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Presidents Day celebrated with Wheatland Living History tours

Presidents Day celebrated with Wheatland Living History tours
James Buchanan's historic exchange with the UK dramatized at Wheatland

Lancaster, PA (February 2, 2018)LancasterHistory.org celebrates Presidents Day at James Buchanan’s Wheatland, the home of Pennsylvania’s only President, with special Living History tours featuring a first-person presentation: The Trans-Atlantic Cable: The Eighth Wonder of the World. Visitors will be transported back to August 1858 as Buchanan and family celebrate the completion of the Trans-Atlantic Cable. The completion of the cable connected President Buchanan in the United States with Queen Victoria in the United Kingdom, a feat that many newspapers called the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Join Buchanan and First Lady Harriet Lane as they celebrate and inform guests about this latest technological achievement.

The Trans-Atlantic Cable completed the first intercontinental telegram in world history. The message took 16 hours to send through over 2,000 miles of cable laid on the Atlantic Ocean floor. Previously, it would take 12 days to send a message by steamship and land telegraph. The cable lasted only one month before deterioration forced its retirement, but its influence on communication and cultural diffusion is eternal.

Presidents Day Living History at Wheatland tours The Trans-Atlantic Cable take place on Monday, February 19, 2018 with tours on the hour at 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Advance reservations are strongly recommended, and guests are advised to arrive 15 minutes prior before their tour entry time for check-in. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.lancasterhistory.org/events or by calling (717) 392-4633.

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February 2018 Story Ideas

February 2018 Story Ideas

Thursday, February 1, 3:30pm
Curator's Tour: A New Year, A New Look at Old Favorites

*Back by Popular Demand!* A wig that belonged to Thaddeus Stevens (the same which he handed to a young lady who wanted a lock of his hair), objects found in recent local archaeological digs, and a magnificent quilt. Assistant Curator Tori Pyle will give guests a fresh look at favorite objects in the LancasterHistory.org collections and reveal new perspectives and discoveries about them. 

Advance tickets are required. Tickets available online at www.lancasterhistory.org.

LancasterHistory.org, 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster
 



Thursday, February 15, 5:30pm
History Happy Hour


Join LancasterHistory.org for the kickoff of the new History Happy Hour series! LancasterHistory.org has partnered with Fetish Brewing Co. to create a special Madeira Stout inspired by James Buchanan. On February 15 at 5:30pm, join us at Pod 2 at Rock Lititz to ring in Presidents Day weekend with pints of Buchanan Madeira Stout, a free tasting (while supplies last!), a short talk on President Buchanan’s drinking habits, and more information on upcoming History Happy Hours. This event is free and open to the public.

Pod 2 at Rock Lititz, 201 Rock Lititz Blvd, Lititz
 



Monday, February 19
The Trans-Atlantic Cable: The Eighth Wonder of the World
Presidents Day Living History at Wheatland
Tours at 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, & 3pm

Experience history this Presidents Day at President  James Buchanan’s Wheatland! In this first-person presentation, visitors will be transported back to August 1858 as Buchanan and family celebrate the completion of the Trans-Atlantic Cable. The completion of the cable connected President Buchanan in the United States with Queen Victoria in the United Kingdom, a feat that many newspapers called the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Join Buchanan and First Lady Harriet Lane as they celebrate and inform guests about this latest technological achievement!

Tours available at 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, & 3pm. Advance tickets highly recommended. Tickets available online at www.lancasterhistory.org or by calling (717) 392-4633.

LancasterHistory.org, 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster
 



Thursday, February 22, 3pm
Curator's Tour of FREEDOM: "to secure the Blessings of Liberty"

Join Assistant Curator Tori Pyle for a tour of the exhibition FREEDOM: “to secure the Blessings of Liberty,” plus artifacts not currently on display! The tour will focus on the theme of Race and Freedom, and give context to February 22’s Colloquium Demystifying the Underground Railroad.

Advance tickets are required. Tickets available online at www.lancasterhistory.org.

LancasterHistory.org, 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster
 



Thursday, February 22
Reception 4pm  |  Presentation 4:30pm
Demystifying the Underground Railroad

Regional History Colloquium

The Underground Railroad (UGRR) was the first interracial activist movement in the United States. It brought together people of diverse backgrounds and from a variety of regions, including Pennsylvania, in defiance of the institution of slavery. There are many myths which surround its operation. However, it becomes less mysterious upon understanding how it operated, the dangers faced by participants, and its impact upon both the South and the North. As this talk examines the effectiveness of the Underground Railroad, it also will offer insights into its significance as a catalyst for the Civil War.

A speaker's reception begins at 4pm, followed by the main presentation at 4:30pm at LancasterHistory.org. The event is free and open to the public.

LancasterHistory.org, 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster

 
Holiday Hours for February 2018

Presidents Day
Wheatland & The Museum Store OPEN
The Research Library, Archives, & Administrative Offices CLOSED
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The Historian July 26, 2017

 

 
 
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Explore Wheatland at Your Own Pace on July 29

On Saturday, July 29 from 1-3pm, visitors to President James Buchanan's Wheatland can explore the mansion at their own pace. Tour guides will be stationed throughout the presidential mansion to provide insightful historical information to guests. Tour entries are available every 15 minutes from 1-3pm. Admission tickets also include admission to the museum galleries. Regular, guided tours of the mansion are still available on Saturday the 29th at 10am, 11am, and 12pm only.

Advanced reservations are recommended as tours often sell out and walk-in space is not guaranteed. To reserve your tickets, please click the button below.

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African-American Heritage Walking Tours Offered
August 5

Learn about Lancaster's abolitionists, Underground Railroad agents, religious leaders, and entrepreneurs as you visit 12 historical sites and properties with African-American heritage.  Visit sites such as: bounty hunters' offices, Black businesses on Penn Square; site of the Elite Hotel; Thaddeus Stevens & Lydia Hamilton Smith Historic Site; Trinity Lutheran Church; Lancaster County Courthouse; Saint James Episcopal Church; site of the Lancaster Train Station; Shreiner­ Concord Cemetery; Fulton Hall/Old Jail; and Central Market.

TOUR INFORMATION: Two tours will be offered on Saturday, August 5 at 11am and 2pm.  Tours depart from the Lancaster City Visitor Center at 38 Penn Square in Lancaster.  Tours are safe & easy and take 60-­90 minutes (comfortable walking shoes recommended).  No reservations needed. Tickets only available 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).

Buchanan's life as a gentleman farmer the focus of August's Living History at Wheatland

He’s been a Congressman, a Senator, an ambassador, and Secretary of State, overseeing the settlement of our northern and southern borders.  Now James Buchanan is a gentleman farmer and maintains - at least outwardly - that his public life is over.  It’s not, of course.  Nevertheless, he finds the life of a squire to be quite appealing, and receives visitors from far and wide who come to pay their respects to Pennsylvania’s elder statesman.  With his niece, Harriet Lane, and nephew, James B. Henry, at his side, Buchanan welcomes a few out-of-town guests at August's Living History at Wheatland, including Connecticut State Senator Isaac Toucey and his wife Catherine Nichols Toucey.

Living History tours featuring Wheatland: The Early Years 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. Tickets also include admission to the exhibition galleries.

Click here to learn the difference between a "Living History" tour and a Standard Wheatland tour.

Purchase Tickets for Living History at Wheatland

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Downtown Lancaster: Dynamic Through The Decades
New Exhibition at LancasterHistory.org On The Square (4 W. King St.)
Ongoing

African-American Heritage Walking Tours
Saturday, August 5
Tours at 11am & 2pm
Tours depart from 38 Penn Square, Lancaster

Wheatland: The Early Years
Living History at Wheatland
Saturday, August 5
Tours from 12-3pm

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The Historian May 31, 2017

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*UPDATED* Travel Advice for May 2017
 
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                                                          point.Please note that North President Avenue will be under road construction beginning May 1, 2017 and lasting for up to 5 weeks. Also, starting May 30, Marietta Avenue will be milled and paved between the hours of 6pm and 6am starting at Race Avenue. We advise all visitors to allow extra travel time to LancasterHistory.org for events and tours due to the road construction. Thank you!
 

Upcoming June 2 Event Celebrates The Life of Nelson M. Polite, Sr.


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                                                          Foundation.Join LancasterHistory.org in celebrating the life of a mentor, the late Nelson M. Polite, Sr. on Friday, June 2 from 5-7pm at LancasterHistory.org. A 5pm reception with refreshments will start the evening's event, followed by an orientation to the FREEDOM: "to secure the Blessings of Liberty" exhibition and a presentation by family members. All are welcome to attend. 

This event is part of a series of events taking place across Lancaster City from June 2 - 4 celebrating Nelson M. and Jean Polite, Sr. To learn more, click to view this flyer.
 

When Voters Riot: Living History at Wheatland on June 3

It’s June 1st, 1857.  Rioting has broken out on the streets of Washington, D.C., and local police have lost control of the situation.  Using gangs from Baltimore, The Know-Nothing Party is violently trying to prevent naturalized citizens from voting in off-year elections.  There are dead and wounded.  In a panic, Mayor William Magruder, a supporter of immigrant rights, rushes to the White House to demand that President Buchanan send in U.S. Marines to round up the gangs and restore order.  And, that’s just one issue on the President’s plate this day.  Experience the debate and learn about Magruder's request in this June's Living History at Wheatland!

The Living History at Wheatland program, Election Day Riot: 1857 Washington, takes place on Saturday, June 3, 2017 with tours on the hour starting at 12pm and the last starting at 3pm. Standard tours of Wheatland are also offered at 10am and 11am. Click the link below or call 717-392-4633 to purchase your tickets. Advanced tickets strongly recommended as Living History tours often sell out and walk-in space is not guaranteed. Your tickets also include admission to the exhibition galleries.

Click here to learn the difference between a "Living History" tour and a Standard Wheatland tour.

Purchase Tickets for Living History at Wheatland
 

LancasterHistory.org hosts local poet and playwright for June 8 event

On Thursday, June 8, LancasterHistory.org will host Dr. Amanda Kemp for a reading and discussion of her book Say the Wrong Thing: Stories and Strategies for Racial Justice and Authentic Community. Part memoir and part social commentary, Dr. Kemp’s book provides insight and strategies for creating racial justice and a strong sense of shared community. Through a short collection of essays, Kemp reflects on her own interracial relationship, parenting her Black teenage son, and making art in the age of Black Lives Matter.

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                                                          Kemp.Dr. Kemp has been a lifelong poet-performer and advocate of racial justice and equality since 1983. She earned her B.A. from Stanford University where she was awarded The Gardner Fellowship for Public Service. A poet and playwright, Kemp earned her doctoral degree in Performance Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Dr. Kemp has taught at Cornell University, Dickinson College, Millersville University, and Franklin & Marshall College where she served as the chair of Africana Studies. She has keynoted Martin Luther King programs at colleges, high schools, and in elementary school settings. Kemp is currently a Visiting Scholar in Africana Studies at Franklin & Marshall College and continues to publish on race, performance, and freedom.

This event will take place on Thursday, June 8, 2017 in Ryder Hall at LancasterHistory.org, 230 N. President Avenue Lancaster. An author’s reception and book signing will begin at 4pm, followed by the reading and discussion from 4:30-5:30. This event is free and open to the public.
 

Upcoming Events


Downtown Lancaster: Dynamic Through The Decades
New Exhibition at LancasterHistory.org On The Square (4 W. King St.)
Ongoing

Celebrating the Life of a Mentor: Nelson M. Polite, Sr.
Friday, June 2
5-7pm

African-American Heritage Walking Tours
Saturday, June 3
Tours at 11am & 2pm

Election Day Riot: 1857 Washington
Living History at Wheatland
Saturday, June 3
Tours from 12-3pm

Curator's Tour of Decorative Arts: Ceramics
Thursday, June 8
3-3:45pm

Say The Wrong Thing: Stories and Strategies for Racial Justice and Authentic Community
Featuring Dr. Amanda Kemp
Thursday, June 8
4-5:30pm
Reception at 4pm
Reading & Discussion at 4:30pm

2017 Annual Dinner of LancasterHistory.org
Wednesday, June 14
6pm at The Lancaster Country Club
RSVP by June 7

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Thirsty for History Thursday at the Fulton Theatre
Thursday, June 15
6:30pm at the Fulton Theatre
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100 Years After US Entry Into World War I, Motivations Revisited

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100 Years After US Entry Into World War I, Motivations Revisited
Free lecture explores the motivations and impacts of US involvement in "The Great War"

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Lancaster, PA (March 30, 2017) – On Thursday, April 13 LancasterHistory.org will host Dr. Carl Strikwerda in observance of the 100-year anniversary of the United States’ involvement in World War I with the colloquium 100 Years: US Entry Into World War I.
 
The entry of the United States into World War I in April 1917 changed both American and world history. For the first time, the US became deeply involved in international politics as a military and economic power. Join Dr. Strikwerda as he explores why the US entered "The Great War," the national and global impact of our involvement, and how we can use those experiences to inform our nation’s future military decisions.
 
Dr. Carl J. Strikwerda is the fourteenth president of Elizabethtown College, serving since 2011, and previously served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the College of William and Mary. He has served as a historical consultant to the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, and to several colleges and universities on higher education administration. He has lectured to business groups, schools and religious organizations on World War I and the history of globalization.

100 Years: US Entry Into World War I is presented as part of LancasterHistory.org’s Regional History Colloquium. The Regional History Colloquium is a series of lectures hosted by LancasterHistory.org throughout the year. Presenters at the Colloquium are historians and scholars who are in the midst of a work-in-progress or who have recently completed a publication. Topics focus on historical issues relating to southeastern Pennsylvania and its wider borders.
 
The colloquium 100 Years will take place on Thursday, April 13, 2017 in Ryder Hall at LancasterHistory.org, 230 N President Avenue, Lancaster. A speaker’s reception with refreshments will begin at 4pm, followed by the lecture from 4:30-5:30pm. This event is free and open to the public.

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April Living History: Precocious, Passionate, & Plodding Buchanan

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April Living History: Precocious, Passionate, & Plodding Buchanan

Join us as we embark upon a journey that will transport you back to James Buchanan's Dickinson College years and through to 1857 when he became the President of the United States.  Discover the experiences and influences that changed this precocious student, teeming with passion for law and public service, into the dogmatic politician who came to be known as the "Old Public Functionary."

The Living History at Wheatland program 1808 to 1857  takes place on Saturday, April 1, 2017, with tours on the hour starting at 12pm and the last starting at 3pm.  Standard tours of Wheatland are also offered at 10am and 11am ONLY.  Click the link below or call 717-392-4633 to purchase your tickets.  Advanced tickets strongly recommended as Living History tours do often sell out and walk-in space is not guaranteed.  Your tickets also include admission to the exhibition galleries.

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Friends of the Tanger Arboretum Annual Dinner Scheduled

Join us for the Annual Dinner of the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum on Tuesday, April 4 at 6pm at The Pressroom Restaurant! Cocktails will start at 6pm (cash bar), followed by dinner at 6:30pm. At 7:30pm, the Stepping Stone Award will be given, followed by the main program at 7:45pm.

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                                                          Weigel.The speaker for the event will be author, horticulturist, and garden writer George Weigel, who will present on 10 Public Gardens You Really Ought to See. George will take attendees on a virtual tour of the 10 public gardens on his must-see list, which includes nearby beauties such as Longwood Gardens and Chanticleer, as well as vacation stops such as the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and Canada's Butchart Gardens.

Those interested in attending do not have to be members of the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum. Tickets are $45 per person. Guests can choose from three possible meal selections: pan seared salmon with roasted red pepper pesto; grilled chicken with creamed leeks; or a prepared vegetarian meal.

RSVP by March 28, 2017 online or by calling Cindy Madara at 717-392-4633 ext. 122. Reservations will be held upon receipt of payment.

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BEFORE THE APRIL 13 COLLOQUIUM
Get up close and personal with intricate and fascinating quilts! Join Wendell Zercher, Curator, for a 45-minute presentation of Lancaster County quilts at 3pm on Thursday, April 13. Mr. Zercher will give a brief introduction, followed by a presentation on six quilts that will emphasize details and discussion. 
Advanced tickets required.

Purchase at www.lancasterhistory.org/events.
Tickets $15 and under | Limited tickets available.
 

April Colloquium Examines US Entry Into World War I

On Thursday, April 13 LancasterHistory.org will host Dr. Carl Strikwerda to discuss 100 Years: US Entry Into World War I. The entry of the United States into World War I in April 1917 changed both American and world history; for the first time, the US became deeply involved in international politics as a military and economic power. Join Dr. Strikwerda as he explores why the US entered "The Great War," the national and global impact of our involvement, and how we can use those experiences to inform our nation’s future military decisions.

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                                                          Strikwerda.Dr. Carl J. Strikwerda is the fourteenth president of Elizabethtown College, serving since 2011, and previously served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the College of William and Mary. He has served as a historical consultant to the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, and to several colleges and universities on higher education administration. He has lectured to business groups, schools and religious organizations on World War I and the history of globalization.

The colloquium 100 Years: US Entry Into World War I will take place on Thursday, April 13, 2017 in Ryder Hall at LancasterHistory.org, 230 N President Avenue, Lancaster. A speaker’s reception with refreshments will begin at 4pm, followed by the lecture from 4:30-5:30pm. This event is free and open to the public.

 

 

Upcoming Events


Thirsty for History Thursdays at the Fulton:
In the Heights

Thursday, March 23
6:30pm at the Fulton Theatre

Living History at Wheatland
1808 to 1857: How Young, Precocious James Buchanan Became the "Old Public Functionary"

Saturday, April 1
Tours from 12 - 3pm

Friends of the Tanger Arboretum Annual Dinner
Tuesday, April 4
6pm at The Pressroom Restaurant

Curator's Tour of Lancaster County Quilts
Thursday, April 13
3 - 3:45pm

Regional History Colloquium
100 Years: US Entry Into World War I

featuring Dr. Carl Strikwerda
Thursday, April 13
4 - 5:30pm

The History of Orthopedic Medicine in Lancaster County
Thursday, April 20
4 - 6:30pm
Reception at 4pm
Presentation 4:30 - 6pm

Annual Presidential Wreath Laying
Saturday, April 22
10am at Woodward Hill Cemetery

Buchanan Birthday Celebration
Saturday, April 22
12-2pm at President James Buchanan's Wheatland

New Exhibition Opens at LancasterHistory.org On The Square (4 W. King St.)
Downtown Lancaster: Dynamic Through The Decades

Friday, April 28
 

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April 2017 Story Ideas from LancasterHistory.org

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Saturday, April 1, Tours at 12, 1, 2 & 3 p.m.  
1808–1857:  How Young and Precocious James Buchanan Became The “Old Public Functionary"

 
Before graduating from Dickinson College in Carlisle, James Buchanan is passionate and excited.  By the time he becomes President he is a plodding, dogmatic old man.  What happened?  This month’s 45 minute Living History dramatization will illustrate the experiences and influences responsible.
 
Wheatland, 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster
 


 
Tuesday, April 4, 7:45 p.m.
Friends of the Tanger Arboretum Annual Dinner 
Ten Public Gardens You Really Ought To See

 
Author, horticulturalist and gardener George Weigel takes the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum Annual Dinner on a virtual tour of the ten most spectacular public gardens in North America, including two in Pennsylvania.
 
The Pressroom, 26 West King Street, Lancaster
 



Thursday, April 13, 3 – 3:45 p.m. 
Curator’s Tour of Lancaster County Quilts

 
Think Lancaster, think Amish.  Think Amish, think quilts.  Curator Wendell Zercher will use six quilts in the LancasterHistory.org collection to illustrate and highlight the importance of the craft to Pennsylvania history, art and culture.
 
LancasterHistory.org, 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster
 


 
Thursday, April 13, 4 – 5:30 p.m. 
100 Years:  U.S. Entry into World War I

 
It changed everything.  In just months, The United States went from a relatively minor player in the world to a military and economic powerhouse.  Elizabethtown College President Dr. Carl Strikwerda tells the monthly Regional History Colloquium why we got involved, the national and global impact of our involvement, and how the experience can help us make military decisions in the future.
 
LancasterHistory.org, 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster
 


 
Thursday, April 20, 4 – 6 p.m. 
The History of Orthopedic Medicine in Lancaster County

 
From wooden peg legs to injections of artificial cartilage.  A panel of distinguished Lancaster physicians talk about their specialty, bringing it from the  pre-revolutionary era to the modern day of joint transplants.  The panel discussion is a joint (no pun intended) presentation with The Edward Hand Foundation and Lancaster General Health.
 
LancasterHistory.org, 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster
 


 
Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
Annual Wreath Laying & Buchanan Birthday Celebration

 
Widely vilified at his death, Buchanan directed that he not be buried at Wheatland for fear vandals desecrating his grave would damage the house also.  He is buried at Woodward Hill Cemetery off South Queen Street, where a White House wreath will be placed as part of the annual marking of his passing.
 
Afterward, a birthday celebration for the 15th President’s 226th birthday takes place at Wheatland, with tours of the mansion given by students of James Buchanan Elementary School.  Cake and punch will be served.
 
Woodward Hill Cemetery, 501 South Queens Street, Lancaster
LancasterHistory.org, 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster
 


 
Friday, April 28, 10 a.m., and on
Downtown Lancaster:  Dynamic Through The Decades, A New Exhibit On The Square

 
A small city to be sure, but there’s never been anything bland about it.  The new exhibit at LancasterHistory.org’s downtown location uses images, products and artifacts to illustrate the business and serious fun derived from  Lancastrians’ varied religious and cultural backgrounds, creative expression and strong work ethic.
 
LancasterHistory.org On the Square, 4 West King Street, Lancaster

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The Friends of the Tanger Arboretum Annual Dinner

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The Friends of the Tanger Arboretum

Annual Dinner

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 6pm at The Pressroom Restaurant

 

Join us for the Annual Dinner of the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum! Cocktails will start at 6pm (cash bar), followed by dinner at 6:30pm. At 7:30pm, the Stepping Stone Award will be given, followed by the main program at 7:45pm.

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                                                          Weigel.The speaker for the event will be author, horticulturist, and garden writer George Weigel, who will present on
10 Public Gardens You Really Ought to See. George will take attendees on a virtual tour of the 10 public gardens on his must-see list, which includes nearby beauties such as Longwood Gardens and Chanticleer, as well as vacation stops such as the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and Canada's Butchart Gardens.

Tickets are $45 per person. Guests can choose from three possible meal selections:
  • Pan seared salmon with roasted red pepper pesto
  • Grilled chicken with creamed leeks
  • A prepared vegetarian meal
RSVP by March 28, 2017 online or by calling Cindy Madara at 717-392-4633 ext. 122. Reservations will be held upon receipt of payment.
 

RSVP FOR THE DINNER

Proceeds go towards the maintenance and care of the Louise Arnold Tanger Arboretum on the grounds of LancasterHistory.org.
PURCHASE TICKETS
If you wish to donate a raffle item, please contact Ruth Davis at 717-872-5192.

 
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Top image: Longwood Gardens' 2012 "Light" exhibit by Bruce Munro.
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Free Screening of Harriet Tubman Film Celebrates Black History Month

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Free Screening of Harriet Tubman Film Celebrates Black History Month
Locally produced short "Carry Me Home" will be presented by LancasterHistory.org

Lancaster, PA (February 13, 2017) – On February 16 LancasterHistory.org will host a special screening of the locally produced short film Carry Me Home – A Tribute to Harriet Tubman in recognition of Black History Month. The film follows historic figure Harriet Tubman and her encounter with one enslaved family that she leads to freedom. Tubman leads the family through life-threatening trials causing them all to question whether or not freedom is worth the price they must pay to obtain it. A panel discussion will follow featuring Dr. Amanda Kemp, Rev. Louis Butcher of Bright Side Baptist Church, and Josh Henry, the film’s director.

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LancasterHistory.org Honors National Black History Month With Program Set

LancasterHistory.org Honors National Black History Month With Program Set
A lecture, film screening, panel discussions, and exhibition are all available this February.
Lancaster, PA (January 20, 2017) – The month of February marks the socially conscious tradition of recognizing the black men and women who have achieved greatness in our nation’s history. In honor of our area’s own rich history with racial justice, LancasterHistory.org proudly presents a program set that pays tribute to those who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today.
 
clickFirst, on February 2, LancasterHistory.org welcomes M. Alison Kibler of Franklin & Marshall College for the lecture Protests at Rocky Springs – The Integration of Lancaster’s Swimming Pools. The historic protests demanding swimming pool integration in Lancaster and its surrounding counties are the focus of this lecture. A panel discussion will follow, featuring guests who will share their recollection of the 1963 protest, including Dr. Leroy Hopkins, Rev. A.L. Stephens, Louise Williams, Nelson Polite Jr., and Attorney Robert Pfannebecker.
 
Then, on February 16, LancasterHistory.org will host a special screening of the locally produced short film Carry Me Home – A Tribute to Harriet Tubman. The film follows historic figure Harriet Tubman and her encounter with one enslaved family that she leads to freedom. A panel discussion will follow featuring Dr. Amanda Kemp, Rev. Louis Butcher, and Dayspring Christian Academy alumni Josh Henry, the film’s director and producer. Both events are free and open to the public.
 
Throughout the month of February, LancasterHistory.org’s new exhibition Freedom: to secure the Blessings of Liberty will be open to the public. Both programs closely connect to the themes explored in the exhibition.
 
Rocky Springs and Carry Me Home are both part of LancasterHistory.org’s Regional History Colloquium, a continuing series of lectures hosted by LancasterHistory.org throughout the year. Presenters at the Colloquium are historians and scholars who are in the midst of a work-in-progress or who have recently completed a publication. Topics focus on historical issues relating to southeastern Pennsylvania and its wider borders.
 
Rocky Springs and Carry Me Home will both take place in Ryder Hall at LancasterHistory.org, 230 N President Avenue Lancaster. A social gathering with refreshments will begin at 4pm, followed by the main event from 4:30-5:30.
 
The exhibit Freedom: to secure the Blessings of Liberty is open Monday-Saturday from 9:30am – 5pm at LancasterHistory.org, 230 N President Avenue, Lancaster. Visit www.lancasterhistory.org or call 717-392-4633 for more details.

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Lancaster Legend Who Immortalized Christmas Music is the Focus of Free Colloquium
LancasterHistory.org welcomes local expert on John McCaskey to explore his influence on today's Christmas traditions
Lancaster, PA (November 23, 2016) – LancasterHistory.org will host local author Dolores Parsil for the colloquium Lancaster’s Music Man, John Piersol McCaskey on Thursday, December 15 at 4:30pm.
 

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John Piersol McCaskey was among the first to collect and publish songs for the American public in the 19th century. Once McCaskey was able to convince Harper and Broth

ers publishing company that such books would indeed sell, his many songbooks sold in the hundreds of thousands and graced parlor pianos throughout the country. With Christmas, McCaskey’s favorite holiday, came a new host of opportunities including compiling a Christmas book, scheduling annual parties and programs for school students, and preserving the songs of the season in his music books. Dolores Parsil will discuss McCaskey's contributions to American music, just how deeply his love for Christmas ran, and his special connection to Jolly Old St. Nicholas.
 
Dolores Parsil, B.S. East Stroudsburg University, and M.Ma., University of Cincinnati, is a retired McCaskey High School communication arts teacher. She resides in Lancaster with her husband, Wayne. Parsil will be available before and after the lecture to sign copies of her biography of McCaskey, Lancaster’s Good Man, John Piersol McCaskey, available for purchase at LancasterHistory.org's Museum Store.
 
The Regional History Colloquium is a series of lectures hosted by LancasterHistory.org throughout the year. Presenters at the Colloquium are historians and scholars who are in the midst of a work-in-progress or who have recently completed a publication. Topics focus on historical issues relating to southeastern Pennsylvania and its wider borders.
 
The colloquium Lancaster’s Music Man will take place on Thursday, December 15, 2016 in Ryder Hall at LancasterHistory.org, 230 N President Avenue, Lancaster. A social gathering with refreshments will begin at 4pm, followed by the lecture from 4:30-5:30pm. This event is free and open to the public.

 

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December 2016 Story Ideas
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Continuing Throughout December
Yuletide at Wheatland 2016
CHRISTMAS 1867 a moment in time

Join LancasterHistory.org for a historical performance that captures a moment in time, taking us back to the holiday of 1867 when President James Buchanan celebrated the holidays with friends and family at his beloved Wheatland. Celebrate a Lancaster Victorian Christmas!

Performances run Fridays & Saturdays from November 26 to December 30, and daily December 26-30, and are limited to 20 visitors each performance. They do sell out, so reserve your holiday adventure early. Fun for all ages!

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LancasterHistory.org, 230 N President Avenue, Lancaster


Thursday, December 8, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Classes & Workshops
Don't Surf It, Sail It!: Using the Internet for Genealogy

Charting a course to discover a family heritage involves more than just finding information on the internet.  Genealogist Kevin Shue will discuss various websites and offer ways of organizing a genealogy research project.

LancasterHistory.org, 230 N President Avenue, Lancaster, PA


Saturday, December 10
Performances at 2pm and 7:30pm at the Ware Center Salute to Pearl Harbor

LancasterHistory.org is proud to partner with Millersville University in honoring the 75th anniversary of the events at Pearl Harbor. The bombing of Pearl Harbor, in one moment, brought the United States fully into the second World War.

With rousing musical performances by the King Street Big Band and the Victory Bells Trio, local actors will take to the stage to bring the war years to life. Photos and letters from LancasterHistory.org’s collection and local Lancastrians will tell the story of how our community came together in support of soldiers abroad and on the home front.

The Ware Center, 42 N Prince Street, Lancaster, PA


Thursday, December 15, 3pm - 3:45pm
Curator's Tour of FREEDOM: "to secure the Blessings of Liberty"

Dr. Tom Ryan, President and CEO of LancasterHistory.org, will give a 45 minute guided tour of the current exhibition, offering a brief introduction and highlights of  a few historic artifacts, such as Thaddeus Steven’s wig and one of the elaborate dresses Harriet Lane wore to visit her old friend Queen Victoria. Tickets available online at www.lancasterhistory.org/events.

LancasterHistory.org, 230 N President Avenue, Lancaster, PA


Thursday, December 15, 4 - 5:30pm
Regional History Colloquium
Lancaster's Music Man, John Piersol McCaskey

It’s said that legendary Lancaster educator John McCaskey was so fond of Christmas Carols that he sang them all year round.  He was among the first to collect and publish songs in books for the public in the 19th century, and sold hundreds of thousands of them.  Local author Delores Parsil, a retired McCaskey High School teacher, will discuss McCaskey’s contributions to American music, just how deeply his love for Christmas music ran, and his special connection to Jolly Old St. Nicholas.

LancasterHistory.org, 230 N President Avenue, Lancaster, PA

PLEASE NOTE OUR UPCOMING CLOSINGS

December 7, 2016
Research Library closing at 3pm.

December 24 & 31, 2016
LancasterHistory.org, including Wheatland, closed.

January 1-8, 2017
LancasterHistory.org, including Wheatland, closed. All operations reopen on January 9.

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LancasterHistory.org is proud to partner with Millersville University in honoring the 75th anniversary of the events at Pearl Harbor. The bombing of Pearl Harbor, in one moment, brought the United States fully into the second World War. 
 
With rousing musical performances by the King Street Big Band and the Victory Bells Trio, local actors will take to the stage to bring the war years to life. Photos and letters from LancasterHistory.org’s collection and local Lancastrians will tell the story of how our community came together in support of soldiers abroad and on the home front. 
 
Salute to Pearl Harbor takes place on Saturday, December 10, 2016 with performances at 2pm and 7:30pm at the Ware Center in downtown Lancaster City. World War II Veterans  receive free admission.
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Celebrate A Lancaster Victorian Christmas!

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STARTING SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26!

Join LancasterHistory.org for a historical performance that captures a moment in time, taking us back to the holiday of 1867 when President James Buchanan celebrated the holidays with friends and family at his beloved Wheatland. A letter reveals, "Soon after the sprightly and agreeable Miss Emily Baker arrived, she asked Old Buck's permission to organize and hostess a holiday party. Mr. Buchanan found her offer delightful..."

And the stage is set---join us as we step back in time and celebrate a Lancaster Victorian Christmas!
 

Performances run Fridays & Saturdays from November 26 to December 30, and daily December 26-30, and are limited to 20 visitors each performance. They do sell out, so reserve your holiday adventure early. Fun for all ages!

    

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Upcoming Colloquium explores the frontier of early Pennsylvania

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Upcoming Colloquium explores the frontier of early Pennsylvania
Dr. Patrick Spero introduces his new book on Pennsylvania's transition from peaceful colony to hotbed of military conflict

clickLancaster, PA (November 2, 2016) – LancasterHistory.org will host Patrick Spero, Ph.D. on November 17, 2016 for a free colloquium to discuss his new book Frontier Country: The Politics of War in Early Pennsylvania.
 
From the book description: “In Frontier Country, Patrick Spero addresses one of the most important and controversial subjects in American history: the frontier. Countering the modern conception of the American frontier as an area of expansion, Spero employs the eighteenth-century meaning of the term to show how colonists understood it as a vulnerable, militarized boundary. The Pennsylvania frontier, Spero argues, was constituted through conflicts not only between colonists and Native Americans but also among neighboring British colonies. These violent encounters created what Spero describes as a distinctive ‘frontier society’ on the eve of the American Revolution that transformed the once-peaceful colony of Pennsylvania into a ‘frontier country.’”
 
click1"This important new work takes what some have called 'the f-word' of American history (frontier) and returns it to polite conversation,” writes James H. Merrell, author of Into the American Woods, “Spero suggests how Pennsylvania, 'the Keystone State,' can indeed be a keystone for understanding not only early America but the 'frontier country' that followed after 1776."
 
Dr. Patrick Spero is the Librarian and Director of the American Philosophical Society. Frontier Country is the first book written by Dr. Spero and is a volume in University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Press Early American Studies series. Previously he was the co-editor of the anthology The American Revolution Reborn: New Perspective for the 21st Century. Dr. Spero earned his Ph.D. in History at University of Pennsylvania and has since held roles as professor, essayist, and lecturer, specializing in the era of the American Revolution.
 
The Regional History Colloquium is a series of lectures hosted by LancasterHistory.org throughout the year. Presenters at the Colloquium are historians and scholars who are in the midst of a work-in-progress or who have recently completed a publication. Topics focus on historical issues relating to southeastern Pennsylvania and its wider borders.
 
The colloquium Frontier Country will take place on Thursday, November 17, 2016 in Ryder Hall at LancasterHistory.org, 230 N President Avenue, Lancaster. A social gathering with refreshments will begin at 4pm, followed by the lecture from 4:30-5:30pm. This event is free and open to the public.

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New Exhibition FREEDOM: "to secure the Blessings of Liberty" Opens September 24 & 25

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New Exhibition FREEDOM: "to secure the Blessings of Liberty" Opens September 24 & 25
Exhibition explores the stories of Lancastrians who sought, fought for, lived in, and were denied freedom over the course of 300 years.

Lancaster, PA (September 23, 2016) - This fall, LancasterHistory.org unveils a new exhibition that cuts to the heart of the American experience. FREEDOM: "to secure the Blessings of Liberty" opens this Saturday & Sunday, September 24 & 25, and will be ongoing through late 2017.

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Upcoming LancasterHistory.org Events August 29 - September 21, 2016

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EARLY CLOSING NOTICE 8/30:  LancasterHistory.org will be closing early at 4pm on August 30, 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

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Drama grips Wheatland for September Living History

Saturday, September 3

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e872c7dc d6bc 4e36 827b 1050abd3ed9a Join us as we transport you back to September 1866 at the Wheatland Farm of James Buchanan. Desperate for good domestic help, Mr. Buchanan has hired Thomas & Rosanna Gordon, a couple who had resigned from their posts only a few months earlier. Rosanna is the best cook Wheatland has ever had; Thomas, however, is as Mr. Buchanan describes, "anything but agreeable!" When you visit, you will have a unique opportunity to eavesdrop on the arguments and drama that took place at Wheatland in 1866.

The Living History at Wheatland program  Anything but Agreeable  takes place on Saturday, September 3, 2016 with tours on the hour starting at 12pm with the last starting at 3pm. A standard tour of Wheatland is also offered at 10am & 11am. We strongly advise making reservations in advance for your tour since tours do fill up and walk-in space is not guaranteed. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour so you may use the facilities and check in. Click the button below or call 717-392-4633 to purchase your tickets.

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