Due to the continuing need for social distancing we have moved our programs to a digital platform. We hope you will be able to join us for these enriching and enlivening programs!
We are offering these FREE virtual programs to help our community continue to learn about the nature and culture of the Carolina Piedmont. Please support our work by making a donation here.
Culture & Heritage Museums Trivia Night! • 3rd Thursdays • 6 p.m.
Join us on Zoom for history and science fun, fact and fiction with our family-friendly trivia nights. Register at the links below:
• April 15
• May 20
• June 17
What's InSTORE Fridays
Fridays, via Facebook. Join our Store Manager as he highlights items from our online gift shop with tips for easy entertaining. Check out our gift shop at chmuseums.myshopify.com.
Museum of York County
Mondays • What's Up in the Carolina Skies? • Facebook Live
Let our Planetarium Manager highlight something that you can see in the Carolina skies each week and show you where and when to look for it. No special equipment is necessary, just a willingness to go outside and look up.
Creature Feature • Every other Saturday • 10:30 a.m. • Facebook Live
Tune in each time to learn about a critter in from the Carolinas and beyond!
Citizen Science • April - October
As spring quickly approaches, the Museum of York County is sponsoring monthly Citizen Science and Photography opportunities throughout the growing season (April-October). Citizen Science utilizes citizens to collect data that can be used in long-term nationwide research. You can contribute to science while you explore the Carolinas! Images submitted will be judged by a panel of Museum staff members and a winner for best photo announced each month. The winning photos may be displayed at the Museum of York County in a fall exhibition.
We will meet virtually each month to highlight the unique observations for that month and announce the winner of the photo contest.
Any member of the public can register to participate in the Zoom discussion April 29 at 6 p.m. at https://yorkcountygov.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zVGzcHzrRY-cW512FLbVPw?mc_cid=16db3d3d4e&mc_eid=UNIQID
To join any Museum of York County project and help document the biodiversity of the Carolinas, all you need to do is create an account at iNaturalist.org. You can also download their free app to your smartphone (Android or iOS), and join the project. Users under 13 years old, may prefer iNaturalist’s app, Seek, which requires no registration and while species data will not be added to the iNaturalist database, it’s a great way to learn about our natural world. Just take a picture of an organism and Seek will identify it for you!
Find it here: https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/seek_app
You can submit a photo every week to iNaturalist, but all photos must be uploaded by noon on April 29, 2021
Thursdays, February 11, March 11, & April 8 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. via Zoom webinar
Museum Members: $30* / Non-Members: $40
To purchase the Seminar Package, visit the Museum Store here.
Registration closes Thursday, January 21, 2021.
This three-part series will cover pollinator species, pollinator-plant adaptations, and pollinator conversation. Enrollment price for this seminar package includes the softcover book, Pollinators of Native Plants: Attract, Observe, and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants, digital class notes, and instruction by Dr. David Jenkins, Forests Health Manager at the South Carolina Forestry Commission, and Dr. Robert Carter, Education Program Manager at the Museum of York County.
Pollinators of the Carolinas - Thursday, February 11, 2021
Learn basic entomology with Dr. David Jenkins, Entomologist and Forest Health Specilaist with the SC Forestry Commission. Which insects are the primary pollinators in the Carolinas? What are the ecological roles of pollinators? What is the economic value of pollinators?
Flower Morphology and Pollinator Syndromes - Thursday, March 11, 2021
How are flowers adapted to promote pollination? What is a pollinator syndrome? Bees and hummingbirds are not the only pollinators. You will be surprised by the diversity of animals that serve as pollinators. Dr. Robert Carter with the Museum of York County will help participant explore these topics.
Pollinator Conversation and Landscaping - Thursday, April 8, 2021
How Join Dr. Robert Carter to discuss pollinator concervation. Why are pollinators declining? How to landscape to increase pollinator populations? What should be planted? Do you really need pesticides? Can I use plants as a natural pesticide?
Main Street Children's Museum
Wee Wednesday • Wednesdays 10 a.m. • Facebook Live
Wee Wednesdays kick off after a holiday hiatus on January 13. During this early childhood program, young children and their caregivers will sing and wiggle around, and listen to fun books. The program is broadcast Wednesday mornings on Facebook Live at 10 a.m., and you can access the recording later on Facebook and the Culture & Heritage Museum's YouTube page.
MSCM does STEM
Keep an eye out on the Main Street Children's Museum Facebook and Instagram
pages for the MSCM does STEM series. Each month, museum educators
will share unique activities with tie-ins to key early childhood STEM concepts.
Uncertain Times: Homefront 1865
Consists of three presentations: theatrical portrayals by FREED - Female RE-Enactors of Distinction, and two interactive living history programs. Click for details.
Historic Interpreters will lead students in exploring the basics we would need to survive as an 18th-century settler in the Carolina Piedmont: food, shelter, and clothing.
Time Travel Tuesdays
Historic Brattonsville is offering live, interactive programs on Zoom. Please register at the links below and join in!
Mar 30 - 18th and 19th Century Cross-Stitch Samplers
A look into the history of cross-stitching and how it was used to teach young children/girls.
April 6 – Women on the Home Front
An overview of the many roles women played on the home front during the Civil War.
April 13 – Enslaved at the Home Front
The impacts of the Civil War on the Enslaved, including enslaved people who escaped to Union lines and those who remained on the plantation.
April 20 – Flintlock to Percussion
Come see the differences between Flintlock and Percussion guns and the conversion process and see some original examples.
April 27 – Sheep Shearing
We will explore the history of sheep shearing in America and demonstrate a sheep being sheared.
May 4 – Where’s Your Green Thumb?
Come learn how to plant an 18th century garden! We'll learn what was planted in the 1780s and how the garden was also your medicine cabinet.
May 11 – Preserving and Pickling through History
The history of preserving and pickling food.
May 18 – Story of Jim Williams from the Perspective of his Wife & Family
Attitudes towards African-Americans during Reconstruction.
May 25 – Corn on the Backcountry Table
Cornmeal was a staple of the Backcountry diet. While usually associated with cornbread, cornmeal was used in a wide variety of dishes. See how corn became so important and check out some early recipes that used corn.
June 1 – Outdoor Recreation during the 1850s
Did you know that some of the activities we enjoy today have not changed much since the 1850's? Join us as we talk about some of those.
June 8 – What is Cotton?
An in-depth look at the origin of cotton, how it became King in the 19th century, and how it was planted in early America.
Carolina Piedmont Seminar Series
Currents of Time: History of the Catawba River
In the spring of 2021, Historic Brattonsville and the Historical Center of York County will be presenting a virtual Carolina Piedmont Seminar Series entitled Currents of Time: History of the Catawba River. This three-part series of instructional Zoom Webinars will cover the pre-industrial, industrial, and modern uses of the Catawba River focusing on the ways that the river has shaped our culture.
• Enrollment price for this seminar package includes the book, Along the Catawba River by Ron Chepesiuk, Gina Price White, and Edward Lee and a three-part series of instructional Zoom webinars led by Culture and Heritage Museums historian Zach Lemhouse and artist, researcher, and organizer from Catawba Indian Nation DeLesslin “Roo” George-Warren.
• Museum Members: $30 / Non-Members: $40.
• Seminars are scheduled for April 14, April 21, and April 28, 2021 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Sessions will be recorded so that if you are unable to join us live, you can watch at a later date.
• Seminar Series is recommended for ages 12 and older.
Now available: Previously Aired Programming
Our previously aired Wonderful Wednesday summer program recordings are available on YouTube! You can view the recordings here. From exploring a pond ecosystem to testing your knowledge in our Piedmont Trivia challenge, our Wonderful Wednesday programs offer a variety of educational and fun activities, books, content, crafts and more!