Events: Off-Site Event

Stevens & Smith Center Ceremonial Groundbreaking

A vibrant contemporary photo of historic brick buildings along a road.
The Thaddeus Stevens & Lydia Hamilton Smith Center for History and Democracy on the corner of South Queen and Vine Streets in Lancaster City.

Join LancasterHistory for a ceremonial groundbreaking at the Thaddeus Stevens & Lydia Hamilton Smith Center for History and Democracy on Monday, May 13, 2024! The event will begin at 9am in Commons on Vine in the Lancaster County Convention Center with coffee and pastries, followed by remarks from local dignitaries and figures such as Mayor Danene Sorace, Representative Ismail “Izzy” Smith-Wade-El, Representative Michael Sturla, and LancasterHistory President & CEO Thomas R. Ryan, Ph.D. After remarks, the public is invited to tour the Stevens & Smith Center for first behind-the-scenes looks at the space before construction officially begins.

This event is free and open to the public, but requires registration and space is limited.

Register Online for the Groundbreaking

Registrations may also be made over the phone by calling 717.392.4633.

Parking for the event is available at local garages for a fee, including the Penn Square Garage at 28 S. Duke Street.

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Open House Dedication/Memorial Family-Friendly In-Person Event Off-Site Event Tour Reception

May 13, 2024 Commons on Vine, Lancaster Co. Convention Center 9am - 12pm FREE | Registration Required