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Travel Advice for May 2017

Please note that North President Avenue will be under road construction beginning May 1, 2017 and lasting for up to 5 weeks. All visitors should use the entrance at 1120 Marietta Avenue, and allow extra travel time to LancasterHistory.org for events and tours. Thank you!

Upcoming Events

Check here for events from across the various programming efforts of LancasterHistory.org.


 

Sat May 06 @11:00AM - 03:30PM
African-American Heritage Walking Tours

African-American Heritage Walking Tours


UPDATE: Both tours on May 6 will depart from Trinity Lutheran Church, 31 South Duke Street in Lancaster. 

Don't miss the first African-American Heritage Walking Tours of 2017! Learn about Lancaster's abolitionists, Underground Railroad agents, religious leaders, and entrepreneurs as you visit 10 historical sites and properties with African­-American heritage. Visit sites such as: bounty hunters' offices & Black businesses on Penn Square; site of 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, May 6 at 11am and 2pm. Tours depart from Trinity Lutheran Church, 31 South Duke Street in Lancaster. Tours are safe & easy and take 60-­90 minutes (comfortable walking shoes recommended). Tickets can be purchased in advance from the City of Lancaster Office of Promotion or as a walk-­in, day of at the Lancaster City Visitor Center. For more information, please call 717-­291­-4758.




Sat May 06 @12:00PM - 03:00PM
Living History at Wheatland

The Arrest of An American Dictator: William Walker


Illustration of William Walker.Join us as we transport you back to 1857 and 1858. President James Buchanan and Secretary of State Lewis Cass discuss intelligence and strategy to capture the freebooter William Walker and his private army which has invaded Nicaragua. Experience and learn of the challenges faced by United States Senate which debated the invasion, as well as the Navy's arrest of Walker. Did his arrest violate the Neutrality Laws? Experience the debate and learn of Walker's fate in this May's Living History at Wheatland!

The Living History at Wheatland program, The Arrest of An American Dictator, takes place on Saturday, May 6, 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 often sell out and walk-in space is not guaranteed. Your tickets also include admission to the exhibition galleries.

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Thu May 18 @ 3:00PM - 03:45PM
Curator's Tour

Curator's Tour of Decorative Arts


Discover the details of the history of Lancaster County’s silver! Join LancasterHistory.org Assistant Curator Tori Pyle for a 45-minute in depth, behind-the-scenes look at silver from Lancaster County. The tour will closely examine pieces of silver on exhibit in Groff Gallery, and explore pieces in storage in the E. Ann Klein Collections Classroom. Advanced reservations are required as the tour is limited to 10 people.

Pricing:

  • LancasterHistory.org Members: $10
  • Non-Members: $15

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Thu May 18 @ 4:00PM - 05:30PM
Regional History Colloquium

The Nurses of Pearl Harbor


Image of Winifred Woll holding an image of her mother, Teresa (Stauffer) Foster.Many stories are told about the military men, but seldom are stories told about the women of Pearl Harbor.  Winifred Woll tells the story of the United States Army and Navy nurses stationed at both or near Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. A Lancaster-native, Woll's mother, Teresa Stauffer Foster, was among the nurses stationed at Tripler Army Hospital on the day of the attacks.

Winifred Woll, a resident of Reading, is the daughter of Army nurse Teresa Stauffer Foster who was a survivor of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Woll attended several national meetings of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association with her mother and met military nurses who also survived the attack. The stories of these women became the foundation for The Nurses of Pearl Harbor. The last Pearl Harbor White Cap nurse died in 2013. Woll continues to honor these women by focusing on the many accomplishments they attained in both their military and civilian lives.

Ms. Woll is currently a teacher in the Career Program at Reading Area Community College. She is also a member of the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors (SDPHS). 

The colloquium, The Nurses of Pearl Harbor, will take place on Thursday, May 18, 2017 in Ryder Hall at LancasterHistory.org, 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster. A speaker's reception with refreshments will begin at 4pm, followed by the main event from 4:30-5:30pm. Pearl Harbor memorabilia will be on display. This event is free and open to the public.




Mon May 29 @ 9:30AM - 05:00PM
Closings

Memorial Weekend Hours & Closings


Please note that LancasterHistory.org, including Wheatland, will be open regular operating hours on Saturday, May 27th. We are closed Sunday, May 28th. On Monday, May 29th, Wheatland, the exhibition galleries, and the Museum Store will be open. The Archives, Library, and Administrative Offices will be closed. 

Due to increased visitor traffic over the holiday weekend, we recommend visitors make advanced online reservations for their tour. Please visit https://lancasterhistory.checkfront.com/reserve/ to book your tickets online.

If you have any additional questions, please call 717-392-4633. Thank you!




Sat Jun 03 @12:00PM - 03:00PM
Living History at Wheatland

Election Day Riot: 1857 Washington


Image of William B. Magruder, Mayor of Washington, DC.Journey to Buchanan's 1857 White House this June during your visit to Wheatland. Meet with President Buchanan and his cabinet as they discuss a multitude of topics, from political appoints to recent Democratic victories at the polls to their concerns about troubles in Kansas. A sudden, panicked request from Washington Mayor William B. Magruder takes Buchanan by surprise. How will Buchanan respond? 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.

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Wed Jun 14 @ 6:00PM -
Offsite Events

2017 Annual Dinner of LancasterHistory.org


Join us for the Annual Dinner of LancasterHistory.org on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at the Lancaster Country Club. The event begins with cocktails at 6pm, followed by dinner at 7pm. Dinner will be followed by a four-item auction with Pete Shaub, and remarks by Dr. Tom Ryan, President & CEO of LancasterHistory.org.

Tickets start at $75 per person. Those interested can also choose to sponsor a table at $1,000. Table sponsors should call 717-392-4633 to reserve over the phone. 

Meal selections for the evening include:

  • Filet Mignon
  • Crabcake
  • Vegetarian

RSVP deadline June 7, 2017. Reservations held upon receipt of payment. Proceeds benefit LancasterHistory.org's education and preservation programs.

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