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LancasterHistory Lancaster County's Historical Society & President James Buchanan's Wheatland

LancasterHistory.org is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that exists to engage and educate the public about the people, places, and events that shaped Lancaster County within the broader context of the history of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States of America. As custodians of a complex past, we collect, exhibit, and make accessible materials chronicling Lancaster County's heritage as we seek to engage audiences in multi-layered stories of that past.

Mission: LancasterHistory exists to engage and educate the public about the people, places, and events that shaped Lancaster County within the broader context of the history of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States of America.

Did you know that there is a Pollinator Garden on our grounds? The garden provides nutrients and respite for pollinators...
06/07/2019

Did you know that there is a Pollinator Garden on our grounds? The garden provides nutrients and respite for pollinators like this little bee. 🐝 Stop by and walk the Tanger Arboretum to get your daily dose of nature! (The garden can be found along North President Avenue near the intersection at Marietta Avenue.)

We're so grateful and excited to have received $150k in support from National Endowment for the Humanities and The High ...
06/04/2019
LancasterHistory gets $150K in planning grants for Thaddeus Stevens-Lydia Hamilton Smith site

We're so grateful and excited to have received $150k in support from National Endowment for the Humanities and The High Foundation to beginning the planning process for the Thaddeus Stevens & Lydia Hamilton Smith Historic Site!

Ever since the Lancaster County Convention Center was built, a vacant house next door has been silently waiting for its moment to be transformed into a museum and history center

Get outside this summer with the Library System of Lancaster County's new Summer Fitness Quest program! From June 1 - Au...
06/01/2019

Get outside this summer with the Library System of Lancaster County's new Summer Fitness Quest program! From June 1 - August 10, 2019, children ages 5-9 can pick up a Fitness Quest booklet at any Lancaster County library for free and visit the parks, trails, and nature preserves listed, including our own Tanger Arboretum! Learn more about the program at https://lancasterlibraries.org/summer-fitness-quest/.

Thanks to LNP + LancasterOnline for the great feature article today about our new orientation film, "Buchanan's America:...
05/31/2019
Lancaster film adds depth to portrait of James Buchanan; to be shown to Wheatland visitors

Thanks to LNP + LancasterOnline for the great feature article today about our new orientation film, "Buchanan's America: A Nation Divided!" (It is also available in the "Together" section of the newspaper.) The film debuts to the public this weekend as part of the Wheatland tour experience. It will also be available to own on Blu-ray and DVD in late June/early July. Stay tuned!

James Buchanan, wearing a top hat and cape-style overcoat, walks against the cold in front of his Wheatland mansion in Lancaster.

We're excited to host The People's Shakespeare Project in June for "The Comedy of Errors!" The play will take place June...
05/21/2019

We're excited to host The People's Shakespeare Project in June for "The Comedy of Errors!" The play will take place June 13-16 and June 20-23 at 7:30pm at LancasterHistory. Learn more at peoplesshakespeareproject.org.

National Constitution Center
05/21/2019

National Constitution Center

Did you know Thaddeus Stevens offered his home as a stop on the Underground Railroad?

A staunch abolitionist, lawyer, and politician, Stevens' cane is now featured in the Center's #CivilWar and Reconstruction exhibit, courtesy of LancasterHistory.

Exhibit tickets: ow.ly/6dqX50u4YHu #StoriesofReconstruction

05/14/2019
Fall 2019 Colloquium Lineup | Tickets Now Available

On May 1st, we released tickets to our fall lineup of lectures. Watch the video below to learn about our lectures and how you can sign up today to attend these free programs.

LancasterHistory recently announced and released free tickets for the Fall 2019 Regional History Colloquium series. Stephanie Townrow, Director of Education ...

Harriet Rebecca Lane Johnston was born on this day in 1830 in Mercersburg, PA. Harriet would go on to be First Lady of t...
05/09/2019

Harriet Rebecca Lane Johnston was born on this day in 1830 in Mercersburg, PA. Harriet would go on to be First Lady of the United States during her uncle James Buchanan's presidency from 1857 - 1861. Harriet was also an advocate of a variety of social causes, a patron of the fine arts, and a philanthropic donor to a variety of organizations including the Harriet Lane Clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Happy Birthday, Harriet!

Wheatland photographed by Larry Lefever Photography. Photographed the week of May 6th, 2019.
05/09/2019

Wheatland photographed by Larry Lefever Photography. Photographed the week of May 6th, 2019.

Walk the Louise Tanger Arboretum on the grounds of LancasterHistory and take in the sights, sounds, and smells of spring...
04/24/2019

Walk the Louise Tanger Arboretum on the grounds of LancasterHistory and take in the sights, sounds, and smells of spring. Here's a sampling of what's blooming in the Arboretum right now. 🌱🌸

📣 Calling all educators! Don't miss our upcoming, free Teaching American History workshops on May 4 and June 15. ACT ...
04/24/2019

📣 Calling all educators! Don't miss our upcoming, free Teaching American History workshops on May 4 and June 15. ACT 48 Credit is available. Registration links available at https://www.lancasterhistory.org/events/.

04/24/2019

This warm, sunny weather has us thinking about the great outdoors. ☀️🌱 Join the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum for their first 2019 program, Nature Series: Blooms & Birds, on May 4th at 10am here at LancasterHistory. Tickets now available.

Spend your spring at Wheatland! Guided tours of President Buchanan's beloved home are available on the hour, Monday - Sa...
04/23/2019

Spend your spring at Wheatland! Guided tours of President Buchanan's beloved home are available on the hour, Monday - Saturday, 10-3pm. General admission tickets can be purchased online at www.lancasterhistory.org or over the phone by calling 717-392-4633.

Photograph of Wheatland in spring by Larry Lefever Photography.

Happy Birthday, James Buchanan! 🎉🎂 On this day in 1791, James Buchanan was born in Cove Gap, Pennsylvania. (Thank ...
04/23/2019

Happy Birthday, James Buchanan! 🎉🎂 On this day in 1791, James Buchanan was born in Cove Gap, Pennsylvania. (Thank you to Lancaster Cupcake for the celebratory cupcake!)

04/16/2019
Trailer | Buchanan's America: A Nation Divided

Grab your popcorn! We're having a film premiere on May 7th. 🍿

From LancasterHistory, in association with Aurora Films, comes a fresh look at the fifteenth President of the United States, James Buchanan. Despite having b...

The grounds at LancasterHistory are starting to come alive thanks to recent warm weather! Trees are budding and blooming...
04/12/2019

The grounds at LancasterHistory are starting to come alive thanks to recent warm weather! Trees are budding and blooming, and the flower beds pop with bright yellow daffodils. It was a good day to "hop" down to the pond to see how our amphibian friends are faring. 🐸

🎉 Happy Birthday, Thaddeus Stevens! 🎉 Born on April 4, 1792 in Danville, Vermont, Thaddeus Stevens would go on to ...
04/04/2019

🎉 Happy Birthday, Thaddeus Stevens! 🎉 Born on April 4, 1792 in Danville, Vermont, Thaddeus Stevens would go on to be a successful lawyer and powerful member of the U.S. House of Representatives during the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Stevens was a staunch advocate of civil rights and public education, and assisted in the drafting of the 14th Amendment.

Today is the 40th anniversary of the Three Mile Island (TMI) accident. On your next visit to LancasterHistory, check out...
03/28/2019

Today is the 40th anniversary of the Three Mile Island (TMI) accident. On your next visit to LancasterHistory, check out our new Ware Commons exhibit on TMI and learn more about this serious event and its local and national impact.

The Archives at LancasterHistory has over 600 manuscript groups that contain the records of Lancaster individuals, famil...
03/20/2019

The Archives at LancasterHistory has over 600 manuscript groups that contain the records of Lancaster individuals, families, businesses, social organizations, and City and County Government. These records range in date from the incorporation of the county in 1729 to the present. Letters, diaries, estate papers, business records, trade cards, Civil War muster rolls, love letters, and court records combine to tell the stories of families and communities in Lancaster County.

Learn more about how the LancasterHistory Archives can help you and your research at https://www.lancasterhistory.org/research/.

🌷 Spring has sprung. 🌷 Happy First Day of Spring!
03/20/2019

🌷 Spring has sprung. 🌷 Happy First Day of Spring!

Nathan Pease, our Director of Library Services, will be visiting the Willow Valley Genealogy Club on Tuesday, March 19 a...
03/14/2019

Nathan Pease, our Director of Library Services, will be visiting the Willow Valley Genealogy Club on Tuesday, March 19 at 2pm to present on “LancasterHistory and Your Research.” Learn the various ways that LancasterHistory can help you with your genealogical research and about the many accessible resources and historical objects in the LancasterHistory collections. All non-Willow Valley residents must RSVP to attend. RSVP info in the comments below.

03/11/2019
"Embattled Freedom" | Jim Remsen

Missed our lecture last Thursday? We have you covered! Check out a recording of last week's lecture on our YouTube.

On Thursday, March 7, 2019, author and journalist Jim Remsen joined LancasterHistory to discuss his book "Embattled Freedom." Closed captions [auto-generated...

❄️ It was a winter wonderland this morning at LancasterHistory! ❄️ The campus looks lovely under a fresh, velvet...
03/04/2019

❄️ It was a winter wonderland this morning at LancasterHistory! ❄️ The campus looks lovely under a fresh, velvety blanket of snow. [Photos taken by Emily Miller, LancasterHistory.]

Due to inclement weather conditions, all operations of LancasterHistory will open at 10am today. Thank you!
03/04/2019

Due to inclement weather conditions, all operations of LancasterHistory will open at 10am today. Thank you!

Due to inclement weather conditions, all operations of LancasterHistory will open at 10am today. Thank you!
03/01/2019

Due to inclement weather conditions, all operations of LancasterHistory will open at 10am today. Thank you!

Celebrate National Library Lovers Month on February 22 & 23, 2019 with complimentary admission to LancasterHistory's Res...
02/21/2019

Celebrate National Library Lovers Month on February 22 & 23, 2019 with complimentary admission to LancasterHistory's Research Library! Learn more about our Research Library and collections at https://www.lancasterhistory.org/research. ❤️📚

Due to inclement weather, all operations of LancasterHistory, including President James Buchanan's Wheatland, will be cl...
02/20/2019

Due to inclement weather, all operations of LancasterHistory, including President James Buchanan's Wheatland, will be closed today, Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

We had a blast last night at the SOLD OUT | Presidents' Day History Happy Hour! 🍻 Thank you to Wacker Brewing Co., Th...
02/19/2019

We had a blast last night at the SOLD OUT | Presidents' Day History Happy Hour! 🍻 Thank you to Wacker Brewing Co., Thistle Finch Distillery, & The Vinegar Creek Constituency for making it such a fun and memorable event! (Photography: Julie Liz Photography)

President James Buchanan's Wheatland in Lancaster, PA. Photographed in 2019 by Larry Lefever Photography.
02/19/2019

President James Buchanan's Wheatland in Lancaster, PA. Photographed in 2019 by Larry Lefever Photography.

Last March, we hosted Gregory Scott, FAIA for a super popular lecture on C. Emblem Urban's architecture in Lancaster. Be...
02/14/2019
The first time was the charm for C. Emlen Urban’s ‘one-off’ designs [photo gallery]

Last March, we hosted Gregory Scott, FAIA for a super popular lecture on C. Emblem Urban's architecture in Lancaster. Below is Scott's latest article on Emlen's "one off" Lancaster designs, featuring great modern and historic photos.

Lancaster's renowned architect may only have designed one example of each of these buildings -- but his skill makes them stand out nonetheless.

Happy Valentine's Day! ❤️ Today is the perfect day to check our our digital exhibit on Love Letters. 💌
02/14/2019
Digital Exhibit: Love Letters - LancasterHistory.org

Happy Valentine's Day! ❤️ Today is the perfect day to check our our digital exhibit on Love Letters. 💌

Before the digital age, people relied on letters to carry sentiments and information to loved ones. These letters provide an intimate look into relationships of bygone days. Reading them enables us to explore the ups and downs of romantic love from the 18th-century to the present.

We're open Presidents' Day! Join us for our special Living History at Wheatland program, The Lafayette Square Tragedy.
02/13/2019

We're open Presidents' Day! Join us for our special Living History at Wheatland program, The Lafayette Square Tragedy.

WEATHER UPDATE: Due to inclement weather conditions, all operations of LancasterHistory will open at 11am today, Februar...
02/12/2019

WEATHER UPDATE: Due to inclement weather conditions, all operations of LancasterHistory will open at 11am today, February 12.

WEATHER UPDATE: Due to inclement weather conditions, all operations of LancasterHistory will be closing early at 3pm tod...
02/11/2019

WEATHER UPDATE: Due to inclement weather conditions, all operations of LancasterHistory will be closing early at 3pm today, Monday, February 11, 2019.

From Our Instagram (@lancohistory): Our 2019 pint glasses are here! 🦌 We’ll be selling these fantastic limited edit...
02/08/2019

From Our Instagram (@lancohistory): Our 2019 pint glasses are here! 🦌 We’ll be selling these fantastic limited edition glasses at our Presidents' Day History Happy Hour, where you can fill ‘em up with a special Old Buck Brew by Wacker Brewing Co. 🍺 Design by Foxduck.

Shadow? No shadow? 🤷‍♀️ This historic postcard depicts Octoraro Orphie, the "one true groundhog," from the Slum...
02/02/2019

Shadow? No shadow? 🤷‍♀️ This historic postcard depicts Octoraro Orphie, the "one true groundhog," from the Slumbering Groundhog Lodge in Quarryville, PA.

Inclement Weather Notice for 2/1/2019: All operations of LancasterHistory.org, including President James Buchanan's Whea...
02/01/2019

Inclement Weather Notice for 2/1/2019: All operations of LancasterHistory.org, including President James Buchanan's Wheatland, will be closing early at 4pm today, Friday, February 1, 2019, due to inclement weather. Thank you!

The Fulton Theatre's "42nd Street" entertained audiences for the holidays from November 13 – December 30, 2019. If you...
01/31/2019
Lancaster's Theater Row & The Krupa Family Empire - LancasterHistory.org

The Fulton Theatre's "42nd Street" entertained audiences for the holidays from November 13 – December 30, 2019. If you joined LancasterHistory.org for Thirsty for History Thursday at the Fulton on Thursday, November 29, you would have been regaled with plethora of historical information, tying Lancaster County’s history with elements, themes, and motifs from 42nd Street. If you missed it, now is your chance to catch up!

The Fulton Theatre’s second main stage production for its 2018-2019, 42nd Street, entertained audiences for the holidays from November 13 – December 30, 2019. If you joined LancasterHistory.org for Thirsty for History Thursday at the Fulton on Thursday, November 29, you would have been regaled w...

JOB OPPORTUNITY: LancasterHistory.org seeks an engaging and creative museum professional on a full-time basis to strengt...
01/24/2019

JOB OPPORTUNITY: LancasterHistory.org seeks an engaging and creative museum professional on a full-time basis to strengthen and enhance the skills of the museum’s volunteer tour guides through an ongoing interpretive education program at President James Buchanan’s Wheatland. Visit www.lancasterhistory.org/employment for more information.

LancasterHistory is thrilled to have been selected as one of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's Histori...
01/23/2019
Lancaster's own Buchanan collection will soon be digitized, giving a new look at the 'worst president'

LancasterHistory is thrilled to have been selected as one of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's Historical & Archival Records Care grant recipients. The grant will support the digitization of 8,933 letters, manuscripts, and assorted documents in LancasterHistory's collection belonging to President James Buchanan and his family.

By this summer, you’ll be able to dig into thousands of James Buchanan’s papers and artifacts 24 hours a day online.

On January 9, we filmed a fancy Victorian dinner party scene with Aurora Films 🎥 We can’t wait to share our new ori...
01/23/2019

On January 9, we filmed a fancy Victorian dinner party scene with Aurora Films 🎥 We can’t wait to share our new orientation video with our visitors — it is going to be awesome!

Inclement Weather Notice for 1/19/2019: On Saturday, January 19, 2019, all operations of LancasterHistory.org, including...
01/18/2019

Inclement Weather Notice for 1/19/2019: On Saturday, January 19, 2019, all operations of LancasterHistory.org, including President James Buchanan's Wheatland, will be closing early at 3pm due to forecasted inclement weather. Thank you!

Yesterday we opened for our 2019 Season! Tours of Wheatland are available Monday - Saturday, on the hour, from 10am - 3p...
01/15/2019

Yesterday we opened for our 2019 Season! Tours of Wheatland are available Monday - Saturday, on the hour, from 10am - 3pm. Wheatland will also be open for tours on Monday, January 21 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. (Photograph by Larry Lefever Photography.)

Happy New Year! 🎉 We’ve had a blast sharing history and historical happenings with you in 2018. We look forward to ...
01/02/2019

Happy New Year! 🎉 We’ve had a blast sharing history and historical happenings with you in 2018. We look forward to another great year! Thanks for following and supporting LancasterHistory.org! #topnine

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230 N President Ave
Lancaster, PA
17603-3125

General information

Visit us today to explore President James Buchanan's mansion, conduct research in the Library, tour the many galleries of historical objects and artifacts, picnic on and stroll the grounds of Wheatland and the Tanger Arboretum, and much more! *Visitors please note that LancasterHistory.org, which includes President James Buchanan's Wheatland, is not a part of the National Park Service and therefore does not accept NPS membership cards or discounts. Thank you.*

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Monday 09:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:30 - 17:00
Thursday 09:30 - 17:00
Friday 09:30 - 17:00
Saturday 09:30 - 17:00

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