The Northern York County Historical and Preservation Society (NYCHAPS) was formed in 1984 to promote and encourage the study, collection, and preservation of the historical and cultural heritage of the area within Pennsylvania’s Northern York County School District, halfway between Harrisburg and Gettysburg.
Organizations like ours could not exist without you.
NYCHAPS hosts a wide variety of historical programs and cultural events throughout the year at our two properties, Dill’s Tavern and the Maple Shade Barn. Take a look at our upcoming events and mark your calendar for a trip back in history. We encourage all of our visitors to interact with our historical settings and artifacts.
Do you value local history by participating in your local community? Organizations like ours could not exist without you. Please consider becoming a member of the Northern York County Historical and Preservation Society.
Research at NYCHAPS
Do you suspect your ancestors might have lived in the Northern York County region, and wish you knew their story? Did your grandmother graduate from Dillsburg High School, but you don’t know who her parents were? NYCHAPS has a small Research Library in the Maple Shade Barn that is open by appointment. The NYCHAPS Research Library focuses on the Northern York County area and hosts local family files, cemetery records, obituaries, and genealogies.
Our temperature-controlled Archives and Collections Room houses documents, local newspapers, photographs, Northern High School band scrapbooks dating back to the 1960s, and much more. We are not able to allow research in the archives, but a limited search service is available. If you would like copies of specific documents, copies are $.25 per page plus postage.
To inquire about our records, please use the contact form below.
The Northern York County Historical and Preservation Society (NYCHAPS) strives to inspire by connecting the lessons of the past to the challenges of today. Through hands-on experience, the past culture of the area is brought to life in a deeper and richer educational experience. Through preservation, research, and our collections, NYCHAPS seeks to inspire a different way of learning history.