Monthly Archives: March 2013

Last chance to see York’s Civil War hospital exhibit

Today, March 30, is the last chance to see the very well done and well received exhibit on York’s U.S. Army Hospital on Penn Common during the Civil War. York County Heritage Trust (250 East Market St., York) galleries are … Continue reading

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Springs and orchards were important to York County farmers

The real estate ads in the newspapers of 200 years ago were almost always for farms. Even if there was another enterprise on the property, such as a mill, there was usually quite a bit of acreage. Just about everyone … Continue reading

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York’s Freystown–little village, big history.

Who would have thought that a few blocks on the eastern end of York would have had such a long and varied history? The bullfrogs are gone, as are the willow trees that supplied the material for the famous baskets. … Continue reading

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Slavery in York County

It is a very short ad in March 30, 1811 York Recorder newspaper, but it is extremely chilling. I usually write about the wealth of positive things comprising much of York County’s rich history. There is sometimes also a dark … Continue reading

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Why did voters flock to the polls in York County and the rest of Pennsylvania in 1938?

Are you registered to vote? This year April 22 is the deadline for registration to vote in the May 21st Primary Election. If you miss that you need to register by October 7 to vote in the November 5 General … Continue reading

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Shinah Etting, early York matriarch

Since white Christian males dominate recorded York County history, I am always pleased to find some stories of the women and minorities who are also part of our heritage. Shinah Etting, who was Jewish, bore all of her eight children … Continue reading

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York Councilman Died Young of Erysipelas

I am a firm believer in studying the past. We can learn so much from the experiences of those who went before us. But I’m glad I am living now, especially with the strides made in medicine the past century. … Continue reading

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Hoop Skirts important to 1860s York women.

Every think about hoop skirts? Me neither, but from this lengthy York Gazette ad, hoop skirts were very important in the 1860s. The ad reads: NEW SKIRT FOR 1866 The Great Invention of the Age in HOOP SKIRTS J.W. Bradley’s … Continue reading

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