Grand Opening of New Historical Center

May 7, 2014
Contact: Marie Cheek
Community Relations Coordinator
803/909-7244 |

Grand Opening of the new Historical Center of York County
May 29 from 5 - 7:30 p.m. with an Open House and Ribbon Cutting!

YORK, SC – The Historical Center of York County has moved into a newly renovated facility at the McCelvey Center at 210 E. Jefferson St. in York. The public is invited to the grand opening on May 29 from 5 - 7:30 p.m. The new facility, formerly referred to as the Annex at the McCelvey Center, is an upgraded 18,600-square-foot brick structure that includes humidity control and new windows made with glass designed to eliminate sun damage. The interior now features sheetrock walls, custom millwork, six restrooms, and special storage rooms to house the Culture & Heritage Museums' collections of art, archives and historical objects. The $2 million renovation also includes a new pitched-hip roof, which replaces the old flat roof, and the site has a new water and sewer infrastructure. During renovations a 25-foot well, which was hand-dug and lined with laid stones circa 1872, was uncovered; the well remains as an unexpected point-of-interest in the Historical Center’s lobby. The Annex was built in 1956 to provide additional classroom space for the growing enrollment of the Yorkville Graded School. Renamed the McCelvey Elementary School in 1973, the 111-year old building was part of the York School District until 1987. Originally housed in the McCelvey building, the Historical Center first opened in 1989.

The Historical Center of York County houses the archives for genealogical and historical research for the Carolina Piedmont, including a growing collection of African American records, and is home to the Southern Revolutionary War Institute. Executive Director Carey Tilley emphasizes that “the Historical Center is essential in the Culture & Heritage Museums’ mission of protecting the history of the York County.” Serving as the county’s archival repository, Culture & Heritage Museums’ staff collects, preserves, interprets, and maintains historically significant records relating to the history of the Carolina Piedmont. The staff’s primary concern is to protect and make the historical records available to the public. The new facility is designed to properly house archival repositories.

The public is invited to the grand opening of the Historical Center. During the open house, staff members will guide guests through the center and talk about opportunities that the accessible genealogical and historical records may provide for the public. Regular hours of operations for the Historical Center are Mondays – Fridays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The open house and ribbon cutting event is free and the public is invited.

Culture and Heritage Museums is a family of museums in York County, SC, which includes the McCelvey Center, Historic Brattonsville, Main Street Children’s Museum, and The Museum of York County.