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Friday, October 31, 2014 @ 10:00AM - 10:30AM
General Public Calendar

Behind the Scenes Tour of the Archives

Celebrate American Archives Month with behind-the-scenes tours of our Archives!

October is American Archives Month! We will celebrate by offering tours of the Archives each Thursday and Friday with admission to the research library or exhibition galleries. The archives storage and processing rooms and the Nunan Conservation Lab are "must sees" for anyone interested in the preservation of historic documents.
• What does it take to process and retrieve the county records?
• Are the Lancaster City Archives and over 700 manuscript collections available for research?
• Be among the first to see some of our exciting new acquisitions!

Tours will be offered throughout October. Thursday at 2:00 pm and Friday at 10:00 am. Meet in Ware Commons 5 minutes before tour starts.

The Archives are normally closed to visitors. Come see what happens behind the scenes!

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


Sunday, November 9, 2014 @ 03:00PM - 06:00PM
General Public Calendar

Wacker Brewing Company Launch Event

Wacker Brewing Company Launch Event

Come celebrate the rebirth of Lancaster's oldest brewery- Wacker Brewing Company!  This iconic Lancaster County brewery started distributing beer in September and to celebrate, Pour is hosting a party from 3-6pm on November 9th at Pour, complete with beer samples and sausages to eat. be on hand with images and informational cards that help to tell the story of Wacker.  Wacker Brewing Co. representatives will be on hand to tell you about their beer and plans for the future! Tickets are $30 per person and space is limited so be sure to get your tickets now! A portion of the event's proceeds will be donated to

The Wacker Brewing Company Launch event will take place at Pour, 114 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17603. 


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

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


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'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."

Friday, November 28, 2014
Explore & Celebrate

Yuletide Season Kicks Off !

2014yuletideTiny Tim's Christmas Present

Join Tiny Tim from Dickens' famous "A Christmas Carol" this holiday season. Tim, now a grown man, and his eccentric spinster sisters try to recapture the "spirit" of Christmases past. But when all of the gifts, the trimmings and the tinsel fail, it is a chance encounter with a most remarkable visitor from the past who brings back the magic.

The story unfolds in the Presidential mansion as visitors travel from room to room in just 50 minutes. Performances run from the day after Thanksgiving to New Year's. But, tours are limited to 20, so reserve your holiday adventure early. Fun for all ages. Purchase your tickets and reserve your tour by clicking on the button below!


Thursday, December 4, 2014
Explore & Celebrate

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

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



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.

Our Blogs

The History Bucket


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

While working with the object collections of 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


The staff and volunteers of the Archives Department at 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


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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