York's historical trust to unveil new brand

Greg Gross
  • The York County Heritage Trust will operate under a new name and logo.
  • The new name and logo will be unveiled later this month.

The York County Heritage Trust's name and logo are about to become a piece of history.

The trust's new brand, which includes a new name and logo, will be unveiled later this month. The rebranding is part of a multimillion-dollar plan to consolidate much of the trust's properties at a single location in York City, said Melanie Hady, spokeswoman for the trust.

This won't be the first time the trust has changed its name. Created in 1895 as the Historical Society of York County, the trust switched to its current moniker after a merger with another preservation group in 1999.

Appropriately, the unveiling will be held at the site of the trust's future home in the former Met-Ed steam plant on the corner of West Philadelphia Street and North Pershing Avenue. The trust bought the old plant last year for $1.75 million, and renovations are expected to cost $12 million.

New campus: Trust officials decided last year to take steps to sell off much of its properties, bringing most of is operations under the roof of the former plant. The new center will be part of a campus that includes nearby historical attractions.

The campus would include the former plant and the existing Colonial Complex that comprises the Colonial Court House, Golden Plough Tavern, the adjoining General Gates House and a fourth building near the intersection of North Pershing Avenue and West Market Street, Hady said.

"We're thinking of the block as our campus," she said.

The move to consolidate properties will be gradual, and the new center is expected to open in 2020.

Under the plan, the trust will sell its East Market Street buildings and its Agricultural and Industrial Museum on West College Avenue. The sale of the museum, which will be used to house artifacts in the meantime, likely won't happen until 2025, Hady said.

Additional details about the consolidation and an upcoming fundraising campaign will be released during the unveiling event.

The unveiling will be held at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at the former Met-Ed steam plant, 121 N. Pershing Ave.

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