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One of the many great things about Lancaster, PA is that there are so many different historical organizations and sites to explore! The below events have been submitted to us by local historical organizations so that you can find out about other events that may interest you. 

If you are an employee or authorized individual of a Lancaster County historical organization or an organization offering a program that focuses on history, feel free to submit your event to us to be posted below. Events will be reviewed to make sure they are history-related and if the event write-up satisfies basic questions (re: who, what, when, where, how, etc...). To submit, please contact Emily Miller, Development Assistant, and check back soon. Events are posted as they come in and as soon as we can post them.


 

A Midsummer Night's Dream by the Peoples Shakespeare Project

Fantastical illustration with text advertising production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Join The People's Shakespeare Project for a boisterous, fun-filled, magical evening -- a perfect fit for the whole family! Full of fairies and foolishness...mortals and mischief, ... and LOVE.

June 9-11, 15, 17-18, 2017

7:30pm at Binns Park, North Queen Street in Lancaster

Free performance, but please consider a donation. Suggested $10 adult, $5 student.

peopleshakespeareproject.org

(Illustrations by Arthur Rankin, 1908)


 

 
Rock Ford Plantation Presents Lecture on The Battle of Paoli

On Thursday, May 4 at 5 pm, Rock Ford Plantation presents a lecture on the Battle of Paoli by Jim Christ, Vice President of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund. Sometimes called the Paoli Massacre, the Battle of Paoli was fought on the night of September 20, 1777 and was the 9th bloodiest battle of the Revolutionary War. The nighttime bayonet raid by General Charles "No Flint" Grey on the camp of General Anthony Wayne left the Continentals reeling and left the door open for the British to finally capture Philadelphia with no opposition.

Jim Christ is Vice President of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund, as well as Treasurer of the Historical Military Impressions, Inc, a non-profit military reenactment group that preforms in several states. Jim is an avid history buff and is also a member of the American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia, and the Brandywine Valley Civil War Round Table. Jim is works as Director of Client Services for Integrated Software Solutions Inc., in Frazer Pa. Jim is married and lives on what was The Battle of The Clouds, a Revolutionary War battlefield in West Whiteland Township.

This event will be held in the Rock Ford Barn. No reservations required. However, seating is limited. Admission is $5 for non-members and free for members of the Rock Ford Foundation.


All proceeds from this event benefit Rock Ford Plantation, 881 Rockford Road, Lancaster, PA 17602. Built in 1794, Rock Ford was the home of Edward Hand and his family. Hand served as Adjutant General to George Washington during the Revolutionary War. The historic property is open for tours Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm from April to October. It is operated by the non-profit Rock Ford Foundation. For more information, visit www.rockfordplantation.org or call (717) 392-7223.


 

 
Rock Ford Plantation Hosts Annual May Fair Celebration

Rock Ford Plantation will host its annual May Fair Celebration on Sunday, May 21 from 10 am to 3 pm. The event will include a variety of artisans and craftsmen, 18th century entertainments and dancing around the Maypole. Stephen Bradney from the 1st Regiment Flying Camp of Lancaster County – Mortar Company will be presenting artillery demonstrations. All outdoor activities are free and open to the public and are also weather permitting. In addition, the Rock Ford mansion will be open for guided tours on every half hour from 10 am until 3 pm. There is an admission charge to tour the mansion. No reservations are required for this event.

Food vendors are Sugar Whipped Bakery and Mad Dash: Artisan Grilled Cheese. Artisans and craftsmen include Nancy Bradley Designs (mixed media/found object jewelry), handmade wooden spoons by John Fugelso, handmade brooms by Walter Hands, Intermezzo by Stephanie (chocolates), Bags by Joyce, MerVino Mixes, Bruno Bits All Natural Dog Treats, Warp Seed Studio, Local Yokels Folk Art, Pennsylvania traditional carvings by Gary Rosborough, Carrie Monique Arts, The Essential Herbal, The Akron Tea House, The Rosemary House, Wood 'n Glass, Erickson's Chair Caning, wheat straw art by Linda Beiler, Cameo Secrets, Bradys Hill Fibers, Wilz Pottery, Fusion/An Altered State of Glass, and Suzshells & Glass Jewelry Design. Many of the artisans are members of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen.

Guided House Tour Admission $8 adults, $7 seniors (65 and up), $6 children ages 6-12 and free for children under 6.

Proceeds benefit the ongoing preservation and operation of Rock Ford Plantation, 881 Rockford Road, Lancaster, PA 17602. Built in 1794, Rock Ford was the home of Edward Hand and his family. Hand served as Adjutant General to George Washington during the Revolutionary War. The historic property is open for tours Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm from April to October. It is operated by the non-profit Rock Ford Foundation. For more information, visit www.rockfordplantation.org or call (717) 392-7223.


 

 
2017 Old House Fair in Bellefonte

2017 Old House Fair Flyer.

 
Lancaster County Archives to Offer Courses

The Lancaster County Archives will be offering two different courses multiple times throughout 2017.

Discovering Your Roots: Genealogy Sources at the Lancaster County Archives

  • Offered February 3, May 5, July 7, and October 6
  • 9-11am
  • This course provides an introduction to researching historical local government records to find your family history. The class will be held in RM. #102 of the Lancaster County Government Center at 150 North Queen Street (just inside the Binn’s Park entrance).  The course is free and open to the public. For more information and to register please call 299-8318 or visit co.lancaster.pa.us/archivesdivision.

Homemade History: Researching a Historic Home at the Lancaster County Archives

  • Offered March 3, June 2, September 1, November 3
  • 9-11am

To Register

  • Courses are free and open to the public.
  • Please reserve your seat and register by calling the Lancaster County Archives 717-299-8318 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • If you need to cancel, please call to cancel.

All classes held at the Lancaster County Government Center at 150 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA. Just inside Binn's Park entrance, Room 102/104. Directions available on the Lancaster County Archives website.


 

 

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