Category Archives: Secret Societies

York’s Old Post Office/Federal Building/Masonic Lodge (part five)

My past several posts have been on the old York Post Office at the corner of Philadelphia and Beaver streets in York. Since it is slated for renovation and reuse, I have been posting photos, mostly interior, that I took … Continue reading

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Not all York County news of the past was good

Most of us probably think of African American persecution when we hear Ku Klux Klan. The haters cast a broader net in York County in the first half of the twentieth century. Anyone not a white protestant was fair game … Continue reading

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Cross and Crown lit up York Square in 1913

We’ve seen illuminated objects hang over York’s Center/Centre/Continental Square, usually stars, once ever a glittering chandelier, in celebration of Christmas. But what occasion merited the square decorations depicted above nearly 101 years ago, much earlier than any photos I have … Continue reading

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York County directories contain a wealth of information

Old “City Directories,” which eventually covered small towns, suburbs and even rural areas are invaluable sources for researching the past. You can find out where your family members lived and worked; businesses, manufacturers, professionals, local government, churches and social organizations … Continue reading

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Former Yorker Richard Rush Gets Smithsonian Gold

Richard Rush (1780-1859) served the United States in many important posts at various times, including Secretary of the Treasury, Attorney General, acting Secretary of State, Minister to Great Britain and Minister to France. The Rush-Bagot Convention (treaty) which he negotiated … Continue reading

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Mystery Baton/Cane/Walking Stick and Derby Hat from York County

Does anyone know what H&B could stand for on this cane? Last Saturday a gentleman brought it into the York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives to see if he could figure it out, perhaps by finding an organization with those initials. … Continue reading

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York County Had Foresters and Wood Choppers

Illustration from York Wood Choppers charter, 1898. I was recently asked about an 1899 York Press reference to Foresters and Wood Choppers. Sound like people connected to lumbering, right? Not when you consider the popularity of fraternal organizations in that … Continue reading

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York, PA Had Its Own Wall Street

Wall Street, 1903 A colleague recently asked me where Wall Street used to be in York. It doesn’t appear on present-day maps. A search through old maps with a magnifying glass located a tiny little Wall Street in the 1903 … Continue reading

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