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The Cultural Alliance's Second Saturdays- Free
Join the Trust at each of these Cultural Alliance family-oriented days for free fun with arts & culture!
We’ll be at the Colonial Complex with hands-on fun for all ages!
July 11, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
“Use Your Voice!”
August 8, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
“Move Your Body!”
September 12, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
“Let’s Make Music!”
Colonist for a Day- Free
July 18, 2015
10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.
Experience life as a colonist and find out if your family has the stuff it takes to survive colonial life. Hands-on experiences will allow you to try your hand at common colonial tasks like spinning and cooking over a fire; then relax and have fun playing colonial games. Take the "Monocacy Trail Challenge," a real life "board game" inspired by the popular virtual version, the Oregon Trail. Become a family who actually traveled from Lancaster to York, buy supplies, “ferry” across the Susquehanna, and settle in Yorktown. Explore the grounds of the Colonial Complex with ongoing activities between 10:00 a.m.and 2:00 pm. This program is generously sponsored by the York County Heritage Trust Auxiliary
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.
Thanks to our new Family Programming Partner, Tots2Tweens!