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EDUCATION & PROGRAMMING - Youth Programming & Events
Go Green in the City
Date: April 18th
Time: 10:00-3:00
Location: Colonial Complex grounds, downtown York
Go Green in the City is a fun, family-friendly festival sponsored by Downtown, Inc. celebrating green, healthy and local living. Artisans, green-conscious businesses, non-profits, and locally-sourced food vendors will set up in the block between North Beaver Street, North Pershing Avenue, W. Clarke Avenue and the White Rose Bar & Grill parking lot for an interactive street fair including live music,, art and more.  Kid zone on Pershing and Colonial Complex grounds will feature live animals, colonial games, hearth cooking demonstration, hands on activities, and The Woodmobile.

Scouting Programs
York County Heritage Trust offers interactive tours and programs at all of our sites for Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups.  We can tailor programs to each troop's individual needs.

In addition to our interactive tours, we offer scouts the opportunity to earn a White Rose pin by learning about colonial life in York.  For Girl Scouts, programs appropriate for Daisies through Ambassadors are available.  Though created for Girl Scouts, this program has been tailored to meet Boy Scout badge requirements, and the Education Department will work with leaders to make the best experience for their scouts.  
All programs start with an orientation to the Colonial Complex, where participants will learn about everyday life for middle class German settlers and life for upper class British families.  The orientation includes a tour of the 1741 Golden Plough Tavern building, the house rented by Revolutionary War general, Horatio Gates, during his stay in York, and the reconstructed Colonial Court House where Continental Congress convened during their nine months in York.  Troops will choose hands-on projects from options including candle dipping, colonial games, and Pennsylvania German crafts.  Some activities fulfill requirements for the Foxfire House Patch. 
For more information, you can download this printable PDF or contact Parthena Bowman at or 717-848-1587 ext. 303. 


Archeology Week
Date: June 22 through 26
Time: 9:30am-3:30pm
Fee: $130 for members of YCHT or York County Department of Parks and Recreation, $150 for non members
Registration: Call York County Parks Department at 717-840-7440
The York County Department of Parks and Recreation is partnering with the York County Heritage Trust to offer an Archeology Camp for students aged 10-13 at Horn Farm Center from June 22 through June 26.  Campers should be dropped off at Horn Farm Center at 9:30 am, and picked up at 3:30. Campers will learn how professional archeologists conduct a dig, and then work with a supervisor to use those methods to search for artifacts at a historic location. Because this is an actual "dig", we don't know what they will find until they uncover something! They will also learn how to record what they find, and what happens to artifacts that are recovered.  Special programs and activities that relate to the history of the Horn Farm property will put what they find into perspective so they get a fuller understanding of the history field.
For more information regarding special programming contact Dara Kane at 717-848-1587 or
Act Tory Classes and Camps
Gain ACTing skills while exploring and performing plays about our nation's hisTORY. 
Avoid the summer slide while having fun with ACT TORY classes and camps!
Led by teaching artists Diane Crews and Paige Hoke, participants will engage with history and language arts, apply critical thinking skills, and learn basic theatrical skills.  Each session culminates in sharing and performing for family and friends.  Classes and camps are specifically designed for age appropriate instruction.  Skills like stage presence, projection, and teamwork are integrated with reading, writing, research, art, and history.
About the teaching artists:
Diane Crews drew from over 40 years in education and theater to create ACT TORY classes and camps.  She has worked with students in the York community at the York Little Theater and DreamWrights Youth & Family Theatre.  Crews has published a book, two plays, and a variety of journal and magazine articles, in addition to producing nearly fifty plays!
Paige Hoke brings her experience as an actor, director, teacher, and playwright to creating ACT TORY classes and camps.  Locally, she has been a teaching artist and director at DreamWrights Youth & Family Theatre.  Her play, "The Princess Rescuers," was nominated for the KCACFT David Mark Cohen Playwriting Award and the Theatre for Young Audiences Award.
Location:  All ACT TORY programs are held at the Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market Street.
Register by phone using your credit card:  Call 717-848-1587 ext. 301
Register by mail using a check or money order.  Mail your registration form and payment to:  YCHT, Education Dept., 250 E. Market St., York, PA 17403
Register in person using cash, check, or credit card at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St., York, PA during operating hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 10-4.
Deadline:  Registration for each program must be received at least one week in advance start date.
 Pre Act Tory Class
Ages:  3-5
Tuesdays and Thursdays
May 5-24; 9:30-11:00
Fee:  $45
Children and their caregivers will explore a different historically-themed story each session through theatrical play and crafts.  the class will culminate in a sharing for family and friends.


Living History Through Art
Ages:  11-16
Tuesdays and Thursdays
May 5-24; 1:00-4:00
Fee:  $90
Bring a piece of historical art to life!  While learning basic theatrical skills, students will also perform writing exercises, learn about history, discover the story behind a work of art, and work as a team to create their theatrical piece, which will be performed for friends and family at the end of class. 
Production Camp:The Civil War in York County
July 13-17; 9:00-3:00
Fee: $150
Bring York's role in the Civil War to life AND develop skills in line memorization, stage presence, confidence, and projection.  Campers will work on an original historical play focusing on the Confederate Invasion of York, the Underground Railroad, and notable citizens of the county during the Civil War. The show will be cast and performed for parents and friends at the end of the camp. 


Living Wax Museum:  Historical Figures
Ages:  7-10
July 27-31; 9:00-12:00
Fee:  $75
Did you see "night at the Museum?"  Well, get ready to be part of an actual living museum! Campers will study historical figures, develop a theatrical presentation, and perform at a gallery sharing at the end of camp, where parents and friends can learn about these historical figures. Learn history and explore basic theatrical skills such as confidence, stage presence, and projection. 
Living History Through Art
Ages:  11-16
July 27-31; 1:00-5:00
Fee:  $100
Get inspired by historical artwork!  Using guided improvisations, brainstorming sessions, and writing exercises, campers will create a theatrical piece inspired by historical art.  Learn basic theatrical skills like teamwork, stage presence, and projection while learning the history behind an artistic piece.  Parents and friends will be invited to see a performance at the end of class.


Rainbow Crow
Ages:  6-9
August 3-7;  9:00-12:00
Fee:  $75
Campers will enter the world of the Lenape Indian and discover the meaning of their favorite tales.  They will get to create, rehearse, and act out this story of how the crow saved all the other animals. This audience participation play will be performed for family and friends the last half hour of camp.


Hunters, Hooma, and Huckleberry Bread
Ages:  10-15
August 3-7; 1:00-5:00
Fee:  $100
Campers will discover what it was like living like an Indian.  In this script, a young girl travels back in time.  She has an adventure that leads to her understanding of the ways of Lenape Indians.  A stage reading for family and friends will be held the last half hour of camp.


Production Camp:  Walk a Week in Their Moccasins
Ages: 10-18
August 10-14; 9:00-3:00
Fee:  $150
Campers will have a whole week of intensive acting and Indian lore.  Through books, music, improvisation, and imagination, students will immerse themselves in the ways of the Lenape Indians.  A fully-costumed performance of "Hunters, Hooma, and Huckleberry Bread" will be performed for family and friends at the end of camp.

Thanks to our new Family Programming Partner, Tots2Tweens!


York County Heritage Trust
250 East Market Street, York, PA 17403
717.848.1587 (ph) • 717.812.1204 (fax)
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