Category Archives: Pennsylvania Germans

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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You might have an “Hessian” ancestor too

Our area has a high concentration of descendants of so called “Hessians.” This general term was applied to those soldiers from German-speaking regions whose rulers hired out their regiments to fight on the side of the British during the Revolutionary … Continue reading

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The Hessians of Lewis Miller

You might be familiar with two books featuring drawings of Lewis Miller published by The Historical Society of York County/York County Heritage Trust/York County History Center over the years. Lewis Miller, Sketches and Chronicles: The Reflections of a Nineteenth Century … 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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What do almanacs have to do with your garden crops?

Aren’t those fresh summer vegetables wonderful? Especially if they are locally grown, perhaps in your own back yard. By now, you have a good idea of how well your garden has fared. You know if you have more squash than … Continue reading

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Remember Yorkraft? Pennsylvania Dutch to Sixties decor

One thing leads to another, or, off on another tangent. A valuable reference for research on the “Pennsylvania Dutch” (Pennsylvania Germans) is the now defunct Pennsylvania Folklife magazine, published first in 1946 as The Pennsylvania Dutchman. The articles were scholarly, … Continue reading

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A small York County farm in 1810

I never tire looking at the drawings of York folk artist Lewis Miller (1796-1882). His illustrations depicting town and rural life during the first half of the 19th century are so detailed. He wrote captions, most just a few sentences, … Continue reading

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How to keep away conflagrations, dire epidemics and pestilence

The field of folk belief among our Pennsylvania German ancestors is a rich one, replete with words. Certain rituals go along with many practices used for healing known as pow-wow, but the words are also specific for each one. They … 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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Was there vinegar at Vinegar Ferry?

I’m deeply into ferries–the subject of my upcoming York Sunday News column. Did you know there were at least 15 ferries crossing the Susquehanna from the over 50 miles of York County shore, stretching from the Yellow Breeches Creek on … Continue reading

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