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Saturday, February 14, 2015 @ 10:00AM - 04:00PM

Wheatland Opens for 2015

President James Buchanan's Wheatland open for regular history tours from 10am-4pm (last tour starts at 3.)

Monday, February 16, 2015 @ 10:00AM - 04:00PM
Living History at Wheatland

President's Day Living History at Wheatland

Step back with us to February 1865 for's annual President's Day Living History Program. Tours through Wheatland will be offered on the hour starting at 10am with a break at Noon and tours resume at 1 pm with the final tour starting at 3 pm. Visitors will be welcomed by Buchanan's housekeeper, Miss Hetty Parker who will introduce you to Miss Annie Buchanan, Miss Blanche Nevin and Buchanan's old friend from Philadelphia, the widow, Mrs. Gilpin. Charleston, South Carolina has recently fallen to the Union Army. Mr. Buchanan will welcome you to his private parlor and library to discuss his feelings and opinions about Lincoln's re-election, the progress of the War, the future of slavery and how he believes Lincoln should handle the Southern Confederate States.  Reserve your tickets now!

Thursday, February 19, 2015 @ 04:00PM - 05:30PM
Regional History Colloquium

Jay Robert Stiefel "Decorative Arts & The Philadelphia Circus, circa 1793"

Members and guests of and York Heritage Trust are invited to attend a reception and illustrated talk by Jay Robert Stiefel on the early circus in Philadelphia and its influence on the decorative arts. Featured will be notable stars such as John Bill Ricketts, the "Father of the American Circus," who performed in Lancaster; the harlequin Matthew Sully (father of the portrait painter); and Lancaster native and York-educated John Durang, the first American-born clown and professional dancer.

Images will include many rare pieces, some sole survivors, including engravings, paintings, watercolors, furniture and carved Pennsylvania long rifles. Special attention will be accorded to a group of privately-owned, miniature chests, inlaid with what are arguably the earliest representations of the circus in American decorative arts. One of those chests descended in the family of York native Michael Billmeyer, celebrated printer to the German-American community.

Stiefel is a lawyer, collector and historian of American decorative arts. He studied History at the University of Pennsylvania and Christ Church, Oxford. Jay is a frequent lecturer here and abroad: versions of this talk were delivered before the 2014 Winterthur Furniture Forum, the American Museum in Britain, the Decorative Arts Society and other groups.

Please join us at, 230 N President Avenue in Lancaster on Feburary 19. We begin with a social gathering with light refreshments from 4 to 4:30 with the lecture to follow at 4:30. The event is free and open to the public.


Thursday, March 26, 2015 @ 04:00PM - 05:30PM
Regional History Colloquium

Lisa Minardi "Pennsylvania German Fraktur: From A to Z"

Lisa Minardi is an assistant curator at the Winterthur Museum and a Ph.D. candidate in the History of American Civilization program at the University of Delaware. A renowned expert on Pennsylvania German art and culture, she helped organize the landmark exhibition Paint, Pattern & People: Furniture of Southeastern Pennsylvania, 1725–1850 at Winterthur in 2011 and co-authored the accompanying book of the same name. She is now organizing the exhibitions A Colorful Folk: Pennsylvania Germans & the Art of Everyday Life at Winterthur from March 1, 2015 to January 3, 2016 and Quill & Brush: Pennsylvania German Fraktur and Material Culture at the Free Library of Philadelphia from March 2 to July 18, 2015. Her latest book, Drawn with Spirit: Pennsylvania German Fraktur from the Joan and Victor Johnson Collection, has just been published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from February 1 to April 26, 2015. In her illustrated presentation "Pennsylvania German Fraktur: From A to Z," she will provide an overview of this beloved folk art tradition along with new discoveries and highlights from the three exhibitions.


Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 04:00PM - 05:30PM
Regional History Colloquium

Hugh Howard, PhD "Houses of the Civil War"

Hugh Howard is the author of Houses of the Presidents and many other books on architecture, art, and American history.  The book that his talk is based on, Houses of Civil War America, is a narrative and photographic tour of homes of the Civil War era that uses architecture, biography, and social history to illuminate the often turbulent times of the men and women whose actions determined the fate of a nation.  In showing how influential Americans lived- the papers on their desks, the pictures on their walls, the slaves' quarters and the grand parlors- Howard provides a new understanding of day to day life in the Civil War era. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015 @ 04:00PM - 05:30PM
Regional History Colloquium

Leslie Stainton, PhD "Birth of a Nation and the Fulton Theatre"

Leslie Stainton is the author of Lorca: A Dream of Life, which received the Society of Midland Authors Award for Biography. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Opera News, American Theatre, Michigan Quarterly Review, and River Teeth, among many other journals.  She recently published a history of the Fulton Theatre entitled Staging Ground, which interweaves past and present, private anecdote and public record, to unfold the story of this emblematic space, where for more than 250 years Americans scripted and rescripted their histores.  When "Birth of a Nation" (the film based on the book The Clansman) was released in 1915, it was scheduled to play at the Fulton Theatre.  This caused much controversy in the community.  What happened?  You'll have to come to the lecture to find out!

Saturday, May 16, 2015 @ 10:00AM - 04:00PM

World War II Encampment

Our annual World War II encampment returns for another year of reenactors, military equipment & demonstrations, and the Saturday night USO dance!  This free event opens Saturday morning at 10 and runs all day.  The USO dance, featuring live big-band music by The Moonlighters, starts at 7pm.  The final day of the encampment runs from 10am to 4pm.

Saturday, May 16, 2015 @ 07:00PM - 10:00PM
General Public Calendar

USO Dance featuring The Moonlighters

Sunday, May 17, 2015 @ 10:00AM - 04:00PM

World War II Encampment

Our annual World War II encampment returns for another year of reenactors, military equipment & demonstrations, and the Saturday night USO dance!  This free event opens Saturday morning at 10 and runs all day.  The USO dance, featuring live big-band music by The Moonlighters, starts at 7pm.  The final day of the encampment runs from 10am to 4pm.

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