Events

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


Monday, September 1, 2014
Closings

Research Library Closed

Our Library and Research Areas will be closed for Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014.  President James Buchanan's Wheatland, the Museum Store on the Campus of History, and the exhibits in Groff Gallery and Ryder Hall will be open.


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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Friday, September 5, 2014 @ 04:00PM - 08:00PM
General Public Calendar

First Friday at the Downtown Museum Store

Tatjana Promo


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 - 05:30PM
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. There will be a book signing and social from 4:00 to 4:30pm.

On Wednesday September 10, Allen Guelzo, PhD, 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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Thursday, September 25, 2014 @ 04:00PM - 05:30PM
Regional History Colloquium

Regional History Colloquium: Dangerous Guests

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Ken Miller, PhD, will be providing an examination of the effects that prisoner of war camps in Lancaster had on the local population during the Revolutionary War.

Just released in August, Dangerous Guests explores Lancaster during the War for Independence.  American revolutionaries held more than thirteen thousand prisoners-- both British regulars and their so-called Hessian auxiliaries--in makeshift detention camps far from the fighting.  As the Americans' principal site for incarcerating enemy prisoners of war, Lancaster stood at the nexus of two vastly different revolutionary worlds: one national, the other intensely local.  The challenge of creating an autonomous national identity in the newly emerging United States was nowhere more evident than in Lancaster, where the establishment of a detention camp served as a flashpoint for new conflict in a community already unsettled by stark ethnic, linguistic, and religious differences.  Many Lancaster residents soon sympathized with the Hessians detained in their town while the loyalist population considered British detainees to be the true patriots of the war.  Miller demonstrats that in Lancaster, the notably local character of the war reinforced not only preoccupations with internal security but also novel commitments to cause and country.

The Regional History Colloquium is intended to serve as a form 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 4pm, precedes the start of every lecture.  The lectures are free and open to the public.  There will also be a book signing by the speaker.


Thursday, September 25, 2014 @ 06:30PM - 08:00PM
Back to Basics

Back to Basics- Lawn Party

The formula for a most excellent lawn party consists of three essentials: good refreshments, good games and good friends.

Thanks to Lancaster Brewing Company and our staff we've got the first two covered; now we just need you.

Register now to join us as we celebrate the inaugural run of "Back to Basics".

 

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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 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 Thaddues 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.


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."


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, PhD, 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.

Dr. 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 Dr. 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.

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

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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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