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York County Heritage Trust Artifact Collection

 The Trust exists to inspire the exploration of York County’s rich cultural heritage, including its people, culture and the events that shaped history, both on local and national scales.  The Trust’s artifact collection encompasses more than 90,000 artifacts showcasing nearly 300 years of York’s impressive history. These artifacts document the development, culture, and contributions of the York County community.

One of the ways that the Trust fulfills its mission is by telling the remarkable stories of York County’s different ethnic and socio-economic groups, businesses, inventions, and historic events.  The stories are interpreted through the creative and sometimes interactive display of artifacts from the Trust’s collection.  To learn more about York County’s impressive history, be sure to visit all five of our inspiring museums.
Donation of an Object  

 Thank you for your interest in donating an object to the York County Heritage Trust!
 Every museum tends to face the dilemma of a lack of collection storage space at some point in its organizational life.  In order to mitigate this problem, all objects that are offered to the museum must pass a strict and competitive “interview” process. The body that reviews potential donations is the Collections Committee which typically meets on a monthly basis.  The committee assesses the object’s “fit” into the educational mission of the Trust, with a heavy emphasis on the object’s physical condition and its York County provenance.

How to Submit an Object as a Potential Donation
 Step #1
  • Complete an Object Information Form 
  • Describe the object's provenance (history), including how it is relevant to York County
  • Include as many high quality images as possible
  • Mail, E-mail, or hand deliver form and images to the York County Heritage Trust
  • Please do not bring potential donations to the YCHT
Step #2
  • Form and images are presented to the Collections Committee at their next meeting
  • Committee reviews and makes a decision regarding the potential object donation
    • Possible Collections Committee Decisions - Accept, Decline, or Need More Information/See In-Person
Step #3
  • Director of Collections will notify potential donor of the Collections Committee's decision
    • If Declined - Director of Collections will suggest other possible organizations that would be a better fit for the object
    • If Accepted - Director of Collections will initiate the transfer of ownership process
    • If Need More Information - Director of Collections will advise the potential donor of the next steps
For more information regarding our artifact collection or to inquire about a possible donation please contact:
Rachel Warner
Collections Manager   
717-848-1587 x212


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