Monthly Archives: May 2013

York closes stores and holds a parade to welcome back the 130th PVI in May 1863

In my last post of Civil War news from the last week of May 1863, as published in the York Gazette, I recounted the sad news that eight York County men of the 166th Pennsylvania Infantry had recently been killed … Continue reading

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More York County Civil War news–end of May 1863

As I indicated in my previous post, even though the York Gazette was against the Lincoln administration and the continuation of the Civil War, the newspaper seemingly printed the war news without bias. They were very also very supportive of … Continue reading

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York County Civil War news–May 1863

In one month we will be observing the 150th anniversary of some of York County’s darkest days, the occupation of our area by Confederate troops. It was bad enough, with the loss of the bridge across the Susquehanna at Wrightsville; … Continue reading

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Trees and other memorials for York County persons who died for their country.

I hope you had a chance to read the article in today’s York Sunday News on York County Heritage Trust volunteer Al Rose’s quest to find and photograph all existing war memorials in York County. Al, at age 90, is … Continue reading

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Sergeant Lamb at Camp Security–Part One

This drawing is the first of the series of four drawings attributed to Sergeant Roger Lamb of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers depicting his arrival at, and escape from, Camp Security. As I explained in previous posts, copies were found at … Continue reading

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One room schoolhouses dotted the York County countryside

Here is more on the one room schoolhouses that provided the education for country children up until the middle of the last century. If you didn’t attend one, ask your parents or grandparents or older friends. You will probably find … Continue reading

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Save the Hoke House letters of support due May 16

I just realized that I hadn’t written a letter of support for the Spring Grove Area Historical Preservation Society’s proposal to save the historic Hoke house. The deadline to post or email letters is tomorrow, May 16. Here’s a link … Continue reading

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Chips rule in York County

With the change of sponsorship from the Toyota Arena to the Utz Arena at the York Expo Center, I thought I would reprise my 13 previous posts on area potato chips. Click here to learn more about those tasty morsels … Continue reading

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York County children learned to write on slates.

I am working on an upcoming column on one-room schoolhouses, and finding a wealth of information in the 1855 book by Thomas H. Burrowes, Pennsylvania School Architecture. It covers the plans, materials and every little detail about how a Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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Benjamin Henry Latrobe’s lasting legacy in the lower Susquehanna

Happy 249th birthday to one of my favorites, English-American architect and engineer Benjamin Henry Latrobe. His mother, Margaret Antes of Germantown, Pennsylvania, had been sent to England to further her education. There she met Moravian minister Benjamin Latrobe, and their … Continue reading

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