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Second Saturdays 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

March 14, 2015:  "Cigar Box Guitars, Steam Whistle Concerts and Being a "Sound Searcher""
Shane Speal  10:30am, Historical Society Museum, 250 East Market Street, York, PA 17403
Join music researcher Shane Speal as he shares his experiences researching homemade and forgotten instruments of the past. Shane's research has inspired him to preserve the histories of these instruments and perform with them as a professional musician. Speal is a musician and marketing professional from York, PA. He is the self-proclaimed "King of the Cigar Box Guitar" and the creator of Speal has performed numerous cigar box concerts solo and with his bands, Jug Fusion and The Primal Brothers, since 2004.
April 11, 2015: "Restoring a Mason & Dixon Line Marker"
10:30am, Historical Society Museum, 250 East Market Street, York, PA 17403 

2015 marks the 250th anniversary of the creation of the famed “Mason & Dixon Line.” Although better known for its connection to the Civil War era, the line has its heritage rooted in the 18th century.  Join Todd Babcock as he explains the territorial dispute between Pennsylvania and Maryland, as well as a  local group’s effort to authentically restore a crown stone an existing York County marker.


Lunch With The Librarians

On the first Friday of each month, the Trust's Library & Archives hosts a roundtable discussion on a different topic related to researching local genealogy or history. See below for information about next month's program. The programs are held at the Historical Society Museum and begin at 1:00pm. To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to ask questions or share a story with the group, the number of participants is limited. Pre-registration is required by the Wednesday prior to the program. For your convenience, box lunches are available for $10. Lunch orders must be placed by no later than 5pm on the Wednesday prior to the program, and payment for the lunch (cash only, please) is also due by that time. Participants may also bring their own lunch. The program is FREE and open to the public. Please contact Amanda Eveler, Assistant Director of the Library & Archives, to pre-register or order a lunch.
MARCH 6, 2015 - Tracing Your Roots: Basic Genealogy Using YCHT Collections.  If you're new to genealogy research and need help getting started, this program will explain the wealth of resources available at the Trust's Library & Archives. Experienced researchers are welcome too since there's always something new to discover!
A complete list of the 2015 Lunch with the Librarians programs and lunch menu is available here.

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.
MARCH 18, 2015 - The Final Fourteen Days of Father Abraham presented by Dr. Charles Teague. April 1865 marked one of the most dramatic and momentous times in American history. Join Park Service Ranger Chuck Teague and discover what Father Abraham experienced as the Civil War drew to a climax. What would the first two weeks of that month have been like from the perspective of President Lincoln? Where did he go? Who did he meet with? What were his conversations? His decisions? His mood each day? These are only some of the topics that Chuck will expound upon as we explore President Lincoln's final fourteen days.
Charles "Chuck" Teague has been a Park Ranger for the past twelve seasons at Gettysburg National Military Park. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel who holds a Doctor of Law degree with specialization in International Affairs from Cornell University, as well as a seminary degree. "Gettysburg By The Numbers' is a popular pocket guide that he compiled. 
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.
MARCH 1, 2015 - Genealogical Myths presented by Gerald H. Smith, Certified Genealogist.
Click here for a list of the upcoming 2015 programs. Please visit the SCPGS website for more information about upcoming programs, becoming a member, or special publications.

The Bridge Community Forum

Saturday March 21
The Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 West Princess Street
Free admission to galleries, and event
Open to public, no registration required
The Bridge begins at 1:30 with a community forum of educators, non-profits, and business people seeking to explore ways to foster collaboration to meet the needs of the surrounding community. Moderated by Aaron Anderson (Logos Academy), participants include Robert Bernhard (York City School District), Dommonick Chatman (Chatman Group), Nacole Gaines (York YMCA), Dr. Dorothy King (Penn State Harrisburg), Amy Musone (Central York School District), Jim Pastore (York Academy Regional Charter School), Ralph Washington (Assorted Studios), Sherry Roland Washington (Helen Thackston Charter School), and Patrick Winters (World A Cuts Barber Institute).  Discussion will end at 3:00 when light refreshments by West King Catering will be served.  At 4:00, Weary Arts Group will perform excerpts from The Wiz, and from 4:30 to 5:30 Ralph Real will fill the air with the neo-soul sounds from his latest album.
National Women's History Month
March 28, 2015 1:00 p.m. Historical Society Museum, 250 E Market Street York, PA 17403 
Dr. Dorothy E. King, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Penn State Harrisburg

In Commemorating National Women’s History Month, Dr. Dorothy King will present the story o

The Saturday Evening Girls, a group that began as a library club for Jewish and Italian immigrants in Boston's North End. Meeting for 70 years the group went on to publish a scholarly newsletter, host cultural performances, and found Paul Revere Pottery, which created American art pottery pieces that are highly collectable today. Developing a neighborhood school, the club offered a unique experience to young women in the 1920s.

Special Program Lecture of the Association of Tourist Railroads and Railway Museums Spring Conference
Steel Rails to the White Rose City, the Northern Central Railway in York County
April 16, 2015 7:00 p.m. -Free  Historical Society Museum 250 E Market Street York, Pa 17403

Join the  ATRRM and local historic railroad attractions and enthusiasts as they open their conference with a lecture by Frank Wrabel. Through sixty images Wrabel will explain the growth, development, retrenchment and transformation of the Northern Central Railway Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad in York County. Images covering the earliest era of the line through the current operations of the various segments of that route will be featured. The chronological development of the route, services offered, impact of the railroad, selected views of typical railroad communities and "what happened to all of it" will be covered. Three PRR presidents that had the most impact (both positive and negative) on the NCR will also be mentioned.


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