Category Archives: Moravians

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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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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Benjamin Henry Latrobe’s lasting legacy in the lower Susquehanna

Happy 249th birthday to one of my favorites, English-American architect and engineer Benjamin Henry Latrobe. His mother, Margaret Antes of Germantown, Pennsylvania, had been sent to England to further her education. There she met Moravian minister Benjamin Latrobe, and their … Continue reading

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York native artist Stephen M. Etnier, painter of Maine and the tropics

Stephen Morgan Etnier (1903-1984) was expected to go into the family business, the hugely successful turbine manufacturing company started by his grandfather, Moravian minister and inventor Stephen Morgan Smith. Young Stephen had other ideas–he saw art, not business in his … Continue reading

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Original document reveals more about York widow

My last post was on Barbara Smith/Schmidt/Schmith (c.1724-1798), the affluent widow who left nearly her entire estate to the Lutheran congregation [now Christ Lutheran Church] in York, including the funds specifically designated to purchase an organ. That organ, the last … Continue reading

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York’s Barbara Smith unusual 18th century woman

The legacy (or bequest) of widow Barbara Smith Joseph Smith left a sizable amount of property and other assets to his widow, Barbara Smith, when he died in 1784. He also left funds to the Catholic congregation in Lancaster and … Continue reading

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York Widow’s 1798 Inventory Shows People Had a Lot of Stuff 200 Years Ago

York County Heritage Trust’s free summer organ concerts on the Tannenberg organ are held every Friday from 12:15 to 12:45 beginning Friday, July 8. They will continue through July and August, thanks to the York Chapter, American Guild of Organists. … Continue reading

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York Moravian Christmases

Lewis Miller Drawing of a York County Pennsylvania German Christmas Tree In December 1867, the Gazette reported: “FESTIVAL– The Moravians are now holding a festival at Washington Hall for the benefit of their new church. They have the largest and … Continue reading

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