Yorkville Historical Society

The Yorkville Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1978 to foster and promote historical preservation and restoration in the city of York, SC, and its surrounding area.

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Brattonsville Field Trip
Guided by Zach Lemhouse
Saturday, May 25, 2024
10:00 a.m.

If you can join us, please send an email to [email protected] by May 14, 2024 letting us know you are planning to attend.

Liberty and Resistance:
Reconstruction and the African American Community at Brattonsville 1865–1877

We’re meeting at Brattonsville Welcome Center at 10 a.m. 
Additional details on this outing will be posted once they are available.

Culture & Heritage Museums historian Zach Lemhouse gave us a brief description of this award-winning exhibit at our last meeting, and we are excited to have a field trip to see this exhibit with Zach as our host.
Culture & Heritage Museums of York County was selected as a 2023 Award of Excellence winner by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) for “Liberty and Resistance: Reconstruction and the African American Community at Brattonsville 1865–1877.” Expanding Historic Brattonsville’s interpretation beyond the Revolutionary and Antebellum eras, the exhibit details the Reconstruction era and the fight for the newly recognized rights of African Americans. The Award of Excellence is part of the AASLH Leadership in History Awards, the nation’s most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation of state and local history. Use this link https://chmuseums.org/news/413/ for more details on the award and the exhibit.

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Our Next  YHS Next General Membership Meeting
is currently scheduled for
Thursday, May 30th at 7 p.m.
Church of the Good Shepherd
108 East Liberty Street, York, SC

We are delighted to announce that Josh Magnum is scheduled make a presentation and bring Revolutionary and Civil War era artifacts that he found in his hobby as a metal detectorist. More details will be posted here once they are available. YHS members and nonmembers will be welcome.

Directions to the meeting: From East Liberty Street, turn onto Trinity Street. Turn left into the parking lot. Enter the Parish Hall through the right-hand door that faces Trinity Street.

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Capt. James Williams and the Ku Klux Crisis in Reconstruction York County
Zachary A. Lemhouse | Historian | Culture & Heritage Museums

At our January meeting our presenter, Culture & Heritage Museums historian Zach Lemhouse, discussed his very interesting and informative paper. Follow this link to see his paper.

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2024 YHS Meetings

Our meetings are usually scheduled for the last Thursday of the month starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 108 East Liberty Street, York, SC

Our 2024 expected meeting dates:

  • February 29, 2024
  • March 28, 2024
  • April 25, 2024 – Board Meeting Only (6 p.m.)
  • May 30, 2024
  • June 27, 2024 – Our Ice Cream Social
  • September 26, 2024
  • November 21, 2024 (moved forward since Thanksgiving is November 28th)

Our Holiday Home Tour

  • Holiday Home Tour December 14 & 15, 2024

General Meeting Information

Our general membership meetings are usually held every other month with activities being planned in the off months. The activity may be a field trip, an opportunity to volunteer on a project, or a cookout event/block party/York history trivia night get-together. We’re in the planning stages and are certainly open to activity suggestions!

General membership meetings typically start at 7:00 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd. Details will be posted on our website and a reminder/notice emailed to our email distribution list.

The Church of the Good Shepherd is located at 108 East Liberty Street, York, SC. (From East Liberty Street, turn onto Trinity Street. Turn left into the parking lot. Enter the Parish Hall through the right-hand door that faces Trinity Street.)

 

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-> A Guide to Olde York: The White Rose Tour — This wonderful tour book has fascinating information and pictures about York and its history. Follow this link to find out how to get your copy.

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Our Email List

If you would like to be added to our email distribution list, send a message to [email protected].

Research Requests

The Yorkville Historical Society has no archives, genealogical records, or research staff. 

A great resource for your genealogical and historical research inquiries is the Historical Center of York County. The Historical Center of York County opened in 1989 to serve as York County’s archival repository to collect and preserve information of historical importance and is located at 210 East Jefferson Street, York, SC. Use this link to find out how to submit your research request to the Historical Center of York County, or check the YHS resources page for other options.

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YHS Membership

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