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History Happy Hour | Lancaster History

June 22, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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History Happy Hour is back! For the first time since 2020, LancasterHistory’s sold-out History Happy Hour program returns.

Unbeknownst to most Lancastrians, Our Town Brewery sits upon the site of a well-known, well-reputed 1913 brothel run by a woman named Edna Carson. At that time, Lancaster was known as a “wide open” city, where police and city officials looked the other way and sometimes even encouraged drinking, gambling, and prostitution. Edna Carson ran a high end business that catered to well-to-do patrons. Its décor featured expensive rugs, fine furniture, a player piano, and refined women dressed in gowns. At this summer’s History Happy Hour, learn more about Edna and the women and men of Lancaster’s Red-Light Districts from Franklin & Marshall College’s Dr. M. Alison Kibler.

The doors (and bar) open at 5:30pm at Our Town Brewery on Thursday, June 22. The program will begin at 6:15pm. Attendees are welcome to stay until 7:30pm or make their dinner reservations to stay at Our Town.

Tickets are $20/Non-Member, $15/LancasterHistory Members. Ticket includes admission to the program, light refreshments, and one complimentary beverage or non-alcoholic beverage. (Please note that additional drinks, additional food, and merchandise are not included in the purchase of a ticket.) Event is suggested for ages 18 or older, and individuals must be 21 years or older to consume adult beverages. Tickets may be purchased online or over the phone by calling (717) 392-4633. Capacity is limited and at-door sales are not guaranteed. Advance tickets strongly encouraged.


June 22, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm