Nelson Polite


Nelson is a current board member of Lancaster, Conductor for the Society's Heritage Walking tours, a Re-enactor for “Living the Experience” Underground Railroad at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. A recently retired State of Pennsylvania employee, his research interests include local community history.




Shelia, as well as being a site host for the Society's Heritage Walking tours and member of the Southern Lancaster County Historical Society has held volunteer and board positions in many local  nonprofits.

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Tana Woodcock


Tana is a retired history teacher who is always searching for historic truth.

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Randolph Harris 

Co-Coordinator, African American Heritage Walking Tours

Randy is an independent consulting historian who specializes in research and documentation of historic properties, with a focus on sites associated with the Underground Railroad. 


Kathleen Anderson

Vice President

Kathleen has been a member of the the Society for 13 years.  She is a site host for our the Society's Heritage Walking tours, enjoys traveling and researching her family's genealogy.

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Betty Hurdle

Secretary-Corresponding & Recording

Betty is a founding member of Brightside Baptist Church, original member of the Society. Retired specialist. Former member and chair of the Community First Loan Fund.

Debbie Smith

Co-Coordinator, African American Heritage Walking Tours

Debbie is a former public school teacher and serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Historic Rock Ford.


Daniel Ness 


Daniel's interest in history began, at age 18, with a genealogy fan chart. Since retirement, he is occupied almost full time with research and leading history tours. A comprehensive listing of stories and pictures of people and places of the Underground Railroad in Lancaster County is nearing completion.