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Second Saturdays- Lecture Series
Second Saturdays is a free lecture program offered by the York County Heritage Trust, providing an entertaining yet educational Saturday morning for the community. The lectures are held the second Saturday of each month and begin at 10:30 a.m. at a featured Trust site. Click here for a printable flyer on our upcoming programs. 

December 13, 2014- “The Long Escape!”

Judy Wolfman

10:30 a.m. Historical Society Museum


Author Judy Wolfman will discuss the harrowing story of the Golden Venture based on her

book The Long Escape! Hear the story of the Golden Venture, a cargo ship that went aground at

Rockaway Beach, NY 20 years ago. The passengers were Chinese men and women, fleeing China. Their long journey (17,000 miles) took 120 days, with several set-backs. Most of the women were sent to prison in New Orleans. Until gaining asylum, 115 of the men ended up in the York County Prison.  The Long Escape illustrator, and artist Brett Greiman, will also be on hand to discuss his work in the book and related artwork inspired by the story of the Golden Venture. Copies of The Long Escape! will be available purchase before and after the program.



Lunch With the Librarians
On the first Friday of each month, the Trust's Library & Archives hosts a roundtable discussion on a different topic related to researching local genealogy or history. The programs are held at the Historical Society Museum and begin at 1:00pm. To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to ask questions or share a story with the group, the number of participants is limited. Pre-registration is required by the Wednesday prior to the program. For your convenience, box lunches are available for $10. Lunch orders must be placed by no later than 5pm on the Wednesday prior to the program, and payment for the lunch (cash only, please) is also due by that time. Participants may also bring their own lunch. The program is free and open to the public. Please contact Amanda Eveler, Assistant Director of the Library & Archives, to pre-register or order a lunch. A complete list of the 2014 Lunch with the Librarians programs and lunch menu is available here.
York Civil War Roundtable
The York Civil War Round Table (YCWRT) is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote, interpret, preserve, and protect the Civil War heritage of York County, Pennsylvania, through the education and exchange of information with its members and the general public. Membership is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about the American Civil War.

Founded as the White Rose Civil War Round Table, the York CWRT holds monthly meetings the third Wednesday of every month except December at 7:00 p.m. in the Meeting Hall of the York County Heritage Trust’s Historical Society Museum at 250 E. Market Street in York, Pennsylvania. Each meeting features a guest speaker talking about a Civil War topic of local or national interest. Meetings are FREE and open to the public.
Please visit the YCWRT website for more information about YCWRT, and to find out about upcoming speakers and programs.
NOVEMBER 2014 MEETING: Please note that the previously scheduled speaker for November will be unable to attend. The speaker will be Daniel Roe, the York County Heritage Trust's Director of Education, who will speak about Lewis Miller's drawings of the Civil War.
South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, Inc. (SCPGS) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization of genealogists. As genealogists, they study ancestry and family history, and are interested in preserving family heritage for future generations.

Their primary geographic area of interest and coverage is Pennsylvania's York and Adams counties. Their purpose is to encourage and promote an interest in genealogy by, collecting and preserving materials related to genealogy, encouraging the compilation and publication of family genealogies and histories, publishing materials of interest and benefit to members, holding meetings for the education of members and the public and offering financial and volunteer support to the library at the York County Heritage Trust.

Monthly meetings are held in the Meeting Hall of the York County Heritage Trust, at 250 East Market Street, York, Pennsylvania unless otherwise noted. The business portion of the meeting begins at 2:15 PM and the program begins at about 2:30 PM. Meetings are FREE and open to the public.

Please visit the SCPGS website for more information and a schedule of programs.
Tannenberg Organ Summer Concert Series
Each summer, the York County Heritage Trust hosts a free summer concert series on its 209 year-old Tannenberg organ.   The series is a cooperative effort between the York County Heritage Trust and the York Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, who engage volunteer organists for the concerts.  Check back next spring for the 2014 schedule.
History of the Tannenberg Organ:
Moravian organ builder David Tannenberg, from Lititz, Pennsylvania, built and installed the organ in York's Christ Lutheran Church in 1804. Before the installation was completed, Tannenberg suffered a stroke and died shortly thereafter. His son-in-law completed the project. The organ played for the first time several days later at Tannenberg's funeral.


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