Second Saturdays- Program 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. Most programs take place at the Historical Society Museum, though they are held at some of our other venues on occasion.
December 14, 2013 – Historical Society Museum
“Family Heirloom Weavers: Hollywood Fabrics”
Family owned and operated Family Heirloom Weavers of Red Lion, Pa, has survived as one of the oldest U.S. textile mills. The firm specializes in reproducing original designs from the 18th and 19th centuries and adapting them for 21st century use. Learn more about the business and historic textile production, as well as the items Family Heirloom Weavers have produced for movies such as Stephen Spielberg's Lincoln.
Speaking of Lincoln be sure to see a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation was printed by Charles Godfrey Leland and George Henry Boker and signed in June of 1864 as a special souvenir to be sold for the benefit of the Philadelphia Great Central Sanitary Fair. The document is on loan to the Trust from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, beginning on December 10, 2013.
January 11, 2014- Historical Society Museum
American Indian Storytelling
Ken Iron Fist and Evelyn Firewalker will tell four traditional Lenape (Delaware) and Cherokee stories which will illustrate the values and spiritual concepts of first nations peoples. The stories have been handed down to each of them through clan mothers, chief, and medicine people. In addition they will bring some American Indian artifacts and discuss their tribal regalia. Participation and questions are welcomed!
Click Here to see our flyer on more upcoming Second Saturday Programs. Please visit our Events Calendar for details and locations for a specific program each month or contact the Education Department at (717) 848-1587 x301.
Following the complimentary program, participants are then encouraged to enjoy the day in Downtown York, visiting the museums and historic sites of the Trust and taking advantage of the other cultural, dining and shopping opportunities along the way.
Susquehanna Trail Woodworkers Guild
The Susquehanna Trail Woodworkers Guild is a group of dedicated woodworkers that aim to preserve the history, traditions, and culture of woodworking while also promoting the sharing of woodworking knowledge. The Guild meets on the fourth Thursday of every month (except November and December) at the York County Heritage Trust's Agricultural & Industrial Museum at 7:00 p.m. The meetings feature Guest speakers and related programs. Adults, as well as young people, of all skill levels are welcome.
Please visit the Guild's website
for more information. 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. 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. Group Walking Tours
A walking tour is the perfect way to rediscover the past. Our walking tours highlight historically significant sites within the city. You can choose Revolutionary and Colonial York
, York during the Civil War
or The York Murals
A walking tour of the York Murals, a larger than life art project in Downtown York offering over 200 years of York's history. Walking tours are available for groups of ten or more and must be scheduled three weeks in advance through the Trust's Education Department.Click Here to visit our Group Tour page. Average tour lengths: 45-60 minutes each Walking tour points of interest
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. Concerts are held every Friday throughout July and August at 12:15 p.m. at the Trust's Historical Society Museum, and are free and open to the public. 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 an installed the organ in York's Christ Lutheran Church in 1804. Before the installation was completed, Tannenberg suffered a stroke and died shortly after. His son-in-law completed the project. The organ played for the first time, several days later, at Tannenberg's funeral.