Monthly Archives: December 2015

Russians come to York during Cold War to check out potato chips

Several years ago I did over a dozen posts on York County potato chips, drawing a higher readership than most of my other posts covering nearly 270 years of York County history. This clipping from the York County Heritage Trust … Continue reading

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York County people delighted in giving Victorian greeting cards

The very ornate silk-fringed holiday cards of the late 1800s into the early 1900s weren’t made in York, but they were popular with local residents. There are quite a few, donated over the years by York countians, in the York … Continue reading

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York was an important capital, fourth or first

When planning for the recent Unraveling York County’s History: An Evening with the YDR’s History Bloggers event earlier this month, each of the five bloggers (Jim McClure, Scott Mingus, Stephen H. Smith, Joan Concilo and me) was asked to choose … Continue reading

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Did York County have a branch of the American Protective League?

I didn’t know what the American Protective League was until I was recently asked if there was any information on it in the files at the York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives. This World War I era organization, eventually growing to … Continue reading

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Camp Security on a vintage Christmas Card

Looking through the antique and vintage Christmas cards at York County Heritage Trust Library and Archives yesterday, I found one with a Camp Security theme. It had a printed signature of Mr. and Mrs. Russell S. Wehler. The front of … Continue reading

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Travels of Punch around York’s square, part three

In my first post on the cigar store figure Punch I shared his first known photo, dated from around 1870, and a current photo of him at York County Heritage Trust. My second post showed more of Punch’s stops around … Continue reading

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Travels of Punch around York’s square, part two

A couple of weeks ago I posted my recent York Sunday News column on the cigar store figure of Punch, which was positioned at various heights in various places on the northwest quadrant of York’s Centre/Continental Square for perhaps 60 … Continue reading

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New Camp Security booklet is available for students and teachers

In the past we have shared the overall history of Camp Security, York’s Revolutionary War prisoner-of-war camp. We have heard snippets of accounts of the camp, in their own words, from the pension applications of local militiamen who served as … Continue reading

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