Olde York Street Fair May 8, 2016 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of York's replica Colonial Court House. Enjoy Free admission to the Colonial Court House during the annual Olde York Street Fair. Ben Franklin as portrayed by Richard Fox, will be on hand to share stories of York's role as a nine month capital and the important treaty with France signed in York in 1778, known as the French Alliance. In addition French Santons, special dolls made in Southern France that are used with their Christmas crèches will be on display. Items from the York's twin city, Arles, France will be on display too. Stop by the York Twinning Association's information booth in the front of the Court house. Visitors can also play some interactive French games while learning more about France. New this year- Stick your head through one of the photo boards painted by the York City High School students in William Vaylo's art class to see what you look like in colonial garb. Discover the building's construction during the nation's bicentennial and York's important place in America's Revolutionary period. This year also marks York's 275th Anniversary, Celebrate this historic Milestone by touring the first floors of the General Horatio Gates House and Golden Plough Tavern. First floor tours will be $1.00 for ages 12 and up.
Olde York Street Fair Ice Cream Parlor Historical Society Museum 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Trust's Auxiliary will have their traditional Ice Cream Parlor at the Historical Society Museum. They will have ice cream, root beer floats, brownies and sodas for sale, all to benefit the York County Heritage Trust.
David Tannenberg Organ Concert Series
Tannenberg, a prominent organ builder in 18th century south central Pennsylvania built the organ now housed in the Trust's collection in 1804 for the Christ Lutheran Church in York. It was the last organ constructed by Tannenberg, as he suffered a stroke during the installation and died two days later. The organ's first note was played at Tannenberg's funeral.
Throughout the year, expert musicians from the York Chapter American Organist Guild will play the historic 1804 David Tannenberg Organ. See below for a list of concert dates and scheduled musicians.
Upcoming Concert Dates, Themes, and Performers:
May 28, 2016 10:30 a.m. - Richard Frey, Music of "Hollywood"
Second Saturdays Lecture Series
Second Saturdays are a FREE series of lectures 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 10:30am at a featured Trust site.
Upcoming Second Saturdays:
May 14, 2016: 10:30 a.m. Historical Society Museum
Murder at the Accomac- Michael Maloney
Michael Maloney, local writer and author of Across the River: Murder at the Accomac, will examine the history and story surrounding the 1882 murder of Emily Myers, at the present day Accomac Inn. Shot by John Coyle Jr. after he received a rejection to his marriage proposal, Myers' murder mad local and national headlines. Discover the history of the Accomac and the event leading up to and after the murder. Copies of Across the River will be available in the Trust's bookshop before and after the program.
June 11, 2016: 10:30 a.m. Historical Society Museum
A History of Firefighting in York
Join retired Fire Chief Greg Halpin as he shares the history of the city of York’s organized firefighting. Starting in the Revolutionary War period, Halpin will use historic images from his collection as well as that from the department, highlighting the development of various departments and fire houses, as well as the evolution of equipment and techniques.
July 9, 2016: 10:30 a.m. Historical Society Museum
The Cookes House
Aside from serving as the lodging of Thomas Paine during his stay in York during the city’s time as the nation's Capital, the mill-house built in 1761 was the center of Johannes Guckes' grain mill, saw mill, and distillery complex, and is the only building remaining in York City that represents our earliest colonial industries. The Cookes house also housed visitors to the Second Continental Congress, while they were meeting in York. Later, the building was home to York's first industrial-scale paper-maker, Phillip Jacob King, as he planned one of the most active industrial areas of York's federal period. Join us to learn more about the early American history of the Cookes House, and the evolution of the mill complex that stood adjacent to the house from the mid-18th century until the great flood of 1933.
August 13, 2016: 10:30 a.m. Historical Society Museum
York's African American Experience
The African American Historical Preservation Society (AAHPS) is a newly formed group dedicated to collecting, preserving and propagating information related to the African American experience in York, Pennsylvania. Society member Jeff Kirkland will present an overview of the groups' work in documenting the local African American experience from the late 1700s until the mid to late 1900s….from the arrival of the first manumitted slaves, the strong abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad, to present day educators, entrepreneurs and community leaders. The hope of the AAHPS is to provide a sense of identity and motivation to members of our community, especially the youth, so that they might understand and appreciate our significant contributions to the building of this historic region…..as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “ We are not Makers of History….We are Made by History."
Lunch With The Librarians
Bring your lunch pail and learn about local genealogy and history during your lunch break! On the first Friday of each month, the Trust's Library & Archives hosts a roundtable discussion on a different topic. Programs held at the Historical Society Museum, 250 East Market Street, York, and begin at 12:30pm. So everyone has an opportunity to ask questions or share a story, the number of participants is limited; please pre-register by the Wednesday prior to the program
with Amanda Eveler
. Free and open to the public
(please note that lunch is not provided).
to see the Lunch With the Librarians schedule for 2016. Because of the New Year's Day holiday, there is no program for January 2016.
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 East 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. See below for information about next month's program.
Please visit the YCWRT website
for more information about YCWRT, and to find out about upcoming speakers and programs.
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.
to view the 2016 Winter/Spring SCPGS schedule. Please visit the SCPGS website
for more information about upcoming programs, becoming a member, or special publications.
ALLVETS is a non-profit organization, founded in 2015 by Jim Bean, a Vietnam veteran, to collect the stories of local veterans. Each month a different veteran from any branch of the military who served in any capacity shares his or her story about their service to our country. The ALLVETS Roundtable meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm at the Historical Society Museum, 250 East Market Street, York. Occasionally, special roundtables are held on Saturdays. Meetings are FREE and open to the public. Due to the holiday schedule, no programs are held in November or December.
to view the 2016 ALLVETS schedule. If you are a veteran and would like to share your story, please contact Jim Bean