Meeting and Events
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.
IMPORTANT: COVID 19 Considerations
Due to current restrictions related to COVID-19, pre-reservation seating/tickets are needed for our programs at this time. Attendance is currently limited to 20 people. Reservations can be made by visiting https://www.yorkhistorycenter.org/events/event-calendar
or by contacting the front desk at 717-848-1587.
If you are unable to attend in person, this program will also be live-streamed through Facebook (publicly accessible, no Facebook account needed): https://www.facebook.com/YorkCountyHistoryCenter/
The History Center has the following reminders:
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.
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
History and Preservation of Lebanon Cemetery
By Samantha Dorm
Sunday, March 8, 2020
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!
The following topics will be covered:
1) The Importance of Land Divisions for Irish Genealogy: Understanding Townlands
2) An Introduction to Archives in Ireland and Their Websites
3) Census Substitutes and Other Important Sources for Irish Research Prior to 1800
The program 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 program is free to SCPGS members and members of the York County History Center, however, there will be a $40 charge for non-members.
CANCELLED! Sunday, April 5, 2020
Genealogical Research in Cumberland County
By Cara Curtis, librarian, Cumberland County Historical Society
CANCELLED! Sunday, May 3, 2020
Tour of MA & PA Heritage Village at Muddy Creek Forks
Details to be announced
CANCELLED! Sunday, June 14, 2020
Henry James Young Award Program
Sunday, August 30, 2020
The Daily Treasure Trove: How Digitized Local Newspapers Can Advance Genealogy and Local History Research
Speaker Adam T. Bentz, Ph.D
For many historians and genealogists, newspapers have always been a go-to primary source. But with advances in digitization technology, mining old newspapers for invaluable data has never been easier, nor has there been so much information so readily available from one's computer screen. In 2019, the York County History Center's Library & Archives worked with Newspapers.com to digitize and upload the York Daily Record and the York Dispatch. This talk will primarily address the benefits of the Newspapers.com website, but will also explain how newspaper research can help fill in the gaps in many kinds of research projects. Following the presentation, the speaker will reach out to the audience for suggestions of research topics to demonstrate Newspapers.com for those who have never used the website before.
Adam T. Bentz, Ph.D. serves as Assistant Director of Library & Archives at the York County History Center and was previously employed as Archivist & Librarian at the Lebanon County Historical Society. He earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in History at Lehigh University and a B.A. in Historical Communications at Lebanon Valley College. He has served on the editorial board of the Pennsylvania History journal since 2016, currently serves on the Pennsylvania Historical Association Council, and recently joined the State Historical Resources Advisory Board (SHRAB). In addition to his public history work, Dr. Bentz has served as an adjunct instructor at various colleges, teaching face-to-face and online courses for twelve years.
Sunday, October 4, 2020
Genealogical Adventures During the Pandemic Quarantine
This is an audience participation meeting.
Sunday, November 1, 2020
Using Oral History in Genealogical Research
Presented by Jean Kilheffer Hess, of the Lancaster Mennonite Society.
Agricultural & Industrial Museum
Civil War Voices