Monthly Archives: April 2013

York Countians could have their feather beds steam cleaned

Old newspaper ads are such a wonderful resource to give us an idea how our ancestors lived. Did you ever think about feathers and how important they were for filling mattresses and pillows? Where did they get them? Your own … Continue reading

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Some slaves got away in York County

As I pointed out in my previous post on slavery in York County, even though slavery very gradually died out in Pennsylvania after 1780 Act for Gradual Abolition of Slavery was passed, that long southern York County border with slave … Continue reading

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York County slavery

Can you imagine your home town newspaper with ads selling human beings? A 15-year-old being sold because her master/mistress didn’t have enough work for her (seller offering financing)…families split apart…children as young as four being sold away from their mothers? … Continue reading

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1781–York County Militia Lt. Scott finds site for Camp Security

The transcription below is of one of the original letters concerning Camp Security that will be on display Saturday April 20 at York County Heritage Trust, 250 East Market Street. It is part of a special one day exhibit, free … Continue reading

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Original Camp Security artifacts and documents on exhibit April 20

A few months ago I shared the information that a researcher at the British National Army Museum recently found color drawings, assumed to have been done by Sgt. Roger Lamb of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, illustrating Camp Security and the … Continue reading

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More cute dogs with famous owners painted by York native H. R. Hildebrand

Ready for some more really cute dogs? As promised in my last post about the extremely prolific artist H. Robert Hildebrand, who specialized in dog portraits, I’ll list a few of his celebrity clients. These were listed in the brochure … Continue reading

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York County native H. Robert Hildebrand was a prolific pet portraitist

Perhaps you have seen, or maybe even have, one or more of H. Robert Hildebrand’s personality-laden dog portraits. The portrait above is in a private York collection, and I know of others of York County dogs. Hildebrand was born in … Continue reading

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York’s Thanksgiving themed statues still standing tall at the East York post office

I was in the East York post office the other day for the first time in a while. I was very pleased to see the black walnut Thanksgiving statues proudly standing in the lobby on their marble bases. It is … Continue reading

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