Based on his book published in May of 2019, this program covers the crucial importance of the Spanglers’ farm to the Union victory at Gettysburg, as well as the names, wounds, and treatment for more than 1,400 Union and Confederate soldiers at Spangler.
August 21, 2019 – Richard Lewis – “Cloaked in Mystery: The Curious Case of the Confederate Coat”
September 18, 2019 – Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. – “The Battle of Hanover: Prelude to Gettysburg”
September 22, 2019 – Field Trip and Tour of Hanover, PA – Led by Licensed Battlefield Guide Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. – Sunday – from 10 A.M.to 12 Noon
October 16, 2019 – Scott L. Mingus, Sr. – “Great Care was Taken: The York, PA, U.S. Army Hospital in the Gettysburg Campaign”
November 20, 2019 – James A. Hessler – “Gettysburg’s Peach Orchard: Longstreet, Sickles, and the Bloody Fight for the “Commanding Ground” Along the Emmitsburg Road”
December – No Meeting! Happy Holidays!
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 ALLVETS1York@gmail.com.
July 24, 2019 – Jim Imperato – Vietnam veteran
August 28, 2019 – Joe Boslet – Vietnam veteran, 4th Anniversary of Allvets
September 25, 2019 – Open
October 23, 2019 – Open