Monthly Archives: December 2013

York County Heritage Trust hosting rare Lincoln signed print of the Emancipation Proclamation

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. There are many websites that discuss the proclamation, looking at why it was important and what it did and did not do. The National Archives and Records Administration in … Continue reading

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York square of Christmases past

Here is a tour of York’s Center/Continental Square, featuring the big star that was the centerpiece of the decorations from the late 1940s through the 1950s. I’m not sure when the star was first fabricated and when it was replaced … Continue reading

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The York Plan–York County’s World War II industrial contribution

You may have heard of “The York Plan.” You also might know that it had something to do with defense manufacturing during World War II, when York County manufacturing was nearing its peak. But, what was the plan, how did … Continue reading

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More late 19th century York Christmas photos

As I noted in my last post, showing photos of the Christmas trees of the Small family boys at the turn of the nineteenth to the twentieth century, you don’t see too many snapshots from that era. The first consumer … Continue reading

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Some York County Christmases of the 1890s

It looks like children of over a century ago received plenty of toys for Christmas if they were from well off families, like Morris Small and Henry Spahr Small, pictured here. The photos are from an album of photos taken … Continue reading

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Springwood 1874 excursion, part two.

I recently posted the first part of an 1874 newspaper article describing an evening excursion taken from the Peach Bottom Railway station in York to Springwood Park in York Township. The second half of the account is below, describing the … Continue reading

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Off to Springwood in 1874

In a recent post, I shared some 20th century history and photos of Springwood Park in York Township. The park closed in 1954, after operating about 80 years. Springwood was developed as a destination for picnicking and dancing by the … Continue reading

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York County’s General Jacob L. Devers is getting some long-overdue recognition

Pulitzer Prize winning author Rick Atkinson’s Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945, the third volume of his popular World War II trilogy is getting rave reviews. I haven’t read it yet, but from the excerpts that … Continue reading

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