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Rural students and the Eight Grade Examination

Some York County school districts didn’t consolidate until the late 1950s. Chanceford Township was one of the last to close their one-room schools, as the new Chanceford Township elementary school didn’t open until September 1958. Children attended one-room schools from … Continue reading

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Pick up your ration book at the schoolhouse

Numerous former one-room schoolhouses still dot the countryside. Many have been converted to residences, some so modified that it is hard to detect their original use. A few have been restored and even furnished as they would have been when … Continue reading

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What did York girls study in the early 19th century?

Advertisements from the York Recorder gives us an glimpse into educational offerings in York Town in the early 1800s. The first is for a small girls school, probably run out of a home: EDUCATION &c. &. Misses THOMSON and SCANLAN … Continue reading

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1943 East Berlin area news

It has been while since I sampled local news of the past. You can find out so much about a community and the families that lived there by reading the old newspapers. Each small area had their own stringer who … Continue reading

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New Camp Security booklet is available for students and teachers

In the past we have shared the overall history of Camp Security, York’s Revolutionary War prisoner-of-war camp. We have heard snippets of accounts of the camp, in their own words, from the pension applications of local militiamen who served as … Continue reading

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York Academy Public Exams

Remember the pressure of final exams? Putting pencil to paper doesn’t seem so bad when compared to oral exams conducted in public and advertised in the newspaper, as seen by the clipping below from an early York paper: York. April … Continue reading

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More on school consolidation in York County

York County Heritage Trust Director of Library and Archives, Lila Fourhman-Shaull, shared a dedication program for Chanceford Elementary School with me. As noted in my previous post, the school was dedicated on August 31, 1958. The program gives a history … 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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Former York Student Remembers Freedom Train

Freedom Train Scrapbooks In a recent York Sunday News column I wrote about the 1948 Freedom Train visit to York. I mentioned that there were scrapbooks about the train at the York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives. There are two scrapbooks, … Continue reading

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