Picturing History recalls York, Pa.’s ‘second banana’ Hotel Penn

052206-cdg-Hotel-Penn.jpg‘My interest in the Hotel Penn,’ Jim Hubley wrote in the York, Pa., Daily Record on Jan. 26, 1985, ‘goes back to when, as a tot, I was impressed with the long, long porch which fronted the building in the early 1920s. In summer the porch was filled with guests rocking away or nestled comfortably with with their feet resting atop the porch railing. To me, it represented the height of affluence.’ This Picturing History photo provides a before and after look. Check out the neat slider that allows you to shift the scene between then and now. (See more photos below.) Also of interest:  Babe Ruth, indeed, played in York in 1928 and stayed at the Hotel Penn. Continue reading “Picturing History recalls York, Pa.’s ‘second banana’ Hotel Penn” »

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So you want to become a journalist or a historian, Part II. Are you a reader?

martinAt one time, books were the main fare offered in libraries. Now, Martin Library  in York, Pa., offers a host of services. Here in this 2005 photo, a couple of young York countians use computers, then positioned in the library’s new atrium. Oh yes, people, many people, still check out books at Martin. Also of interest: Recent books demonstrate York County has much history to explore, and researchers are digging into it.

I am working with a young man who is trying to decide his career path.

Writing represented one path he wanted to try. Another was an area of special interest to him.

Why not test both paths? I asked him. Work on a blog exploring that special interest. That would test your call as a writer. Continue reading “So you want to become a journalist or a historian, Part II. Are you a reader?” »

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These 5 images explore Wrightsville’s bridgehead, upstream and down

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1. News about the installation of replica lights along the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge, aka Veterans Memorial Bridge, lured me to the 1930 bridge. I captured these downstream scenes from the bridgehead on the York County side. This photo shows vestiges of the old Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal that ran from this point to Havre de Grace on the Chesapeake Bay. This is some sturdy stonework to survive floods and such since 1840. A look at the upstream side of the bridge below. Also of interest: New throwback lights on Susquehanna River span: ‘This bridge is going to be beautiful’.

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Old signs hanging on York, Pa., buildings point to a different time

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Recent YorkTownSquare.com posts about busybody mirror or mirrors (called spionnetje)  on the side of York, Pa., buildings have raised great interest among readers. So we thought we’d bring back this vestige from the past, a long overlooked sign across from the East Market Street parking garage. It’s there, probably from the beginning, when the parking garage opened in 1969, with the promise that it would draw shoppers to plenty of parking in the downtown. In those days, shoppers were increasingly living and shopping in the suburbs. So it’s a sign with a prominent display that likely few see today and even fewer know that it – and the parking garage it pointed to – tell a story about desperate times when the downtown business community was trying to hang on to shoppers – and retailers. (See more below). Also of interest: New word here: spionnetje, Part 2. And they were once all around York, Pa.

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York County marathoners travel ‘Back to Boston’: ‘They are runners. So they will run’

Boston MarathonThe York Daily Record’s Kate Penn has produced ‘Back to Boston,’ a documentary about York County-area runners who are running in the Boston Marathon on April 21, Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts. Most ran in 2013, the year of the deadly Boston Marathon bombings. Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts recognizes the Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, the first fighting in the American Revolution. Those battles produced the ‘shot heard round the world’.

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Michaele and Jimmy Rayburn had finished last year’s race when bombs exploded near the finish line. They’ll be back in Boston in 2014. ‘I’m not going to let a terroristic threat take away my passion for running,’ Michaele, of Springfield Township, told the YDR. ‘I want to show our girls that you follow your dream, and you don’t let other people dictate what you can and can’t do.’ Brad Jennings, one of the editors on the ‘Back to Boston’ project, wrote in an email about those profiled: ‘They talk about what they experienced after the bombings last year, and why it’s important for them to go back.’ Continue reading “York County marathoners travel ‘Back to Boston’: ‘They are runners. So they will run’” »

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Foodstruck event offers insight about direction York, Pa., is heading

Thousands of people swarm North Pershing Street during the second Foodstruck event on Friday, April 11, 2014. The official headcount for the first hour was 3,413. The second Foodstruck event featured 27 food trucks and about a dozen non-food vendors on North Pershing Avenue between West Philadelphia and West Market Streets on Friday, April 11, 2014. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News
The Foodstruck event the other day was successful in every respect. Just the 8,500-plus who made it there to munch on the Foodstruck fare made it so. Beyond the obvious, the event helps underscore a change that has been taking place in recent years in York, Pa. As the following photos show, the event brought swarms of people to the Arts District, scene of many downtown festivities nowadays… .

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One way York countians beat the heat 40 years ago

Linked in/Neat stuff: Young Arianna Huffington’s visited York/Civil War re-enacting
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Yes, we’re finally seeing some sun. Which leads us to swimming, which leads us to this Cliff Satterthwaite painting of a popular York County, Pa., pool. Many York countians remember this pool, so they should have no problem locating it. If you can’t see answer below. Also of interest: Anyone remember this swimming pool in Stewartstown?

 

Neat stuff from all over …

One’s Twitter feed often brings forth interesting items.

Here are two: Continue reading “One way York countians beat the heat 40 years ago” »

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5 views of York County, Pa.’s old Guinston Church, then & now, inside & out

122106-sub-Guinston-Presbyterian.jpgSoutheastern York County, Pa.’s, Guinston Presbyterian Church, one of York County’s oldest houses of worship, is seen here in this undated photo. An interesting point here in this photo, part of YDR.com’s Picturing History series then and now project. Notice in the photo below that the same slanted tombstone is still there, still standing at a slant. Also of interest: Stone structures tell how York County ancestors lived.

 

Guinston-Presbyterian-new_500Check out the Picturing History Guinston story to use a special slider that let’s you see the change over time. In this case, maybe not a lot of change!

The old building’s exterior is well documented. But here are some interior photos, not as easily seen because of high windows and the fact that building is only open on occasion. Continue reading “5 views of York County, Pa.’s old Guinston Church, then & now, inside & out” »

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Two newspaper artists documented York County life 50 years ago

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Walt Partymiller was best known around York as a newspaper cartoonist. His work appeared on the front page of J.W. Gitt’s Gazette & Daily from the post World War II era to the mid-1970s. He also painted landscapes, as this scene of Campbell Bridge on the York College of Pennsylvania campus attests. Also of interest: Cartoonist made York newspaper owner’s views an art form.

The work of two York County artists in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s appeared in newspapers and homes around York County.

Walt Partymiller was a daily contributor to The Gazette and Daily. His landscapes still hang in homes around York County today.

Likewise, Cliff Satterthwaite documented scenes around York County for J.W. Gitt’s Gazette. He also painted landmarks around York County. Continue reading “Two newspaper artists documented York County life 50 years ago” »

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Lancaster County’s Columbia target of Smithsonian’s search-and-enjoy mission

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The National Watch and Clock Museum received a shout out when Smithsonian.com listed Columbia as one of the 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2014. ‘Columbia is also home to one of the world’s only horology museums, the National Watch and Clock museum, where visitors can contemplate the ever-nebulous subject of time,’ Smithsonian.com reported. Also of interest: ‘Columbia, Marietta, Wrightsville’ book feeds your sense of discovery.

In York County, we’ve long claimed Columbia over there across the Susquehanna as one of our own.

As Yorkblogger June Lloyd tells it, York County’s first U.S. congressman, Thomas Hartley, lobbied for Columbia – known as Wright’s Ferry in the early 1790s – as the nation’s capital.

Hartley also fought for York to play that role, June notes. York had a little experience there, hosting Continental Congress in 1777-78.
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