Events

Discovering A Gentleman’s Farm: A History of the Wheatland Grounds

  • August 10, 2024
  • LancasterHistory, 230 N. President Avenue, Lancaster
  • 10am
  • FREE\LH & Tanger Members | $5/Adults (18+) | $3/Students (17 & Under or College ID)
A black and white photograph of Wheatland from the 1870s.
A black and white photograph of Wheatland from the 1870s.
A c. 1870 reprint of a cabinet card of the front facade of Wheatland. (James Buchanan Foundation Photograph Collection, LancasterHistory.)

James Buchanan is best-known as our nation’s 15th President, but he was also a gentleman farmer. From 1848-1868, Buchanan lived at Wheatland, which sat upon 22.5 acres of meadows, orchards, gardens, and more. Join Museum Associate Stephanie Celiberti for a presentation on how the grounds of Wheatland functioned as a farm and green space over the course of Buchanan’s life.

The first part of the program will take place in Ryder Hall with a 40-minute presentation. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions. The second part of the program is an optional, outdoor tour of the places on the Wheatland grounds previously discussed in the presentation.

The event, “Discovering A Gentleman’s Farm: A History of the Wheatland Grounds,” will take place on Saturday, August 10 at 10am at LancasterHistory. Tickets to attend the program are $5 for Adults (18+), $3 for Students (11-17 or College ID), and free for LancasterHistory and Friends of the Tanger Arboretum Members. Members are still encouraged to register in advance to guarantee their seat at the program. To get tickets, please register online or by calling (717) 392-4633.

Featured Event Family-Friendly In-Person Event Lecture Outdoor Program Tour

Storytime [July 25, 2024]

Gather ’round for Storytime each Thursday this July! Each week, we’ll read aloud from a book centered on a historical theme or story, followed by a craft or activity inspired by that week’s book. On July 25, we’ll read “The Watermelon Seed,” written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli.

Crocodile loves watermelon, but what will happen when his greatest fear of swallowing a watermelon seed comes to pass? Will vines sprout out his ears? Will his skin turn pink? Only one thing is certain: his wild imagination will have kids laughing out loud and begging for another read. (Hachette Book Group)

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

July 25, 2024 LancasterHistory, 230 N President Avenue, Lancaster 10-11am FREE | Registration Required

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

Music on the Lawn, feat. Vinegar Creek Constituency

A black and white photograph of five men standing and sitting outside of a building.
Vinegar Creek Constituency

Music on the Lawn continues in August with another great local band in James Buchanan’s backyard! This family (and dog) friendly event welcomes attendees to relax and enjoy an evening outdoors with live music. August’s concert features Vinegar Creek Constituency, an uplifting, high-energy band that draws in elements of bluegrass, early swing, outlaw country, and ragtime.

Tickets are free for LancasterHistory Members, $10/Adult (18+) Non-Members, and free for Children 17 & Under. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling (717) 392-4633. Tickets are also available at-the-door with cash or card (cash preferred).

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets, foldable chairs, and picnics. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome. If you require any special accommodations to attend, please notify Annie Weeks at (717) 392-4633, ext. 134 or annie.weeks@lancasterhistory.org in advance. Restrooms available onsite. In the event of inclement weather, the call will be made at noon on August 31 and ticketholders will be notified. The rain date for this event is Sunday, September 1 from 1-3pm.

Many Thanks to Our 2024 Music on the Lawn Season Sponsors!

Trendsetter Sponsors, Mosaic by Willow Valley and Ville Painters, and Crowdsurfer Sponsor, EHD Insurance.

Family-Friendly In-Person Event Outdoor

August 31, 2024 LancasterHistory, 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster, PA 5-7pm FREE/LH Members | $10/Non-Member Adults (18+) | FREE/Children 17 & Under

2024 Wine & Cheese and A Walk in the Trees

Join the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum for a delightful, late summer social on Friday, September 6 at LancasterHistory! Enjoying refreshing drinks and light bites while taking a leisurely stroll through the many stately trees in the Tanger Arboretum.

More information to come! Please check back at a later date.

In-Person Event Outdoor Reception

September 6, 2024 LancasterHistory, 230 N. President Avenue, Lancaster 5-7pm

The Buchanan Sisters

On this special living history tour of Wheatland, explore how James Buchanan’s nieces, Annie, Harriet, and Henrietta Buchanan, forged new life paths that ran counter to the traditional expectations for 19th-century women. During the tour, visitors will “time travel” to 1868 and 1906 to eavesdrop on the Buchanan sisters as they chat about beaus, fashion, and their life goals.

The Buchanan Sisters, a special living history tour of Wheatland, will be held on Saturday, September 7. Tours will be available on the hour, beginning at 10am and continuing until the last tour at 3pm. Please Note: These tours are not our regular General Admission tours and will not be Buchanan-focused. Living History Tours are an immersive and interactive experience that can incorporate historical tools, activities, and dress to give observers or participants a sense of stepping back in time. 

Tickets are available for purchase online or over the phone by calling (717) 392-4633. Advance reservations are highly recommended as tours may sell out and walk-in tickets may not be available. Members receive complimentary admission, but must reserve their tickets in advance.

In-Person Event Living History Tour

September 7, 2024 LancasterHistory, 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster Tours 10am - 3pm FREE/Members | $17/Adults (18+) | $15/Seniors (65+) | $10 (11-College ID)

Music on the Lawn, feat. Woodson Steel Experience

A young man wearing a blue dress shirt holds a steel pan drum instrument.
Woodson Steel Experience

Join us for our final Music on the Lawn concert of the season! Get ready to enjoy live music by Woodson Steel Experience who will immerse you in the sounds of steelpan Caribbean music and percussion.

Plus, LancasterHistory invites members to join us before the concert from 4-5pm for light bites, beverages, and tours of the “Thieves & Vagabonds” exhibit!

Tickets are free for LancasterHistory Members, $10/Adult (18+) Non-Members, and free for Children 17 & Under. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling (717) 392-4633. Tickets are also available at-the-door with cash or card (cash preferred). Members do not need to complete a separate registration to attend the Members’ Reception before the concert. Members should register for the Music on the Lawn event and they will be included in the reception count.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets, foldable chairs, and picnics. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome. If you require any special accommodations to attend, please notify Annie Weeks at (717) 392-4633, ext. 134 or annie.weeks@lancasterhistory.org in advance. Restrooms available onsite. In the event of inclement weather, the call will be made at noon on September 14 and ticketholders will be notified. The rain date for this event is Sunday, September 15 from 1-3pm.

Many Thanks to Our 2024 Music on the Lawn Season Sponsors!

Trendsetter Sponsors, Mosaic by Willow Valley and Ville Painters, and Crowdsurfer Sponsor, EHD Insurance.

Family-Friendly In-Person Event Outdoor Reception

September 14, 2024 LancasterHistory, 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster, PA 4-5pm Member Reception | 5-7pm Concert FREE/LH Members | $10/Non-Member Adults (18+) | FREE/Children 17 & Under

2024 Fall Seasonal Gathering Tour

The Black Maple starting to change colors in October 2022.
The Black Maple starting to change colors in October 2022.

Join the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum for their Fall Seasonal Gathering Tour on Saturday, September 14 at 10am. Horticulturist Jeffrey (Jeff) Hazlett will lead attendees on a walking tour through the Arboretum to take in the changing of the seasons through vibrant fall colors, ornamental trees, and the pollinator gardens in the Tanger Arboretum.

Jeff Hazlett is the current Vice President of the Board of the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum and past president of the organization. He studied horticulture at Penn State University and is currently the president of Ever Green Tree & Lawn Care in Lancaster, PA. Jeff is a nature lover and an active volunteer for the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum and LancasterHistory.

HOW TO REGISTER
The event, “Fall Seasonal Gathering Tour,” will take place on Saturday, September 14 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 tour will last approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. If you would like to attend but have questions or concerns about the accessibility of the walking route, please contact Emily Miller at (717) 392-4633, ext. 133 or emily.miller@lancasterhistory.org for more information.

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 Outdoor Tour

September 14, 2024 LancasterHistory, 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster 10am $5/Adults (18+) | $3/Children | FREE for Friends of the Tanger Arboretum Members

The Persistence of Slavery in James Buchanan’s Pennsylvania

On Thursday, September 19, Dr. Cory James Young of the University of Iowa will join LancasterHistory for the presentation, “The Persistence of Slavery in James Buchanan’s Pennsylvania.” In 1826 on the House floor, Congressman James Buchanan professed his hatred of slavery and insisted that it did not exist in Pennsylvania. However, 30-years later, the 1856 State census still recorded an enslaved person living in Lancaster County, President-elect Buchanan’s home community. Dr. Cory James Young will discuss how slavery remained legal in Pennsylvania until the Civil War Era, contrary to the belief of Mr. Buchanan then and to many more today.

A man with light skin, brown hair, and brown facial hair. He is wearing a gray suit with a light color tie.
Dr. Cory James Young

Dr. Cory James Young is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Iowa. His book manuscript, “For Life or Otherwise: Pennsylvania Slavery in the Age of Gradual Abolition,” explores how state legislation transformed rather than eliminated Black bondage in the Keystone State. His work has been supported by the Cumberland County Historical Society, Library Company of Philadelphia, and McNeil Center for Early American Studies. Dr. Young is a member of the Scholarly Advisory Committee for LancasterHistory’s forthcoming Thaddeus Stevens & Lydia Hamilton Smith Center for History and Democracy.

EVENT DETAILS & HOW TO REGISTER

This event will take place in person at LancasterHistory on Thursday, September 19, 2024. Doors open and a reception begins at 5pm. The lecture will begin at 5:30pm. The lecture will also be streamed to Zoom at 5:30pm for those who wish to join us virtually.

This program is free and open to the public. In-person attendance requires advance registration in order to guarantee a seat. Due to capacity restrictions, tickets may not be available at the door. Virtual attendance requires advance registration in order to receive the Zoom link. Register online by clicking the appropriate link below or by calling (717) 392-4633. Registration will close online on Thursday, September 19 at 5:30pm. The online version of this program will also be recorded and uploaded to LancasterHistory’s YouTube channel after the event.

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Capital Day Celebration

Celebrate the day Lancaster served as the nation’s capital for one day on September 27, 1777!

Ticketed event to include food, drink, entertainment, kids activities, and a healthy dose of quirky history.

More information coming soon! Please check back at a later date.

Family-Friendly In-Person Event Outdoor

September 27, 2024 LancasterHistory, 230 N. President Avenue, Lancaster 5-8pm To Be Determined