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Upcoming Events August 29 - September 21, 2016

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EARLY CLOSING NOTICE 8/30: will be closing early at 4pm on August 30, 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Programs and Events 

September 2016

Drama grips Wheatland for September Living History

Saturday, September 3

12pm-4pm (Last tour starts at 3pm)

e872c7dc d6bc 4e36 827b 1050abd3ed9a 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; Thomas, however, 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 at Wheatland in 1866.

The Living History at Wheatland program  Anything but Agreeable  takes place on Saturday, September 3, 2016 with tours on the hour starting at 12pm with the last starting at 3pm. A standard tour of Wheatland is also offered at 10am & 11am. We strongly advise making reservations in advance for your tour since tours do fill up and walk-in space is not guaranteed. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour so you may use the facilities and check in. Click the button below or call 717-392-4633 to purchase your tickets.


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What is the difference between a "Standard Wheatland Tour" and a "Living History Tour?"

September Lecture focuses on Thaddeus Stevens & his legacy

Presidential Lecture Series

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Social at 4pm  |  Lecture at 4:30pm

Paul Finkelman, Ph.D., Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Saskatchewan Law School in Canada, will return to 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 largest delegation in the House of Representatives, Pennsylvanians played a major role in Congress during the 1860s. Significant in the struggle for Civil Rights were William D. "Pig Iron" Kelley in the House and, starting in 1867, Simon Cameron in the Senate. But the key player in the struggle to create meaningful civil rights in America was Thaddeus Stevens, who represented Lancaster County in the House of Representatives. Few members of the House are more important in our history---and more controversial---than Stevens.  Learn more about Thaddeus Stevens and how he helped to strengthen America by implementing Lincoln's call for "A New Birth of Freedom." Finkelman argues that Stevens, who was hated by former slave owners, adored by advocates of freedom, and feared by even his colleagues, was Lancaster's greatest contribution to American history.
b799474f 05e6 4667 bdb6 1d7ca2d95784 Paul Finkelman, Ph.D. is currently the Ariel F. Sallows Visiting Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Finkelman has previously taught at numerous universities and law schools, including the University of Pennsylvania, Duke Law Law School, LSU Law School, and Washington University in St. Louis. He has written more than 40 books and 200 scholarly articles. His scholarship has been cited in four U.S. Supreme Court opinions and by numerous other courts. Dr. Finkelman has written extensively on the antebellum and Civil War period, including essays on James Buchanan and a biography of President Millard Fillmore. For a more extensive biography about Dr. Finkelman, please visit our website

The Presidential Lecture  The Pennsylvania Connection  will take place on Thursday, September 8 in Ryder Hall at, 230 N President Avenue. A social gathering with refreshments will begin at 4pm, followed by the lecture at 4:30pm. This event is free and open to the public.

The 2016 Presidential Lecture Series is sponsored by our friends at SmartLife VIA Willow Valley!

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New biography on Simon Cameron focus of September Colloquium

Regional History Colloquium

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Social at 4pm  |  Lecture at 4:30pm

4e54717d 8e82 4787 9f01 b0655ed0fcb4 will host Dr. Paul Kahan on September 29th, 2016 for a free colloquium on his recent biography Amiable Scoundrel: Simon Cameron, Lincoln's Scandalous Secretary of War . This event will mark the beginning of's Regional History Colloquium fall season, and will be its first colloquium since June. Amiable Scoundrel follows the life of Lincoln's Secretary of War Simon Cameron. 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 questionable political and business dealings and, at the age of eighty, even a sex scandal. 976dc9ec 0f66 4708 9a81 1e399e405398 Dr. Kahan is a lecturer at Ohlone College in Fremont, California. He earned a Ph.D. in U.S. history from Temple University. Amiable Scoundrel is Dr. Kahan's fourth book, after Eastern State Penitentiary: A History , Seminary of Virtue: The Ideology and Practice of Inmate Reform at Eastern State Penitentiary, 1829-1971 , and The Homestead Strike: Labor, Violence, and American Industry . The colloquium Amiable Scoundrel will take place on Thursday, September 29, 2016 in Ryder Hall at, 230 N President Avenue, Lancaster. A social gathering with refreshments and a book signing by the author will begin at 4pm, followed by the lecture from 4:30-5:30pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Extra Features

New cycle of NEH Fellowship applications open

The Spring/Summer 2017 cycle of's NEH Fellowship applications have opened. is accepting applications for the following categories:


  • Community Organization (available to Lancaster County-based community-benefit organizations)
  • Educational/Curriculum (available to Lancaster County-based primary, secondary, and collegiate educators)
  • Pre- and Post-Dissertation

To read more about the programs and the application requirements,  please click here . The deadline for all fellowship categories is December 31, 2016. All application materials or questions about the fellowship programs can be directed to Emily Miller, Development Assistant, at . Thank you!

Haldeman Mansion hosts Tavern Dinner

d3fad049 4ce9 4862 9d8d 0a3a556aaec3 The Haldeman Mansion will host its 6th annual Tavern Dinner at 230 Locust Grove Road, Bainbridge on Saturday, September 10 at 4 PM.  The entertainment will be a Living History with Doug O'Brien making his appearance as President Buchanan; Bob Busillo as Professor Samuel S. Haldeman; Tom Englert as Major Horace Haldeman; and Ken Pandozzi as Paris Haldeman. All have acted previously at President James Buchanan's Wheatland at or Rock Ford Plantation.

The food for this event will be prepared by the Events Committee. This year the menu includes appetizers (cheese and crackers, raw veggies and dip); dinner with stuffed pepper soup, pear salad, corn bread, Virginia ham, Rosemary roasted potatoes, sauteed green beans; and an apple-cheese bundt cake for dessert. Along with this delicious meal are beverages: beer, wine, coffee and tea.

Enjoy a lovely dinner with new and old friends---some historic!---at the Haldeman Mansion Tavern Dinner.  The cost is only $40 per person. To make reservations, please contact Elaine Jackson at 717-426-3794 or 717-283-7740.

35c84526 6759 4eda b23d bc0ae789226aVisit the Museum Store at 4 West King Street starting August 1st until the 31st and enter your email address to Local Flavor for a chance to win a prize from the Museum Store! Winners chosen by random drawing each month.

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Upcoming Events

August 29 - 

September 21, 2016

Exhibition Galleries

Temporarily Closed 


Saturday, September 3

11am & 2pm

African-American Heritage Walking Tours

Depart from the Lancaster City Visitor Center,  38 Penn Square


Saturday, September 3 12-4pm (Last tour entry at 3pm)

Living History at Wheatland

Anything But Agreeable


Thursday, September 8 4-5:30pm

Presidential Lecture Series

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

Social at 4pm Lecture 4:30-5:30pm


Thursday, September 22 6:30-8:30pm

Basic Genealogy: Unlocking Your Family's Past


Saturday & Sunday, September 24 & 25, 2016

Civil War Living History Encampment

Saturday: 10am-8pm; Torchlight tours at 6:30pm Sunday:


Saturday & Sunday, September 24 & 25, 2016

Living History at Wheatland

The War Years: 1863

Tours at 12, 1, 2, & 3pm on Saturday and Sunday


Thursday, September 29 4-5:30pm

Regional History Colloquium

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

Social & book signing at 4pm Lecture 4:30-5:30pm


Saturday, October 1 11am & 2pm

African American Heritage Walking Tours

Depart from Lancaster City Visitor Center 38 Penn Square


Saturday, October 1 12-4pm (Last tour at 3pm)

Living History at Wheatland

Copperhead or War Democrat


Thursday, October 6 6:30-8:30pm

Intermediate Genealogy: Digging Deeper


Friday, October 14 4-5:30pm

Presidential Lecture Series

Black Activism and Reconstruction in the North

Social at 4pm Lecture 4:30-5:30pm


Thursday, October 20 6:30-8:30pm

Advanced Genealogy: Tackling Genealogy Problems


Thursday, October 27 4-5:30pm

Regional History Colloquium

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

Social & book signing at 4pm Lecture 4:30-5:30pm


Thursday, November 3 6:30-8:30pm

Don't Surf It; Sail It!: Using The Internet for Genealogy


Thursday, November 10 4-5:30pm

Presidential Lecture Series

James Buchanan & The Onset of Reconstruction in the South

Social at 4pm Lecture 4:30-5:30pm


November 14-18, 2016

Wheatland Temporarily Closed

Wheatland will reopen on November 19 for tours


Thursday, November 17 4-5:30pm

Regional History Colloquium

Frontier Country: The Politics of War in Early Pennsylvania

Social & book signing at 4pm Lecture 4:30-5:30pm




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