Category Archives: archives

Join the Bonhams for a Victorian Christmas

You can enjoy a Victorian Christmas at the Bonham House, 152 East Market Street, York from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 2. The free family event, presented by the York County History Center as part of Light … Continue reading

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York County history noted on illustrated map

Prints of this illustrated map of York County were issued in 1932 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of York City Laundry and Dry Cleaners. It shows townships and some, but not all, of the present-day boroughs located in the county, … Continue reading

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World War I Food Army active in York County

The United States officially entered World War I on April 6, 1917, but America had been already preparing to join its allies in the fight. Mobilization on the home front accelerated as the year progressed. Grier Hersh was the Chairman … Continue reading

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Putting historical pieces together with York’s Lewis Miller

Doing historical research? Can’t find much on a particular person or family? Don’t despair—just keep looking and widen your search to include many resources. Sometimes you find what you are seeking where and when you least expect it. See below … Continue reading

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Duck and Cover

Do we paint the 1950s as an untroubled time? Wrong! The 1950s began less than five years after the end of World War II. And we do remember what triggered the end of that war, don’t we? When refiling some … Continue reading

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An interesting trip to Surrattsville

I recently took a field trip that I had been thinking about for some time. For several years I have been researching and writing about Edman “Ned” Spangler, the native Yorker who was a carpenter and stagehand at Ford’s Theater, … Continue reading

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Never ask a woman her weight

I was again looking for something else in the newspaper images at the York County History Center Library/Archives, when a short piece in the York Daily of November 2, 1875 left me nearly speechless. It reads:

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Journal of York County Heritage offers opportunity to write about local history

You can be part of sharing the fascinating stories that contribute so much to our local heritage. There is still over a month to offer your articles for the 2016 issue. Guidelines for submissions can be found on the York … 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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Guards at Camp Security 4: Adam Black Part 1

Revolutionary War Captain Adam Black was a native of the part of York County that is now Adams County. He died there in 1816, and his wife Sarah, who had been receiving a widow’s pension, died in 1842. Six of … Continue reading

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