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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 collection to illustrate and highlight the importance of the craft to Pennsylvania history, art and culture., 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., 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., 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, 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’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. On the Square, 4 West King Street, Lancaster


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