Taking History To The Streets - YRK Magazine
York County History Center
  • 250 E. Market St. York, PA 17403
  • 717.848.1587

Taking History To The Streets

Writer michael vyskocil
Photographer Eric Forberger

From a community

with a revolutionary heritage comes a revolutionary approach to inspiring people to engage with their history.

The York County History Center is creating museum experiences that go beyond the static display of artifacts in cases. This effort aligns with the recently completed Placing History at the Center campaign and will culminate in the 2020 opening of a right-sized home for the History Center at the former Met-Ed Steam Plant in downtown York. 

The goal is making sure that all visitors — whether they have lived here for generations, are new to the community or are visiting for the first time — see themselves in York County’s stories.

“The History Center’s goals include opening doors to new audiences, shedding the old skin and making sure that all of the stories — even some difficult to tell — are represented in the interactive experience of touring the museum,” says Melanie Hady, director of public relations and marketing for the York County History Center. “This will be a gathering place where conversations and collaborations happen.”

These collaborations will help steer the use of the History Center’s collections to touch visitors of all ages. And in the era of the “experience economy,” the History Center is developing programs that take history to the streets, connecting with people in immersive, interactive, self-directed and novel ways. Family programming, genealogy exploration and a pop-up historic tattoo exhibit at Marketview Arts are examples of the avenues the History Center has leveraged to connect people with their history.

In 2018, the York County History Center invites you to discover the unexpected as you engage with your history.

INSIDER TIP

Wizardry and history come together to make Magic at the Museum. Don’t miss this Harry Potter–inspired day for families: Saturday, January 20, at the Agricultural & Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St. This event is a part of CelebrateARTS Week (January 13-20), a free community cultural celebration presented by the Cultural Alliance of York County.

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