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Articles adopted 240 years ago in York Town

The courthouse on the square in York Town, Pennsylvania, was the site where Continental Congress adopted the “Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union between the States” on November 15, 1777; 240-years-ago from the date of this post. This 13-cent United … Continue reading

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Susquehanna River blast catapulted water 700 feet high

Eight tons of underwater explosives were set off within the bedrock of the Susquehanna River on July 26th 1943. This view of that blast is from atop the Hellam Hills in York County and looks across the river into Lancaster … Continue reading

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York-built Codorus as a passenger ferry in 1829

The York-built steamboat CODORUS was the first metal-hulled steamboat to operate in America. The CODORUS also was the first common carrier metal-hulled steamboat put in service in America; when it commenced operation in 1829 as a passenger ferry providing regularly … Continue reading

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U.S. WWI declaration to Lafayette, we are here!

The United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917, when Congress approved the declaration of war that President Wilson requested four days earlier. It was still many months before a sizeable American force was stationed in Europe. It … Continue reading

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The first USA

Wednesday morning I was in Philadelphia for a last minute meeting and in the afternoon stayed to visit a recently opened museum. The Museum of the American Revolution is located on the southeast corner of 3rd & Chestnut Streets. A … Continue reading

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First York County WWI soldier dies in France

Walter L. Fitzgerald was the first York County WWI soldier to die on foreign soil, doing so on January 5, 1918. Private Fitzgerald is buried in the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery just east of Fere-en-Tardenois in France; within Plot C, Row … Continue reading

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Local WWI Veterans buried in Europe

Writing a family history book produces appreciative actions and notes of thanks for connecting distant, and sometimes no so distant, family members. The French gravesite of WWI Veteran Blaine B. Barshinger has received numerous floral decorations by even distant Barshinger … Continue reading

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Lilian Roye international horsewoman in Springettsbury

Denmark’s world famous equestrienne Lilian Wittmack used this promotional literature during the 1950s, in the United States, for booking appearances at county fairs, horse shows, TV programs and other events. Lilian announced her decision to make York her permanent residence … Continue reading

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French Alliance of 1778 ratified May 4th in York, PA

The Treaty of Alliance with France, during the Revolutionary War, was both signed in France and ratified by the Continental Congress while York was the seat of government for the new nation. Without France’s significant military aid, provided by this … Continue reading

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German Submarine Mailed Letter at Newport then Sank 6 Ships

During the second year of WWI, a German submarine entered Narragansett Bay and dropped anchor in the harbor at Newport, Rhode Island; all within the shadow of the United States Naval War College and a host of U. S. Navy … Continue reading

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