Meeting and Events
Monthly meetings are held in the Meeting Hall of the York County History Center at 250 East Market Street, York, Pennsylvania, unless otherwise noted. The business portion of the meeting begins at 2:30 PM, followed by the program.
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Our upcoming meetings are scheduled as follows ...
October 1, 2023
Striking for Pennsylvania - The 1863 Pennsylvania Campaign
Presented by Scott Mingus
In the summer of 1863, 160 years ago this year, one out of every seven Confederate soldiers that fought at Gettysburg arrived there after marching or riding through York County. Nearly 10% of the Union Army of the Potomac also came through the county before engaging the Confederates at Gettysburg. Author Scott Mingus will discuss the three different Confederate commands that invaded York County (Jubal Early's division from June 28-30, Jeb Stuart's cavalry on June 30-July 2, and the lesser-known James Nounnan raid from Dillsburg to Dover on June 28-29). He will also relate the feverish efforts of the local farmers to protect their horses, livestock, and private property, as well as the desperate attempts of a motely collection of local home guard troops and state emergency militiamen to slow the Rebels. He will also briefly discuss the battle of Hanover and the defense of the world's longest covered bridge at Wrightsville.
Multiple award-winning author Scott Mingus is a retired scientist and executive in the global specialty paper industry. The Ohio native graduated from Miami University. He was part of the research team that developed the first commercially successful self-adhesive U.S. postage stamps, and he was a pioneer in the early development of bar code labels. He has written more than 30 Civil War and Underground Railroad books and numerous articles for Gettysburg Magazine and other historical journals. He has appeared on C-SPAN, C-SPAN3, PBS, PCN, and several other TV networks. Mingus writes a blog on the Civil War history of York County, PA, where he and his wife Debi live. He also has written six scenario books for miniature wargaming. He received lifetime achievement awards from the York County History Center and the Camp Curtin Historical Society for his many contributions to local Civil War history. His books and wargaming scenario books have received or been nominated for numerous national awards.
November 5, 2023
The 1829 Answer and Defense of Catharina Ziegler of Codorus Township to Accusations of Witchcraft.
Presented by Richard Konkel
The June 5, 1829 German language edition of the York Gazette features a lengthy article written by or for Catharina, wife of Johannes Ziegler of Codorus Township in answer to accusations made against her by "Doctor" Sebastian Keller and members of the Michael Lau family about participating in a Hexentanz (Witches' Dance) along the road to York lead by a musician clad in red (the devil); being able to read people's minds and other traits historically attributed to witches. The presentation will explore the parties involved, the accusations and the popular beliefs they were based on and how some of these beliefs have persisted into modern times. These events were almost exactly 100 years prior to the murder of Nelson Rehmeyer in 1928 and the 1929 Hex trials of the three murder suspects.
Richard K. Konkel is Vice President of the South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society.
January 7, 2024
Show and Tell and Ask
This meeting will provide an opportunity for “education and enlightenment” with a program of sharing research findings and seeking assistance with research roadblocks. Come ready to talk about your latest genealogical discoveries or about some new, exciting source of information upon which you stumbled. Bring your research questions and problems to see if anyone in the group can offer helpful suggestions. Possibly you have an old family photograph or treasured heirloom that has an unusual story associated with it. Share that story with us! We hope that you will join us for an interesting and entertaining afternoon!.
February 4, 2024
March 3, 2024
April 7, 2024
May 5, 2024
June 9, 2024
PAST PROGRAMS ARCHIVE
August 2023 - Pennsylvania German Language Heritage
June 2023 - Unearthing Camp Security
May 2023 - Tour of Saint Luke's Union Church Cemetery
April 2023 - Researching PA Civil War Draft Records
March 2023 - Pennsylvania Prison Records
February 2023 - African American Genealogy
January 2023 - Show & Tell & Ask
November 2022 - Revisiting Online Research of German Ancestors
October 2022 - Indian Languages Influence in the Susquehanna Region
August 2022 - Using Online Deeds in Family History Research
June 2022 - Henry James Young Awards
May 2022 - Researching the History of Institutionalized People in Pennsylvania
Apr 2022 - The Challenges Facing the Continental Congress in York
Mar 2022 - 18th Century Gunsmithing in Eastern PA
Feb 2022 - PA’s Celtic Language Heritage
Jan 2022 - The Architecture of the Dempwolfs
Nov 2021 - The Churches and Chaplains of York County During the Civil War
Oct 2021 - Genealogical Resources of the York County History Center’s Library and Archives
Aug 2021 - Pennsylvania State Archives’ Online Resources
Jun 2021 -History of the Henry James Young Award
May 2021 - MA & PA Railroad Heritage Village visit
Apr 2021 - Cumberland County Records
Mar 2021 - PA State Archives Moves Into the Future
Feb 2021 - York County Coroner's Office
Aug 2020 - Using Online Newspaper Collections in Research
Oct 2020 - Genealogical Adventures During the Pandemic
Nov 2020 - Using Oral History in Genealogical Research