Educators, Parents and Kids: Check out our expanded York History at Home for Kids page!
Upcoming Event! Sponsored by the York College Cultural Series, the Center for Community Engagement, and the Department of History and Political Science:
Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped Into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home
Dr. Richard Bell
Wednesday, February 24, 7 – 8:30pm
Register in advance for this webinar:
CHALLENGING MOMENTS THAT TEACH AND INSPIRE IN YORK COUNTY, PA
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
Miss one of the York County History Center’s webinars or programs? Visit our YouTube page for all of the video presentations
Download our Zoom Backgrounds
Share Your History
These are extraordinary times! We are now witnessing a unique historical moment as we respond as a state, nation, and world to a pandemic. The York County History Center wants to add your story of how you and your family are understanding and experiencing the current “new normal.” Take a moment to tell us YOUR story!
Want to get started with your own genealogy? These guides will help you collect your family history!
Internet Archive: Digital Library This site includes links to the History of York County by Gibson (1886) and by Prowell (1907), York County and the World War (1920), an autobiography by Yorker Amanda Berry Smith, plus many other early publications and audio and video links:
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.
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.
The History Center is now offering free digital access to all published Journals of York County Heritage. Originally created in 2010 to celebrate York County history, material culture, cultural heritage, and people, the Journal is published annually as a benefit of membership and packed with scholarly articles on local history topics.
Want to know more about how to properly handle and store your family treasures? Click on this handy guide!
2021- Breaking Barriers
For 2021’s theme, we’ll be looking at both the people that broke barriers – whether they be racial, socioeconomic, societal, or technological – and the resulting physical manifestations of the problems they solved or the progress that was made. Our latest Centerpiece newsletter, due out in February will start to highlight barrier breakers in York’s history. Stay tuned!
2020- The Year of the Woman
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.
Jamie Kinsley: York Fairgrounds as a makeshift hospital
Scott Mingus: 1918 Spanish Flu ravaged York
More from the York Blog and Others
Looking for a podcast with some historical context? Try NPR’s Hidden Brain!