Events: Off-Site 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.

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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.


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!

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 as soon as possible so alternative accommodations can be made.

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.


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