Black History Month Honors National Black History Month with Program Set

A lecture, film screening, panel discussions, and exhibit are all available this February 2017.

During the month of February, we celebrate the black men and women who have achieved greatness in our nation's history. In honor of our area's own rich history with racial justice, proudly presents a program set that pays tribute to those who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today. 

Protests at Rocky Springs -- The Integration of Lancaster's Swimming Pools

Thursday, February 2, 2017 at

4pm Social Gathering  |  4:30pm Lecture & Panel Discussion

Image of the Protest at Rocky Springs c. will welcome M. Alison Kibler of Franklin & Marshall College for the lecture Protests at Rocky Springs -- The Integration of Lancaster's Swimming Pools. The historic protests demanding swimming pool integration at 3 Lancaster pools--Rocky Springs, Maple Grove, and Brookside--are the focus of this lecture. A panel discussion will follow, featuring guests who will share their recollections of the 1963 protest, including Dr. Leroy Hopkins, Fred Reed, and Attorney Robert Pfannebecker.

The lecture Protests at Rocky Springs will take place on Thursday, February 2, 2017 in Ryder Hall at, 230 N President Avenue in Lancaster, PA. A social gathering will begin at 4pm, followed by the lecture and panel at 4:30pm. The event is free and open to the public.


Carry Me Home -- A Tribute to Harriet Tubman

Thursday, February 16, 2017 at

4pm Social Gathering  |  4:30pm Film Screening & Panel Discussion will host a special screening of the locally produced short film Carry Me Home -- A Tribute to Harriet Tubman. Carry Me Home depicts the life and faith of Harriet Tubman, who helped to set more than 300 slaves free through the Underground Railroad in the 1800s. Based on a true story, the film zeroes in on a real-life encounter between Tubman and Maria Ennals, who was a slave in the South during the mid-1800s. Tubman leads Ennals and her family through life-threatening trials causing them all to question whether or not freedom is worth the price they must pay to obtain it. A panel discussion will follow featuring Dr. Amanda Kemp, Rev. Louis Butcher, and Dayspring Christian Academy alumni Josh Henry, the film’s director and producer.

The film screening and panel discussion of Carry Me Home will take place on Thursday, February 16, 2017 in Ryder Hall at, 230 N President Avenue, Lancaster, PA. A social gathering will begin at 4pm, followed by the film screening and panel discussion at 4:30pm. The event is free and open to the public.


Carry Me Home was developed by Dayspring Christian Academy in partnership with LampHouse Films, Lancaster, as part of their Remember America initiative. The film's director, Josh Henry, and director of photography, Michael Schmucker, are both Dayspring graduates, and they worked alongside current Dayspring faculty and staff on the film. Director Josh Henry will participate on the panel.


Image of Dr. Amanda Kemp.Dr. Amanda Kemp is a professor, speaker, poet, and playwright specializing in race, history and culture. She graduated from Stanford University and earned a PhD from Northwestern University. She has taught at the University level for over a decade and served as a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Lecturer. The founder of Theatre for Transformation, Kemp has reached over 25,000 people in her artistic and academic residencies at schools, colleges, and faith gatherings, and is the recipient of a number of accolades, including the John Gardner Fellowship from Stanford University, People United to Save Humanity (PUSH) Award, and the NAACP Lancaster Civic Award. She is currently touring INSPIRA: The Power of the Spiritual and has recently published the book Say the Wrong Thing, a collection of essays on social justice. When not traveling, Kemp resides in Lancaster, PA with her husband violinist Michael Jamanis, their five children, and chocolate lab Jake. For speaking, residency, or her Tribe of the H.E.A.R.T. Community information, see

Image of Rev. Louis Butcher, Jr.Louis A. Butcher, Jr., a native of Lancaster, PA, was educated in the Lancaster School System, graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and from the Lancaster Bible College with a Master of Arts in Ministry. He has also received honorary doctorates from Franklin and Marshall College, and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. He has held various positions in the corporate world, including serving as a sales representative for Hamilton Watch Company and as Corporate Employment Manager for that firm. He worked in retailing for ten years with John Wanamaker Department Stores, holding the positions of Branch Personnel Manager, Operations Manager and Divisional Merchandise Manager. He spent nearly twenty years with the County of Lancaster as Executive Director of the County Human Relations Commission. He has also operated his own business. He is an organizer of the Bright Side Baptist Church and has been its Pastor for the past thirty years. Pastor Butcher is married to the former Katie A. Rogers and they are parents of four children and seven grandchildren. They were also foster parents for thirty years, helping to raise more than twenty children.

Image of Josh Henry.Josh Henry is the director, writer, editor, and co-producer of Carry Me Home, a production of LampHouse Films. Josh has a strong history of storytelling, as the former creative force behind the often hilarious YouTube channel Henry Productions. Josh is passionate about telling stories. This is evident in his energetic and engaging directorial style, and as the boundary pushing lead-editor at LampHouse Films. To Josh, story is king. He shared his philosophy with the following, “Every word we write, every shot, every light, every edit, grade, and animation – every decision we make exists to further the story. Film is more than the conveyance of information. It has the power to evoke strong emotion in the viewer. We craft every element of production to enhance the cinematic experience of the audience. Josh works with follow filmmaker Michael Schmucker who started Lamphouse Films (then msCinema) in 2009. Both are graduates of Dayspring Christian Academy.


Image from Carry Me Home film.


FREEDOM: "to secure the Blessings of Liberty"

Ongoing Exhibition at

Viewable Monday - Saturday, 9:30am - 5:30pm with purchase of admission (eligible for the Family Museum Pass Program)

Explore the stories of Lancastrians who sought freedom, fought for freedom, lived in freedom, and were denied freedom. Immerse yourself in artifacts, manuscripts and photos that tell these stories of joy, hope, struggle, and survival from Penn's Holy Experiment through the 21st Century. While exploring Lancaster County's past, we invite you to contemplate what freedom means to you.

Images of historic artifacts on display.From left to right: Congressman Thaddeus Stevens' clubfoot boot; the House of Worth Gown worn by former First Lady Harriet Lane Johnson; and historic books featured in the FREEDOM exhibition.

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