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Buffalo Bill Parading through LancasterLancastrians loved William F. Cody, famously known as “Buffalo Bill Cody.” They flocked to outdoor arenas when his “Wild West Shows” came to town, and packed the Fulton Opera House for his premiere in 1873. But when Cody took the Fulton stage in a show about killing Indians on the western frontier, he was standing in the same spot where the Paxton gang murdered the last of the Conestoga Indians 110 years ago. Leslie Stainton, author of Staging Ground, and Jack Brubaker, LNP’s The Scribbler, explore this uncanny connection in this colloquium. Buffalo Bill Cody’s popularity in Lancaster and across the United States said much about the way Americans grappled with the turbulent history of native and non-native American relations in the 19th century.

Leslie Stainton is the author of Staging Ground: An American Theater and Its Ghosts (Penn State Press, 2014) and Lorca: A Dream of Life (Bloomsbury, 1998; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999). A two-time Fulbright award recipient, Stainton holds a B.A. in drama from Franklin & Marshall College and an MFA in dramaturgy from the University of Massachusetts. Jack Brubaker has written The Scribbler, a LNP column exploring the history, culture and humor of Lancaster County, for more than three decades. He has also authored a dozen historical books and magazine articles including Massacre of the Conestogas and Remembering Lancaster County (History Press, 2010).

The colloquium Buffalo Bill in Lancaster will take place on Thursday, May 12, 2016 in Ryder Hall at, 230 N President Avenue, Lancaster. A social gathering will begin at 4pm, followed by the lecture from 4:30-5:30pm. Stainton and Brubaker will be available to sign copies of their various books at 4pm during the social. This event is free and open to the public.

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Join us during Lancaster Artwalk and discover the science in art!

During ArtWalk, visit the North Museum and enjoy a family-friendly hands-on activity that combines science and art. ArtWalk activity will take place, rain or shine, in the Museum lobby. While at the Museum, explore the three unique installations from local artists inspired by science and nature in the STEAM Art Gallery.

Non-Members: There is no cost to participate in the Spring ArtWalk hands-on art activity. Museum admission required to visit the SciDome Theater and to view the new art installations in the STEAM Art Gallery.

Members: There is no cost to participate in the Spring ArtWalk hands-on art activity. Museum admission is included with Museum Membership ID.

Join us we transport you back to May 1869!

Members of Harriet Lane Johnston’s family and friends join her at Wheatland where they are feeling nostalgic about moments from the past and sharing stories. They also discuss their experiences with their Uncle James Buchanan and express their deep concerns about his legacy, especially on why their plans and efforts to preserve his legacy continually face resistance.

The Living History at Wheatland program Harriet Lane Johnston takes place on Saturday, May 7, 2016 with tours on the hour starting at noon and the last starting at 3 p.m. Standard tours of Wheatland are also offered at 10am and 11am ONLY.

Visit or call 717-392-4633 to purchase your tickets.


Brace yourself! A visitor favorite, the Tornado Machine is returning to the North Museum. Delighting visitors of all ages, this exhibit allows guests to experience a real tornado up close and hands-on, as they learn the science behind this extreme weather phenomenon.

Non-Members: The “Tornado Machine” exhibit is included in admission price.
Members: The “Tornado Machine” exhibit is free with Museum Membership ID.


Enjoy two local science destinations for one great price.

With the purchase of a North Museum Family level membership or above you have the opportunity to add a Family Membership to the Lancaster Science Factory for an additional $45 (an $89 value).

The Lancaster Science Factory is a hands-on, interactive technology and science center in Lancaster, PA, just a few blocks from the North Museum of Nature and Science.

Additional adults may be added to certain membership levels. Please contact the Lancaster Science Factory for details or visit our site to become a member today.
Double the Discovery memberships can be purchased over the phone at 717.358.3941. For details contact

The 225th anniversary of President James Buchanan’s birth will be commemorated on April 23, 2016 and will feature the annual presentation of the White House wreath for the President’s grave site at Woodward Hill Cemetery starting at 10 a.m. followed by a Birthday Celebration at Wheatland starting at noon and lasting till 2 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

The day’s events begin at 10 a.m. at Woodward Hill Cemetery for the Presidential Wreath-Laying Ceremony. The Ceremony includes a historical view about James Buchanan by Brigadier General Timothy J. Hilty. Another special guest is the 15th President’s historic guards, the Lancaster Fencibles; they will present a black powder-gun salute at the Cemetery. The Ceremony concludes with the Presidential Wreath being placed at James Buchanan’s tomb by Brigadier General Timothy J. Hilty with assistance from two Buchanan Elementary School students.

Following the Ceremony the public is invited by the students and PTO of James Buchanan Elementary School to President James Buchanan’s Wheatland for a 225th Birthday Celebration. Free tours of the President’s beloved home, Wheatland, are available from noon until 2 p.m. with a tour beginning every 15 minutes and the last free tour beginning at 1:45. These tours will be led by the Buchanan Elementary School students as they interpret the history of Wheatland, James Buchanan, his family and his life. Enjoy a slice of James Buchanan’s birthday cake with some punch provided through the generosity of the James Buchanan Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO.)