Events

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

  • September 29, 2017
  • 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA
  • Social at 4pm | Lecture at 4:30pm
  • FREE
Pictured is Michael F. Holt, Ph.D. of Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia.

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.

Featured Event Lecture

“Little Shop of Horrors”

Artwork for Little Shop of Horrors. Photo credit: Fulton Theatre.

A psychedelic comedy thriller from the Academy® Award-winning musical team that brought you Disney’s Beauty and the BeastThe Little Mermaid and Aladdin begins just in time for Halloween! Working on skid row presents its own challenges, but Seymour is also secretly in love with his co-worker Audrey and he would do anything to get her attention and gain her affection.  When he stumbles upon an unusual plant, he affectionately names Audrey II, life as he knows it will never be the same. Audrey II (the plant) becomes a sensation and Seymour wins fame, fortune and finally the admiration of Audrey (the girl). Just as Audrey (the girl) escapes the abuse of her sadistic dentist boyfriend, she finds herself trapped yet again. Feed your need for musical hilarity with this delicious gem, but whatever you do, DO NOT FEED THE PLANT!

What does Little Shop of Horrors have to do with Lancaster history?  Find out by joining LancasterHistory.org for Thirsty for History Thursday at the Fulton Theatre on Thursday, September 28!  Before curtain on the second Thursday of each major Fulton production, LancasterHistory.org will make the connection between each play and local history.

To enjoy a fantastic performance and an entertaining historical social hour, purchase your tickets by calling the Fulton Theatre at 717-397-7425.  If you are member of LancasterHistory.org, mention your membership to receive a 10% discount.  (Members must call to receive the discount.) A wine and cheese reception begins at 6:30pm on Thursday, September 28, followed by a presentation by Dr. Tom Ryan at 6:45pm. The main performance will begin at 7:30pm.

Photo Credit: Visit Lancaster (featured photo) and The Fulton Theatre (play poster).

September 28, 2017 The Fulton Theatre, 12 N. Prince Street 6:30pm Determined By Fulton Theatre

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

Enjoy a “Go At Your Own Pace” tour of President James Buchanan’s Wheatland on Saturday, September 30. 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

September 30, 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

Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon

Celebrate autumn harvest season with LancasterHistory.org on Thursday, October 5. Professor Cindy Ott joins us to present Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon. Why do so many Americans drive for miles each autumn to buy a vegetable that they are unlikely to eat? Americans have used the pumpkin to fulfill their desire to maintain connections to nature and to the family farm of lore, and small farms and rural communities have been revitalized in the process. While the pumpkin has inspired American myths and traditions, the pumpkin itself has changed because of the ways people have perceived, valued, and used it. Pumpkin is a smart and lively study of the deep meanings hidden in common things and their power to make profound changes in the world around us. Having done research in Lancaster County, Professor Ott will explore the fascinating history of the pumpkin and its connections to southeastern Pennsylvania.

Image of Cindy Ott.Cindy Ott is an associate professor in the history department and museum studies program at the University of Delaware. Her fields of expertise are American food and culture, U.S. environmental history, history and memory, and material and visual culture. Along with her book Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon (2012), she has published articles on urban gardens, food reform movements, Indian and non-Indian relations, visual and material culture, and landscape and memory. She is the President of the Society of Fellows at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society based in Munich, Germany, and a member of the executive committee of the American Society for Environmental History. Cindy is currently writing a book entitled Biscuits and Buffalo: Squashing Myths about Food in Indian Country.

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

Lecture

October 5, 2017 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA Reception at 4pm | Presentation at 4:30pm FREE

October African American Heritage Walking Tours

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, October 7 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.

Off-Site Event Outdoor Tour Family-Friendly

October 7, 2017 38 Penn Square, Lancaster, PA 11am & 2pm Adults $8 | Youth (6-18) $2 | Other Price Points Available

Antietam: The Bloodiest Day

Step back in time to former President James Buchanan’s Wheatland farm in the year 1862. Only a few weeks have passed since Americans read with horror about the battle fought near Antietam Creek and Sharpsburg, Maryland… the conflict that would become later known as the bloodiest day of the American Civil War.  As guests visit with Mr. Buchanan and his family, visitors to Wheatland will come to learn his opinion about the War and his concerns about the Nation’s Democratic principles.

Living History tours featuring Antietam: The Bloodiest Day 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.

Featured Image: A photographic reproduction of an original print of Thure de Thulstrup’s “Battle of Antietam.” Public domain image.

Tour

October 7, 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 the Hairy & Scary!

Image of jack-o-lanterns with text "Curator's Tour of the Hairy & Scary!"Peek into curiosities found in the historic collections of LancasterHistory.org just in time for Halloween! Join Assistant Curator Tori Pyle on Friday, October 13 at 5:30pm for a spooky look at items like mourning jewelry made with human hair, crystal balls, and mysterious books and what they mean.

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.

Tour

October 13, 2017 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA 5:30pm $10 for Members | $15 for Non-Members

Tobaccoland: Landscape, Culture, and the Transformation of Central PA, 1828-2017

LancasterHistory.org National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship recipient Caitlin Black will share findings from her research in the collections on Tobaccoland: Landscape, Culture, and the Transformation of Central PA, 1828-2017. Bring your lunch and your questions!

Caitlin’s research looks at tobacco in Central Pennsylvania from the nineteenth century to the present day. She is interested in both the agricultural and urban aspects of tobacco, including how it is grown, marketed, processed, and sold. Her research considers how technology, Pennsylvania German culture, gender, and material culture have shaped the local tobacco economy and distinguished it from other tobacco-growing locations. She is also interested in the role of national organizations and federal policies in affecting central Pennsylvania’s tobacco production and cigar manufacturing.

Image of Caitlin Black.Caitlin is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at Penn State, Harrisburg. She is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and holds a Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Maryland. Caitlin has presented her research at conferences for organizations including the Eastern American Studies Association, Vernacular Architecture Forum, Pennsylvania Historical Association, New York Society of Folklore, and American Studies Association. She also serves as co-editor of New Errands: the Journal of Undergraduate American Studies. In addition, Caitlin teaches in the Humanities Department at Penn State, Harrisburg.

To attend this lecture, please RSVP by October 13 to Emily Miller at (717) 392-4633, Ext. 133 or by email at emily.miller@lancasterhistory.org.

Visit our Fellowship page to learn more about LancasterHistory.org’s Fellowship program and apply!

Lecture

October 17, 2017 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA 12pm FREE

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

LancasterHistory.org continues the 2017 Presidential Lecture Series on Thursday, October 19, 2017 with Dr. Amy S. Greenberg for Expansionism Denied: President Buchanan’s Failed Quest to Annex Cuba. During his tenure as Secretary of State under President Polk, Buchanan sought the annexation of the island of Cuba. Greenberg’s presentation will explore how Buchanan was once again denied the annexation of Cuba during his own Presidency as he continued to pursue his interest in securing the island for the United States.

Amy S. Greenberg is the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Humanities at Penn State University. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1995, and B.A. from U.C. Berkeley in 1989. Her four books include Manifest Manhood and the Antebellum American Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2005), Manifest Destiny and American Territorial Expansion: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2012), and most recently, A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico (Alfred A. Knopf, cloth: 2012; Vintage Books revised paperback edition, 2013), which was awarded book prizes from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the Western History Association, and the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.

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

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

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

Enjoy a “Go At Your Own Pace” tour of President James Buchanan’s Wheatland on Saturday, October 28. 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

October 28, 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