Yorkville Historical Society

Founded in 1978 to foster and promote historical preservation and restoration in the city of York, SC and its environs.

-> Yorkville Historical Society Meeting –  Thursday, August 30th, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the McCelvey Center at 212 East Jefferson St, York, SC.  We are fortunate to have Velma E. Love, PhD as our scheduled speaker. Her topic will be “The Power of Story.” Debbie Lancaster, Yorkville Literary Festival Chair, will join Velma and will make an announcement about the upcoming festival.

Velma Love is a Story Practitioner and Scholar Activist who consults on the art of cultural development and community engagement.  She uses stories to inspire and guide social change.  She has over 30 years of experience in community cultural work, participatory action research, and non-profit management. Velma received the BA in Sociology from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, the Master’s of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and the PhD in Religious Studies from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA.  She has taught religious studies courses to both undergraduate and graduate students.

She is the author of Divining the Self: a Study in Yoruba Myth and Human Consciousness (Penn State University Press, 2012).  A Narrative Coach, she is the owner of Story Catalysts Coaching & Consulting, LLC.  She currently resides in York, SC where she produces Kaleidoscope, a Community Storytelling Series that builds community and speaks to the human spirit.  Dr. Love is also the Co-founder of Folkways Community Development Corporation, a non-profit organization that uses the arts to inspire positive change and self-empowerment in low wealth communities.

The Genesis of York by William B. White Jr.
Copies are still available for this wonderful resource. The book is a brief history of the formation in 1785–1787 of the County of York, South Carolina, and also of the Village of York, together with abstracts of the first deeds to the 88 lots and 19 tracts of land shown on the village plan drawn up by Colonel William Hill, the proprietary.  Follow this link for information on how to get your copy.

-> Our Yorkville Historical Society Meetings – You are invited to join us!
Our meetings will be at the McCelvey Center at 212 E Jefferson St, York, SC, and will start at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  

2018 Meeting Dates:
Thursday, January 25th – Our Banquet!
Thursday, February 22nd
Thursday, March 29th
Thursday, April 26th
Thursday, May 31st
Thursday, June 28th
Thursday, July 26th – Our First Ice Cream Social
Thursday, August 30th
Thursday, September 27th
Thursday, October 25th
Thursday, November 29th
December – No meeting. We will have our wonderful Holiday Tour of Homes and Sites Saturday and Sunday December 8th and 9th.

If you have any questions or would like an email reminder of our meetings send a message to Debora Hutchins at yorkvillehistoricalsociety@gmail.com.

See more information on our Facebook page.

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