Scott regularly gives presentations to community groups. He has spoken to the Rotary Club of York, Rotary Club of East York, Rotary Club of West York, Rotary Club of North York, Rotary Club of Hanover, Lancaster Sunrise Rotary Club, Sertoma Club of York, Postcard Club of York and many senior and community centers. Scott has given several keynotes, including the dedication of the York County Administrative Center, Historic York 2008 Annual Meeting, and Historic York Discovering Dempwolf Reception. He has spoken at Pennsylvania Byways: Statewide Conference on Heritage, Leadership York: Communicating Your Cause, York County Heritage Trust Second Saturday, Junior League of York Sustainers, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Penn State York, SMPS Central PA Chapter, and SMPS Philadelphia Chapter.
William Goodridge was born into slavery in Maryland. He apprenticed to a local minister and tanner in York, eventually earning his freedom. From these humble beginnings, Goodridge emerged as a prominent York businessman – he owned 20 properties, constructed York’s first 5-story (4.5) building, and started several businesses. He was also an important conductor and stationmaster on the Underground Railroad, using his properties and railcars to conceal and transport fugitive slaves. His is a captivating story, and one that has remained untold for far too long. By blending extensive research with local tradition, Scott weaves together a fascinating tale about one of York’s most unique personalities from the 19th century and York’s important role on the Underground Railroad. Scott Butcher has served on the William Goodridge Museum Task Force and scripted a multi-presentation for the new museum. He was also interviewed on the WITF TV original series Explore PA, providing insight about Goodridge.
Scott previously gave versions of this presentation at the York County Black History Month Program, Rotary Club of East York, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Penn State York.
York was the largest Northern town occupied by the Confederate Army during the Civil War, and the possible planned point of concentration for the entire Confederate Army. Furthermore, the town was home to Camp Scott and a major U.S. Army Hospital. This presentation introduces York’s importance during the Civil War, with a specific emphasis on late June 1863 and the days leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg. The presentation also includes information on the skirmish for the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge, raid on Hanover Junction, and Battle of Hanover. Scott is the author of Civil War Walking Tour of York, Pennsylvania and was co-creator of the Civil War themed York Patriot Days event. He also served on the York Committee for the Pennsylvania Civil War Trails program where he was instrumental in developing York’s eight “stories” and he researched and wrote the preliminary narratives for the Pennsylvania Civil War Trails interpretive signs that are located throughout York City.
Scott has given versions of this presentation at the Pennsylvania Civil War Trails kick-off workshop at the National Civil War Museum, PA Living History Players training program at Harrisburg Area Community College, and York Civil War Roundtable.
This presentation is a companion to Butcher’s popular book, York (Postcard History Series). It focuses on the greater York area in the first half of the 20th century. The presentation includes several dozen postcards including Centre Square, businesses, institutions, public buildings, streetscapes, parks, Codorus Creek, and the York Fair. Many buildings are long gone and parks have changed greatly over the years. For some in the audience this will be a trip down “Memory Lane,” while for others it will be an introduction to the “Golden Age” of the City of York.
This is Scott’s most popular presentation, and he has given it to the Postcard Club of York, Rotary Club of York, Rotary Club of York – North, Rotary Club of York – East, Rotary Club of West York, Sunrise Rotary Club (Lancaster), Sertoma Club of York, Junior League of York Sustainers, and several retirement homes / seniors groups.
This presentation is a companion to Butcher’s book, York’s Historic Architecture, which is now in its second printing. This informative presentation encompasses an overview of York’s historic buildings from both the perspective of architectural styles as well as their context within York’s history. The presentation is heavily slanted toward York City; however, the history and buildings of York County are also discussed, depending upon time available. Scott is president of the board of directors of Historic York, Inc. and has written about York’s architecture for Pennsylvania magazine and Showcase PA!
Scott has given versions of this presentation to the Rotary Club of York - East and Rotary Club of York - North. A second version developed for the Rotary Club of Hanover featured expanded content on the buildings of southwestern York County. Scott has given lectures on the topic as part of both the York County Heritage Trust’s Second Saturday program as well as for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Penn State York.
This presentation gives an overview of three major periods in York’s history – the American Revolution, Underground Railroad, and Civil War. Key personalities, important dates and events, and significant locations are all included.
Scott previously gave this presentation at a living history training program of the York County Heritage Trust and annually gives a local history introductory walking tour to participants of Leadership York’s Leadership Training Program.
The story of the Marquis de Lafayette’s “Toast that Saved the Nation” is a favorite local tale of how a French general saved the career of General George Washington by proposing a simple toast while dining in the Gates House. But how much of is it is really true? Lafayette was in York in January 1778 and met with the Board of War. But his account of the meeting – and the political intrigue surrounding his visit – may surprise you, as will the evidence suggesting that Lafayette may have never even stepped foot inside the Gates House! Scott Butcher extensively researched the event and the growth of the legend surrounding it for his research document, French Toast: Lafayette & the Making of a Myth and discussed the event on White Rose Community Television. This eye-opening presentation will place the story in the proper context, and chart the subsequent growth in the story with each new retelling of it.
Scott has previously given this presentation to the Rotary Club of York – North.
For 250 years, York was home to a building named the York County Court House. The first courthouse stood in Centre Square and hosted the Second Continental Congress. The second courthouse was located on East Market Street and hosted an unwelcome visitor: the Army of Northern Virginia. The third courthouse was constructed on the site of its predecessor, and was greatly renovated and expanded in 1957 before closing in 2004. This presentation gives an overview of all these buildings, architectural highlights, and key events in their history. Scott spoke about courts buildings at the dedication of the York County Administrative Center and recently compiled a comprehensive research document, A Brief History of the York County Court House. In addition, he coordinated the creation of The Evolution of the York County Court House exhibit in the third-floor rotunda of the York County Administrative Center.
Scott previously gave a version of this presentation as keynote speaker at the dedication of the York County Administrative Center.
What is the difference between a good photo and a great photo? How many times have you had a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity only to be disappointed in the results? In this program you will learn how to improve the quality of your architectural and travel photos using basic but effective techniques employed by the professionals. The presentation also makes sense out of PPI, DPI, resolution, scanning, megapixels, and digital workflow. Scott has given this presentation to the Society for Marketing Professional Services and he also created a popular photo walking tour for the annual York Pear Blossom Festival. He is the author and photographer of several “legacy” photo books, including York: America’s Historic Crossroads and Delaware Reflections, and his images have been featured in numerous publications. Over 1,000 of Scott’s photos have now been published in books, periodicals, and visitor guides. He is also the author of Simplified Architectural Photography, a popular e-book.
Scott has given this presentation several times for the Society for Marketing Professional Services, Central PA Chapter.
The green building movement has been growing exponentially since the turn of the millennium. Cities, counties, and even states have enacted new ordinances requiring green or LEED-certified buildings. But until recently, little attention has been given to the inherent sustainable or “green” features of historic buildings. Historically, buildings were built with many of the same features that are today touted as “green.” Scott Butcher’s informative presentation reviews some surprising statistics about how environmentally-friendly new green buildings really are, dispels a few myths about the energy efficiency of older buildings, and looks at historic buildings in terms of modern sustainable features. York already has several green historic buildings, leading the way toward a national movement to recognize the environmental importance of the existing building stock.
Scott debuted this presentation as keynote speaker for the Historic York, Inc. 2008 annual meeting / preservation awards and has since given it to the Rotary Club of York, Rotary Club of York – East, Sunrise Rotary Club (Lancaster), Rotary Club of York – North, York Builders Association, and the PA Statewide Conference on Heritage.
How did the Pennsylvania Dutch celebrate Christmas? What are York's ties to national holiday traditions? Local customs such as barring out the schoolmaster, Belsnickling, and Second Christmas are discussed, as well as popular traditional local foods and treats such as apee cookies, leb-cakes, belly-guts, and metzel soup. Scott wrote an extensive guest editorial on local holiday traditions for the York Daily Record in December 2008.
Scott has previously given this presentation to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Penn State York and the Northern York County Historical & Preservation Society.
From the 1870s through the 1920s, the architectural firm of J.A. Dempwolf was York ’s most prolific and successful firm. John August Dempwolf was an esteemed architect throughout the region, and his brother, Reinhardt and son, Frederick were important architects working at the firm, which also served as a training ground for many young architects who went on the establish their own firms. This presentation includes background information on the Dempwolf family, notable design commissions near and far, and the Dempwolf impact on both York’s built environment as well as the community as a whole. Scott is author of York ’s Historic Architecture, a popular book now in its second printing.
Scott previously gave a version of this presentation at the Discovering Dempwolf Reception of Historic York, Inc.
Every town has a few dark secrets – true events that border on the macabre, whispered legends of things that go bump in the night. Butcher has been collecting and researching these stories for many years and has led several successful "ghost walks" in downtown York and has expanded the tour to a presentation of all things dark and spooky. The presentation combines fact and folklore, incorporating stories of Revolutionary War executions, news reports of cannibalism, accusations of witchcraft, and legends of ghostly encounters. Scott is the co-author of the local bestseller, Spooky York, Pennsylvania.
Scott has given this presentation as part of the Second Saturday program of the York County Heritage Trust and for the Lincoln Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers. He has also led downtown ghost tours for Main Street York, Downtown Inc., York County Heritage Trust, Crispus Attucks Association, and Historic York.
No event from the days of the Wild West has captivated the American public more than the Gunfight at the OK Corral. From countless movies and books to television documentaries, the streefight that pitted Wyatt Earp, his brothers, and “Doc” Holliday against members of the Cowboy faction has become the best-known event of the period. Yet for all its popularity, few people know the entire story. In Tombstone, Arizona, Wyatt Earp was more interested in gambling and prospecting than being a lawman. The gunfight did not actually take place at the OK Corral, and lasted a mere 30 seconds. After the incident, Earp and Holliday were arrested and tried for murder. And the legend of Wyatt Earp may never have grown if it wasn’t for the so-called “Vendetta Ride” several months after the famous gunfight. Scott extensively researched the history of the event for his new book, Tombstone: Relive the Gunfight at the OK Corral.
How do you create a marketing plan? What are the key components of a successful marketing plan, and how can you create an action plan with buy-in from all key parties? This presentation encompasses the various elements that are required for a successful plan that implements a strategic plan: situational analysis, evaluation of previous goals, target markets, SWOT analysis, market penetration and diversification, advertising and public relations, research, and business development. Scott is the author of several marketing articles published in national trade publications, including the publications of the Society for Marketing Professional Services, Professional Services Management Journal, and National Electrical Contractors Association. He is also author of the book Marketing in the Building Industry. Scott is able to tailor this presentation for (1) architecture/engineering/construction firms, (2) non-profit organizations. He is a Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) through the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS).
Scott has previously given versions of this presentation to the Society for Marketing Professional Services National Conference in San Diego, Society for Marketing Professional Services – Philadelphia, Society for Marketing Professional Services – Central PA, and Leadership York “Communicating Your Cause” Workshop. Scott was also recently selected to moderate roundtables on this topic at the SMPS 2010 Build Business Convention in Boston.
According to a recent survey, 80% of American adults believe that they “have a book in them,” waiting to be written. Over 275,000 books were released last year through traditional publishers, with another 285,000 books being self-published or released through non-traditional sources. But what is the book industry all about? How long are the odds for those seeking to get published? And once a book has been published, what is the likelihood that it will even sell more than a hundred copies or end up on the shelves of a local bookstore (hint: not good)? Scott Butcher is the author of more than ten books and has worked with several national / international publishers. He has also self-published. Scott extensively researched the publishing industry, interviewed fellow authors and publishing industry representatives, and compiled a number of very surprising statistics into a captivating presentation that shows why writing is better suited as a passion or hobby rather than a wise career choice!
Scott has also led a number of walking tours to benefit non-profit organizations. The topical tours have included architecture, Civil War history, general history, architecture, and haunted history. Tours are available on a limited basis only.