Monthly meetings are held at the Historical Society Museum, 250 East Market Street, York, Pennsylvania unless otherwise noted. The business portion of the meeting begins at 2:15 PM and the program begins at about 2:30 PM.

Our 2019-2020 year meetings are scheduled as follows ...


Sunday, August 25, 2019          

“Revolutionary Rarity”: Continental Currency Printed in York

This program presented by Bart Stump focuses on the five million dollars of Continental Currency chock full of iconic imagery and thought-provoking mottoes that was printed while Continental Congress used York Town, Pennsylvania as the fledgling nation’s capital for nine months.  Heavily counterfeited by the British, the April 1778 Yorktown issue of Continental Currency was recalled, and the majority of the bills destroyed.  The surviving bills, due to their rarity, are now some of the most collectible pieces of Continental Currency.


Sunday, October 6, 2019          

Never Built … The Town of Pleasant Garden and Other Curiosities

The files of the York County History Center contain an old hand-drawn plan of the Town of Pleasant Garden.  The town has named streets and contains 175-lots, however it is not dated.  This town was never built, and until this research, the planned location was unknown.  This presentation focuses on the methods used in the discovery of the planned location for the Town of Pleasant Garden; by using a case study of researching land ownership history in the location where the town was to have been built in the late 1700s.  The other curiosities deal with a bridge and a railroad; both planned, but never built.  The planned 1793 river bridge, between York and Lancaster Counties, may have been the reason the Town of Pleasant Garden as drawn up in the first place.  In the last months of the Civil War a new railroad was surveyed through this region of eastern York County.  This railroad was to parallel the canal south from Wrightsville and pass through Long Level.  If that railroad would have been built, through lands of the planned Town of Pleasant Garden, maybe we would have that town today.  This program will be presented by Stephen Smith.


Sunday, November 3, 2019        

Using DNA Test Results in Genealogical Research

Our speaker will be Richard Konkel.


Sunday, January 5, 2020          

Share Your Findings

Tell us about an unusual or “hidden” resource that you have used in your genealogical research.  This is an audience participation meeting.  


Sunday, February 2, 2020        

to be announced 


Sunday, March 8, 2020    

Irish Research

Join Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Foundation during their annual North American lecture tour to learn how to get the most out of Irish resources and records, gain strategies for breaking down brick walls, and grasp important historical context that may help fill in gaps in your research.  Whether you are just beginning your Irish research or have been at it for years, you won’t want to miss these workshops!

This meeting will be held at the Historical Society Museum, 250 East Market Street, York. The program is scheduled to begin at 1 PM and last until 5 PM. 

This lecture is free to SCPGS members and members of the York County History Center, however, there will be a $40 charge for non-members.


Sunday, April 5, 2020              

to be announced


Sunday, May 3, 2020                

to be announced  


Sunday, June 14, 2020              

to be announced 




NOTICE: Winter Meetings and Inclement Weather

To avoid placing speakers and members in potentially dangerous situations, SCPGS will cancel meetings if roads are snow covered or icy, or if there is the possibility roads will become snow covered or icy before those attending a meeting would be able to return home. Cancellations are made on the conservative side. To learn the status of a winter meeting that could be cancelled because of weather, call Richard Konkel at 717-843-7043.