The African-American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania will hold a free public tea party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, in the Fondersmith auditorium of Trinity Lutheran Church, 31 S. Duke St.

We invite everyone without registration.

Darlene Colon will present her interpretation of Lydia Hamilton Smith, a 19th-century entrepreneur from Lancaster and a trustee of Congressman Thaddeus Stevens. The Rev. Dr. Louis Butcher Jr. will give a special presentation.

The program will include colloquial words, music and performances.

The event is a postponed celebration of Black History Month, a press release said. Attendees are invited to bring their favorite cup of tea. Prizes will be awarded to the most unusual.

Parking is available at the back of the church.

For more information on this and other events and activities of the Historical Society visit

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