York Symphony + Lawrence Golan + The Strand = A1 entertainment

Lawrence Golan directs 77 musicians performing in his inaugural concert as conductor of the York Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. The concert featured
This past week, York countians experienced a never-before-seen view of the York Symphony Orchestra and a seldom-seen look at its concert hall – the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center. In the first category, brand new conductor Lawrence Golan conducted the York Symphony before a full house. In the second, the YDR’s Jason Plotkin went on a dizzying tour of ‘upstairs’ at the Strand. Check out the video of that attic tour below, plus eight other pieces of information or links about the YSO and its beautiful hall. Also of interest: Ella Fitzgerald outshone UFO sightings during 1980 Strand-Capitol opening in York.

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Montgomery Ward, Woolworth’s back in York County headlines in same week

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When was the last time you heard about the brands Montgomery Ward and Woolworth’s in the same week? News about the former buildings of these two retailers from days gone by came from two York County, Pa., towns last week. The Montgomery Ward building Hanover, above, is scrubbed up and windows unboarded so prospective tenants can see the possibility.  ‘The drop ceiling has been removed, revealing the original tin ceiling, and the interior walls have been demolished,’ the Evening Sun says. Check out news about York’s Woolworth’s building below. Also of interest: All about Hanover, York County’s oldest borough.

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Nature took down two York County landmarks in Billy Foust’s town

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This photograph, sans foliage, gives a clear view of what’s left of the smokestack in Foustown after lightning crashed into its top in 2012 and a demolition team took down much of what was left. The photographer, Don McClure, also captured what was left of a large barn that the years took down. So you could say that nature shortened the lives of these two landmarks in William Foust’s former company town outside Glen Rock. Foust’s Distillery operated on this site for years. Check out this view of this ghost town in its prime: Foustown. Also of interest: Here’s the smokestack after lightning wreaked its damage and Glen Rock demolition team attacks Billy Foust’s stack.

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Lewis Miller’s ‘People’ and the York Daily Record’s ‘Faces’ meet up

faces-4-780x1024These examples of ‘Lewis Miller’s People’ are exhibited at the York County Heritage Trust and appear in a forthcoming book by that name. By coincidence, the York Daily Record’s introduction of the ‘Faces of York County’ website was launched at about the same time as news of the book came out. That prompted the YDR’s Chris Dunn to title a short story on the coincidence:  The original ‘Faces of York County.’ Also of interest: William Wagner, Lewis Miller made York, Pa. ‘one of the most highly depicted communities in the early nineteenth century United States.’

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Journalists around the newsroom at the York Daily Record/Sunday News are excited about the Faces of York County website that just went live.

It’s a project to allow readers to “meet the people who live, work and play around York, PA.”

Yes, it’s modeled after the vastly popular website Humans of New York – a project also known because it resulted in the best-selling book by that name.

The Faces of York County website went up last week. Continue reading “Lewis Miller’s ‘People’ and the York Daily Record’s ‘Faces’ meet up” »

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Colorful fall foliage surrounds York, Pa. history mystery sites

Steam into History heads out of Glen Rock Sunday. Paul Kuehnel - Daily Record/Sunday News
1. The town is no mystery. And the train is from Steam into History’s excursion service. That’s no mystery because it’s the only train running on those tracks nowadays. So here’s the mystery. How many times did Abraham Lincoln pass through Glen Rock? Answer below. See four other colorful photographs by York Daily Record photographer Paul Kuehnel below scoring a two-fer: Sites with history surrounded by scenic foliage. Also of interest: Rocks in the Glen turns into a town where things happen. 

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For preservationists, not a great day when this York, Pa., landmark came down

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We like to keep readers up to date on the changing landscape of York County. It’s not just for readers of  YorkTownSquare.com living in the ends of the earth. York County has a lot of acreage, so it’s hard to see everything coming down – or going up. So this photo is part of a news quiz of several structures that have been demolished in recently months – or in this case – years. This is the only historic building that’s part of the quiz. Can you locate it? It is admittedly a bit difficult to ID this, but for preservationists, this image might be burned into your minds. (See another photo and the answer below). Also of interest: Check out these quizzes and (fun) tests.

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Ye York Valley Inn scrubbed up well for noted artist

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Springettsbury Township’s York Valley Inn went up before 1750 to serve travelers in wagons moving from east to west, and it came down in the 1960s because of those travelers in automobiles needed more road, and many travelers had stayed ‘a while’ and turned into shoppers. Those sprawling shopping centers – the York Mall in this case – needed parking space. The old inn scrubbed up well here for artist Cliff Satterthwaite. Check out the photograph he perhaps used to inform him in paint this scene below. Also of interest: When the old York Valley Inn stood in Springettsbury Township.

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History Mystery quiz: Limited response shows York countians forget our heroes so easily

We appreciate those who responded to this History Mystery question on both the York Daily Record’s and my own Facebook page. But there were so few who tried! This York, Pa., artist’s work has been reproduced in books around the world because of his accurate documentation of 19th-century American life. He was York County’s best-known artist until Jeff Koons came along. But we do forget our people of accomplishment so easily. Perhaps an upcoming book on people he portrayed  will bring his life, times and work back into public view. Meanwhile, please take this quiz and the 5 below. See how you do. Answers can be found via the ‘goo.gl’ links. Also of interest: Check out these past quizzes and (fun) tests and These posts show the work of past York County artists.

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History Mystery quiz, Part II: What was John Wilkes Booth’s connection to York, Pa.?

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A YorkTownSquare.com story about John Wilkes Booth’s connection to York, Pa. drew many comments and likes on Facebook. It also brought forth this photograph of his birth place, Tudor Hall, from Harford County, Md.’s Don McClure (my brother and a talented photographer). He noted that the historic site is east of Belair, just off MD 22, near Churchville. That’s really not far from the York County line, about 20 miles. Abraham Lincoln’s assassin; his brother, Edwin; and their family made quite an impression on the greater Baltimore area. Check out this tour of sites relating to the Booth family. This Facebook page tells about tours of Tudor Hall. Also of interest: Northern Maryland’s Eden Mill Nature Center offers high dam, intact mill.

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Adding York County sites to Underground Railroad list would help show ‘This place matters’

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The National Park Service’s Underground Railroad Network to Freedom has added another Lancaster County site  to its roster. The remains of the Columbia/Wrightsville Bridge, seen upriver from the Veterans Memorial Bridge in this photo, are part of this approved list. Ruins of the locks and dam of the Pennsylvania Canal, on Columbia Borough-owned land north of the Rt. 462 bridge, are also part of the list, according to historical consultant Randy Harris. This aerial photo is looking west toward Wrightsville on the York County side of the Susquehanna River. Also of interest: Plans for Veterans Memorial Bridge moving along.

Lancaster County recently gained an eighth spot on the National Park Service’s Underground Railroad Network to Freedom list.

That’s the most of any county in the state, according to historic consultant Randy Harris, who coordinated the application.

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