Monthly Archives: July 2015

How to keep away conflagrations, dire epidemics and pestilence

The field of folk belief among our Pennsylvania German ancestors is a rich one, replete with words. Certain rituals go along with many practices used for healing known as pow-wow, but the words are also specific for each one. They … Continue reading

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York County’s St. Jacob’s (Stone) Church 1887 encounter with lightning

Summer brings thunder and lightning. Here is an account of a quite powerful lightning strike at St. Jacob’s (Stone) Church in Codorus Township. It is from the June 28, 1887 York Gazette. FEARS OF LIGHTNING—During the storm on Monday, the … Continue reading

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Prehistoric and other finds at Camp Security

In my last post, I shared some of the artifacts found at the 2015 Camp Security dig that could be from the 1781-1783 period, the years that the Revolutionary War prisoner of war camp was in operation. Here are some … Continue reading

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What’s new with Camp Security?

The 2015 archaeology dig at the site of Camp Security has come to a close. Over eighty volunteers participated in various ways: shuttling workers to the somewhat remote site, visual and metal detector surveys, digging and sifting tons of soil, … Continue reading

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New local history resources on the York County Heritage Trust website

The York County Heritage Trust Library and Archives has recently added four databases to the YCHT website. For nearly 15 years YCHT has been entering cataloging and description information for its vast collections of manuscripts, photographs, postcards, books, objects and … Continue reading

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Nineteenth century poultry woes

A friend recently donated some old photos to the York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives. The family farmed in Chanceford Township for generations, and there were a few things mixed in pertaining to farm life. One item was a recipe to … Continue reading

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