The Historian May 31, 2017

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*UPDATED* Travel Advice for May 2017
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                                                          yellow sign
                                                          with an
                                                          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 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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                                                          Nelson Polite,
                                                          Sr., courtesy
                                                          of the
                                                          Foundation.Join in celebrating the life of a mentor, the late Nelson M. Polite, Sr. on Friday, June 2 from 5-7pm at 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 hosts local poet and playwright for June 8 event

On Thursday, June 8, 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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                                                          Dr. Amanda
                                                          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, 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 On The Square (4 W. King St.)

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

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

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

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

Thirsty for History Thursday at the Fulton Theatre
Thursday, June 15
6:30pm at the Fulton Theatre
View more events on our online calendar
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