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      Saturday, August 2, 2014
      Living History at Wheatland

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      James Buchanan Comes of Age

      Visitors to President James Buchanan's Wheatland will experience a special Living History program on Saturday August 2, 2014 between Noon and 4 PM. Guests will be guided through the life journey of James Buchanan. James was born in Cove Gap, PA on April 23, 1791, the second child and first son to James and Elizabeth Buchanan. While touring Wheatland visitors will meet James at different stages in his life; as a young boy in Mercersburg, PA, a precocious student at Dickinson College, a zealous politician and lawyer, to his mature role as the Old Public Functionary of Washington. James Buchanan will share intimate details of his private life, as well as his remarkable political career that culminated as the 15th President of the United States of America.

       

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  • Visit
    • The Campus of History
    • Wheatland
      • President James Buchanan's Wheatland

        Step inside the stately home of President James Buchanan and explore the rooms, stairwells and stories where secrets and details of his political and personal life intersect.  Docents in period clothing bring history to life as you walk through Wheatland, beloved home of our nation's 15th President.

        Wheatland tour tickets may be purchased and visitors can check-in for on-line reservations of Wheatland tours in the Ware Commons of the headquarters of LancasterHistory.org.

        Open Presidents Day through mid-November, tours offered Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Last tour begins at 3 pm.  Special tours and hours are available during the Yuletide Season.

         

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    • Research Library & Archives
      • Research Library & Archives

        LancasterHistory.org's Library is a research facility of genealogical and local history materials. Containing over 15,000 volumes, the collection also includes maps, family files, subject information files, microfilm, and CDs. A wide variety of manuscript documents, Lancaster County records and Lancaster City records are also available for research through our Archives and over 70,000 photographs are available in our Photograph Collection.

        Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm and on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm.  Closed on Major Holidays.

         

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    • Exhibit Galleries
      • Exhibit Galleries

        Explore three centuries of art and history through exhibits in Groff and Gerhart Galleries, Stoudt Gallery, Ryder Hall, and see the treasures held in the Richard C. von Hess Decorative Arts Center, including the Heritage Center Decorative Arts Collection, and the Esprit Collection of Amish Quilts.

        Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm and on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm.  Closed on Major Holidays.

         

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    • The Tanger Arboretum
      • The Louise Arnold Tanger Arboretum

        The Louise Arnold Tanger Arboretum on the grounds of LancasterHistory.org was designed by Gustaf Malmborg of Manheim, PA. Malmborg also designed the beautiful grounds of the Masonic Homes in Elizabethtown, PA considered to be the finest in the county.

        Sporting 104 mature varieties of trees, the Tanger Arboretum is open to the public as a place of rest and relaxation. Its constantly changing form and texture makes an inviting spot to spend time enjoying the everlasting beauty of nature.

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    • LancasterHistory.org On the Square
      • Visit LancasterHistory On the Square

        We invite you to stop by our museum store and gallery at 4 W. King Street, in Lancaster, PA.  The store carries locally made contemporary and folk art and seasonal items.

        The latest exhibit in the gallery, Welcome to Jacob Eichholtz's Lancaster, features portraits of Lancastrians in the first decades of the nineteenth century that were painted by Jacob Eichholtz.

        The gallery and retail space at LancasterHistory On the Square are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am - 4pm.

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    • Stevens & Smith Historic Site
      • Thaddeus Stevens & Lydia Hamilton Smith Historic Site

        On December 21, 2010, LancasterHistory.org assumed responsibility for the future development of the Thaddeus Stevens & Lydia Hamilton Smith Historic Site in Lancaster City. This project lies at the core of our mission to engage learners of all ages and every walk of life about the history of the people, places, and events that shaped our County, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the United States of America.

        Our plan is to proceed thoughtfully and work carefully to ensure that the future development of this site is viable from the start and sustainable over the long haul.  In the meantime, we are already hard at work developing public programs to share the legacy of Thaddeus Stevens and Lydia Hamilton Smith through lectures, school programs, publications, and online resources.

        While this historic site is not currently open to the public, visitors may get a glimpse of a part of the building and view the interpretive panels which are located in the Vine Street Entrance Lobby of the Lancaster County Convention Center.

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        Thaddeus Stevens & Lydia Hamilton Smith Historic Site
        45 South Queen St
        Lancaster, PA 17603

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    • Welcome

      Our ten-acre Campus of History features the historic grounds and gardens of President James Buchanan's Wheatland, the Louise Arnold Tanger Arboretum, and the award-winning, and environmentally-sustainable headquarters of LancasterHistory.org. On the Campus of History you will learn about Lancaster County, Pennsylvania—from stories of the Conestoga Indians and the Underground Railroad to the political legacy of James Buchanan and Thaddeus Stevens to the stories of your own family.

      We also invite you to stop by our downtown museum store and gallery, LancasterHistory On the Square, located  at 4 West King Street, in Lancaster, PA.

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    • Explore the Collections

      Collecting and interpreting history has always been at the center of LancasterHistory.org's mission.  We continue to bring history alive to those who seek a deeper understanding of Lancaster County and its place in the state and the nation. We hope these on-line tools will help make the collections more accessible to the public.

      Keep in mind that what you will find online merely scratches the surface of the collections. Plan a visit in person to make the best use of our resources and services.

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    • County, Commonwealth & Country

      For hundreds of years Lancaster has helped to shape the story of America. County, Commonwealth & Country features stories that illustrate the effects that the people, culture and ideas from Lancaster have had on the American story. These stories and objects illustrate Lancaster's place in the history of the American landscape, Lancaster's role during times of turmoil and transition within the nation, its power to inpire innovation and artistry and the city and county's readfullability to produce some of the world's best products and most talented craftspeople.

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    • On the Campus of History you will learn about Lancaster—one of America's oldest cities, founded in 1730—and the unfolding of nearly 300 hundred years of remarkable history. From stories of the Conestoga Indians and the Underground Railroad to the political legacy of James Buchanan and Thaddeus Stevens to the stories of your own family, Lancaster's history has something to offer every visitor to the Campus of History!

      The mission of LancasterHistory.org is to educate the public about the heritage and history of the people, places, and events that shaped our region, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the United States of America. Through your support, you play a significant role in the success of this mission. You can join us by downloading and printing a copy of our Membership Form or by using our Online Membership Form and PayPal.

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  • Welcome

    On the Campus of History you will learn about Lancaster County, Pennsylvania—from stories of the Conestoga Indians and the Underground Railroad to the political legacy of James Buchanan and Thaddeus Stevens to the stories of your own family.

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  • The Louise Arnold Tanger Arboretum

    Sporting 104 mature varieties of trees, the Tanger Arboretum is open to the public as a place of rest and relaxation.

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  • Back to Basics

    Every Thursday from 6:30pm-8 in August and September we're holding a different DIY workshop & demonstration, with a side of history, for only $5/person!

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Saturday, August 2, 2014
Living History at Wheatland
James Buchanan Comes of Age

Visitors to President James Buchanan's Wheatland will experience a special Living History program on Saturday August 2, 2014 between Noon and 4 PM. Guests will be guided through the life journey of James Buchanan, from a young boy in Mercersburg to his mature role as the Old Public Functionary of Washington!

 

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Around the County
The historic sites and museums in Lancaster County offer extraordinary opportunities for learners of all ages.
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President James Buchanan
President James Buchanan
Learn about the political career of President James Buchanan & First Lady Harriet Lane.
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Esprit Quilt Collection
Esprit Quilt Collection
Explore three centuries of art and history through the Richard C. von Hess Decorative Arts Center.
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Congressman Thaddeus Stevens
Congressman Thaddeus Stevens
Learn about the Great Commoner & Lydia Hamilton Smith.
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