Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, most History Center programs have moved to a virtual format.  Please see specific event page for details.

Writers’ Roundtable

The York County Writers’ Roundtable networks writers and researchers of York County and regional history. The group meets on the first Thursday of every quarter at 7:00 p.m. at the Historical Society Museum, Library & Archives a 250 E. Market St.  This event is free and open to the public.  Hope to see you there!

March 4, 2021 – Tom Davidson – History of the Lincoln Highway

Cruising the Lincoln Highway we’ll explore some little known York County historical resources for research in the early 20th century. Established in 1913, the Lincoln Highway was the first coast to coast Main Street from New York City to San Francisco. Our speaker, Tom Davidson, established the Lincoln Highway Legacy in 2020 to help promote and preserve our too quickly vanishing Lincoln Highway heritage across York County, PA. Join us the first Thursday in March at 7:00pm via Zoom to hear more on life in the fast lane.

Community Partner Programs

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. (Meeting held virtually on Zoom/Facebook Live will begin at 2:30).

Cancelled January 3, 2021 – “Share Your Findings” – attendees will talk about unusual or hidden resources they have used in their genealogical research

February 7, 2021 – History and Introduction of the York County Coroner’s Office

Pamela L Gay, RN, D-ABMDI, York County Coroner

March 7, 2021 – The Pennsylvania State Archives moves into the future

David Carmicheal, State Archivist of Pennsylvania

April 11, 2021 – Mother Cumberland: Researching with Cumberland County Records

Cara Curtis, Cumberland County Historical Society

May 2, 2021 – Tour of Muddy Creek Forks

Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Society

June 13, 2021 – Henry James Young Award program

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 20, 2021, Scott Mingus and James McClure will present “Civil War Stories from York County, Pa.”

February 17, 2021, Peter C. Miele, Executive Director, Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center will present “The Work For Freedom: Life in the Pennsylvania Borderlands, 1840-1865”

March 17, 2020, Chris Army and Rick Schroeder, Licensed Battlefield Guides, present “The Irish Brigade: The Fearless Sons of Erin”.


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 [email protected].

January, February and March 2021 meetings have been cancelled.  Stay tuned for meetings to restart in April!