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Commemorate National Black History Month at the Trust
Discover and learn about York County's African-American history, heritage, culture, and people during the month of February.
All events are Free and Open to the Public and will take place at the York County Heritage Trust’s

Historical Society Museum located at 250 E. Market Street York, PA 17403


Sunday, February 7, 2016    2:00 p.m. South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society

African American Genealogy

The South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting will feature Rodney Barnett, organist and music director at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist in York. Barnett will discuss his research into his own African American genealogy including his paternal families in Botetourt County, Virginia and his maternal families in Alabama, including the difficulties and tactics of tracing families into slavery and the use of DNA testing.

Wednesday February 17, 2016 - 7:00p.m. York Civil War Roundtable
Examining a Unique African American GAR Post as the Grand Army of the Republic celebrates 150 years
Presented by Stephen H. Smith


The monthly meeting of the York Civil War Roundtable will feature York Daily Record blogger Stephen H. Smith. Learn about a unique York based African American Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) post as well as the activity of the GAR, a nationwide veterans organization celebrating its 150 year anniversary in 2016, that gained substantial political influence in the years following the American Civil War. Smith will focus specifically on the African American David E. Small Post No. 369. Smith is the author of After Civil War, Veterans Organize in York County: Black Veterans and the David E. Small Post, No. 369, G.A.R. published in the Trust’s 2015 Journal of York County Heritage.

Saturday February 27, 2016 2:00 p.m. 

The Life of Amanda Berry Smith


Discover the fascinating, yet largely unknown story of York County native Amanda Berry Smith, nationally and internationally known as a missionary, evangelist, and builder of one of the first African American orphanages outside of Chicago. Smith was considered an influential leader of African American and women’s rights during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Assistant Professor of Sociology at Penn State Harrisburg, Dr. Dorothy King, will present a PowerPoint lecture featuring the life and accomplishments of Amanda Berry Smith. Born as a slave in Maryland, Smith’s family was able to purchase their freedom and settled in Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania where Smith grew up during the 1850s and 1860s. The presentation will include a discussion with Amanda Berry Smith herself, (as performed by Monika Ross) followed by a question and answer period.

David Tannenberg Organ Concert Series
Tannenberg, a prominent organ builder in 18th century south central Pennsylvania built the organ now housed in the Trust's collection in 1804 for the Christ Lutheran Church in York.  It was the last organ constructed by Tannenberg, as he suffered a stroke during the installation and died two days later. The organ's first note was played at Tannenberg's funeral.

Throughout the year, expert musicians from the York Chapter American Organist Guild will play the historic 1804 David Tannenberg Organ. See below for a list of concert dates and scheduled musicians.
Upcoming Concert Dates, Themes, and Performers: 
March 12, 2016 10:30 a.m. - Performer TBA
Second Saturdays Lecture Series
Second Saturdays are a FREE series of lectures offered by the York County Heritage Trust, providing an entertaining yet educational Saturday morning for the community. The lectures are held the second Saturday of each month, and begin at 10:30am at a featured Trust site.

Upcoming Second Saturdays: 
February 13, 2016: 10:30 a.m. Historical Society Museum
The Mill: My Life in Paper- John C. Schmidt
Based on his recently published memoir, The Mill: My Life in Paper, John C. Schmidt will highlight the history and evolution of the Schmidt and Ault Paper Company. Drawing from personal diaries, journals, historical documents, and genealogical records, Schmidt will highlight the company's rise as well as the development of  the King's Mill property. Books will be available for purchase in the Trust bookshop.
March 12, 2016: 10:30 a.m. Historical Society Museum
'Saint Patrick's Day' Tannenberg Organ Concert
Stop at the Trust first, before the 33rd Annual York Saint Patrick's Day Parade, and enjoy a St. Pat's Day inspired organ concert.  Performed by an expert musician from the York Chapter American Organist Guild, the 45 minute concert will feature Irish themed tunes.  The Tannenberg Organ, built by David Tannenberg, a prominent organ builder of the 18th century in Pennsylvania, was originally built in 1804 for York's Christ Lutheran Church.  It was the last organ constructed by Tannenberg, as he suffered a stroke during the installation and died two days later. The organ's first note was sounded at Tannenberg's own funeral. 
April 9, 2016: 10:30 a.m. Historical Society Museum
The Marquis de Lafayette - Gene Pisasale
Gene Pisasale, historic author and lecturer for the Delaware Humanities Forum will highlight the Marquis de Lafayette's role in the American Revolution.  Learn about Lafayette's participation in the Battle of Brandywine on September 11, 1777, and his ongoing support, both monetary and political during the conflict that earns Lafayette recognition as a "founding son" of the Revolutionary War.  Locally, Lafayette is best remembered for his involvement in ending the alleged Conway Cabal at the General Horatio Gates House (now part of the Trust's Colonial Complex), and his return visit to York in 1825.
May 14, 2016: 10:30 a.m. Historical Society Museum
Murder at the Accomac- Michael Maloney
Michael Maloney, local writer and author of Across the River: Murder at the Accomac, will examine the history and story surrounding the 1882 murder of Emily Myers, at the present day Accomac Inn.  Shot by John Coyle Jr. after he received a rejection to his marriage proposal, Myers' murder mad local and national headlines.  Discover the history of the Accomac and the event leading up to and after the murder. Copies of Across the River will be available in the Trust's bookshop before and after the program.
Lunch With The Librarians
Bring your lunch pail and learn about local genealogy and history during your lunch break! On the first Friday of each month, the Trust's Library & Archives hosts a roundtable discussion on a different topic. Programs held at the Historical Society Museum, 250 East Market Street, York, and begin at 12:30pm. So everyone has an opportunity to ask questions or share a story, the number of participants is limited; please pre-register by the Wednesday prior to the program with Amanda EvelerFree and open to the public (please note that lunch is not provided).
Click here to see the Lunch With the Librarians schedule for 2016. Because of the New Year's Day holiday, there is no program for January 2016.
York Civil War Roundtable
The York Civil War Round Table (YCWRT) is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote, interpret, preserve, and protect the Civil War heritage of York County, Pennsylvania, through the education and exchange of information with its members and the general public. Membership is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about the American Civil War.

Founded as the White Rose Civil War Round Table, the York CWRT holds monthly meetings the third Wednesday of every month except December at 7:00 p.m. in the Meeting Hall of the York County Heritage Trust's Historical Society Museum at 250 East Market Street in York, Pennsylvania. Each meeting features a guest speaker talking about a Civil War topic of local or national interest. Meetings are FREE and open to the public. See below for information about next month's program.
Please visit the YCWRT website for more information about YCWRT, and to find out about upcoming speakers and programs.
South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, Inc. (SCPGS) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization of genealogists. As genealogists, they study ancestry and family history, and are interested in preserving family heritage for future generations. Their primary geographic area of interest and coverage is Pennsylvania's York and Adams Counties. Their purpose is to encourage and promote an interest in genealogy by collecting and preserving materials related to genealogy, encouraging the compilation and publication of family genealogies and histories, publishing materials of interest and benefit to members, holding meetings for the education of members and the public, and offering financial and volunteer support to the library at the York County Heritage Trust.

Monthly meetings are held in the Meeting Hall of the York County Heritage Trust, at 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. Meetings are FREE and open to the public.

Click here to view the 2016 Winter/Spring SCPGS schedule. Please visit the SCPGS website for more information about upcoming programs, becoming a member, or special publications.
ALLVETS Roundtable
ALLVETS is a non-profit organization, founded in 2015 by Jim Bean, a Vietnam veteran, to collect the stories of local veterans. Each month a different veteran from any branch of the military who served in any capacity shares his or her story about their service to our country. The ALLVETS Roundtable meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm at the Historical Society Museum, 250 East Market Street, York. Occasionally, special roundtables are held on Saturdays. Meetings are FREE and open to the public. Due to the holiday schedule, no programs are held in November or December.
Click here to view the 2016 ALLVETS schedule. If you are a veteran and would like to share your story, please contact Jim Bean.


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