York History At Home For Kids



Trivia Tuesday! York County History

Want to learn more about how our government works? Check out these resources from the US Senate

Talking About Race: From the National Museum of African American History and Culture


Second Saturday for Families is now Hands on History!

We are creating a series of Hands on History Kits for you to do at home.  Click on this link for the latest kit.  You can schedule a pick up or (for a small fee) we can mail it to you.

June 2020: Keep Your Treasures Safe

This month it’s all about collections! Visitor Engagement Associate AJ Schenck will be interviewing Rachel Warner, Director of Collections at the York History Center, to get a behind-the-scenes look at how museum experts preserve objects. She’ll share what inspired her to become a curator and give advice about taking care of our own collections at home. Then, learn to build a display case to keep your own treasures safe!

May 2020: Gardening for the Greater Good

The start of Spring means the start of gardening season- which isn’t anything new.  Check out our new activity for May Second Saturday for Kids featuring historic gardening.

April 2020: Journals, Sketchbooks, Diaries and Field Notes

Even though our sites are closed to the public, we haven’t cancelled our Second Saturday for Families program.  This month, AJ Schenck, the History Center’s Visitor Experience Associate has created a fun activity that you can do at home.  AJ spent some time talking to Assistant Director of the Library & Archives, Dr. Adam Bentz about the journals in our collection, the importance of keeping a journal and the types of materials you should use to create your own book of memories.  We invite you to create a journal and share your project with us!  If you have any questions about this project, email AJ at [email protected]


Journals, Sketchbooks Diaries and Field Notes Online Instructions

Journals, Sketchbooks, Diaries and Field Notes- PDF version



Virtual Museum Tours & Videos

School trip to the York County History Center cancelled?  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  Our staff even shows how fun history can be with our Museum Dance Off Videos!

Take a tour of the COLONIAL COMPLEX
Learn more about the YORK PLAN
View the YORK MURALS Story Map
Lewis Miller Unpublished Exhibit
Trailblazers Online Exhibit                                                                                                                                                                                  
Finding Freedom: The Underground Railroad in York Co.









Activities for Younger Students

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





A-Frame Ammonia Compressor
Sheppard Diesel Farm Tractor
Conestoga Wagon







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!)

How about more stories online? 

Check out Brad Meltzer’s I am Abraham Lincoln

Liberty’s Kids and Stories from the Revolution (including episode 126 with a York Connection)


Activities for Older Students

Webquest for Middle and High School Students: Featuring our Lewis Miller Virtual Exhibit.


How well do you know our local history?  Take these short 10 question quizzes to find out:

Well Known Yorkers

General York History

York Artists and Entertainers

What iconic  image is pictured below?  Solve today’s puzzle to find out!

Circle Round on Spotify- A diverse collection of folktales from around the world best for ages 4-10

The Past and the Curious on Spotify- Interesting stories from American History, also featuring historic music for grades 4-9


More Educational Tools Online from History Sites Around the Country

Museum of the American Revolution

Mt Vernon

Norman Rockwell Museum- American History lesson plans

Smithsonian Institution

Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History

From the Library and Archives: Share Your History

The York County History Center’s Library & Archives houses an extensive and varied collection covering a wide range of topics, including genealogy and family history, local history, decorative arts, community organizations and historic sites, arts and entertainment, and military history.  All library users, including students, have on-site access to the Library Edition of Ancestry.com.  The Library and Archives annually hosts visitors from all 50 states across the country, as well as several other countries. Visitors receive assistance in using the collection from well-trained staff and volunteers.  Make a plan to visit the Library and Archives for your next local history project.

Genealogy: A Look At Your Past

Genealogy is the study of a family’s origins and history and is often referred to as a family history.  Today’s genealogy can take the form of simply collecting and preserving family information, all the way up to adding information to the “world tree”. Where will your search take you? Use the guides below to start your family exploration!

Build Your Own Family Tree

Pedigree chart

Relationship chart

Resources from Smithsonian: Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide

Family Search Website with Free Resources and Activities


Recommended Reading

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

Examining history can be challenging and informative. We gain causal insights from the past that help provide context to the present. Our team of employees and volunteers provide resources and inspiration for those desiring an exhilarating experience of uncovering hidden treasures – primary sources and little known events or people. Enjoy reading the Journal of York County Heritage to learn more about your local history!


2021- Breaking Barriers!  Stay tuned for more info on this theme!

2020- The Year of the Woman

Follow along as we feature a few of the extraordinary women who have made York history.  Click on our blog for the latest story about these inspirational women.

Our Blog Focused on the Year of the Woman

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




Links to Other History Resources From York County and Beyond