Upcoming Events

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

Wheatland tour tickets may be purchased and visitors can check-in for on-line reservations of Wheatland tours in the Ware Commons. Tours of Wheatland will begin in the Ware Commons of primary building on the Campus of History.


Saturday, August 2, 2014
Living History at Wheatland

Questions & Answers: James Buchanan Comes of Age

Visitors to President James Buchanan's Wheatland will experience a special Living History program on Saturday August 2, 2014 between Noon and 4 PM. Guests will be guided through the life journey of James Buchanan. James was born in Cove Gap, PA on April 23, 1791, the second child and first son to James and Elizabeth Buchanan. While touring Wheatland visitors will meet James at different stages in his life; as a young boy in Mercersburg, PA, a precocious student at Dickinson College, a zealous politician and lawyer, to his mature role as the Old Public Functionary of Washington. James Buchanan will share intimate details of his private life, as well as his remarkable political career that culminated as the 15th President of the United States of America.

Living History Tours take place on the hour from 12 pm to 4 pm (the last tour starts at 3 pm.) Admission prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for students (11-17), and children 10 and under are free. Tours begin on LancasterHistory.org's Campus of History in the reception area inside the entrance to our main building. Use the button below to pre-pay for your tickets and reserve your tour.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014 @ 06:30PM - 08:00PM
Back to Basics

Back to Basics- Homemade Candy

Everyone loves sweet treats, especially when they're homemade!  Tracy Artus, of Meisse Candies, will lead this workshop and share her expertise and some tips on how to make delicious goodies in your own kitchen via an on-site demonstration.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014 @ 06:30PM - 08:00PM
Back to Basics

Back to Basics- Herbal Folk Wisdom

People have been relying on Mother Nature to provide remedies to their ills since the dawn of man.  In the last century or so, we've gotten away from our "roots" with the rise of pharmaceutical medicine.  In this workshop, consulting herbalist Sarah Preston will help you get back to basics by showing you how to use herbs to your benefit.  From tips on growing herbs to cultivating them for teas and salves, you'll learn how to use nature to cure some of those aches and pains!

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 @ 06:30PM - 08:00PM
Back to Basics

Back to Basics- Foraging

Foraging is the act of finding and gathering wild foods. For the majority of our existence on this  planet, human beings lived as hunter-gatherers. By engaging in this age-old practice, we can provide ourselves with healthy and FREE food and medicine, become more self-reliant, and connect on a much deeper level to the landscape in which we live. Wild edible and medicinal plants are present throughout the year.  We will discuss what is currently available and discuss harvest, uses, and preparation.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Closings

Research Library Closing Early

The research library will be closing at 4pm for the LancasterHistory.org volunteer picnic


Thursday, August 28, 2014 @ 06:30PM - 08:00PM
Back to Basics

Back to Basics- Got Milk? Milk Paint That Is!

Milk paint (which, as the name suggests, uses milk as the principal ingredient) can be used to give wooden furniture, terra-cotta pots, and other textured surfaces an antique look.  During this hands-on workshop, Reology studio directors will teach participants about Milk Paint, show participants what can be done with Milk Paint, and guide participants through applying some basic painting techniques to a personal take-home board.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014 @ 06:30PM - 08:00PM
Back to Basics

Back to Basics- 'Nose to tail' Gardening: An Introduction

'Nose to tail' eating is a philosophy that is founded upon using all parts of the animal to create healthful, delicious food.  It places emphasis on less desirable parts of the animal, stresses the importance of not wasting anything and creates new flavor and texture discoveries.  This philosophy can also be applied to eating the food from your own vegetable garden. 

The proprietors of Ma(i)son, an urban cookery in downtown Lancaster, are cultivating the Wheatland vegetable garden and are making themselves available to discuss this emerging trend that uses all aspects of the plant and allows you to maximize your yield, while also allowing you to enjoy more of that vegetable you are growing, at different stages and in different textures and flavors.

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Saturday, September 6, 2014
Living History at Wheatland

1864: Copperhead or War Democrat

Step back in time with us to September 1864. The nation was immersed in the War while also trying to choose a new president; their choices were the incumbent Abraham Lincoln who was leading the War effort and Democrat George B. McClellan who was calling for peace. The War proved particularly deadly for the Union Army that summer and many Northern voters weren't sure who to choose as president. Visitors to Wheatland will be guided through Mr. Buchanan's home to witness the retired President visiting with several guests. They will be heard discussing the presidential campaign, as well as other salient issues of the day; however, they will not be able to see you. This unique format will allow you to peer back in time and discover who among the assembled company were the Democrats nicknamed, Copperheads and who were known as War Democrats.

Living History Tours take place on the hour from 12 pm to 4 pm (the last tour starts at 3 pm.) Admission prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for students (11-17), and children 10 and under are free. Tours begin on LancasterHistory.org's Campus of History in the reception area inside the entrance to our main building. Use the button below to pre-pay for your tickets and reserve your tour.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 @ 04:30PM - 06:00PM
Presidential Lecture Series

Four Roads to Emancipation

President James Buchanan's Wheatland will host three scholars this fall for the annual Presidential Lecture Series.  The 2014 Presidential Lectures will explore the topic of "1864 & The Politics of Emancipation."  Three nationally known historians will address the Presidential Campaign of 1864 and explore how the issue of emancipation changed the course of the American Civil War and transformed our nation.  All three lectures will be held at LancasterHistory.org's Ryder Hall, 230 N. President Avenue, starting at 4:30pm and are free to the public.

On Wednesday September 10, Allen Guelzo, Ph.D., Gettysburg College will present his talk, "Four Roads to Emancipation."  Join us for this fascinating talk as Dr. Guelzo examines the potent and complex topic of emancipation and how President Lincoln used this issue to change the course of the American Civil War and ultimately transformed our nation.

One of the nation's most respected and insightful political history analysts, Dr. Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era, and Direct of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College.  He is the author of numerous books including "Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America," which won the Lincoln Prize for 2005.  His most recent work on Lincoln is a collection of essays published in 2009 by Southern Illinois Univerty Press entitled "Abraham Lincoln as a Man of Ideas," and "Lincoln" a volume in Oxford University Press's 'Very Short Introductions' series (also in 2009.)  Dr. Guelzo has a national reputation in the field of history and speaks often on the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclomation. 


Thursday, September 11, 2014 @ 06:30PM - 08:00PM
Back to Basics

Back to Basics- Preserving Pickled Products

The abundance of fall produce provides ingredients for preserving numerous pickles and relishes.  Learn the techniques for safely preserving pickled products incorporating scientific principles of home canning.  As we prepare corn relish, you will learn procedures for canning, what ingredients are essential to safely can pickles and relishes, how to avoid spoilage, and the recipes that are safe to use.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014 @ 06:30PM - 08:00PM
Back to Basics

Back to Basics- DIY Wine and Cheese

Wine and cheese go together like, well, wine and cheese!  In this workshop, we'll show you just how easy it is to make your own delicious wine and cheese at home.  We'll use a mixture of presentation and demonstration (using grapes cultivated at Wheatland, no less) to teach you all that you'll need to get started making wine and cheese.  Impress family and friends at the next party or special occasion when you serve wine and cheese that you made yourself!

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Saturday, September 27, 2014 @ 10:00AM - 04:00PM
Encampments

Civil War Encampment


Sunday, September 28, 2014 @ 10:00AM - 04:00PM
Encampments

Civil War Encampment


Saturday, October 4, 2014
Living History at Wheatland

Miss Hetty Leaves Wheatland

Visitors to Wheatland will step back to the autumn of 1869 as they visit the Mansion on Saturday October 4, 2014. One year and three months have passed since the June 1, 1868 death of James Buchanan; Harriet Lane Johnston, Buchanan's niece is now the owner of Wheatland. Miss Hetty Parker, Buchanan's faithful housekeeper, is re-organizing the household and coming to grips with her new found wealth bestowed upon her by Buchanan. During your visit guests will discover what Buchanan left Miss Hetty, they will meet her siblings, some other servants and characters as everyone struggles with the fact that that they must now leave Wheatland to find new homes and jobs.

Living History Tours take place on the hour from 12 pm to 4 pm (the last tour starts at 3 pm.) Admission prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for students (11-17), and children 10 and under are free. Tours begin on LancasterHistory.org's Campus of History in the reception area inside the entrance to our main building. Use the button below to pre-pay for your tickets and reserve your tour.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014 @ 04:30PM - 06:00PM
Presidential Lecture Series

Presidential Lecture Series: "Lincoln as Philosopher Statesman"

President James Buchanan's Wheatland will host three scholars this fall for the annual Presidential Lecture Series.  The 2014 Presidential Lectures will explore the topic of "1864 & The Politics of Emancipation."  Three nationally known historians will address the Presidential Campaign of 1864 and explore how the issue of emancipation changed the course of the American Civil War and transformed our nation.  All three lectures will be held at LancasterHistory.org's Ryder Hall, 230 N. President Avenue, starting at 4:30pm and are free to the public.

The second lecture, entitled "Lincoln as Philosopher Statesman", is scheduled for October 23 and features Joseph Fornieri, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science at Rochester Institute of Technology's College of Liberal Arts and the Director of the Center for Statesmanship, Law, and Liberty, which is in affiliation with the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization.

Dr. Fornieri is the author of "Abraham Lincoln's Political Faith" (2005), an acclaimed scholarly work that explores Lincoln's religion and politics as well as the author or editor of several other books on Abraham Lincoln's political though and statesmanship, including his newest publication, "Abraham Lincoln, Philosopher Statesman."

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The History Bucket

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Because the world is a bucketful of questions.  And someone's gotta answer them

While working with the object collections of LancasterHistory.org we come across many questions.  Visit here to see some of the more unusual stories that we have uncovered.

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Historically Speaking

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The staff and volunteers of the Archives Department at LancasterHistory.org never know what they'll find when working on the documents and records in the collections.  Fortunately, when they do discover something noteworthy they are very willing to share!

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Marianne's PhotoBlog

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Because pictures are worth a thousand words, but sometimes they need an interpreter.

You know that cliché about a picture being worth a thousand words? Ok, well, imagine the stories going on in my head after cataloging several hundred photos every single day!

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Wheatland: A Love Story

Who would have guessed that a young lady would fall in love with an old President and his old house?

One Young Lady, One Old House, Two Hundred Years of History

I’m Jennifer Walton, Assistant Director of President James Buchanan's Wheatland, and I love an old President and his old house! Over the past six years, I’ve learned quite a lot about both, and I would love to share it with you!

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