While we must be closed to do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are still here for you, to enrich your life through the saving and sharing of York history.

We are pleased to bring you a selection of digital resources, which we will continue to expand and update so long as we are able.

Virtual Tours & Videos

You can still spend the day at the museum with our virtual museum tours and story maps! Virtually walk through our exhibitions to learn more about York History stories by visiting our YouTube Channel

Take a tour of the COLONIAL COMPLEX
Learn more about the YORK PLAN
View the YORK MURALS Story Map
Lewis Miller Unpublished Exhibit







Activities for Students

Students of all ages can access engaging learning resources, educational online tools, and meaningful media to bring the history classroom to you remotely.

Coloring Pages

Gates House and Plough Tavern
Colonial Court House
Pullman Opera Car
Haines Shoe House
Reddy Kilowatt

Fire House Word Search

Museum Word Search







Story Time on YouTube with one of our favorite books! Click on the book cover for the video and the additional links for more info. 

John, Paul, George and Ben by Lane Smith

Teachers Guide with additional links and activities

Buy the book on Amazon (e-book is FREE!)

More Educational Tools Online

Mt Vernon

Norman Rockwell Museum- American History lesson plans

Smithsonian Institution

Share Your History

Build Your Own Family Tree

Want to get started with your own genealogy? These guides will help you collect your family history!

Pedigree chart

Relationship chart

Family Search Website with Free Resources and Activities

Guide to Special Collections: African American Collections, Almanacs and more

Guide to Military Collections Revolutionary War through World War II, including Civil War veterans research databases

Even though you are unable to visit right now, you can still access photographs, databases and finding aids to our Library & Archives collections.  Thanks to the work of Ophelia Chambliss and others, we now have a guide to our current African American collections in the Library & Archives.  We will continue to add collections and finding aids from the Library & Archives as we are able to and as new items are donated.



Check Out Our Collections Online

Please enjoy a look back in time with photos from the York County History Center collection.  This is just a sampling over the over 100,000 photographs currently housed in our Library and Archives including York Streets and Alleys, one-room-schools, the Grant Voaden Mills collection, the Ness gas stations collection, Dempwolf architectural drawings, bible collection images, and York County postcards.



Read Past Journals of York County Heritage by accessing our online bookshelf here 





2020- The Year of the Woman

Our Blog Focused on the Year of the Woman

We feature a few of the extraordinary women who have made York history.  Follow our blog for the latest story about these inspirational women.


Remembering Jeanette Zinn, the only York woman to die in Word War I


Where Women Made History

Have you encountered a place where women made history? They can be famous or unknown, protected or threatened, existing or lost. No matter their condition or status, these places matter, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation wants to know.  Help us share the women in York County’s history with the world!



Perspectives in History

During times like these, we tend to reflect on lessons learned from our past. Follow our local historians and others as they remind us how those who came before us persevered during challenging times.

Jim McClure: York County has seen it all before: war, disasters, epidemics

Celebrating York County Nurses


Jamie Kinsley: York Fairgrounds as a makeshift hospital



Scott Mingus: 1918 Spanish Flu ravaged York



Looking for a podcast with some historical context?  Try NPR’s Hidden Brain!

Links to Other History Resources From York County and Beyond