Events: In-Person Event

Bus Trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

  • June 8, 2024
  • See Description
  • Depart at 6:30am | Return at 6:30pm
  • $85 per person
Two women sit on a bench viewing the glass conservatory building.
A woman in a colorful dress stands taking photos of roses in a rose garden.
Did you know that June is National Rose Month? Photo: Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

Join the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum for an exciting bus tip to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens on Saturday, June 8!

Designed in 1897 by John Charles and Frederick Law Olmstead, the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens (BBG) opened in May 1911 and today holds over 14,000 taxonomies of plants across 52 acres in Brooklyn, New York City. The Garden is most well-known for its Cherry Blossoms, but also features over 14 other wonderful gardens, pavilions, and collections, including the C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum. This trip is at-your-own pace, and attendees will have about five hours to enjoy the gardens on their own before departure. To see what will be blooming in June, please click here, or click here to view a Bloom Calendar PDF.

The coach bus will depart LancasterHistory (230 N. President Ave. in Lancaster, PA) at 6:30am on Saturday, June 8 and arrive at the BBG around 10am. The bus departs the gardens at 3pm, returning to LancasterHistory around 6:30pm.

Tickets are $85 per person and includes admission to the BBG, coach bus transportation, and driver gratuity. Meals are not included, so attendees are responsible for dining on their own. (The BBG does have dining options.) Attendees are recommended to wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and bring their own water bottles.

To register for the trip, please click here to purchase your tickets online or call (717) 392-4633, ext. 133 to register over the phone. This trip is open to everyone to attend, but tickets are required.

Limited seating is available, so advance registration is strongly recommended. Ticket sales will close once sold out or by June 5, whichever comes first.

If you have any questions about the trip or registering for the trip, please contact Emily Miller, Director of Marketing & Communications, at 717.392.4633, ext. 133 or via email.

Featured Event Bus Trip Family-Friendly In-Person Event Off-Site Event Outdoor

Storytime [May 23, 2024]

Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature this May during Storytime! Each week, we’ll read aloud from a book centered on a historical or environmental topic, and then lead a craft or activity. This May, we’ll explore gardening, growing, and other springtime themes!

A colorful cover featuring a large, cartoonish monarch butterfly.
Credit: Scholastic

On May 23, we’ll read Senorita Mariposa by Ben Gundersheimer (illustrated by Marcos Almada Rivero).

At the end of each summer, monarch butterflies leave Canada to fly south to Mexico for the winter—and now, readers can come along for the ride! Rhyming text and lively illustrations showcase the epic trip taken by these international travelers—over mountains capped with snow to the deserts down below. Children will be delighted to share in the fascinating journey of the monarch butterflies while being introduced to the people and places they pass.Scholastic Book Club

Storytime is free, and registration is required to ensure we have craft supplies for everyone. Storytime is designed for young readers, ages 2-6, but older and younger siblings or friends are welcome to attend. Register for all Storytime programs or individual programs online or over the phone by calling (717) 392-4633.

Storytime will take place outdoors unless it rains, in which case it will be moved indoors. All attendees should abide by LancasterHistory’s Heath & Safety Protocols for Visitors. We kindly ask that at least one (1) adult 18 years or older attend for every household.

Children's Program Family-Friendly In-Person Event Outdoor

May 23, 2024 LancasterHistory, 230 N President Avenue, Lancaster 10 - 11am FREE | Registration Required

Storytime [May 30, 2024]

Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature this May during Storytime! Each week, we’ll read aloud from a book centered on a historical or environmental topic, and then lead a craft or activity. This May, we’ll explore gardening, growing, and other springtime themes!

A colorful, hand drawn cover of rain boots next to a downspout of a house, flowing with water.
Credit: Amazon

On May 30, we’ll read Let’s Build a Rain Garden, written and illustrated by Sally Wenczel.

Let’s Build a Rain Garden leads children into Great Lakes Region ecology through verse. They’ll get a close up look at the fun creatures and native plants that thrive inside a rain garden, while learning the more high-level terms STORMWATER and WATERSHED. The book is written for children, however adults will also enjoy taking notes on the basic steps for building a rain garden. Be a part of the solution to stop the pollution. It all begins with YOU! -Amazon

Storytime is free, and registration is required to ensure we have craft supplies for everyone. Storytime is designed for young readers, ages 2-6, but older and younger siblings or friends are welcome to attend. Register for all Storytime programs or individual programs online or over the phone by calling (717) 392-4633.

Storytime will take place outdoors unless it rains, in which case it will be moved indoors. All attendees should abide by LancasterHistory’s Heath & Safety Protocols for Visitors. We kindly ask that at least one (1) adult 18 years or older attend for every household.

Children's Program Family-Friendly In-Person Event Outdoor

May 30, 2024 LancasterHistory, 230 N President Avenue, Lancaster 10 - 11am FREE | Registration Required

History Happy Hour at Zoetropolis

A black and white photograph of men standing at a bar in suits and jackets.
Men stand at Rieker Star Brewery’s Western Market Saloon in 1896. LancasterHistory.

Join LancasterHistory for a summertime History Happy at Zoetropolis Cinema Stillhouse on Tuesday, June 4 from 5:30-7:30pm!

On March 17, 1932, a big story started to break in Lancaster County. That day, an unassuming headline in the New Era read “Beer Pipe is Found in Sewer.” The next day, splashed across the front page in big, bold letters were the words “12 Arrests Near in Beer Line Probe.” On March 21, the paper’s front page revealed more, reading: “250 Ft. of Beer Hose Taken from Sewers.” And on the 22nd, the Intelligencer had still more of the story, led by the headline: “Beer Runners Used Several Breweries to Escape Raiders.” The story went on for months, but the gist of it was this: Max Hassel, a Reading bootlegger, had run an 18-inch hose 3,000 feet (a half mile!) from the Rieker Star Brewery at 554 West King Street to an empty warehouse at 112 North Water Street where he and his men packaged and distributed the beer illegally for consumption around the region in violation of the 18th Amendment of the US Constitution.

Today, 112 Water Street is home to Zoetropolis, a local social hotspot with a movie theater, restaurant, and stillhouse. It’s only fitting that on Tuesday, June 4, LancasterHistory brings its sold-out History Happy Hour series to this lively, historical location. Over drinks and light bites, we’ll give attendees “the scoop” on Lancaster during Prohibition, from the infamous hose to the police commissioner bent on bringing down a bootlegger and a corrupt judge.

The doors (and bar) open at 5:30pm at Zoetropolis on Tuesday, June 4. The program will begin at 6pm. Attendees are welcome to stay until 7:30pm. Ticket purchase of $30 per person includes admission to the program, light snacks, and one complimentary beverage. (Please note that additional drinks and merchandise are not included in the purchase of a ticket. Zoetropolis’ kitchen will be closed on Tuesday, so attendees may wish to make dinner reservations at one of many fabulous restaurants downtown after the event.) Event is suggested for ages 18 or older, and individuals must be 21 years or older to consume adult beverages.

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

You may also call 717.392.4633 to purchase your tickets over the phone. Advance registration strongly recommended as sell-out is likely and walk-in tickets are not guaranteed.

Thank you to our History Happy Hour event sponsor!

In-Person Event Off-Site Event

June 4, 2024 Zoetropolis, 112 N. Water Street, Lancaster, PA 5:30 - 7:30pm $30/person

2024 LancasterHistory Annual Dinner

The brick facade of the Excelsior Lancaster light up at night.
The Excelsior Lancaster

LancasterHistory’s friends and supporters are invited to enjoy a night of food, fun, and fellowship at the magnificent, historic Excelsior Lancaster, as we celebrate our successes and look toward a promising future. The Excelsior Lancaster, steeped in history, began its life as the Sprenger Brewery in 1852 and continues today as a premiere event space. Come celebrate Lancaster County’s history with us on Thursday, June 13 at the Excelsior Lancaster! The Annual Dinner proceeds benefit the education and public programs of LancasterHistory.

The event will begin on Thursday, June 13 with cocktails in the Garden Courtyard at 6pm, followed by dinner and dessert at 7pm in the Grande Salon. At 8pm, Dr. Thomas R. Ryan, President & CEO of LancasterHistory, will make remarks. At 8:30pm, join us for a brief, live auction with the help of talented auctioneer Jessica Shaub to help raise even more funds for LancasterHistory!

MEAL OPTIONS
The evening will feature delicious hors d’oeuvres, a grilled peach salad, and a dinner option of either tenderloin of filet with pesto salmon pinwheels, with Argentinian chimichurri and horseradish cream sauce and roasted potatoes and broccolini on the side OR legume curry with jazmine rice (vegan). Dessert and coffee is also included. There will be an open bar throughout the evening.

Attendees with any dietary restrictions or food allergies should contact Annie Weeks at (717) 392-4633, ext. 134 or annie.weeks@lancasterhistory.org as soon as possible so alternative accommodations can be made.

RESERVATIONS
Tickets are available at the levels below. Each level is preceded by the name of said level (ex. “Catacomb Collaborator”), followed by the price per person. Each ticket includes admission to the event and dinner and dessert with open bar. The higher the level, the more support you give to LancasterHistory. Seating is not assigned except for those who reserve a table sponsorship or are an event sponsor.

  • Individual Ticket: $150/person
  • Catacomb Collaborator: $250/person
  • Palatial Partner: $500/person
  • History Maker: $750/person

You can also reserve a table for eight (8) by purchasing a table sponsorship for $1,500. Limited table sponsorship available and are first come, first serve by reservation.

A portion of each ticket level is tax deductible. For higher levels ($250 and up), an added benefit is attendees name(s) listed on the event program.

RSVP by June 1, 2024 online or by calling 717.392.4633, ext. 122. You may also download and complete a response card [PDF; 56.82kb] and mail it to LancasterHistory with payment. Reservations are held upon receipt of payment.

Purchase Tickets for the Annual Dinner

Unable to attend but want to show your support? Consider making a gift! Thank you for your generosity.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The closest parking garage to the Excelsior Lancaster is the East King Street Garage at 150 E. King Street.

A graphic with multiple business and organization logos in support of the Annual Dinner or in support of educational programs at LancasterHistory.

Fundraiser In-Person Event Off-Site Event

June 13, 2024 The Excelsior Lancaster, 125 E. King Street, Lancaster, PA 6-9pm See Description

Nature Series: The Ecology & Management of the Eastern Bluebird

A graphic with a color photograph of a man with light skin tending to a bird house on a golf course.
Dr. Dean Rust maintenances a bluebird box on a golf course.

Join the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum on Saturday, June 15 at 10am for “The Ecology & Management of the Eastern Bluebird.” Presenter Dr. Dean Rust, President of the Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania, will discuss how to be a great caretaker of your backyard Bluebirds. Attendees will learn the ins and outs of installing nest boxes and monitoring their backyard Bluebirds, as well as learn about the life cycle of Bluebirds from nest building to fledgling.

Dr. Dean Rust is the current President of the Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania, a position he’s held since 2012. He stewards 22 Bluebird trails, personally monitors over 450 Bluebird nest boxes, and fledges over 1,000 Bluebirds each summer. Rust is also the author of The Beloved and Charismatic Bluebird, a “hands-on” guide to Bluebirds, providing practical knowledge and proven techniques to advance the skill of the backyard Bluebirder. He maintains the website bluebirdconservation.com. Rust moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1972 and practiced general dentistry until his retirement in 2005. He also served as an umpire for high school and collegiate field hockey in the Lancaster area for 20 years.

HOW TO REGISTER
The event, “The Ecology & Management of the Eastern Bluebird,” will take place on Saturday, June 15 at 10am at LancasterHistory. Tickets are $5/Adult (18+) and $3/Child. Friends of the Tanger Arboretum members receive complimentary admission, but should still register for the program. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling (717) 392-4633. Advance tickets recommended as the program has limited capacity.

The Friends of the Tanger Arboretum is a member of the American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Admission Program. AHS Reciprocal Admission Program members may register for tickets in advance and must show a valid membership card upon checking in. AHS Members should contact Emily Miller, emily.miller@lancasterhistory.org, with any questions or to register for tickets in advance.


This event is hosted by the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum. The Friends of the Tanger Arboretum, a subsidiary organization of LancasterHistory, helps foster public interest in, and support for, the maintenance and development of the Tanger Arboretum as a community asset. To learn more about the Arboretum or to become a member, please visit the Arboretum’s webpage.

Family-Friendly In-Person Event Nature Series Program

June 15, 2024 LancasterHistory, 230 N. President Ave, Lancaster 10am $5/Adults | $3/Children (17 & Under) | FREE Friends of Tanger Arboretum Members

“Dutchirican” Open House & Curator Tours

Join us for special evening hours to celebrate the exhibition, Dutchirican: A Latinx History of Central Pennsylvania! Visitors will be able to view the special exhibit and talk to curators Dr. Ivette Guzmán-Zavala and Dr. John Hinshaw of Lebanon Valley College about their research into when, how, and why Latinx peoples have moved to Central Pennsylvania over the last 75 years.

More information to come! Please check back later.

Open House Family-Friendly In-Person Event Reception

June 27, 2024 LancasterHistory, 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster, PA 5-8pm More Details To Come!

Nature Series: Pollinators & Butterflies

Graphic features a color photograph of an adult woman with light skin. She wears a deep green colored t-shirt and a baseball cap.Join the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum on Saturday, July 27 at 10am for our final Nature Series program of 2024: “Pollinators & Butterflies!” We welcome back presenter Lisa Sanchez, a naturalist at the Lancaster County Department of Parks & Recreation Environmental Center, will discuss the different species of pollinators, such as butterflies, moths, and bees, who are buzzing about in the heat of summer. Attendees will join Lisa for a walk about the Arboretum’s Pollinator Gardens to observe and learn about these vital summer insects and what they can do (and grow) to help local pollinators and butterflies in their yards or green spaces!

Lisa J. Sanchez has been a naturalist at the Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation Environmental Center for 30 years. Teaching students of all ages to explore and value the wonders of nature is her passion. She enjoys helping people reconnect with the earth through education and observation. Lisa can often be found in her garden or kayaking on the river.

HOW TO REGISTER
The event, “Pollinators & Butterflies,” will take place on Saturday, July 27 at 10am at LancasterHistory. Tickets are $5/Adult (18+) and $3/Child. Friends of the Tanger Arboretum members receive complimentary admission, but should still register for the program. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling (717) 392-4633. Advance tickets recommended as the program has limited capacity. The program will begin indoors before going outdoors to explore the grounds. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

The Friends of the Tanger Arboretum is a member of the American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Admission Program. AHS Reciprocal Admission Program members may register for tickets in advance and must show a valid membership card upon checking in. AHS Members should contact Emily Miller, emily.miller@lancasterhistory.org, with any questions or to register for tickets in advance.


This event is hosted by the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum. The Friends of the Tanger Arboretum, a subsidiary organization of LancasterHistory, helps foster public interest in, and support for, the maintenance and development of the Tanger Arboretum as a community asset. To learn more about the Arboretum or to become a member, please visit the Arboretum’s webpage.

Family-Friendly In-Person Event Nature Series Outdoor Program

July 27, 2024 LancasterHistory, 230 N. President Ave, Lancaster 10am $5/Adults | $3/Children (17 & Under) | FREE Friends of Tanger Arboretum Members