Events

Plain Meetinghouses: Old Order Mennonites Gather to Worship

  • September 14, 2017
  • 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA
  • Social & Book Signing at 4pm | Lecture at 4:30pm
  • FREE

Image of the book cover to Plain Meetinghouses by Beth Oberholtzer.LancasterHistory.org is pleased to kick off our fall season of the Regional History Colloquium series on Thursday, September 14 with Beth Oberholtzer presenting on Plain Meetinghouses: Old Order Mennonites Gather to Worship. Old Order Mennonites are deeply faithful, agrarian-rooted, Swiss-German Anabaptists who have called Lancaster County home for 300 years. Their meetinghouses silently embody their religious traditions, and yet few outsiders have seen the startling utilitarian beauty of these rural structures up close. Author Beth Oberholtzer and photographer John Herr were allowed rare access to 22 austere houses of worship and join us to discuss the extraordinary religious heritage of this Old Order way of life.

Beth Oberholtzer is a book designer, editor, and author from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She has written and photographed books about grain painting, crazy quilt stockings, and appliqued wall hangings. John Herr is an architecture photographer, also from Lancaster County, whose work portrays contemporary and historic buildings. His images are reminders that fine buildings are community assets to be valued and preserved. Beth and John are tenth- and eleventh-generation descendants of Swiss-German Mennonites who in the early 1700s escaped religious persecution and settled in Lancaster County.

Event information: This event takes place in Ryder Hall at LancasterHistory.org. A social gathering and book signing begins at 4pm, followed by the presentation at 4:30pm. The event is free and open to the public. Ample parking available on-site.

Featured Event Lecture

“Go At Your Own Pace” Saturday [August 2017]

Enjoy a “Go At Your Own Pace” tour of President James Buchanan’s Wheatland on Saturday, August 26. Guides will be stationed throughout the presidential mansion as you tour at your own pace. Tour entries every 15 minutes from 1-3pm. Ticket price also includes admission to the museum galleries at LancasterHistory.org.

To purchase tickets for a timed entry between 1-3pm, please click the link for tickets. Advanced reservations are recommended as tours often sell out and walk-in space is not guaranteed. Please check in at our main building at 230 N. President Avenue at least 15 minutes before your respective tour entry time.

(Regular, guided tours of mansion are still available on Saturday but only at 10am, 11am, and 12pm. To book one of these options, please visit https://lancasterhistory.checkfront.com/reserve.)

Tour Family-Friendly

August 26, 2017 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA Tour Entries Every 15 Minutes from 1 - 3pm Adults $15 | Senior $13 | Student (11-17) $8 | Child Under 10 FREE

September African American Heritage Walking Tour

Learn about Lancaster’s abolitionists, Underground Railroad agents, religious leaders, and entrepreneurs as you visit 12 historical sites and properties with African American heritage. Tours are led by the African American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania.

Two tours will be offered on Saturday, September 2 at 11am and 2pm. Tours depart from the Lancaster City Visitor Center at 39 Penn Square in Lancaster. Tours are safe & easy, and take 60-90 minutes. Comfortable walking shoes and weather appropriate clothes are recommended.

No reservations needed. Tickets available only at the Lancaster City Visitor Center on tour days. For more information, please contact Randy Harris (717) 808-2941 or Leroy Hopkins (717) 224-7030.

Outdoor Tour Family-Friendly

September 2, 2017 38 Penn Square, Lancaster, PA 11am & 2pm Adults $8 | Youth (6-18) $2 | Other Price Points Available

Copperhead or War Democrat?

It’s September, 1864.  Atlanta has fallen, and Sherman now marches to the sea.  Farragut has taken Mobile.  Grant and Lee are stalemated near Richmond.  As the war machine grinds on, the casualties pile up by the tens of thousands.  A presidential election campaign is underway, but the Democrats are deeply split – War Democrats want the Confederacy defeated; Peace Democrats, the Copperheads, want a negotiated settlement now.  But who is who?  Former President James Buchanan is hosting friends at Wheatland.  Will they reveal themselves?

Living History tours featuring Copperhead or War Democrat? begin on the hour, starting at 12pm with the last tour at 3pm. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended as tours do fill up and walk-in space is not guaranteed. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour so you may have ample time to check in.

What is a Living History tour? A Living History Tour differs from a Standard Tour of Wheatland in that it is an immerse experience in history where various costumed historic reenactors share history through first-person “living” portrayals of historic characters. These tours are only available the first Saturday of the month from March – October. Tour admission also includes admission to the exhibition galleries at LancasterHistory.org.

Tour Family-Friendly

September 2, 2017 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA Tours On The Hour, 12 - 3pm Adults $15 | Senior $13 | Student (11-17) $8 | Child Under 10 FREE

Curator’s Tour of Lancaster County Quilts

Get a closer look at intricate and fascinating quilts! Join LancasterHistory.org Curators Wendell Zercher and Tori Pyle for an hour long presentation of Lancaster County quilts at 3pm on Thursday, September 14. Curators will give a brief introduction, followed by a presentation on a number of quilts–particularly those from Lancaster County’s Mennonite and other Anabaptist traditions–that will emphasize details and discussion.

Advanced tickets are required and can be purchased by clicking the ticket button in this event. Tickets are $10 for LancasterHistory.org Members; $15 for Non-Members.

*Stay after the event to enjoy a free reception and lecture on Plain Meetinghouses: Old Order Mennonites Gather to Worship!

Tour Curator's Tour

September 14, 2017 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA 3 - 4pm $10 for Members | $15 for Non-Members

Science & Nature in Lancaster County, 1870-1900

LancasterHistory.org National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship recipient Adam Shapiro will share findings from his research in the collections on Science & Nature in Lancaster County, 1870-1900. Bring your lunch and your questions!

More information, including exact location on LancasterHistory.org’s Lancaster Campus of History, forthcoming. Check back for updates.

Please RSVP by September 15 to Emily Miller at (717) 392-4633, Ext. 133 or by email at emily.miller@lancasterhistory.org.

Lecture

September 19, 2017 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA 12pm FREE

“Sink Hole: How Kansas Crises Doomed the Presidencies of Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan”

LancasterHistory.org kicks off the 2017 Presidential Lecture series on Friday, September 29, 2017 with Dr. Michael F. Holt for Sink Hole: How Kansas Crises Doomed the Presidencies of Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan. Holt’s presentation will explore how the two critical changes in the United State’s rule of law, the 1854 Kansas Nebraska Act and the 1857 Dred Scott Decision, created political tripping stones that destroyed the Presidencies of the 14th and 15th Presidents of the United States.

Michael F. Holt, Ph.D. is the Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History Emeritus at the University of Virginia. Dr. Holt received his Bachelor of Arts at Princeton University and his doctorate at Johns Hopkins. He is the author of six books, including the award-winning The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party and By One Vote: The Disputed Presidential Election of 1876. One the United State’s most prolific and influential scholars on antebellum politics, Dr. Holt served as a keynote speaker at the 2008 President James Buchanan National Symposium at LancasterHistory.org.

Event Information: This event takes place in Ryder Hall at LancasterHistory.org. A social gathering begins at 4pm, followed by the lecture at 4:30pm. The event is free and open to the public. Ample parking available on-site.

Lecture

September 29, 2017 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA Social at 4pm | Lecture at 4:30pm FREE

Expansionism Denied: President Buchanan’s Failed Quest to Annex Cuba

More information coming soon!

Lecture

October 19, 2017 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA Social at 4pm | Lecture at 4:30pm FREE

A Question of Sovereignties: James Buchanan, Utah Territory, & the Onset of a Federal West

More information coming soon!

Lecture

November 9, 2017 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA Social at 4pm | Lecture at 4:30pm FREE