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Margaret Sarah Lewis paints York First Moravian Church

      My upcoming York Sunday News column is on the popular and prolific Yorker, Margaret Sarah Lewis. York Daily Record editor and fellow blogger, Jim McClure, has already posted the column on the Retro York Facebook page. I … Continue reading

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York church building to restaurant, with a few stops along the way

A Facebook friend asked about the history of Victor’s Italian Restaurant on Ogontz Street, knowing that the building was a former church. I looked through the York County History Center files and City Directories as well as online sources. Several … Continue reading

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Seventh Journal of York County Heritage now available

The 2016 edition of the Journal of York County Heritage will be officially launched on Thursday, September 15, with a reception at the York County History Center Museum, Library and Archives at 250 East Market Street in York. Doors open … Continue reading

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Journal of York County Heritage call for papers

You enjoy reading about York County history, so how about writing about it? The eight annual issue of Journal of York County Heritage will soon be out. It has articles on The York Plan of World War II and on … Continue reading

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Christmastime in Shrewsbury, 1889

Here are some more local news items, this time from Shrewsbury in December 1889. This time I didn’t even have to go to the newspaper microfilms at York County Heritage Trust myself. Friend, relative and Dallastown native, Apyrl Zarfos Anderson, … Continue reading

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York County is blessed by an abundance of Rudy stained and leaded glass

I really enjoyed Saturday’s tour of a dozen sites graced by Rudy stained glass, featuring the work of the studio under the tenure of founder J. Horace Rudy. Thanks, Historic York, Inc. and the Rudy Collective, for putting together a … 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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Losing landmarks made news in 1860s York County

I think of the 1960s as a sad period for York County landmarks. In the city alone the City Market House, an architectural gem by the Dempwolf firm, was torn down, and the imposing Variety Iron Works fountain was removed … Continue reading

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1939 news from Saginaw, Gatchelville and Wrightsville

What was going on in York County 75 years ago? If your family was at all known to the newspaper stringer for your area, they probably showed up on the local news pages. The events might seem trivial to us … Continue reading

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York County history, food and books coming up

It’s time for two of my favorite York County events, and you are all invited too. I’ll be volunteering at each one, and I hope to see you there. First, tomorrow, Thursday, August 7 is the annual St. Luke’s picnic … Continue reading

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