Events

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


Friday, October 3, 2014 @ 04:00PM - 08:00PM
LancasterHistory On the Square - Gallery and Museum Store

Family Heirloom Weavers

Stop by the Museum Store on the Square during First Friday to speak with the owner of Family Heirloom Weavers, who will be discussing his business (one of the last surviving US textile mills) and how they create their highly sought-after products!


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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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 @ 06:30PM - 08:30PM
Classes & Workshops

Intermediate Genealogy

Instructor: Marianne Heckles, Research Asst. & Photo Collection Coordinator
Examine records available nationally and at Lancaster County's Historical Society, and learn more advanced research techniques. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of genealogy.

Pricing: Members: $15 per course  Non-members: $20 per course
Break for Genealogy series (all 3): Members: $40 Non-members: $50

All courses held at LancasterHistory.org's Campus of History, 230 N President Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603. Call 717-392-4633 to register or use the button below.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014 @ 04:00PM - 05:30PM
Regional History Colloquium

Regional History Colloquium: Last Man Standing- A Biography of William McCaskey

Dennis Ferioli & Ron Nichols will be speaking about the subject of their recent book, Last Man Standing: A Biography of William McCaskey

William McCaskey (1843-1914) had a distinguished military career, having fought in 28 Civil War engagements and being a part of General Sherman's "March to the Sea" before spending 30 years on the frontier during the Indian War and commanding troops during the Spanish-American War.  He rubbed shoulders with Thaddeus Stevens as well as Presidents Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.  He even served as the bearer of bad news about Little Bighorn to Mrs. George Armstrong Custer.

The book and discussion covers McCaskey's long military career as well as his personal life.  It includes numerous vintage photographs; work related correspondence as well as please for advancement; and interesting excerpts from personal letters to family. 

The Regional History Colloquium is intended to serve as a forum for the exploration of various aspects of local history.  Knowledgeable and well-respected scholars are invited to examine the people, places, and events that have shaped Lancaster County history.  A 30 minute social, starting at 4:00pm, precedes the start of every lecture.  The lectures are free and open to the public.  There will also be a book signing by the speakers.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014 @ 06:30PM - 08:30PM
Classes & Workshops

Advanced Genealogy

Instructors: Kevin Shue, genealogist
This advanced course addresses the use of military records; the focus is on analyzing and solving genealogical problems. Includes citing sources and the genealogical proof standard. Prerequisite: Intermediate knowledge of genealogy.

Pricing: Members: $15 per course Non-members: $20 per course

All courses held at LancasterHistory.org's Campus of History, 230 N President Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603. Call 717-392-4633 to registeror use the button below.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014 @ 04:30PM - 05:30PM
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.  There will be a book signing and social from 4:00 to 4:30pm.

The second lecture, entitled "Lincoln as Philosopher Statesman", is scheduled for October 23 and features Joseph Fornieri, PhD, 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."


Wednesday, November 5, 2014 @ 06:30PM - 08:30PM
Classes & Workshops

221B Baker Street for Genealogists: Conflicting Sources and Evidence Workshop

Instructor: Kevin Shue, Genealogist
Every genealogist has experienced conflicting evidence, even within the same record! Learn through an interactive workshop how to think through and resolve the conflict. Join other genealogists as a "conflict-cracking team" by resolving practice samples.

Pricing: Members: $15 per course Non-members: $20 per course

All courses held at LancasterHistory.org's Campus of History, 230 N President Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603. Call 717-392-4633 to registeror use the button below.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 @ 04:00PM - 05:30PM
Regional History Colloquium

Regional History Colloquium: A Grizzly in the Mail and Other Adventures in American History

Tim Grove, Lancaster native and chief of museum learning at the National Air and Space Museum, will be presenting a talk on his recent publication A Grizzly in the Mail and Other Adventures in American History.

Mr. Grove's lecture (and book) center on the argument that quirky, accessible, emotionally evocative items historical artifacts can fire the imagination and entice people to historical inquiry in a way that books often can not.  Oftentimes, museums struggle with finding the right balance between educating and entertaining visitors.  Too cerebral, and all the artifacts in the world won't hold people's attention.  Too much flash and little substance, and people leave having not really learned something.  Several of the artifacts in A Grizzly in the Mail have ties to Lancaster County and Mr. Grove will be discussing them as well as the challenges facing museum curators during his visit to LancasterHistory.org

The Regional History Colloquium is intended to serve as a forum for the exploration of various aspects of local history.  Knowledgeable and well-respected scholars are invited to examine the people, places, and events that have shaped Lancaster County history.  A 30 minute social, starting at 4:00pm, precedes the start of every lecture.  The lectures are free and open to the public.  The speaker will also be conducting a book signing.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014 @ 06:00PM - 08:00PM
Classes & Workshops

Introduction to the History and Art of Quilts

Get to know the history of quilting in Lancaster County and learn a little bit about the history of the county at the same time. This two-hour evening workshop highlights 10 quilts from LancasterHistory.org's collection, including several Amish-made quilts from the Esprit Quilt Collection. There is a limit of 15 people for this workshop, so register early. $15 for members/ $20 for non-members

All courses held at LancasterHistory.org's Campus of History, 230 N President Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603. Call 717-392-4633 to register or use the button below.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 @ 04:30PM - 05:30PM
Presidential Lecture Series

Presidential Lecture Series: "Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln

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.  There will be a book signing and social from 4:00-4:30pm.

The Series' third and final speaker is Dr. Jonathan White, Assistant Professor of American Studies and a Fellow for the Center for American Studies at Christopher Newport University.  Dr. White is the author of numerous books, articles and journal essays; his work covers an array of topics including Federal Judicial history, the American Civil War and President Abraham Lincoln.  Dr. White's most recent publication will be the basis of his presentation on Wednesday, November 19th when he will explore the politics of emancipation through his talk on "Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln."


Thursday, December 4, 2014
Explore & Celebrate

Bunnies, Bandits, and Buchanan: the Art of Mike Abel at LancasterHistory.org

Opening December 4, 2014 in the Stoudt Gallery in Ryder Hall!

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Thursday, December 11, 2014 @ 04:00PM - 05:30PM
Regional History Colloquium

Regional History Colloquium: Robert Fulton- More Than a Steamboat

Robert Fulton is perhaps best known for his work with the steamboat.  But he was also a widely respected artist, engineer, and inventor.  Mary Boosma and Stan White of the Southern Lancaster County Historical Society help to shed some light on some of the lesser known parts of Robert Fulton's life.

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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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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, Museum Associate at 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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