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Hours for Presidents Day, 2/20

On Presidents Day, February 20th, President James Buchanan's Wheatland, the Exhibition Galleries, and the Museum Store will be open. To learn more about our Living History at Wheatland tours that will be taking place that day, please visit our events page. The Library, Archives, and Administrative Offices will be closed. Thank you!

Regional History Colloquium's entertaining and educational Regional History Colloquium series is back in September 2016 for another nine months of great lectures!

Presenters at the Colloquium are historians and scholars who are in the midst of a work-in-progress or who have recently completed a publication. Topics focus on historical issues relating to southeastern Pennsylvania as well as its wider borders. Topics range from the history of Civil War Generals Grant & Lee to Lancaster ladies survival in Pearl Harbor.

Light freshments are served at 4pm with the lecture from 4:30-5:30pm. 


Thu Mar 16 @ 4:00PM - 05:30PM
Regional History Colloquium

Olmsted: Landscape Architect & Environmental Visionary

Image of Kirk R. Brown as Frederick Law Olmsted.Horticulturist, lecturer, and John Bartram re-enactor Kirk Brown returns to to portray Frederick Law Olmsted in a dramatic presentation on the life of the father of landscape architecture. Responsible for designing over 6,000 landscapes in North America, Olmsted’s legacy includes the grounds of The White House, Central Park in New York City, and a conservation movement that is still challenging the world today.

Kirk R. Brown is the current Treasurer of the Garden Writers Assocation and has served that organization in many other volunteer capacities. He is a horticulturist, world-recognized botanist, key note speaker, business lecturer, and dramatist appearing across the United States and Canada. Brown is also a recipient of the Pennsylvania Nursery and Landscape Association "Green Achiever" Award for advancing horticulture in Pennsylvania among many additional accolades. Brown last visited in April 2016 to portray John Bartram, America's first botanist and father of the nursery industry in the original thirteen colonies.

The colloquium Olmsted: Landscape Architect & Environmental Visionary will take place on Thursday, March 16, 2017 in Ryder Hall at, 230 N President Avenue, Lancaster. A social gathering will begin at 4pm, followed by the lecture from 4:30-5:30pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Our Blogs

The History Bucket


Because the world is a bucketful of questions.  And someone's gotta answer them

While working with the object collections of we come across many questions.  Visit here to see some of the more unusual stories that we have uncovered.

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Historically Speaking


The staff and volunteers of the Archives Department at never know what they'll find when working on the documents and records in the collections.  Fortunately, when they do discover something noteworthy they are very willing to share!

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Marianne's PhotoBlog


Because pictures are worth a thousand words, but sometimes they need an interpreter.

You know that cliché about a picture being worth a thousand words? Ok, well, imagine the stories going on in my head after cataloging several hundred photos every single day!

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Wheatland: A Love Story

Who would have guessed that a young lady would fall in love with an old President and his old house?

One Young Lady, One Old House, Two Hundred Years of History

I’m Jennifer Walton, Museum Associate at President James Buchanan's Wheatland, and I love an old President and his old house! Over the past nine years, I’ve learned quite a lot about both, and I would love to share it with you!

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