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.


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

Kevin Rawlings portrays the Patriotic Civil War Santa Claus each Christmas season, based on the illustration by Thomas Nast that appeared on the front page of Harper’s Weekly on January 3, 1863.

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.


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

In early America, women were all too often the people who just weren’t there: not in the records, not in the censuses, not on juries, not in the voting booth.  The common law relegated women to “protected” – second-class – status and understanding how they were treated under the law provides clues to finding their identities today.  Our speaker Judy Russell is a genealogist with a law degree.  Her goal as The Legal Genealogist is “to help folks understand the often arcane and even impenetrable legal concepts and terminology that are so very important to those of us studying family history.  Without understanding the context in which events took place and records were created, we miss so much of both the significance and the flavor of what happened.”


January 7, 2018 – Share your findings:  Members share genealogical stories and artifacts

February 4, 2018 – JEFFREY KIRKLAND – “Reflections on the African-American Experience 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


No meetings in November or December.