Monthly Archives: November 2008

Students Do a Good Job with York Town History

Congratulations to the students who participated in the recent essay contest sponsored by the York Daily Record/Sunday News and the York County Heritage Trust. It was my pleasure to help judge the entries. All the students who entered, as well … Continue reading

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More Movies in York

Lavish 1938 movie ad for the York theater My post yesterday covered some of the movie theaters in York County and the variety of films they were showing Labor Day weekend in 1938. Now I’ll tell you what else those … Continue reading

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Movies Hot in York Seventy Years Ago

I’ve heard the theory that entertainment does well in a period of recession because people want to escape for just a little while. York County’s many movie theaters were certainly showing a great variety of films in September 1938, when … Continue reading

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York’s Center Square Once Full of Buildings

Lewis Miller drawing of York’s square in 1799. I recently posted a Lewis Miller illustration of “wicked boys” taking a wagon apart and reconstructing it on the roof of the market house in 1804. I was asked where that market … Continue reading

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The First National Thanksgiving Proclaimed in York November 1, 1777

First National Thanksgiving Marker, East Market Street, York Have you passed by the marker above, tucked into a mini-park in downtown York, PA, and wondered about the story behind it? The marker reads: “THE FIRST NATIONAL THANKSGIVING WAS PROCLAIMED FROM … Continue reading

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York Churches Continually Evolve

Princess Street Chapel from Atlas of the City of York by Frederick Roe, 1903 A recent post told how the Ladies’ Aid Society of the Princess Street Evangelical Chapel successfully carpeted their church by raising the funds with an autograph … Continue reading

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More on the Roads to Red Lion

Dallastown to Red Lion, 1876 and 1928 A recent post related the troubles motorists had traveling from Dallastown to Red Lion in the fall of 1928 because of road construction and deep mud on the detour. I was asked exactly … Continue reading

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Dillsburg Notes

The daily papers in York County used to have a stringer in just about every small town or village. They were paid by the column inch, so a lot of very local social news made the papers. My aunt covered … Continue reading

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Stuck in the Mud between Red Lion and Dallastown

You think road construction causes problems for motorists now? The following news article, from the October 19, 1928 York Gazette, might make you appreciate modern techniques.

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Jugs and Quilts Raise Funds in York County

It’s the season of the year for fund-raisers to really ramp up. Even though worthy organizations raise money for their causes throughout the year, it seems like the coming holiday season really brings them out. Church bazaars, craft shows, musicals, … Continue reading

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