History Center to host public meeting on campus plans

Jason Addy
York Dispatch

After traversing the county for public input on the “historical campus” set to open in 2020, the York County History Center will provide an update on those plans Monday evening.

The “Listen. Share. Ask.” meeting will begin at 5 p.m. inside the Capitol Theatre at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts.

Volunteer Larry Gorecki, of West Hanover Township, Dauphin County, dressed as a commander in Hugh Mercer's Company, Second Battalion, Pennsylvania Provincials, talks to Allen Myers, of York Township, during a family-friendly history festival at the Colonial Complex in York City, Saturday, June 24, 2017. The festival signifies the kickoff for the Placing History at the Center capital campaign, which will continue through October. Dawn J. Sagert photo

In recent months, history center officials have held numerous meetings around the county, speaking with residents and taking their suggestions for what should be included in the center’s exhibits when the former Met-Ed steam plant reopens as the historical hub of York County in a few years’ time.

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The York County History Center is in the middle of a yearslong process to “right-size” and consolidate its property portfolio in downtown York City to provide a better experience for history connoisseurs and tourists.

The history center also is in the midst of the public donation phase of its capital campaign to raise $20 million for the revamp.

In December 2015, the history center spent $1.75 million to buy the former Met-Ed steam plant at the corner of North Pershing Avenue and West Philadelphia Street with the intent to reopen the building in 2020.

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When it opens, following a $12 million renovation project, the building is set to house the history center’s Agricultural and Industrial Museum and the HIstorical Society Museum.

In May, the history center picked up the deeds to the Colonial Court House, Golden Plough Tavern and a parking lot in the 100 block of North Pershing Avenue for just $1.

Officials plan to include these properties as part of a walking tour that would start at the Met-Ed steam plant.