Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, History Center programs may be open to a limited audience and reservations will be required.  Other programs will be help virtually.  Please see specific event page for details or call the front desk.

Writers’ Roundtable

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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!

December 3, 2020 – Samantha Dorm – restoration at Lebanon Cemetery

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.

January 5, 2020 – “Share Your Findings” – attendees will talk about unusual or hidden resources they have used in their genealogical research

February 2, 2020 – “The People of  Lebanon Cemetery: York County’s 1st and Largest Black Cemetery” – Samantha Dorm

March 8, 2020 – “Topics in Irish Research” (4-hour seminar) – Fintan Mullan & Gillian Hunt, Ulster Historical Foundation (Free to members of SCPGS & YCHT, $40.00 for nonmembers). Registration is not required.

The following topics will be covered: 1) The Importance of Land Divisions for Irish Genealogy:  Understanding Townlands, 2)  An Introduction to Archives in Ireland and Their Websites, 3) Census Substitutes and Other Important Sources for Irish Research Prior to 1800

CANCELLED – April 5, 2020 – “Genealogical Research in Cumberland County” – Cara Curtis, Librarian, Cumberland County Historical Society

CANCELLED – May 3, 2020 – Tour of MA & PA Heritage Village at Muddy Creek Forks

CANCELLED – June 14, 2020 – Henry James Young Awards program

August 30, 2020 – “Using online newspaper collections in research” – Dr. Adam Bentz, York County History Center

October 4, 2020 – “Genealogical adventures during the pandemic quarantine” – attendees will share their experiences

November 1, 2020 – “Using oral history in genealogical research” – Jean Kilheffer Hess, Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

RESCHEDULED for 2021 – Genealogy Conference on October 3, 2020

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 15, 2020Scott L. Mingus, Sr. – “Targeted Tracks: The Cumberland Valley Railroad in the Civil War, 1861 – 1865”

February 19, 2020 – Scott E. Rosenau – “Lincoln’s Road to Emancipation”

CANCELLED – March 18, 2020 – Dr. Bradley M. Gottfried & Linda Gottfried – “Hell Comes to Southern Maryland: The Story of the Point Lookout Civil War Camp”

CANCELLED – April 15, 2020 – Bob Bowser – “A Good Natured Drudge: The Untold Story of Edmund ‘Ned’ Spangler”

CANCELLED – May 20, 2020 – Carleton Young – “Voices from the Attic: The Williamstown Boys in the Civil War”

June 17, 2020 – James McClure – “The Civil War’s Impact on Civilian Life in York County”

CANCELLED – July, 2020 – Cory M. Pfarr – “Longstreet at Gettysburg: The Allure and Endurance of the ‘Lee Intended’ Arguments”

CANCELLED – August, 2020 – Steve French – “Belle Boyd : Myth & Reality”

September 16, 2020 – Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. –  “The Work Was Hellish: The Fight for Culp’s Hill on July 3rd” (webinar)

CANCELLED – September 20, 2020 – Battlefield Walk and Field Study at GNMP – Led by Licensed Battlefield Guide Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. – Sunday – from 10 A.M. to 12 Noon

October 21, 2020 – Dr. Rick Schroeder & Fran Feyock, CRNA – “As the fighting ebbs, a new battle erupts: Civil War Surgery & Anesthesia” (webinar)

November 18, 2020 – Scott Mingus – Webinar “Civil War Politics: Abraham Lincoln & York County, PA” (webinar)

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

Rescheduled for Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm –  John Bailey will do a presentation on his father who served in WWII.

February 26, 2020 – Bill Kohler, Army, served in Iraq 2005-2006.

CANCELLED – March 25, 2020 – Craig Siewert will speak about his father who served in Korea.

CANCELLED – April 22, 2020 – Jeff Hawks, Army 1988-92.  Served in Korea patrolling the DMZ & in Desert Storm.

CANCELLED – May 27, 2020 – Jeff Hines, Army 1984-2003.  Jeff served as a combat engineer & served in the middle east & Afghanistan 2001-2002.

Rescheduled – now July 22, 2020 – Russell Walters, Army, Scout Dogs & Combat Trackers.

August 26, 2020 – Jeff Hawks, Director for the Army Heritage Center Foundation in Carlisle PA.  Jeff will speak about his experiences in Desert Storm and how two Soldiers in the 101 Airborne made a discovery that prevented a disaster on the first day of the ground war.

September 23, 2020 – Jeff Hines, Army 1984-2003.  Jeff served as a combat engineer & served in the Middle East & Afghanistan 2001-2002.

October 28, 2020 – New speaker: Bryce Lefever, Navy.  Dr. Lefever is a recently retired Naval Officer and a Board Certified clinical psychologist. He is a recognized expert on the psychology of captivity, the ethics of interrogation, and the treatment of trauma and prevention of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

See you in January 2021-Hopefully a better year!