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.

September 20, 2017 DR. CHARLES C. FENNELL, JR. – Final Confederate Victory at Gettysburg: Farnsworth’s Fatal Charge on July 3rd with the 1st Vermont Cavalry.  This talk is part of Dr. Fennell’s annual Battlefield Walk and Talk Program. The walk will take place Sunday, September 24 from 10 am to noon at GNMP.

October 18, 2017 SCOTT L. MINGUS, Sr  “Confederate General William “Extra Billy” Smith: From Virginia’s Statehouse to Gettysburg’s Scapegoat” SPECIAL 20th ANNIVERSARY MEETING. William “Extra Billy” Smith was one of the oldest and most controversial Confederate generals on the field at Gettysburg. Scott Mingus’ biography on Smith was nominated for and won multiple awards including the Dr. James I. Robertson Jr. Literary Prize for Confederate History.

November 15, 2017 KEVIN RAWLINGS portraying “The Thomas Nast Patriotic Civil War Santa Claus”

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.

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.


Sunday October 1, 2017 – Gerald Smith will present “Using Ancestry Effectively: Tips, Tricks and Approaches to Improve Your Research Results”.

Topics for this presentation span evidence analysis, making use of database descriptions, search tactics, wild card searches, and more.  Navigating Ancestry can be frustrating; solutions for tasks such as locating National Archives microfilm are available!  Discussion includes the basics of finding your way around, indexes, tactics for dealing with poor indexes and index errors that might otherwise cause you to miss valuable information.  Unlike your usual presentation – expect homework – there will be take-home research tasks to try your new skills.  Speaker Gerald Smith is a professional genealogist who specializes in Pennsylvania families prior to 1900.

Sunday November 5, 2017 – Judy Russell will present “‘Don’t Forget the Ladies’ – A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law”.

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

September 27, 2017 – Greg Warner – Vietnam Veteran

October 25, 2017 – Alan J. Frame – Navy Sea-Bee – Vietnam