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 3, 2019Tour of Goodridge House – Terry Downs

Please meet at Goodridge House at 2:15

Goodridge Freedom Center at 123 East Philadelphia Street is a PA Museum & Historical Commission recognized site, recognizing the efforts of William C. Goodridge.  Born the son of a Maryland slave, Goodridge arrived in York at age 6, and by age 21 was on his way becoming an entrepreneur on York’s retail scene and a nationally recognized figure to the Underground Rail Road (URR).  Goodridge used his properties as stops on the URR, his being a conductor and using his rail line cars to transport Freedom Seekers.   The property shows the place where seekers hid until safety permitted, and in 1897, Reinhardt Dempwolf was alerted to the undercroft’s importance, leaving it intact – until uncovered in 1994.  Our tour guide will be Terry Downs.

March 3, 2019Blunston Licenses – Aaron McWilliams

April 7, 2019History of the Amish – Steve Nolt

May 5, 2019Pennsylvania and Religious Society of Friends: A Relationship with Far-Reading Implication – Frank Southcott

June 9, 2019 The Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College and Brethern Research – Jeff Bach

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

January 16, 2019Randy Drais – “William H. Tipton: The Man Behind the Camera, How He Influenced the Gettysburg Battlefield”

February 20, 2019Kelly D. Summerford – First Person Portrayal – “William C. Goodridge: York Businessman, Abolitionist and Conductor”

March 20, 2019Scott L. Mingus, Sr. – “Erin Go Bragh: Human Interest Stories of the Irish in the American Civil War”

April 17, 2019 – Michael Wunsch – “Lincoln, Hamlin & Johnson: the National Party Convention, Baltimore, Maryland, June 7-8, 1864”

May 15, 2019Kevin Shroyer – “Virginians in Blue”

June 19, 2019Michael Jesberger –“Stealing the Body of Abraham Lincoln: Strange but True Tale of our 16th President”

July 17, 2019Ronald D. Kirkwood – “Too Much for Human Endurance: The George Spangler Farm Hospitals and the Battle of Gettysburg”

August 21, 2019Richard 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, 2019Field Trip and Tour of Hanover, PA – Led by Licensed Battlefield Guide Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. – Sunday – from 10 12 Noon

October 16, 2019Scott L. Mingus, Sr. – “Great Care was Taken: The York, PA, U.S. Army Hospital in the Gettysburg Campaign”

November 20, 2019James A. Hessler – “Gettysburg’s Peach Orchard: Longstreet, Sickles, and the Bloody Fight for the “Commanding Ground” Along the Emmitsburg Road”

DecemberNo 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

February 27, 2019 – Don Helin – Served in Vietnam & Germany & also wrote five books.

March 27, 2019 – Paul Mitura – Served in the Army for over 30 years and is an author of “The Best Worst Tank” & other books.

April 24, 2019 – Cherriney Kondor – will talk about her son, Martin Kondor,  who was killed during Operation Enduring Freedom.

May 22, 2019 – George Knoll – served in the Army 1965 and was stationed in An Khe & Bong Son,  Vietnam.

June 26, 2019 – Jay Snyder – served in the Army from 1964-67.  He was in the First Cavalry in Vietnam.