We are pleased to bring students, educators, and parents a curated selection of digital resources and activities which we will continue to expand and update so long as we are able.
Juneteenth is Friday, June 19, 2020
What is Juneteenth? Check out our e-book for kids
Follow four women on their remarkable journey from York, PA to Los Angeles, CA in the summer of 1938. Complete the webquest and fun quizzes to compliment this online activity.
Second Saturday for Families
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!
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@example.com.
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!
Activities for Younger Students
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.
Buy the book on Amazon (e-book is FREE!)
How about more stories online?
Check out Brad Meltzer’s I am Abraham Lincoln
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:
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
- *Our Story: American History Stories and Activities You Can Do Together
- History Explorer- Searchable by Grade
Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History
- New, Free Family Website Subscription Provides Resources and Guidance for Remote Learning
- HamFan? EduHam at Home provides a family version of EduHam that can be accomplished outside of a school setting. It will be available through August of 2020.
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!
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!
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.