Events

Upcoming Events

Check here for events from across the various programming efforts of LancasterHistory.org: Lancaster County's Historical Society & President James Buchanan's Wheatland.
 
Wheatland tour tickets may be purchased and visitors can check-in for on-line reservations of Wheatland tours in the Ware Commons of Lancaster County's Historical Society building. Tours of Wheatland will begin in the Ware Commons of Lancaster County's Historical Society building.

Friday, April 25, 2014 @ 05:30PM - 08:00PM
Explore & Celebrate

Created Equal?

Created Equal? Where Do We Go From Here Lancaster?

This evening focuses on the PBS film, Freedom Riders.  Join us as Africana Scholar and playwright Dr. Amanda Kemp presents a program of Film, Music, and Multicultural Discussion.

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  • 5:30 light refreshments
  • 6-8pm Film Clips & Conversation

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. NEH has partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to develop programmatic and support materials for the sites.

Theatre for Transformation is one of 473 institutions across the country awarded a set of four films chronicling the history of the civil rights movement. The powerful documentaries, The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders, and The Loving Story, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all. Freedom Riders received an Emmy in 2012, and The Loving Story and The Abolitionists have been nominated for Emmys in 2013.


Saturday, April 26, 2014 @ 10:00AM - 02:00PM
Wheatland

President Buchanan's Birthday Celebration

The 223rd anniversary of President James Buchanan's birth will be commemorated on April 26, 2014 and will feature the annual presentation of the White House wreath for the President's grave site at Woodward Hill Cemetery starting at 10 am followed by a Birthday Celebration at Wheatland starting at 12 Noon and lasting till 2 pm. Both events are free and open to the public.

2014buchananwreathlayingThe day's events begin at 10:00 AM at Woodward Hill Cemetery for the Presidential Wreath-Laying Ceremony. The Ceremony includes a historical view about James Buchanan by Major General Randall R. Marchi, who is the Deputy Adjutant General- Army, Pennsylvania National Guard. Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray will be providing additional perspective on the life and times of James Buchanan. Another special guest is the 15th President's historic guards, the Lancaster Fencibles; they will present a black powder-gun salute at the Cemetery. The Ceremony concludes with the Presidential Wreath being placed at James Buchanan's tomb by Major General Randall R. Marchi with assistance from two Buchanan Elementary School students; Jermaine Sanchez as James Buchanan and Megan Esch as Miss Harriet Lane, the 15th President's First Lady and niece.

Following the Ceremony the public is invited by the students and PTO of James Buchanan Elementary School to President James Buchanan's Wheatland for a 223rd Birthday Celebration. Free tours of the President's beloved home, Wheatland, are available from 12 Noon until 2:00 pm with a tour beginning every 15 minutes and the last free tour beginning at 1:45. These tours will be led by the Buchanan Elementary School students as they interpret the history of Wheatland, James Buchanan, his family and his life. Enjoy a slice of James Buchanan's birthday cake with some punch provided through the generosity of the James Buchanan Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO.)

Born April 23, 1791, James Buchanan served as President of the United States from 1857-1861. His presidency was defined by a struggle to preserve the Union as it exploded over slavery, session, and Mr. Lincoln's election. His political career began in Pennsylvania's Legislature and was followed by 35 years in Congress, as a foreign diplomat, and as Secretary of State before his election as our 15th U.S. President.


Tuesday, April 29, 2014 @ 08:30AM - 05:00PM
Explore & Celebrate

Trip to Winterthur Museum to view exclusive exhibition: The Costumes of Downton Abbey

We're sorry; the trip to view  The Costumes of Downton Abbey at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library has sold out.  To be placed on a waiting list, please call (717) 392-4633.  A second excursion to see the exhibition will be planned for December 2014.  Stay tuned!

Join LancasterHistory.org for an exclusive look at The Costumes of Downton Abbey at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library.

  • Tuesday, April 29, 2014
  • Depart LancasterHistory.org's Campus of History at 8:30 am
  • Return at 5:00 pm
  • $60 per person

2014 April 29 downtonabbeyCostumes of Downton Abbey is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Forty historically inspired costumes from the television show will be displayed and supplemented by photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur.

Visitors will have a chance to step into and experience the world of Downton Abbey and the contrasting world of Winterthur founder Henry Francis du Pont and his contemporaries in the first half of the 20th century.

Ticket includes bus transportation from LancasterHistory.org's Campus of History to Winterthur and back, a guided tour of the Costumes of Downton Abbey exhibition, an exclusive presentation offered LancasterHistory.org's guests by the exhibition's curator, Maggie Lidz, and a one-hour guided tour of the Winterthur Museum. You will have free time to explore the museum's other galleries, walk the beautiful 60-acre garden at the height of spring, and shop in the Museum Stores. Lunch will be on your own in one of Winterthur's two restaurants.

Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur is the premier museum of American decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the du Pont family's life. Its 60-acre naturalistic garden is among the country's best, and its research library serves scholars from around the world.
Limited Space; advanced reservations required.
Visit LancasterHistory.org or call (717) 392-4633 for reservations.

  • Cost is $60
  • Call 717-392-4633 for details and reservations.
  • Space is limited.

 


Tuesday, April 29, 2014 @ 06:00PM - 08:00PM
Classes

Let the Records Show: Civil and Criminal Court Records

Let the Records Show: Courthouse Research (sessions priced individually)

  • Tuesday, April 29th, 6:00-8:00 Part One: Civil and Criminal Court Records
  • Tuesday, May 6th, 6:00-8:00 Part Two: Register of Wills and Orphans' Court Records

Instructors: Heather Tennies, Director of Archival Services and Katie Fichtner, Archives Assistant

Has your research come to a road block! Unlock the past and discover new avenues to research by becoming familiar with almost three centuries of Lancaster County's historic government records. Both classes are recommended, but participants may chose to attend only one session.

Members: $15, Nonmembers: $20 unless otherwise noted.

Courses to be held at LancasterHistory.org, 230 N President Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603.

 Register on-line or by calling 717-392-4633

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Thursday, May 1, 2014 @ 06:30PM -
Thirsty for History, LancasterHistory.org Night at the Fulton

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

Call the Fulton Theatre at (717) 397-7425 to purchase your tickets. Be sure to mention that you are a member of LancasterHistory.org to receive a 10% discount.
Reception begins at 6:30 p.m., Presentation by Dr. Tom Ryan at 7:00 p.m., The show begins at 7:30 p. m.


Friday, May 2, 2014 @ 05:00PM - 08:00PM
LancasterHistory On the Square - Gallery and Museum Store

First Friday

Join us for First Friday at 4 West King Street, LancasterHistory On the Square from 5 -8 for a celebration of Mother's Day! PJ Rankin Hults will be demonstrating her paper cutting and will have prints and originals available.


Saturday, May 3, 2014 @ 12:00PM - 04:00PM
Living History at Wheatland

Harriet Lane- Democratic Queen

Meet Harriet Rebecca Lane, President James Buchanan's orphaned niece and White House hostess extraordinaire. On 3 May 2014, President James Buchanan's Wheatland will present a special Living History program focused on the life journey of this fascinating woman. From her years as a young orphan, to her maturity as the preeminent woman of Washington, Harriet Lane defied convention, yet won the hearts of her fellow Americans.

Register on-line or by calling 717-392-4633

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014 @ 06:00PM - 08:00PM
Classes

Let the Records Show: Register of Wills and Orphans' Court

Let the Records Show: Courthouse Research (sessions priced individually)

  • Tuesday, April 29th, 6:00-8:00 Part One: Civil and Criminal Court Records
  • Tuesday, May 6th, 6:00-8:00 Part Two: Register of Wills and Orphans' Court Records

Instructors: Heather Tennies, Director of Archival Services and Katie Fichtner, Archives Assistant

Has your research come to a road block! Unlock the past and discover new avenues to research by becoming familiar with almost three centuries of Lancaster County's historic government records. Both classes are recommended, but participants may chose to attend only one session.

Members: $15, Nonmembers: $20 unless otherwise noted.

Advance registration suggested: (717) 392-4633.

Courses to be held at LancasterHistory.org, 230 N President Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603.

 Register on-line or by calling 717-392-4633

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014 @ 06:30PM - 08:30PM
Classes

I Thought Aunt Bess was Born in Pennsylvania! Conflicting Sources and Evidence Workshop

Instructor: Kevin Shue, Genealogist

Every genealogist has experienced conflicting evidence even within the same record! Learn through an interactive workshop how to think through and resolve the conflict. Join other genealogists as a "conflict-cracking team," by resolving practice samples.

  • Members $15
  • Non-members $20
  • Courses held at 230 N. President Ave.

 Register on-line or by calling 717-392-4633

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Saturday, May 17, 2014
Explore & Celebrate

World War II Encampment

Tanks, Trucks, Tents, Soldiers & the Big Band Sound of the Moonlighters

jitterbug 250wOne weekend in May Lancasterhistory.org brings WWII to the Campus of History to salute our veterans, honor all who served, and educate everyone from 2 to 102 with the stories and sacrifice of WWII. Tanks, trucks, tents, soldiers and a great Saturday night USO Dance await you at the corner of North President and Marietta Avenues.

Surround yourself with more than 75 re-enactors, meet the 2nd Armored Division, the 1st Infantry Division, the US Navy Seabees displaying WWII scuba diving equipment, the Germans, the Brits from North Staffordshire Regiment and others. And don't forget to explore The Homefront - a complete recreation of life in the 1940s. Talk to the soldiers, explore their vehicles, inspect their tents and enjoy some bar-b-que, hot dogs and hamburgers. Teachers, send your students. Students, chat with the re-enactors, collect their signatures, and bring their stories back to the classroom. Parents, bring the kids. Education starts Early.

The encampment runs Saturday May 17, 9am to 5 pm and Sunday May 18, 9 am to 4 pm. A WWII bi-plane flyover is scheduled Sunday afternoon weather permitting. The encampment is FREE and Open to the Public.

Saturday evening at 7pm it's time for the USO Big Band Dance under the tent. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B, I'll Never Smile Again, Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree, In the Mood.....enjoy dancing - rain or shine - to the songs and sounds of the Moonlighters. The Dance runs from 7-10pm. Dance contest at 8pm with great prizes for "Best Dressed" and "Best Dancers." Admission is just $5. Kids 12 & under are free. So break out your dancing shoes, brush up on your jitterbug, bring your lawn chairs and settle in for an evening that's sure to bring back memories or create new ones.

 

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Sunday, May 18, 2014
Explore & Celebrate

World War II Encampment

Tanks, Trucks, Tents, Soldiers & the Big Band Sound of the Moonlighters

jitterbug 250wOne weekend in May Lancasterhistory.org brings WWII to the Campus of History to salute our veterans, honor all who served, and educate everyone from 2 to 102 with the stories and sacrifice of WWII. Tanks, trucks, tents, soldiers and a great Saturday night USO Dance await you at the corner of North President and Marietta Avenues.

Surround yourself with more than 75 re-enactors, meet the 2nd Armored Division, the 1st Infantry Division, the US Navy Seabees displaying WWII scuba diving equipment, the Germans, the Brits from North Staffordshire Regiment and others. And don't forget to explore The Homefront - a complete recreation of life in the 1940s. Talk to the soldiers, explore their vehicles, inspect their tents and enjoy some bar-b-que, hot dogs and hamburgers. Teachers, send your students. Students, chat with the re-enactors, collect their signatures, and bring their stories back to the classroom. Parents, bring the kids. Education starts Early.

The encampment runs Saturday May 17, 9am to 5 pm and Sunday May 18, 9 am to 4 pm. A WWII bi-plane flyover is scheduled Sunday afternoon weather permitting. The encampment is FREE and Open to the Public.

Saturday evening at 7pm it's time for the USO Big Band Dance under the tent. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B, I'll Never Smile Again, Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree, In the Mood.....enjoy dancing - rain or shine - to the songs and sounds of the Moonlighters. The Dance runs from 7-10pm. Dance contest at 8pm with great prizes for "Best Dressed" and "Best Dancers." Admission is just $5. Kids 12 & under are free. So break out your dancing shoes, brush up on your jitterbug, bring your lawn chairs and settle in for an evening that's sure to bring back memories or create new ones.

 

Sponsored in part by

OLMLogogTransBlack 300w

 


Saturday, June 7, 2014 @ 10:00AM - 02:00PM
Classes

Homebrew and History: Lancaster's Brewing Heritage on Tap

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Instructors: James Bollinger; Chad Rieker, Iron Hill-Lancaster; Mark Garber, Lancaster Homebrew

Each class is an introduction to all-grain and extract home brewing where you’ll learn through observation. No experience necessary! Chad Rieker has scaled down an historic family recipe and Lancaster Homebrew has turned the recipe into kits that can be purchased the day of the class! We’ll take a comprehensive look at Lancaster’s brewing history and the science of beer-making. Great history, beer samples, and homebrew tips are all on tap!

$40 fee includes lunch and several homebrew samples

  • Courses held at 230 N. President Ave.

 Register on-line or by calling 717-392-4633

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OurBlogs

The History Bucket

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

While working with the object collections of LancasterHistory.org 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

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The staff and volunteers of the Archives Department at LancasterHistory.org 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

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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, Assistant Director of President James Buchanan's Wheatland, and I love an old President and his old house! Over the past six years, I’ve learned quite a lot about both, and I would love to share it with you!

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