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 on Thursday, April 25th 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the McCelvey Center at 212 East Jefferson St, York, SC. We are delighted to have Cassidy N. Bryant, MPH, President & Founder Wonder Station Mobile Children’s Museum as our scheduled speaker. Her presentation will be about her project to establish a Wonder Station Children’s Museum to serve York, SC and surrounding areas. The museum will provide a diverse, creative center for hands-on learning through permanent and revolving exhibits and programs that are meant to inspire creative thinking and imagination in children. Cassidy graduated from University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a BS in Health Promotion and from Purdue University Global obtaining a Master of Public Health. 

-> Xmas Tour Review Meeting Monday, April 29th at 6:30 p.m. at the Greater York Chamber of Commerce at 23 E Liberty St, York, SC 29745.  

-> Hampton-Preston Mansion Field Trip Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 8:30 a.m. to about 3:00 p.m. We hope you can join us for what should be another great field trip.  The current plan is to meet at the McCelvey Center at 212 East Jefferson St, York, SC at 8:30 a.m., drive to the Hampton-Preston Mansion in Columbia (estimated about drive time about 1 ½ hours), tour the Mansion and Gardens, have a box lunch on the grounds, the return to McCelvey with a goal of arriving back at McCelvey about 3:00 pm.   For more information follow this link:  https://www.historiccolumbia.org/tours/house-tours/hampton-preston-mansion-and-gardens  The cost for the tour is $5 + $2.  We expect the box lunch to be in the $12 range or if you prefer you can bring your own lunch. If you would like to attend, please send an email to yorkvillehistoricalsociety@gmail.com with your name, contact phone and number attending by April 20th, 2019.

-> Yorkville Historical Society Meeting on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the McCelvey Center at 212 East Jefferson St, York, SC. We are delighted to have Sandi Ludwa as our speaker.  She is originally from Chicago, and considers herself a Yankee who embraces the South.  Sandi earned a B.S. in Business and Labor Relations  from the State University of New York and  later returned to college to earn a M.A. in History from Winthrop University. Our America: Discovery Through Our Civil War, is her second publication.  The first, Ashes to Incense: Emancipation from Jim Crow, is of a local nature dealing with the Rock Hill and surrounding community.

Okra Magazine features Historic York – From Mayor Eddie Lee: Okra Magazine is now out and features Historic York (see the on-line version, pages 118-123). Our members would love to see it. The photographs are gorgeous!  

Mill Village Memories, written by Becky Wells Bradley in 2003  This wonderful book is about living in the Cannon Mill Village in the 1940s through the 1980s. The book is available for $15.00 each at the York County Historical Center at 210 East Jefferson Street, York, SC 29745. For more information on the historical center including hours follow this link. To receive a copy by mail, please mail a check for $20 ($15 + $5 for shipping and handling) to YHS, PO Box 1122, York, SC 29745. The printing of this book is a project of the Yorkville Historical Society.

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.  

2019 Meeting Dates:
Thursday, January 31  Our Banquet!   Meeting Time is 6:00 p.m. instead of the usual 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 28
Thursday, March 21* (moved to this date because of the Humanities Festival)
Thursday, April 25
Thursday, May 30
Thursday, June 27
Thursday, July 25
Thursday, August 29
Thursday, September 26
Thursday, October 24*   (since  October 31 is Halloween)
Thursday, November 21* (since November 28th is Thanksgiving Day)
December – No Meeting – Our wonderful Christmas in Olde York Holiday Tour of Homes and Sites

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

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