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With a General Admission ticket, enjoy a guided tour of President James Buchanan's Wheatland and self-guided access to all LancasterHistory exhibitions. Please select your desired date and tour time for entry into Wheatland.
Join York County Master Gardener Deb Carman to learn how to create habitats for all butterfly life stages, how native plants impact the livelihoods of butterflies, and butterfly-friendly gardening techniques.

This event is rain or shine. Attendees must check in at LancasterHistory's main building. AHS Reciprocal Admission Program members should bring a valid membership card to display upon check in.
Did you ever want to stroll through a President's historic home and to take your time looking around? Well, now you can do just that at Wheatland's "Go At Your Own Pace" program. This special program is available every last Saturday during the months of March through October. Take your time as you stroll through President James Buchanan's historic Wheatland. During your visit you will meet several history guides who will be stationed in rooms throughout the house to answer your questions. Tours depart every 15 minutes from LancasterHistory's main building to Wheatland. Please select your preferred departure time below.
Experience an immersion in history! Living history reenactors will share history through first-person portrayals of historic characters associated with James Buchanan's life. Your ticket includes access to all museum exhibitions, the living history program, and a guided tour at President James Buchanan's Wheatland. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your timed entry to Wheatland to check in. Living History at Wheatland Saturday programs are offered on the first Saturday of March - October. To view a particular Living History Saturday's theme, please visit www.lancasterhistory.org/events.

Join us for the final installment of LancasterHistory's artifact-focused programming series, the Material Culture Forum! On Thursday, September 12, join LancasterHistory Curatorial staff for in-depth object studies of Lancaster County quilts followed by a presentation by acclaimed quilter, author, and speaker Kyra Hicks who will discuss 200 glorious years of African American quilting in America.
On Thursday, September 19, 2019, Dr. Martha S. Jones will join LancasterHistory to tell the fascinating story of how African American activists radically transformed the terms of citizenship for all Americans.

Before the Civil War, colonization schemes and black laws threatened to deport former slaves born in the United States. Martha S. Jones’ recent book Birthright Citizens recovers the story of how African American activists remade national belonging through battles in legislatures, conventions, and courthouses. They faced formidable opposition, most notoriously from the US Supreme Court decision in Dred Scott. Still, no single case defined their status. Former slaves studied law, secured allies, and conducted themselves like citizens, establishing their status through local, everyday claims. All along they argued that birth guaranteed their rights.



With fresh archival sources and an ambitious reframing of constitutional law-making before the Civil War, Jones will show how the Fourteenth Amendment constitutionalized the birthright principle, fulfilling the long-held aspirations of African Americans.
On Friday, September 27, 2019, Dr. John M. Belohlavek will join LancasterHistory as we kick off the 2019 Presidential Lecture Series to discuss how James Buchanan is arguably underestimated, if not misunderstood, as president. His talk will also address how Buchanan's foreign policy played a significant role in his presidency.
Halloween is almost here! Learn all about different bat and owl species and how to look for them and attract them to your yard.

This event is rain or shine. Attendees must check in at LancasterHistory's main building. AHS Reciprocal Admission Program members should bring a valid membership card to display upon check in.
On Thursday, October 17, 2019, Dr. Thomas Balcerski will join LancasterHistory to discuss his recent publication "Bosom Friends:  The Intimate World of James Buchanan and William Rufus King."
On Thursday, October 24, 2019, Marta McDowell will join LancasterHistory to discuss how the White House grounds have grown with America.


The 18-acres surrounding the White House have been an unwitting witness to history—kings and queens have dined there, bills and treaties have been signed there, and presidents have landed and retreated many times over. Throughout it all, the grounds have remained not only beautiful, but also a powerful reflection of American trends.



Marta McDowell will share the untold history of the White House Grounds, starting with plant-obsessed George Washington and ending with Michelle Obama's kitchen garden. History buffs will revel in the fascinating tidbits about Lincoln’s goats, Ike's putting green, Jackie's iconic roses, and Amy Carter's tree house. Gardeners will enjoy the information on the plants whose favor has come and gone over the years and the gardeners who have been responsible for it all. And Lancastrians will delight in the information about First Lady Harriet Lane’s contributions to the White House gardens. During Buchanan’s presidency, Harriet had a new wooden greenhouse built on the roof of the west terrace, adjacent to the State Dining Room.
On Thursday, November 14, 2019, Dr. Cathleen D. Cahill will join LancasterHistory to offer a more diverse view of the history of women’s suffrage.
On Friday, November 22, 2019, Dr. Joshua A. Lynn will join LancasterHistory to discuss how James Buchanan and fellow Democrats pioneered the populist politics of racial and gender backlash which still echo in modern day American politics.
On Thursday, December 5, 2019, Stephen D. Solomon will join LancasterHistory to discuss how the founding generation created the freedom of speech.



When members of the founding generation protested against British authority, debated separation, and then ratified the Constitution, they formed the American political character we know today—raucous, intemperate, and often mean-spirited. Stephen Solomon brings alive a world of colorful and stormy protests that included effigies, pamphlets, songs, sermons, cartoons, letters and liberty trees. Solomon explores through a series of chronological narratives how Americans of the Revolutionary period employed robust speech against the British and against each other. Uninhibited dissent provided a distinctly American meaning to the First Amendment’s guarantees of freedom of speech and press at a time when the legal doctrine inherited from England allowed prosecutions of those who criticized government.





Solomon discovers the wellspring in our revolutionary past for today’s satirists like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, pundits like Rush Limbaugh and Keith Olbermann, and protests like flag burning and street demonstrations. From the inflammatory engravings of Paul Revere, the political theater of Alexander McDougall, the liberty tree protests of Ebenezer McIntosh and the oratory of Patrick Henry, Solomon shares the stories of the dissenters who created the American idea of the liberty of thought.