DESTINATION YORK COUNTY: Connecting History,Culture and Community - YRK Magazine
York County History Center
  • 250 E. Market St. York, PA 17403
  • 717.848.1587

DESTINATION YORK COUNTY: Connecting History,Culture and Community

Writer michael vyskocil
Photographer Eric Forberger

Its a storyteller, community connector, placemaker and creator of cultural experiences: the York County History Center.

Each day, people of all ages — locals and visitors from all states and countries of the world — explore the stories of our shared history. These are the stories of people and places that have shaped York County, Pennsylvania, and the United States. And each day, the York County History Center’s staff and volunteers commit themselves to exploring and sharing York’s history for present and future generations.

In 2020, the York County History Center will open the doors to its new home at the site of the former Met-Ed steam plant in the 100 block of West Philadelphia Street. It will be a major cultural anchor and community space in downtown York, at the heart of York County.

WHY IS THE YORK COUNTY HISTORY CENTER SO IMPORTANT TO THE CULTURAL LIFE OF THIS COMMUNITY, YOU MAY ASK?

76 Percent 

of leisure travelers in the United States are considered cultural and heritage travelers, individuals who seek experiences at museums, performing arts centers and cultural sites. Between 2009 and 2013, spending among cultural heritage travelers increased by more than

27 Percent

FOR THE ESTIMATED 1.2 TO 1.4 MILLION VISITORS

the York market receives each year, the York County History Center exists to engage visitors with York County as a cultural destination. For those who live in and work in York County, the York County History Center becomes that place to not only celebrate our collective heritage and identity, but also the place to live it out each day.

As the York County History Center prepares to create new experiences with York’s history, there’s still time for you to get involved and make these experiences possible. Visit yorkhistorycenter.org to learn more about the future museum, library and archives.

YORK COUNTY IS OUR COMMUNITY.ITS STORIES ARE YOUR STORIES.

#YourHistoryStartsHere

INSIDER TIP

Encounter living history at its wildest during Colonial York Day 2018, Saturday, July 28. Held at the Colonial Complex (157 W. Market St.) in downtown York, you’ll discover the stories of the election of York County’s first public official in 1750 (be prepared — it turned into a brawl!), and you’ll get up close to the 18th century through blacksmithing, woodworking and more. Free admission.

York County History Center
  • 250 E. Market St. York, PA 17403
  • 717.848.1587