#GivingTuesday is officially December 3, 2014. Help us gear up to a great #GivingTuesday by making your gift to support the York County Heritage Trust TODAY!
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For ten days leading up to #GivingTuesday, we at the York County Heritage Trust are highlighting ten great things that your gift would support if you contribute to our annual fund.
Day 10: Tuesday, December 3: #GivingTuesday!
Today's finally Giving Tuesday! You made it through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Today, on Giving Tuesday, how about giving the gift of investment in a cause that matters to you by supporting the York County Heritage Trust?
Conservation. Education. Inspiration.
The York County Heritage Trust has served as the keeper of York County historical objects and archives for 118 years. But we are much more than stewards and conservators. We use our collections, museum, and historic sites to connect families and individuals with the rich and diverse stories of York County, past and present.
Help us discover, care for, and celebrate our collective York experience. Your contribution of $10, $25, $50 or more to our Annual Fund will ensure that families and individuals, students and visitors, can continue to explore, learn and share the stories that make us a vibrant community!
Day 9: Monday, December 2:
Did you know that the Trust is always looking for new and inspiring ways to share our incredible trove of historical discoveries and forgotten treasures? Last year, staff and volunteers restored and brought to life stories of the entrepreneurial spirit of York engineering, manufacturing, advertising, and personal fitness, including the hydraulic ram pump, Stauffer's Biscuit Company, Reddy Kilowatt, and Bob Hoffman weightlifting equipment. Your contribution to our annual fund helps support the creation, presentation, and maintenance of interactive and informative exhibits, like Reddy Kilowatt, from our permanent collections of York County history.
Day 8: Sunday, December 1:
More than 1,400 maps and 150,000 photos in our Library & Archives are supported by gifts from you. That's a lot of ink for us to be thankful for! The Trust is dedicated to maintaining these exquisite items and making them available to the public for research in our Library. Your financial support helps ensure that the Trust can properly store these timeless treasures for future generations. You enable us to fulfill our mission of collecting and preserving the history of our area and inspiring people to explore the wonderful history and culture of York County, Pennsylvania.
Day 7: Saturday, November 30:
Kids come first on the first Saturday of each month at the York County Heritage Trust. First Saturday workshops allow children to play, interact and create, plus learn in the process! Come enjoy all of this and more every first Saturday of the month. Your gift helps us to enrich the lives of children through the presentation of 12 educational programs each year, plus two annual family days at our museums. Help us continue to offer these free monthly programs by clicking above to support our #GivingTuesday campaign!
Day 6: Friday, November 29:Did you know that the Trust operates nine historic properties and sites that store or display artifacts and documents related to York County's amazing history? In additional to two museums with galleries--the Historical Society Museum at 250 East Market Street, and the Agricultural & Industrial Museum at 217 Wet Princess Street--we operate the Historical Society Library & Archives, Bonham House, Fire Museum, Colonial Court House, Golden Plough Tavern, General Gates House, and Barnett Bobb Log House, In addition, we also manage the Murals of York and maintain a 22,000 square-foot warehouse for our extensive and growing collections. Your contribution to our annual fund helps these sites be the stages upon which we share our incredible York County experience!
Day 5: Thursday, November 28:
Did you know that the Trust has our very own "Indiana Jones" crew to help us uncover even more York County artifacts? Two weeks each summer, the Trust partners with the York County Department of Parks and Recreation to provide kids ages 10-13 with real life experience digging at historic sites. Last year our young archaeologists searched at the location of a Civil War hospital in Penn Park. Your contribution to our annual fund helps support interactive educational program, like Archaeology Camp, which encourage children and adults to "dig in" and experience their connection to York County history.
Day 4: Wednesday, November 27:
Did you know that the Trust maintains 15 cars and vehicles made in York County during the early days of the automobile, when York was known as "little Detroit?" Showcased in the collection are unique models built during the period 1900-1920, including three Pullman cars, a Hart-Kraft truck, a Hanover roadster, a Sphinx touring car, and a Mayflower station wagon. Your contribution to our annual fund helps ensure that these examples of York County's contribution to the mobility of American society are maintained and share with generations of drivers and their passengers!
Day 3: Tuesday, November 26:
Your gift sustains the ongoing care of our beloved Pfaltzgraff collection of more than 10,000 pieces of pottery! Since clay was common everywhere, pottery has been one of the mainstays of civilization. Each piece of our unique Pfaltzgraff collection invites the visitor to reflect on the significance of that object in the context of those who made and used it, what it reveals about York County's values and culture, and its importance to the nation or world.
You keep our collections current and growing. You enable the Trust to interpret the York experience within the framework of the American story. You allow us to fulfill our mission of collecting and preserving the history of our area and inspiring people to explore the wonderful history and culture of York County Pennsylvania. Please make your donation today!
Day 2: Monday, November 25:
The Trust holds 12 Second Saturday presentations each year—all free to the public!
Topics include the history of local companies, music from different historic periods, first person interpretations, dance performances and sword displays? Second Saturdays is a free lecture program providing an entertaining yet educational Saturday morning for our community—come experience and learn with us! Help us continue to offer these free monthly programs by clicking above to support our #GivingTuesday campaign!
Day 1: Sunday, November 24: The Trust cares for more than 1,400 rare books in our archives, and the oldest dates from the year 1543. A photo from our oldest book, a German printed Herbal, is shown below. We are dedicated to maintaining these exquisite items and making them available to the public for research in our Library & Archives. Your financial support helps ensure that the Trust can properly store these timeless treasures for future generation.
to make a gift to support the future of York County history.
Make a Gift to our Annual Fund
Our Annual Fund supports the operation of our museum sites and archives; care for our collections; educational programming for children and adults; and outreach to communities and groups.
Please consider a gift that will help us inspire others to explore and experience their York County heritage!
What's Your HiStory?
It's a question we’ve been asking quite a bit here at the Trust.
Our own story this past year reflects something incredibly important to our organization: community connection. We welcomed over 35,000 visitors, hosted nearly 50 public programs, unveiled a brand-new exhibit highlighting the experiences of York Countians in war and cared for a collection of well over 200,000 artifacts, 140,000 square feet of exhibit space and eight historic buildings that form the foundation of our community’s history.
To top it all off, we embraced a new mission and set of themes that will provide the guidance and flexibility necessary for the Trust to tell our community's history for years to come. We truly couldn’t have accomplished so much without your help.
Partner With Us To Preserve It.
The York County Heritage Trust has connected children and adults alike with our local, regional and national heritage for over 10 years. Your gift to the Annual Fund will help us fulfill this mission.