Five bloggers who focus on York County history were honored by Preservation Pennsylvania at the Zembo Shrine in Harrisburg Sept. 25. The bloggers received Initiative Awards from the statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of historically and architecturally significant properties. Here’s what the event program said about the bloggers:
For those who love and live in the York County area, the online blogs at YorkBlog.com serve as both an information outlet and a platform for discussion of community news, politics, lifestyle, sports – and especially the area’s rich local history. The website features blogs by York Daily Record/Sunday News staff members as well as community blogs by York County residents. In “York Town Square,” York Daily Record editor Jim McClure shares his passion for local history and journalism and “proves that all roads do lead to York.”
Lifelong Yorker Joan Concilio talks about all the things that make York County unique – and sometimes weird – in her blog “Only in York County.” The “Cannonball” blog allows author Scott Mingus to explore York County’s rich Civil War heritage, while Stephen H. Smith shares a hodgepodge of explorations in “York’s Past.” Finally, in “Universal York,” historian June Lloyd looks at how things have converged on the town, past and present.
Collectively, these blogs inform residents about obscure history that might be forgotten otherwise, highlight new historical research resources available to local residents, and create a forum for discussion of current community preservation issues. No other newspaper in Pennsylvania has reported on historic preservation in such a consistent and positive manner. For 10 years and through approximately 8,000 posts, the history blogging team has placed a bright spotlight on local preservation efforts and a colorful kaleidoscope of York County’s rich history.
Congratulations to these bloggers for their award-winning work!
Also honored from York County:
-The Veterans Memorial Bridge Lighting Project won the Modjeski Award for excellence in transportation, design, preservation or archaeology.
-LSC Design’s corporate headquarters in North George Street in York won the Sustainability in Historic Preservation Award.