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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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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. 
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April Colloquium Examines US Entry Into World War I

On Thursday, April 13 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, 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 On The Square (4 W. King St.)
Downtown Lancaster: Dynamic Through The Decades

Friday, April 28

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