Emancipation Proclamation Exhibit
Coming to the Trust’s Historical Society Museum in December will be a rare copy print, signed by Abraham Lincoln, of the Emancipation Proclamation, commissioned by the Philadelphia Great Central Sanitary Fair in 1864. The Document will be on loan from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, from December 10, 2013 to March 29, 2014.
Starting December 10, it will be on display in the Museum's Library Gallery at 250 E. Market St. for visitors to enjoy with regular admission. Along with the Emancipation Proclamation, a small exhibition will feature related materials from the Trust's Library & Archives including a famous autographs interactive display.
The Emancipation Proclamation will be unveiled to Trust members on December 8, 2013 at the Trust's Annual Members' Holiday Party.
National Black History Month
In honor of National Black History Month, the Trust will host Free Saturdays during the month of February. The Trust will not charge admission on Saturdays during February, 2014. In addition, during February, educational organizations will be admitted free charge during the Historical Society Museum's regular operating hours 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. The free admission is only valid for the Historical Society Museum.
During the month of February schools and educational organizations may visit the Historical Society Museum free of charge to see the Emancipation Proclamation exhibit and the museum's exhibit galleries. Group visits must be arranged with the Education Department two weeks in advance.
Historical Society Museum Special Thematic Tour:
The Emancipation Proclamation and the Road to Freedom
Trust educators will offer a thematic tour highlighting the role and impact the Emancipation Proclamation had on the Civil War and slavery, utilizing primary sources, and focusing on the daily life of the 1860s. Tours will feature the Emancipation Proclamation Library Exhibit, the Trust's temporary Civil War exhibit The Fiery Trial: York County's Civil War Experience, and interactive activities utilizing period reproduction artifacts and documents, and an interpretive reading of the Henry's Freedom Box. The tours are 45-60 minutes long and are most suitable for grades 3-6. Up to 45 students can be accommodated in a single visit or per tour. For more information or to schedule a tour please contact the Trust's Education Department or call 717-848-1587 x301. Please visit our School Tours and Programming Pages for more information.