Susquehanna National Heritage Area 
Today, March 12, 2019, President Donald Trump signed S.47, the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, a major national conservation bill that includes designation of Lancaster and York Counties as the Susquehanna National Heritage Area. The bill previously passed the U.S. Senate on February 12th by a 92-8 vote and the U.S House of Representatives on February 26th by a 363-62 vote. The bill's passage is great news for our 10+ year effort to bring this national honor to our region and the Susquehanna. We thank U.S. Senator Bob Casey for supporting this legislation since 2008 and securing an amendment to S.47 to designate the Susquehanna National Heritage Area. We also thank Congressman Lloyd Smucker for championing the bill in the House of Representatives since 2017. We very much appreciate the bi-partisan collaboration of Mr. Casey and Mr. Smucker in designating the Susquehanna National Heritage Area - America's 55th National Heritage Area! Learn about our National Heritage Area initiative here

Get Your Tickets!
The River Experience. Friday, June 7th,  6 PM - 9 PM.
At the River Room above John Wright Restaurant in Wrightsville. Our most important annual fundraising event. Great evening of fine food and drink samplings, music and a setting that can't be beat. Plus amazing, unique river experiences will be up for grabs in our silent auction! Support Susquehanna Heritage as we go National! 

For information on sponsorship opportunities please contact Bill Wright, Director of Community Giving or call (717) 252-0229 ext. 6.
Visit Ice Harvesting Exhibit 
before it's gone
Visitors are invited to see the Ice Harvesting exhibit at Columbia Crossing through March 31st. Susquehanna Heritage staff will lead 30 minute tours through Columbia Crossing's current exhibit  Ice Harvesting Along the Susquehanna on Sunday March 24th at 1:30 PM. You'll learn about the ice harvesting process, the tools of the trade, and Columbia's ice harvesting business. The tour guide will showcase important tools and how they worked. Reservations are not necessary. 
Give for the River during Give Local York!
Friday May 3th, 12 AM - 12 PM

York County's biggest day of online giving.

Support Susquehanna Heritage's programs through this 24 hour giving marathon.

 For information, please contact Bill Wright, Director of Community Giving or call (717) 252-0229 ext. 6.

Doc Hinkle's Egg Painting 
at Columbia Crossing
Saturday, April 13th  from  10 am to 12 pm
Celebrate Columbia's eggcelent history by decorating your eggs with Doc Hinkle's egg dye. This tradition goes back to 1893 when Samuel Hinkle developed Doc Hinkle's egg dye in his pharmacy here in Columbia.  Join us at Columbia Crossing to decorate 3 eggs for $3. All supplies, materials, snacks and drinks included.  Register by April 11th by calling 717-449-5607 or emailing 

Susquehanna Heritage Astronomy Program Returns
Stars Over The Susquehanna
April 26 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Come to the river for an "out of this world" experience! Join Susquehanna Heritage at both of their locations to Find Your Park After Dark. At Columbia Crossing, join your friends and neighbors for a star party at Columbia River Park with the Astronomy Enthusiasts of Lancaster County (AELC) to explore the cosmos up close with telescopes. Across the river at The Zimmerman Center for Heritage discover how early explorers like Captain John Smith navigated using the stars and explore the stories Native Americans told using the stars. At both sites, children ages 5-12 can become a Night Explorer and become a sworn in Junior Ranger by the National Park Service at The Zimmerman Center.
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Volunteer Breakfast!
On Monday, March 25th at 8:30 AM, there will be an informational breakfast for those interested in volunteering with Susquehanna Heritage at Columbia Crossing.  Meet the staff and learn about how you can support our organization as a volunteer. Breakfast will be provided. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by March 21st, Call (717) 449-5607 or email
Susquehanna Stewards!
Susquehanna Heritage asks you to be  a good steward of our river and its history. Each month we'll share one way you can help the river or protect its heritage. Try it out, be a river steward!
This Month: 
Defend the Hellbender!
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has as Pennsylvania student group that has vowed to help the hellbender --America's largest salamanders-- found right here along the Susquehanna.
Lancaster Active Transporation Plan is ready for your review!
The draft plan that outlines bicycle and pedestrian networks for the area is now available for public review and comment at Please submit your comments before March 22. 
Rent Our Facilities
Host your next family or business event at Columbia Crossing or the Zimmerman Center. All rentals support our important work along the River. 

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