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Broadway star guests with York Little Theatre

I try to get to at least a few performances at the Belmont Theatre (formerly York Little Theatre) each year. They always do a great job. Click this link for my York Sunday News column on the history of the … Continue reading

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Another York County Lincoln assassination association

Over the years I have shared many posts showing local connections to President Lincoln and his assassination. They ranged from York native Edman Spangler, accused but not convicted of conspiracy in the plot, and assassin John Wilkes Booth, who allegedly … 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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York Little Theatre has offered entertainment and education since 1933

Since inception in 1933, members of York Little Theatre have put on just about any Broadway play you can think of. The early sixties were break out years for musicals, with the first YLT musical Knickerbocker Holiday, soon followed by … Continue reading

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Native York Playwright Had Early Interest in York County History

I was really pleased to see a packed house for Ken Ludwig’s Leading Ladies, his play set in York, Pa., at York Little Theatre on Sunday. It signals a great turn-around for the theater that was struggling not very long … Continue reading

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More on Lincoln Conspiracy Connections with York

Spengler/Spangler house, c. 1904 As I promised in my recent post on York and the Lincoln Conspiracy, below is more on the Sherwood School, where John Wilkes Booth was reportedly sent by his family for a time, probably as a … Continue reading

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York County Has Ties to the Lincoln Conspirators

Spangler house–reportedly the site of the Sherwood-Bland school There are two that I know of, and they are intertwined. One is Ned (Edmund, Edman, Edward) Spangler, the son of a former York County sheriff, who was the stage carpenter accused … Continue reading

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York Woman Left Promising Acting Career for God

Elaine Ryan/Sister Mary Clare St. Joseph’s Convent outside of Columbia is closing. The convent building has been sold, with plans to turn it into affordable housing for either single mothers or seniors. The Sisters there, members of the Adorers of … Continue reading

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Red Lion Orchestra Leader Gets a Pig

As I have pointed out before, York Countians have always been fond of entertainment. Theater, circus, movies–they have always been well received, with top national and international stars appearing here. Then there were the amateur theatricals, always presented with enthusiasm, … Continue reading

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