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Index to the 1876 York County Atlas, an often overlooked resource

If you have done much historical or genealogical York County research, you are probably aware of the invaluable 1876 Atlas of York Co., Pennsylvania, Illustrated from Actual Surveys by and under the Direction of Beach Nichols, published by Pomeroy, Whitman … 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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Why York County doesn’t have a Carnegie library

A lot of towns have Carnegie public libraries, funded by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Did you ever wonder why York County doesn’t have a Carnegie funded library? Carnegie’s biographer credits him with building over 2,800 free libraries with about 1,950 of … Continue reading

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Save the Hoke House letters of support due May 16

I just realized that I hadn’t written a letter of support for the Spring Grove Area Historical Preservation Society’s proposal to save the historic Hoke house. The deadline to post or email letters is tomorrow, May 16. Here’s a link … Continue reading

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Student book vandalism a problem in 1936 York

Both daily papers, the York Dispatch on February 18th, and the Gazette and Daily on February 19th, 1936, had rather lengthy articles on students stealing books or tearing pages out of them. It was an annual problem at Martin Memorial … Continue reading

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