In order for the History Center to help visitors effectively immerse themselves in York County’s diverse and memorable past, the History Center’s Interpretive Division utilizes all of the organization’s assets. It is the duty of the Collections Department to care for and exhibit of approximately 90,000 artifacts which comprise exceptional collections of everything from Decorative Arts to Military to Quilts & Coverlets to Industrial and much more. The Collections Department strives to have stories from every major era on exhibit. When you visit the sites of the History Center, you can step back in time while visiting the Colonial Complex or learn about York County’s entrepreneurial and industrial spirit at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum. For an exceptional overview of all of York County’s history, do not miss the Historical Society Museum Library & Archives.

Local Ink: The Collection of Tattoo Artist Ray Miller

Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Historical Society Museum Library & Archives March-July 2017


Back by popular demand, the History Center’s latest pop-up exhibit Local Ink: The Collection of Tattoo Artist Ray Miller will be re-installed at the Historical Society Museum Library & Archives running from July 14 – September 9. The exhibit will feature recently acquired objects and tattoo art from Ray Miller, a York tattoo artist during the 1930s and 1940s.  Discover the past techniques as well as his unique period flash art.

Lewis Miller Gallery

Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Historical Society Museum Library & Archives July 14-September 9

Lewis Miller’s Travels Abroad

The Lewis Miller gallery has been updated with a rotation of 16 new original Lewis Miller sketches focusing on Miller’s European travels during the mid-1800s.  Lewis “Loui” Miller (1796-1882) was born and lived most of his life in York, Pennsylvania. Though a carpenter by trade, he is remembered today as a folk artist. His sketches chronicle historical events, his travels in America and abroad, and the lives of ordinary people. The History Center maintains a collection of more than 2,000 original Lewis Miller sketches.