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August 2014


Q&A: James Buchanan Comes of Age

August 2, 2014 @ 12:00 pm4:00 pm

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230 North President Avenue

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PA

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Visitors to President James Buchanan’s Wheatland will experience a special Living History program on Saturday August 2, 2014 between Noon and 4 PM. Guests will be guided through the life journey of James Buchanan. James was born in Cove Gap, PA on April 23, 1791, the second child and first son to James and Elizabeth Buchanan. While touring Wheatland visitors will meet James at different stages in his life; as a young boy in Mercersburg, PA, a precocious student at…

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December 2014


Yuletide at Wheatland

December 19, 2014 @ 12:00 pm8:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 28, 2014

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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Join Tiny Tim from Dickens’ famous “A Christmas Carol” this holiday season. Tim, now a grown man, and his eccentric spinster relations try to recapture the “spirit” of Christmases past. But when all of the gifts, the trimmings and the tinsel fail, it is a chance encounter with a most remarkable visitor from the past who brings back the magic. The story unfolds in the Presidential mansion as visitors travel from room to room in just 50 minutes.   Through…

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April 2015


Basic Genealogy: Unlocking Your Family’s Past

April 13, 2015 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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$20

This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn the basics of genealogical research. No Lancaster County connections required. Discover how to gather and organize information; use vital and census records to build your family tree. Pricing: Members: $15 per course Non-members: $20 per course Break for Genealogy Series (all 3): Members: $40 Non-members: $50 Courses to be held at LancasterHistory.org, 230 N President Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603.  If you want to sign up for all three classes and…

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Who Is That Relative in the Picture: Identifying Old Photographs

April 20, 2015 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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$20

Bring along your own family photographs and discover how to identify them by looking at photograph type, clothing and hairstyles. Learn how to pinpoint a timeframe for unidentified images. Pick up valuable tips on preserving and caring for your family photographs.  Pricing: Members: $15 per course Non-members: $20 per course  https://lancasterhistory.checkfront.com/reserve/?D=20150420&item_id=37

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Regional History Colloquium- Hugh Howard, PhD “Houses of the Civil War”

April 23, 2015 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

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230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

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Free

Hugh Howard is the author of Houses of the Presidents and many other books on architecture, art, and American history.  The book that his talk is based on, Houses of Civil War America, is a narrative and photographic tour of homes of the Civil War era that uses architecture, biography, and social history to illuminate the often turbulent times of the men and women whose actions determined the fate of a nation.  In showing how influential Americans lived- the papers…

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James Buchanan Birthday Celebration & Wreath Laying Ceremony

April 25, 2015 @ 10:00 am2:00 pm

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230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

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The day’s events begin at 10:00 AM at Woodward Hill Cemetery for the Presidential Wreath-Laying Ceremony. The Ceremony includes a historical view about James Buchanan by Brigadier General Andrew P. Schafer Jr., who is Deputy Commanding General-Support, 28th Infantry Division. Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray will be providing additional perspective on the life and times of James Buchanan. Another special guest is the 15th President’s historic guards, the Lancaster Fencibles; they will present a black powder-gun salute at the Cemetery. Patrick…

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Intermediate Genealogy: Digging Deeper

April 27, 2015 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

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$20

Examine records available nationally and at Lancaster County’s Historical Society, and learn more advanced research techniques. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of genealogy. Pricing: Members: $15 per course Non-members: $20 per course Break for Genealogy series (all 3): Members: $40 Non-members: $50 Courses to be held at LancasterHistory.org, 230 N President Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603.  https://lancasterhistory.checkfront.com/reserve/?D=20150427&item_id=12

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May 2015


Living History at Wheatland

May 3, 2015 @ 12:00 pm4:00 pm

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An event every month that begins at 12:00 pm on day 3 of the month, happening 3 times

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230 North President Avenue

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PA

17603

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$10

Harriet Parker, half sister to Miss Hetty Parker Step back to the year 1869 to bid farewell to Miss Hetty Parker, James Buchanan’s loyal housekeeper. It has been a somber week at Wheatland as the household’s maids and laborers are concerned that Miss Hetty’s departure marks the end of their employment at Wheatland as well. Today Miss Hetty hangs up her housekeeper apron as she and her half-sister, Harriet Parker, along with family and friends surround her as she bids…

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Advanced Genealogy: Tackling Genealogy Problems

May 11, 2015 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

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$20

This advanced course addresses the use of military records; the focus is on analyzing and solving genealogical problems. Includes citing sources and the genealogical proof standard. Prerequisite: Intermediate knowledge of genealogy. Pricing: Members: $15 per course Non-members: $20 per course Break for Genealogy series (all 3): Members: $40 Non-members: $50 Courses to be held at LancasterHistory.org, 230 N President Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603. https://lancasterhistory.checkfront.com/reserve/?D=20150511&item_id=13

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Regional History Colloquium- Leslie Stainton, PhD “Thaddeus Stevens at the Fulton: On Stage and Off”

May 14, 2015 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

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230 North President Avenue

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PA

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Free

Leslie Stainton is the author of Lorca: A Dream of Life, which received the Society of Midland Authors Award for Biography. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Opera News, American Theatre, Michigan Quarterly Review, and River Teeth, among many other journals.  She recently published a history of the Fulton Theatre entitled Staging Ground, which interweaves past and present, private anecdote and public record, to unfold the story of this emblematic space, where for more than…

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World War II Encampment

May 17, 2015 @ 10:00 amMay 18, 2015 @ 4:00 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

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Free

Our annual World War II Encampment returns for another year of re-enactors, military equipment & demonstrations, and the Saturday night USO dance! This free event opens Saturday morning at 10am and runs all day. The USO dance, featuring live big-band music by The Moonlighters, starts at 7pm on Saturday evening and has a $10 entrance fee.  The final day of the encampment (Sunday) runs from 10am to 4pm.

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July 2015


Living History at Wheatland

July 4, 2015 @ 12:00 pm4:00 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

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$10

In the summer of 1865, Mr. James Buchanan is 74 years old, healthy, and still finds the time to comment on national politics. During your visit to Wheatland on July 4, Buchanan’s younger brother, the Reverend Edward Y. Buchanan, will be visiting with his wife and daughter, Annie. You will discover Buchanan’s excitement about the proofs for his new book. Later witness both Buchanan brothers debate President Johnson’s troubles and discuss what the future holds for former Vice President Breckinridge,…

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Final Day Event! The Artwork of Helen Rutter Cruess

July 31, 2015 @ 4:00 pm6:00 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

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Please join us for a last look at the exhibit Fashion from the 50s: The Artwork of Helen Rutter Cruess, and an opportunity to thank the donors of this great collection, Paul Montigny and Lynn K. Miller. About the Exhibit Helen Rutter Cruess was born Oct. 15, 1897. She was the daughter of Bertha Connell Cruess and architect and watercolorist Francis Howse Cruess (who designed the Lancaster Theological Seminary). Helen Cruess graduated from the New York School of Applied Design…

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August 2015


Living History at Wheatland

August 1, 2015 @ 12:00 pm4:00 pm

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230 North President Avenue

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PA

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It’s August 1865 and James Buchanan has been retired from the Presidency for over four years. While Buchanan is away on his usual summer pilgrimage to Bedford Springs Resort, his domestic servants are busy turning Wheatland inside out for a thorough cleaning. Their stressful work soon doubles when they learn that Buchanan’s niece, Mrs. Johnston, is visiting soon after Buchanan’s return from vacation! Discover the experience of many 19th-century Americans who spent their life “below stairs” during your tour of…

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Pop-Up Yoga! (8/20)

August 20, 2015 @ 6:30 pm7:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

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$10

Pop-Up Yoga from 2013 Spend a summer evening doing yoga on the beautiful grounds of LancasterHistory.org overlooking Wheatland! August 20, 2015 from 6:30-7:30pm $10 per person (cash only) Instruction provided by Pop-Up Yoga Lancaster. Please bring your mat and a water bottle; wear clothes you can move in. No skill level required. All are welcome!

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Pop-Up Yoga! (8/27)

August 27, 2015 @ 6:30 pm7:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

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$10

Pop-Up Yoga in 2013 Spend a summer evening doing yoga on the beautiful grounds of LancasterHistory.org overlooking Wheatland! August 27, 2015 from 6:30-7:30pm $10 per person (cash only) Instruction provided by Pop-Up Yoga Lancaster. Please bring your mat and a water bottle; wear clothes you can move in. No skill level required. All are welcome!

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New Exhibit Opens: Florence Starr Taylor: Legacy

August 28, 2015 @ 4:00 pm6:00 pm

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230 North President Avenue

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PA

17603

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From August 28, 2015 to January 16, 2016, LancasterHistory.org’s Stoudt Gallery will feature the works of Florence Starr Taylor. Guest curated by Ron Ettelman, Florence Starr Taylor’s Legacy will display many pieces of art created by this well-known Lancastrian. About Florence Florence Starr Taylor was born in Lancaster County on April 4, 1904, a date she saw as auspicious. Her life “officially began” with her art studies at the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Arts in 1922. After graduation, she…

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September 2015


Regional History Colloquium: Dutch Wonderland

September 3, 2015 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

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Free

Dutch Wonderland’s story began with Earl Clark, a local potato broker and hotel owner, who saw the need for an attraction in the Lancaster area that would appeal to children. After almost nine months of construction, Clark officially opened Dutch Wonderland to the public on May 20, 1963. Throughout its rich history, it has gone through numerous major changes and additions such as its two roller coasters: the Sky Princess and the Joust. Join historian and amusement park enthusiast Austin…

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Living History at Wheatland

September 5, 2015 @ 12:00 pm4:00 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

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$10

Step back to the mid-1860s where you will learn more about Buchanan’s inner social circle and the health concerns that shaped his final years.  When visit you will meet “The Old Sage of Wheatland” as he proofreads his presidential memoir. His nieces and the Nevin family will also be visitors, but Buchanan’s day will be complicated by a visit from his physician.  His doctor will also check on Buchanan’s faithful housekeeper, Miss “Hetty” Parker, who is under the weather due…

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Cars Under the Stars

September 16, 2015 @ 5:30 pm7:25 pm

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230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

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$25

Step back in time to the Roaring 20s when life was good, finance was strong, automobiles, cinema, and radio were on the rise, and women came into their own. Stroll through the twinkling lights in the Tanger Arboretum Beech Grove surrounded by the sounds and songs of the Jazz Age, provided by Philadelphia combo Temple Avenue. Sample catered hors d’oeuvres. Indulge in custom cocktails, courtesy of Chris Chamberlain and Bluecoat Gin. …And the star of the evening: This 1924 Oldsmobile…

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The President James Buchanan National Symposium

September 18, 2015 @ 3:00 pmSeptember 19, 2015 @ 3:35 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

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$50

Mark your calendars and register to attend the second President James Buchanan National Symposium at LancasterHistory.org on September 18-19, 2015. The theme for this Symposium is The Worlds of Thaddeus Stevens & James Buchanan: Race, Gender & Politics in the Civil War Era. The Symposium will use Congressman Stevens and President Buchanan as unique lenses to look at nineteenth-century American political history through an in-depth examination of party formation and re-formation; slavery, race and civil rights; and the role of…

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The Civil War Encampment

September 26, 2015 @ 10:00 amSeptember 27, 2015 @ 4:00 pm

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230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

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The year 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the United States Civil War. The annual Civil War Encampment at LancasterHistory.org will celebrate that momentous occasion. On Saturday, Sept. 26: In the spirit of celebration, dancing and games will abound! A troupe of Victorian-era dancers will perform dances of the mid-1800s. These demonstrations will occur on Saturday, September 26, at 12:30 and at 3pm. On Sunday, Sept. 27: It’s time to play ball! A group of vintage baseball players…

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Basic Genealogy: Unlocking Your Family’s Past

September 28, 2015 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

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$15 – $20

Join Marjorie Bardeen, Director of Library Services at LancasterHistory.org, for Basic Genealogy: Unlocking Your Family’s History, a great beginner course designed for anyone who wants to learn the basics of genealogical research. Have no relatives from Lancaster County? No problem! Learn how you can start becoming your family’s historian by discovering how to gather & organize information and use vital and census records to build your family tree! Course may be taken individually OR as part of a three part…

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October 2015


Living History at Wheatland: Miss Hetty Retires

October 3, 2015 @ 12:00 pm4:00 pm

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LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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$10

Harriet Parker, half sister to Miss Hetty Parker Step back to the year 1869 to bid farewell to Miss Hetty Parker, James Buchanan’s loyal housekeeper. It has been a somber week at Wheatland as the household’s maids and laborers are concerned that Miss Hetty’s departure marks the end of their employment at Wheatland as well. Today Miss Hetty hangs up her housekeeper apron as she and her half-sister, Harriet Parker, along with family and friends surround her as she bids…

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Intermediate Genealogy: Digging Deeper

October 12, 2015 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm

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230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

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$15 – $20

Marianne Heckles, Research Asst. & Curator of the Photographic Collections at LancasterHistory.org, will help you learn more advanced research techniques in this next genealogy class, Intermediate Genealogy: Digging Deeper! Learn how to access and examine records available nationally and at LancasterHistory.org.Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of genealogy. Course may be taken individually OR as part of a three part genealogy series! Call 717-392-4633 to register over the phone or continue below for online instructions. For Intermediate Genealogy Only: Members—$15; Non-Members—$20 For Full…

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Regional History Colloquium: Lincoln in the Atlantic World

October 15, 2015 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

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230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

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Free

Lincoln in the Atlantic World, written by Louise L. Stevenson, reveals how Abraham Lincoln responded to prompts from around the globe to shape his personal appearance, political appeal, and presidential policies. Throughout his life, Lincoln learned lessons about slavery, American politics, and international relations from sources centered in Africa, Britain, and the European continent. Answering questions that previous scholars have not thought to ask, the book opens the vision of Lincoln as a global republican. A professor of history and…

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Preserving Your Family History Workshop

October 19, 2015 @ 3:00 pm5:00 pm

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230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

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$15 – $20

Join instructor Heather Tennies, Director of Archival Services for an informative class on how to preserve your family’s history! In this two-hour workshop, we will show you how to properly handle, store, and preserve your historic documents. We will also provide tips on organizing and accessing the items in your collection. Participants are encouraged to bring two or three documents from their own collections. This workshop will not cover photographs or textiles. Pricing: Members—$15; Non-Members—$20 Call 717-392-4633 to register for…

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Advanced Genealogy: Tackling Genealogy Problems

October 26, 2015 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm

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230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

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$15 – $20

Join Kevin Shue, Genealogist, for Advanced Genealogy: Tackling Genealogy Problems! This course tackles more advanced records and information surrounding genealogy such as: the use of military records, analyzing and solving problems that arise in your genealogical research, and how to properly use the genealogical proof standard and cite your sources! Prerequisite: Intermediate knowledge of genealogy. Course may be taken individually OR part of a three part genealogy series! Call 717-392-4633 to register over the phone or continue below for online…

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November 2015


Regional History Colloquium: Pow-Wowing & Philanthropy

November 5, 2015 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

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230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

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Today there is scant evidence of the once thriving African-American community that existed in Conestoga Township from the American Revolution until just before World War I. Dr. Leroy T. Hopkins, Jr. will discuss the origins of that community and the central role that Harriet Sweeney (1816-1884) played at the end of the 19th century in sustaining that community in this Regional History Colloquium for November. Sweeney’s success as a pow-wow doctoress underscores the as yet little researched interactions of African…

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221B Baker Street for Genealogists: Conflicting Sources & Evidence Workshop

November 7, 2015 @ 10:00 am12:00 pm

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230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

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$15 – $20

Every genealogist has experienced conflicting evidence, even within the same record! Genealogist Kevin Shue will teach you how to think through and resolve the conflict through this interactive workshop. Join other genealogists as a “conflict-cracking team” by resolving practice samples. Pricing: Members—$15; Non-Members—$20 Call 717-392-4633 to register for this course over the phone, or click the link below to purchase online.

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2015 Regular Tour Season for Wheatland Ends

November 14, 2015November 22, 2015

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

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The 2015 regular tour season for Wheatland will end on Saturday, November 14th after the last tour of the day (3pm). Wheatland will be closed to the public in preparation for Yuletide from Sunday, November 15- Saturday, November 21, 2015. Wheatland will reopen on Monday, November 23, 2015. Please note that with the exception of holidays such as Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve & Day, and New Years Eve & Day, LancasterHistory.org will be open. This includes the Galleries, Library, Archives,…

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Wheatland Reopens for 2015 Holiday Season

November 23, 2015 @ 9:30 am4:00 pm

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Wheatland will reopen on Monday, November 23, 2015 for the 2015 holiday season. During the 2015 holiday season, there will be two different tour/performances offered to visitors of the Presidential mansion. To learn more about these two tour/performance options, please visit the article Tours of Wheatland During the 2015 Holiday Season. To learn more about Yuletide at Wheatland or book your tour, please click here.

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Yuletide at Wheatland Opens!

November 27, 2015 @ 1:00 pm7:00 pm

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230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

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Free – $12

Tiny Tim’s Christmas Present Bigger, Bolder, Brighter than Before A Recipe for Holiday Fun First, gather together your ingredients: Tiny Tim, now a grown man with children of his own 2 Eccentric Sisters – one bold, one befuddled A Time-traveling Christmas Spirit An ornery Uncle Scrooge back from the Grave Stir in 1 Crazy Cook, a bit of Fezziwig, and a pinch of St. Nicholas Combine all in James Buchanan’s Wheatland Sprinkle with Rhymes & Riddles, Stuff & Nonsense, Song…

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December 2015


Yuletide at Wheatland

December 4, 2015 @ 1:00 pm7:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Friday, repeating until December 19, 2015

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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$12

Join LancasterHistory.org for the magic and merriment of the holidays at Wheatland. Inspired by the literary legacy of Charles Dickens, the 2015 season of Yuletide at Wheatland performances invites you to be transported to the late 19th-century, as a fictional sequel to “A Christmas Carol” unfolds over the course of an hour with a grown-up “Tiny” Tim and his family seeking inspiration and attempting to rekindle the magic of Christmases past. Performances run on the hour from the first performance…

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Yuletide at Wheatland

December 5, 2015 @ 1:00 pm7:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until December 19, 2015

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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$12

Join LancasterHistory.org for the magic and merriment of the holidays at Wheatland. Inspired by the literary legacy of Charles Dickens, the 2015 season of Yuletide at Wheatland performances invites you to be transported to the late 19th-century, as a fictional sequel to “A Christmas Carol” unfolds over the course of an hour with a grown-up “Tiny” Tim and his family seeking inspiration and attempting to rekindle the magic of Christmases past. Performances run on the hour from the first performance…

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Regional History Colloquium: “A Conversation with General Grant”

December 10, 2015 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

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230 North President Avenue

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PA

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Kenneth J. Serfass brings Ulysses S. Grant to life in this upcoming Regional History Colloquium at LancasterHistory.org. Through a first-person living history portrayal, Serfass will discuss the Gettysburg Campaign along with a variety of additional topics and conversations that surrounded the General and future 18th President of the United States. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A towards the end of the lecture. A USMC Veteran and long-time Civil War reenactor, Ken Serfass has been a student of Grant…

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“Signs of Lancaster County” Book Signing

December 11, 2015 @ 3:00 pm6:00 pm

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230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

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Join LancasterHistory.org for a special book signing event by author and photographer Tara Reiff on Friday, December 11 from 3-6pm! Ms. Reiff will be available to sign her new photography book Signs of Lancaster County: A Photographic Tour of Amish Country from Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. Signs of Lancaster County “captures a glimpse of Amish Country through 240 color photographs of unique signs in their natural settings. The signs and graphics of official markers, one-room schoolhouses, roadside stands, cottage industries, local…

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Last-Minute Stocking-Stuffer Book Signing

December 18, 2015 @ 2:00 pm4:00 pm

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230 North President Avenue

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PA

17603

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Looking for last-minute stocking-stuffers? Hoping to interest your young people in local history this holiday season? Join LancasterHistory.org for a holiday book signing event featuring works of local historical appeal by local authors on Friday, December 18, 2015 from 2-4pm. Books such as: Andy’s Peach Bottom Railroad Adventures by Mary Louise Boomsma Harriet Lane: First Lady of the White House by Sandie Munro and Ginger Shelley Life of Thad Stevens: What Part of “All Men Are Created Equal” Do You…

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Yuletide at Wheatland

December 28, 2015 @ 1:00 pm7:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 1:00 pm, repeating until December 30, 2015

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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$12

Join LancasterHistory.org for the magic and merriment of the holidays at Wheatland. Inspired by the literary legacy of Charles Dickens, the 2015 season of Yuletide at Wheatland performances invites you to be transported to the late 19th-century, as a fictional sequel to “A Christmas Carol” unfolds over the course of an hour with a grown-up “Tiny” Tim and his family seeking inspiration and attempting to rekindle the magic of Christmases past. Performances run on the hour from the first performance…

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January 2016


LancasterHistory.org & Wheatland Open for 2016

January 11, 2016 @ 9:30 am5:00 pm

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230 North President Avenue

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LancasterHistory.org, including Wheatland, will reopen for the 2016 Season on Monday, January 11, 2016 at 9:30am. Tours of President James Buchanan’s Wheatland will be available starting at 10am with the first tour of the day. Tours run on the hour, Monday through Saturday, from 10am to the last tour at 3pm. If you have any questions, please call 717-493-4633. Thank you!

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Lancaster County’s 500 19th Century Schoolhouses

January 14, 2016 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

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230 North President Avenue

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PA

17603

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On Thursday, January 14, author Mary Virginia “Ginger” Shelley will discuss LancasterHistory.org’s newest publication, Lancaster County’s One-Room Schoolhouses and the History of the Common School Movement. This collaborative effort brings together 19th century documents, historic photographs, new photos captured by the Camera Club at Willow Valley, the cartography of Martha Tyzenhouse, and the design skills of Mike Abel. Lancaster County has some of the best examples of one-room schoolhouses in the nation. Mary Virginia “Ginger” Shelley is a retired librarian from the…

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The 2nd Annual Winter Warm-Up

January 21, 2016 @ 5:30 pm7:30 pm

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230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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$25

Join us for the 2nd Annual LancasterHistory.org Winter Warm-Up! Come have a rockin’ good time at the museum! Celebrate the sights, sounds, and flavors of Lancaster in the 1950s with: swingin’ dance lessons from Lancaster Ballroom; sliders & floats by Rettews Catering; Nifty Fifties style cocktails; and a historic photo display from the collections at LancasterHistory.org. Rock your bobby socks off on Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 5:30-7:30pm at LancasterHistory.org, 230 N. President Avenue. Tickets are $25 per person. Attendees…

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April 2016


Living History at Wheatland

April 2, 2016 @ 12:00 pm4:00 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

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$6 – $12

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Basic Genealogy: Unlocking Your Family’s Past

April 5, 2016 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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$15 – $20

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John Bartram: The King’s Gardener

April 14, 2016 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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Free

Kirk R. Brown as John Bartram April’s Regional History Colloquium features John Bartram: The King’s Gardener, a dramatic presentation of the life and times of America’s first botanist, inveterate traveler, collector, and father of the nursery industry in the original thirteen colonies. Portrayed by Kirk R. Brown, John Bartram welcomes you to the horitcultural history of America as it began in Philadelphia and Penn’s Woods. His story starts with the very beginning of the international world of plant discovery and identification.…

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Intermediate Genealogy: Digging Deeper

April 19, 2016 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

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$15 – $20

Examine records available nationally and at Lancaster County’s Historical Society, and learn more advanced research techniques. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of genealogy. Instructor: Marianne Heckles, Research Asst. & Coordinator of the Photographic Collections Pricing: Members of LancasterHistory.org — $15; Non-Members — $20 Please click the link in “Website” below to register online or call 717-392-4633 to register over the phone.

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Fifty Years of Lancaster Cardiology: 1965-2015

April 21, 2016 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

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Free

Dr. Nik Zervanos will host Lancaster General Health cardiologists Dr. William McCann, Dr. John Slovak, Dr. Neil Clark, and Dr. Mark Burlingame who will discuss the history of Cardiology in Lancaster from its early beginnings, through interventional and non-interventional cardiology, to open heart surgery. A social gathering will begin at 4pm, followed by the lecture from 4:30-5:30pm. Free and open to the public.

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President Buchanan Birthday Celebration & Annual Wreath Laying

April 23, 2016 @ 10:00 am2:00 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

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Free

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…

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Let the Record Show [Session 1]

April 30, 2016 @ 9:00 am11:00 am

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

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$15 – $20

Session 1: Civil and Criminal Court Records An in-depth look at the variety of Historic Lancaster county records that can aid genealogical research. Archives staff will show examples of documents and explain their purpose. Instructors: Heather Tennies, Dir. of Archival Services & Katie Fichtner, Archives Assistant Pricing: Members of LancasterHistory.org — $15; Non-Members — $20 Want to attend both Sessions of Let the Record Show and register at the same time? Simply choose “Add Let the Record Show Session 2″…

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Let the Record Show [Session 2]

April 30, 2016 @ 2:30 pm4:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

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$15 – $20

Session 2: Register of Wills and Orphans’ Court Records An in-depth look at the variety of Historic Lancaster county records that can aid genealogical research. Archives staff will show examples of documents and explain their purpose. Instructors: Heather Tennies, Dir. of Archival Services & Katie Fichtner, Archives Assistant Pricing: Members of LancasterHistory.org — $15; Non-Members — $20 Session 2 of Let the Record Show may be taken individually or together with Session 1. If you have troubling booking this class,…

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May 2016


Advanced Genealogy: Tackling Genealogy Problems

May 3, 2016 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

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$15 – $20

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Harriet Lane Johnston: A Quest to Honor James Buchanan

May 7, 2016 @ 12:00 pm4:00 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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$6 – $12

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…

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Introduction to the History and Art of Quilts

May 10, 2016 @ 6:00 pm7:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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$15 – $20

Get to know the history of quilting in Lancaster County and learn a little bit about the history of the county at the same time. This hour and a half evening workshop highlights 10 quilts from LancasterHistory.org’s collection, including several Amish-made quilts from the Esprit Quilt Collection. There is a 15 person limit to this class; early registration recommended. Instructor: Wendell Zercher, Curator Pricing: Members of LancasterHistory.org — $15; Non-Members — $20

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Buffalo Bill in Lancaster: A Cowboy Celebrity Helps Rewrite a Local Story

May 12, 2016 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

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Lancastrians 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,…

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Pick of the Litter: How to Choose a Genealogy Software Program (That’s Right for You!)

May 17, 2016 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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$15 – $20

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World War II Encampment

May 21, 2016 @ 10:00 amMay 22, 2016 @ 4:00 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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Free

The World War II Encampment returns for 2016 with tanks, trucks, tents and troops to recreate the camps of WWII. Explore vintage military vehicles, inspect the weapons, talk with the troops and tour our “Homefront” trailer. A special exhibition of Lancaster WWII artifacts and photographs will be on display in the Stauffer Wing in the main building of LancasterHistory.org. Hours: Saturday, May 21 from 10am – 10pm Sunday, May 22 from 10am – 4pm The Encampment is free and open…

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Celebrate the USO at LHO Camp Show

May 21, 2016 @ 8:00 pm10:00 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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$10

On Saturday night, join us to Celebrate the USO at LHO! Get ready for the big USO Show—a new performance created in partnership with the Ware Center’s Laura Kendall. Starring Jeremy “Bob Hope” Kendall and Robert “Bing Crosby” Bigley, and featuring three of Lancaster’s most talented musical ensembles—the Prima Sisters, Second Hand Suits and Temple Avenue—Celebrate the USO at LHO invites you to relive the magic of USO shows of the past when great entertainers like Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and the Andrews…

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June 2016


German American Consumers: Ethnicity, Opportunity, and Community in Early America

June 30, 2016 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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Free

Eighteenth-century consumers were competitive, fashion-driven, social climbers, always trying to keep up appearances and mimic their superiors, and then there were German Americans—the thrifty farmers, who just didn’t care. Are these historical stereotypes true? Join historical archaeologist, Dr. Lydia Garver, for a discussion on how probate inventories and archaeology illuminate the material world of German American households—their clocks, books, coffee mills, and teapots. The objects German immigrants bought, as well as what they brought with them, reveal rich patterns of…

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July 2016


Independence & Wickets at Wheatland

July 2, 2016 @ 12:00 pm4:00 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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$6 – $12

Step back to the summer of 1867 and celebrate the 4th of July with James Buchanan, his family and friends. Raise a glass of lemonade with Mr. Buchanan and toast the Union’s 91st birthday as his niece, Miss Annie Buchanan, seeks someone to challenge her in her favorite sport of croquet. The Living History at Wheatland program “Independence & Wickets at Wheatland” takes place on Saturday, July 2, 2016 with tours on the hour starting at 12 noon and the…

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August 2016


Recalling Past Ages: Edward & James Buchanan Reminisce

August 6, 2016 @ 12:00 pm4:00 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

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$6 – $12

James (left) & Edward Buchanan (right) c. 1860s Join us as we transport you back to the summer of 1865 at the Wheatland Farm as Mr. Buchanan welcomes his younger brother, the Reverend Edward Buchanan, and his family for a summer visit. As you tour the home, you will have a chance to eavesdrop on the Buchanan brothers as they recall their childhood in Franklin County as well as the recent tumultuous days of American Civil War. The Living History…

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September 2016


Anything but Agreeable

September 3, 2016 @ 12:00 pm4:00 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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$6 – $12

Join us as we transport you back to September 1866 at the Wheatland Farm of James Buchanan. Desperate for good domestic help, Mr. Buchanan has hired Thomas & Rosanna Gordon, a couple who had resigned from their posts only a few months earlier. Rosanna is the best cook Wheatland has ever had; however, Thomas is, as Mr. Buchanan describes, “anything but agreeable!” When you visit, you will have a unique opportunity to eavesdrop on the arguments and drama that took place…

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The Pennsylvania Connection: Black Freedom, Reconstruction, & Keystone State Leadership

September 8, 2016 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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Free

Paul Finkelman, Ph.D. will return to LancasterHistory.org to discuss his research on The Pennsylvania Connection: Black Freedom, Reconstruction, & Keystone State Leadership. This year we celebrate the sesquicentennial of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and the passage by Congress of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which revolutionized citizenship in America, put the final nail in the coffin of American slavery, and set the stage (ultimately) for the Civil Rights Revolution of the 1960s. With the second…

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Basic Genealogy: Unlocking Your Family’s Past

September 22, 2016 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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$15 – $20

This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn the basics of genealogical research. No Lancaster County connections required. Discover how to gather & organize information and use vital and census records to build your family tree. Instructor: Marjorie Bardeen, Director of Library Services Pricing: Members of LancasterHistory.org — $15; Non-Members — $20 Special Deal! While the Genealogy Series classes can be taken individually, sign up for all three to receive a discount! Simply choose “Genealogy Series Add-On” to automatically sign up…

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Civil War Living History Encampment

September 24, 2016 @ 10:00 amSeptember 25, 2016 @ 4:00 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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Free

Civil War re-enactors from across the region will set up camp, relive, and remember the Burning of the Wrightsville Bridge and the ensuing Battle of Gettysburg. More than a dozen military and civilian tents will dot the landscape as soldiers and civilians display the equipment and accoutrements of a Federal Union Camp. There will be music, food, and plenty of educational displays.   On Saturday evening at 6:30pm, visitors can experience the camps at dusk as you wind through the…

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The War Years: 1863

September 24, 2016 @ 12:00 pmSeptember 25, 2016 @ 4:00 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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$6 – $12

Lancaster is in danger of invasion! Alarming news has reached Wheatland in Lancaster that the Confederate Army has invaded Pennsylvania! The Rebels have been seen near the bridge at Wrightsville, PA. As you step back to 1863 at Wheatland, you may be stopped by a member of Masonic Lodge 43. Be sure to show him your calling card, tell him you are a friend of the former President, and find out how those at Wheatland are handling this shocking news. Tours will be…

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Amiable Scoundrel: Simon Cameron, Lincoln’s Scandalous Secretary of War

September 29, 2016 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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Free

For the first Regional History Colloquium of the 2016-2017 Series, LancasterHistory.org welcomes Paul Kahan, Ph.D. who will present a lecture on his most recent publication Amiable Scoundrel: Simon Cameron, Lincoln’s Scandalous Secretary of War. From abject poverty to undisputed political boss of Pennsylvania, Lincoln’s Secretary of War, senator, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and a founder of the Republican Party, Simon Cameron was one of the 19th-century’s most prominent political figures. In his wake, however, he left a series of…

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October 2016


Copperhead or War Democrat

October 1, 2016 @ 12:00 pm4:00 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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$6 – $12

Join us as we step back to October 1864, one month before the Presidential election. Peace Democrats were Northern Party members vehemently opposed to Lincoln’s war policy; they were advocates of restoration of the Union through a negotiated settlement. War Democrats rejected the Peace platform altogether. At this time many Americans questioned James Buchanan’s patriotism; some even sent him written threats. Here is your chance to eavesdrop on Mr. Buchanan as he and his Democratic friends enjoy a social gathering at…

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Black Activism and Reconstruction in the North

October 14, 2016 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

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LancasterHistory.org’s Presidential Lecture for October will feature Doug Egerton, Ph.D. who will discuss Black Activism and Reconstruction in the North. Republican politicians and white reformers invariably thought of Reconstruction as a policy aimed at the defeated Confederacy. Black activists and veterans knew better. As Frederick Douglass once said during the conflict, this was a war of “national reclamation.” Black Pennsylvanians were among the largest state contingents in the pioneering African-American units, the Massachusetts Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Infantry regiments, yet as in…

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Amateur Archivist: The First Step in Preserving Your History

October 20, 2016 @ 12:30 pm1:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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Free

Do you have a collection of family papers, your child’s artwork, love letters, and photographs? You may have questions about how to preserve your collection, which items to keep, and how to display and enjoy them. LancasterHistory.org staff field questions about preservation daily. On October 20th, you’ll have the opportunity to have your questions answered in person. Attend an hour long session with our expert staff as we view two short videos produced in collaboration with the National Archives on…

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Stealing Freedom Along the Mason-Dixon Line: Thomas McCreary, the Notorious Slave Catcher from Maryland

October 27, 2016 @ 12:00 pm4:00 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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Public historian and researcher Milt Diggins will discuss his new publication Stealing Freedom Along the Mason-Dixon Line: Thomas McCreary, the Notorious Slave Catcher from Maryland at this October Regional History Colloquium. “Thomas McCreary was a slave catcher and kidnapper unconcerned for the difference between the two activities. He lived in Cecil County, Maryland, the mid-point between Philadelphia, a refuge for freedom seekers, and Baltimore, a major slave market. McCreary and his community provide a close up view of the toxic effects the…

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November 2016


James Buchanan & The Onset of Reconstruction in the South

November 10, 2016 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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Free

Thomas Balcerski, Ph.D. will conclude the Presidential Lecture Series for 2016 with his discussion on James Buchanan & The Onset of Reconstruction in the South. Although often overlooked, James Buchanan lived during the first three years of the federal reconstruction in the South. Firmly situated at Wheatland, his home near Lancaster, Buchanan wrote letters to fellow Democrats about the state of affairs in the postwar nation. The talk will assess Buchanan’s contribution to national politics in his final three years (1865-1868)…

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Frontier Country: The Politics of War in Early Pennsylvania

November 17, 2016 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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At this November colloquium, Patrick Spero, Ph.D. will discuss his new publication Frontier Country: The Politics of War in Early Pennsylvania. “In Frontier Country, Spero addresses one of the most controversial subjects in American history: the frontier. Countering the modern conception of the American frontier as an area of expansion, Spero employs the eighteenth-century meaning of the term to show colonists understood it as a vulnerable, militarized boundary. The Pennsylvania frontier, Spero argues, was constituted through conflicts not only between colonists and…

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Yuletide at Wheatland

November 26, 2016 @ 1:00 pmNovember 27, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

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LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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$6 – $12

  Join LancasterHistory.org for a historical performance that captures a moment in time, taking us back to the holiday of 1867 when President James Buchanan celebrated the holidays with friends and family at his beloved Wheatland. A letter reveals, “Soon after the sprightly and agreeable Miss Emily Baker arrived, she asked Old Buck’s permission to organize and hostess a holiday party. Mr. Buchanan found her offer delightful…” And the stage is set—join us as we step back in time and celebrate a Lancaster Victorian…

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December 2016


Lancaster’s Music Man, John Piersol McCaskey

December 15, 2016 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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John Piersol McCaskey was among the first to collect and publish songs for the American public in the 19th century. Once McCaskey was able to convince Harper and Brothers publishing company that such song books would sell, his many songbooks sold in the hundreds of thousands and graced parlor pianos throughout the country. With Christmas, McCaskey’s favorite holiday, came a new host of opportunities including compiling a Christmas book, scheduling annual parties and programs for school students, and preserving the…

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January 2017


Room Enough for them All: The People of Lancaster County on the Eve of Revolution

January 19, 2017 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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On Thursday January 19th, LancasterHistory.org will host Michael Showalter to kick off its 2017 Regional History Colloquium series with Room Enough for them All: The People of Lancaster County on the Eve of Revolution. Showalter is a museum educator at Ephrata Cloister, and will share the history of the various religious groups that sought freedom in mid-18th century Lancaster County. By the middle of the 1750s, Lancaster County had become one of the most diverse places in all of the American…

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February 2017


Protests at Rocky Springs — The Integration of Lancaster’s Swimming Pools

February 2, 2017 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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On Thursday, February 2, 2017, in honor of Black History Month, LancasterHistory.org will welcome M. Alison Kibler of Franklin & Marshall College for the lecture Protests at Rocky Springs — The Integration of Lancaster’s Swimming Pools. The historic protests demanding swimming pool integration at three Lancaster pools – Rocky Springs, Maple Grove, and Brookside – are the focus of this lecture. A panel discussion will follow, featuring guests who will share their recollections of the 1963 protest, including Dr. Leroy Hopkins,…

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Buchanan’s First Challenges: A Dose of Hotel Disease & The Dred Scott Decision

February 20, 2017 @ 10:00 am3:00 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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$8 – $15

Join us on a journey back to February 1857. During your tour you will “visit” both Wheatland and the White House in 1857.  At Wheatland you will bear witness to James Buchanan’s encounter with a mysterious disease he contracted in January while staying in Washington, DC.  Moving along to President Buchanan’s White House after his March 1857 inauguration, you will be party to the struggle faced by the President and his advisors as they discuss how to manage the nation’s…

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March 2017


Olmsted: Landscape Architect & Environmental Visionary

March 16, 2017 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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Free

Horticulturist, lecturer, and John Bartram re-enactor Kirk Brown returns to LancasterHistory.org to portray Frederick Law Olmsted in a dramatic presentation on the life of the father of landscape architecture. Responsible for designing over 6,000 landscapes in North America, Olmsted’s legacy includes the grounds of The White House, Central Park in New York City, and a conservation movement that is still challenging the world today. Kirk R. Brown is the current Treasurer of the Garden Writers Association and has served that…

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Annual Presidential Wreath Laying & Buchanan Birthday Celebration

March 27, 2017 @ 8:00 am5:00 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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Free

Wreath Laying at Woodward Hill Cemetery at 10am. Buchanan Birthday Celebration at Wheatland at 12pm until 2pm.  The 226th anniversary of President James Buchanan’s birth will be commemorated on April 22, 2017 and will feature the annual presentation of the White House wreath for the President’s grave site at Woodward Hill Cemetery starting at 10am followed by a Birthday Celebration at Wheatland starting at 12pm and lasting till 2pm. Both events are free and open to the public. The day’s…

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April 2017


100 Years: US Entry into World War I

April 13, 2017 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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Free

On Thursday, April 13 LancasterHistory.org will host Dr. Carl Strikwerda to observe the 100-year anniversary of the United States’ involvement in World War I with the colloquium 100 Years: US Entry into World War I. The entry of the United States into World War I in April 1917 changed both American and world history. For the first time, the US became deeply involved in international politics as a military and economic power. Join Dr. Carl Strikwerda as he explores why the US…

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The History of Orthopedic Medicine in Lancaster County

April 20, 2017 @ 4:00 pm6:00 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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Free

On Thursday, April 20, The Edward Hand Medical Heritage Foundation, Lancaster General Health (LGH), and LancasterHistory.org will come together to present The History of Orthopedic Medicine in Lancaster County. A distinguished roster of LGH physicians are slated to speak in this panel presentation, including Doctors Gerald Rothacker Jr., Christopher Cooke, Wayne Conrad, Timothy Tymon, David Hughes, Thomas Westphal, and Paul Carroll. This program is the second collaboration between the Edward Hand Foundation, LGH, and LancasterHistory.org to present our county’s medical history.…

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May 2017


The Arrest of An American Dictator: William Walker

May 6, 2017 @ 12:00 pm3:00 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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Free

Join us as we transport you back to 1857 and 1858. President James Buchanan and Secretary of State Lewis Cass discuss intelligence and strategy to capture the freebooter William Walker and his private army which has invaded Nicaragua. Experience and learn of the challenges faced by United States Senate which debated the invasion, as well as the Navy’s arrest of Walker. Did his arrest violate the Neutrality Laws? Experience the debate and learn of Walker’s fate in this May’s Living…

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The Nurses of Pearl Harbor

May 18, 2017 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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Free

On Thursday, May 18, LancasterHistory.org will welcome Winifred Woll for The Nurses of Pearl Harbor. This colloquium tells the stories of the United States Army and Navy nurses stationed at both Pearl Harbor and Oahu on December 7, 1941. A Lancaster-native, Ms. Woll’s mother, Teresa Stauffer Foster, was among the nurses stationed at Tripler Army Hospital on the day of the attacks. Winifred Woll, a resident of Reading, PA, is the daughter of Army nurse Teresa Stauffer Foster who was a…

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June 2017


Election Day Riot: 1857 Washington

June 3, 2017 @ 12:00 pm3:00 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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$8 – $15

Journey to Buchanan’s 1857 White House this June during your visit to Wheatland. Meet with President Buchanan and his cabinet as they discuss a multitude of topics, from political appoints to recent Democratic victories at the polls to their concerns about troubles in Kansas. A sudden, panicked request from Washington Mayor William B. Magruder takes Buchanan by surprise. How will Buchanan respond? Experience the debate and learn about Magruder’s request in this June’s Living History at Wheatland! The Living History…

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Say the Wrong Thing: Stories and Strategies for Racial Justice and Authentic Community

June 8, 2017 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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Free

On Thursday, June 8, LancasterHistory.org will host Dr. Amanda Kemp for a reading and discussion of her book Say the Wrong Thing: Stories and Strategies for Racial Justice and Authentic Community. Part memoir and part social commentary, Dr. Kemp’s book provides insight and strategies for creating racial justice and a strong sense of shared community. Through a short collection of essays, Kemp reflects on her own interracial relationship, parenting her Black teenage son, and making art in the age of Black…

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July 2017


Domestic Help Wanted: Living History at LancasterHistory.org

July 1, 2017 @ 12:00 pm3:00 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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$8 – $15

Step back in time to 1861.  Mr. Buchanan recently retired from the U.S. Presidency and his housekeeper, Miss Hetty Parker, has informed him that running the house has become a struggle. She points out that they have a shortage of domestic help; a number of domestic servants have left for other jobs, and Miss Hetty now faces the task of interviewing applicants. Meet Mr. Buchanan’s domestic staff and experience daily life at Wheatland c. 1861 at this month’s Living History…

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August 2017


Wheatland: The Early Years

August 5, 2017 @ 12:00 pm3:00 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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$8 – $15

Step back in time to August 1851 as a Lancaster neighbor and friend comes to call on James Buchanan. Mr. Buchanan retired from his position of Secretary of State two years ago and has just started to enjoy his new lifestyle as a gentleman farmer. As a visitor, you will have a chance to meet the members of his family, including his niece Harriet Lane and his nephew James B. Henry, along with a variety of out-of-town guests such as…

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September 2017


Sink Hole: How Kansas Crises Doomed the Presidencies of Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan

September 29, 2017 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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Free

LancasterHistory.org kicks off the 2017 Presidential Lecture series on Friday, September 29, 2017 with Dr. Michael F. Holt for Sink Hole: How Kansas Crises Doomed the Presidencies of Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan. Holt’s presentation will explore how the two critical changes in the United State’s rule of law, the 1854 Kansas Nebraska Act and the 1857 Dred Scott Decision, created political tripping stones that destroyed the Presidencies of the 14th and 15th Presidents of the United States. Michael F.…

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Sink Hole: How Kansas Crises Doomed the Presidencies of Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan

September 29, 2017 @ 4:30 pm5:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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Free

LancasterHistory.org kicks off the 2017 Presidential Lecture series on Friday, September 29, 2017 with Dr. Michael F. Holt for Sink Hole: How Kansas Crises Doomed the Presidencies of Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan. Holt’s presentation will explore how the two critical changes in the United States’ rule of law, the 1854 Kansas Nebraska Act and the 1857 Dred Scott Decision, created political tripping stones that destroyed the Presidencies of the 14th and 15th Presidents of the United States.  Michael F. Holt, Ph.D. is…

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October 2017


Expansionism Denied: President Buchanan’s Failed Quest to Annex Cuba

October 19, 2017 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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LancasterHistory.org continues the 2017 Presidential Lecture Series on Thursday, October 19, 2017 with Dr. Amy S. Greenberg for Expansionism Denied: President Buchanan’s Failed Quest to Annex Cuba. During his tenure as Secretary of State under President Polk, Buchanan sought the annexation of the island of Cuba. Greenberg’s presentation will explore how Buchanan was once again denied the annexation of Cuba during his own Presidency as he continued to pursue his interest in securing the island for the United States. Amy…

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November 2017


A Question of Sovereignties: James Buchanan, Utah Territory, & the Onset of a Federal West

November 9, 2017 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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Free

Join LancasterHistory.org on Thursday, November 9th as we welcome historian and author Brent M. Rogers, Ph.D. for a talk on A Question of Sovereignties: James Buchanan, Utah Territory, and the Onset of a Federal West. Rogers will examine the difficult challenges faced by President Buchanan’s administration in dealing with Territorial Governor Brigham Young as well as with the settlers of the Utah Territory. Brent Rogers, Ph.D., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsBrent M. Rogers, Ph.D. is the associate managing…

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February 2018


Demystifying the Underground Railroad

February 22, 2018 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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Free

The Underground Railroad (UGRR) was the first interracial activist movement in the United States. It brought together people of diverse backgrounds and from a variety of regions, including Pennsylvania, in defiance of the institution of slavery. There are many myths which surround its operation. However, it becomes less mysterious upon understanding how it operated, the dangers faced by participants, and its impact upon both the South and the North. As this talk examines the effectiveness of the Underground Railroad, it…

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May 2018


Women on Their Own In Revolutionary Pennsylvania

May 17, 2018 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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Free

The American Revolution disrupted households and family economies, expanding the number of women on their own who encountered shifting material conditions on a daily basis. Drawing on the experiences of two southeastern Pennsylvania widows, Camille Kaszubowski’s talk will illustrate how the Revolutionary War pulled women on their own into complex relationships with governing bodies and required them to adopt a range of strategies to mitigate changes to their personal economies. The stories of Hannah Lewis and Sarah Kennedy allow us…

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Nature Series: Blooms & Birds

May 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am11:00 am

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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$3 – $5

What is blooming and singing in the Arboretum in May? Some birds may be nesting in trees and boxes; flowers may be blooming both on the ground and in the treetops. Join Naturalist Lisa Sanchez as we take a walk through the Arboretum and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring. Lisa Sanchez is a Park Naturalist with the Lancaster County Department of Parks & Recreation. The event will take place at LancasterHistory.org, 230 North President Avenue, and is rain…

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“Go At Your Own Pace” Saturday at Wheatland

May 26, 2018 @ 1:00 pm3:00 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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Free – $15

Enjoy a “Go At Your Own Pace” tour of President James Buchanan’s Wheatland on Saturday, May 26. Guides will be stationed throughout the presidential mansion as you tour at your own pace. Tour entries every 15 minutes from 1-3pm. Ticket price also includes admission to the museum galleries at LancasterHistory.org. To purchase tickets for a timed entry between 1-3pm, please visit www.lancasterhistory.org. Advance reservations are recommended. Please check in at our main building at 230 N. President Avenue at least 15…

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June 2018


Thank Heaven for the English Bill

June 2, 2018 @ 12:00 pm3:00 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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$8 – $15

On June 2nd, step back in time to June 1858. During a special first-person portrayal, visitors will not only have a chance to tour Wheatland, but meet with President James Buchanan and his First Lady and niece Miss Harriet Lane as they prepare for their summer break from Washington politics. Discover Miss Lane’s role as a fashionista, and why Senator William English’s bill in Congress is so important to the President of the United States. The Living History Program Thank Heaven…

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“Amending America: The Bill of Rights” Opens

June 16, 2018 @ 9:30 am5:00 pm

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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Free – $10

Amending America: The Bill of Rights is a nationally-recognized travelling exhibition from the National Archives on display at LancasterHistory.org from June 16 – August 11, 2018. Amending America: The Bill of Rights spotlights one of the most remarkable periods in American history, explores the origins of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution (collectively known as the Bill of Rights), and illustrates how each amendment protects U.S. citizens. Amending America explores the history of constitutional amendments through petitions, landmark…

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Nature Series: Attracting Hummingbirds

June 16, 2018 @ 10:00 am11:00 am

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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$3 – $5

Join Naturalist Lisa Sanchez as we learn about the life-cycle of the ruby-throated hummingbird. Take a close look at the specialized features on this tiny bird. Attendees will learn about hummingbird nesting and feeding habits, as well as how to make their yards a special place for hummingbirds to return to every year. Lisa Sanchez is a Park Naturalist with the Lancaster County Department of Parks & Recreation. The event will take place at LancasterHistory.org, 230 North President Avenue, and…

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Summer Storytime

June 19, 2018 @ 11:00 am11:30 am

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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until August 7, 2018

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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Free

Join us as we explore what it means to be an American with our Summer Storytime series! In theme with our summer exhibition Amending America, we’ll read stories about civil rights, freedom, and creating the U.S. Constitution. This program is free for children and an accompanying adult, but registration is required. To register, please click the “Buy Tickets” button or call (717) 392-4633. Storytime lasts approximately 30 minutes and is suitable for children ages 3 and up (ideal for elementary school age).…

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November 2018


Yuletide at Wheatland

November 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am3:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 29, 2018

LancasterHistory.org,

230 North President Avenue

Lancaster,

PA

17603

United States


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$17

Celebrate Yuletide at Wheatland this holiday season at LancasterHistory.org! Tour President James Buchanan’s Wheatland, and be part of sparkling holiday displays that take you from James Buchanan’s early Victorian era to the dazzling days of the 1920s when the house was owned by the Willson family. Ticket includes a festive holiday and history-themed guided tour of Wheatland and admission to LancasterHistory.org’s self-guided museum exhibitions. This year, our period rooms will take visitors from the year 1860, when President Buchanan celebrated a modest…

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