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Camp Security Review, Part Two

This is the second in a series of posts reviewing the history and significance of Camp Security. As far as we know the site, just east of York, is the only remaining Revolutionary of War prisoner-of-war camp that hasn’t been … Continue reading

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More on York as capital

For my December York Sunday News column I looked at the claim by some that York was the nation’s first capital, usually citing the adoption of the Articles of Confederation by the Continental Congress while meeting here from September 1777 … Continue reading

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York County connections not confined to Earth

I have shared stories of some of the well-known persons who attended or taught at the York County Academy. They include Thaddeus Stevens, abolitionist and congressman and Samuel Bacon, charged by President Monroe with the founding of Liberia. Fellow blogger … Continue reading

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York Safe & Lock safes thwarted burglars

A Facebook friend recently posted a photo of a “cannonball” safe made by York Safe and Lock. I went searching in the many York Safe and Lock photos at York County Heritage Trust and picked out the four photos shown … Continue reading

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York County Heritage Trust hosting rare Lincoln signed print of the Emancipation Proclamation

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. There are many websites that discuss the proclamation, looking at why it was important and what it did and did not do. The National Archives and Records Administration in … Continue reading

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York square of Christmases past

Here is a tour of York’s Center/Continental Square, featuring the big star that was the centerpiece of the decorations from the late 1940s through the 1950s. I’m not sure when the star was first fabricated and when it was replaced … Continue reading

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More late 19th century York Christmas photos

As I noted in my last post, showing photos of the Christmas trees of the Small family boys at the turn of the nineteenth to the twentieth century, you don’t see too many snapshots from that era. The first consumer … Continue reading

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A strong appeal to enlist and defend York County–June 1863

The January 23, 1863 weekly York Gazette carried an eloquent plea for immediate enlistment to defend the area from the invading Confederate army. The writer simply signed himself “YORK.” It is transcribed below in its entirety, along with the author’s … Continue reading

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More York County Civil War news–end of May 1863

As I indicated in my previous post, even though the York Gazette was against the Lincoln administration and the continuation of the Civil War, the newspaper seemingly printed the war news without bias. They were very also very supportive of … Continue reading

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Last chance to see York’s Civil War hospital exhibit

Today, March 30, is the last chance to see the very well done and well received exhibit on York’s U.S. Army Hospital on Penn Common during the Civil War. York County Heritage Trust (250 East Market St., York) galleries are … Continue reading

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