Inspiring the Exploration of History
When the York County History Center (YCHC) found itself struggling to convey the rich history of Downtown York due to lagging brand recognition, officials contemplated how they could better tell the organization’s story.
Formerly known as the Historical Society of York County, the YCHC turned to the Polk-Lepson Research Group to gain insight as to why they were struggling, an effort made possible by the financial support of Louis Appell, Jr.
Polk-Lepson’s research results steered them in the direction of rebranding as the York County History Center. YCHC knew the value a new name and brand would contribute to their market position in the community and beyond, which Mr. Appell, along with the Powder Mill Foundation, backed with full support.
As York evolved, so too did Mr. Appell’s view and understanding of how history could be presented and consumed. With his sights set on the History Center’s need and desire to change, Mr. Appell gladly backed the transformative plans for rightsizing the organization and relocation into the former steam plant building.
He thought it was excellent, adding how much he appreciated our efforts to keep our community’s history in the forefront.
Joan J. Mummert, President/CEO, York County History Center
Mr. Appell was driven throughout his lifetime by his passion for preserving York’s history, which began with his involvement on the History Center’s board of directors.
This led to a capital campaign, numerous fundraising drives and assisting with exhibit support and small projects to improve operations or aesthetics. Mr. Appell wanted to provide all residents with the opportunity to experience the immense joy and pride that he felt being a York Countian.
For the York County History Center, this experience was one of many through the decades where Mr. Appell expressed thoughts or appreciation for historical work in his beloved community. His involvement traces back to the 1940s, when he joined the organization. Through our relationship with the Powder Mill Foundation, his influence continues today.
Joan J. Mummert