York/Adams History Mystery quiz: Where was the bird flying to get this view?

birdToday’s History Mystery: This is a bird’s-eye view of … ? Well, this perch has been increasingly available to members of the public in recent years. And it’s known around the world because of its role in a popular film about 20 years ago. Can you locate this scene from the region? Have you ever climbed the steep steps to get enjoy this view? Answer: http://goo.gl/7Uk5AS. Also of interest: More quizzes and (fun) tests.

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Like York City scenes, old York County postcards and Dempwolf architectural drawings? Check out these digital collections

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This postcard is part of the York County, Pa., Heritage Trust’s extensive postcard collection – more than 1,300 of them – that is now online. They join these recently posted collections: Bibles, Dempwolf architectural drawings and York City Streets and Alleys images available via this search. These are not the first collections available on the Heritage Trust’s  website. But they are certain to be popular topics for researchers and fans of county history. Yorkblogger June Lloyd, retired Heritage Trust archivist, assesses these recently posted online collections below. Also of interest: More about Silver Lake – How mills and mill dams have been forever part of York County life.

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Gettysburg’s compelling annual Sacred Trust series has become a must-visit at the battlefield

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Jennifer Murray speaks on ‘ “From These Honored Dead” ‘: Gettysburg and World War II’ at the Sacred Trust’s Talks and Book Signings that concludes today. (Check out today’s schedule). The three-day annual event features big-league Civil War experts speaking on intriguing and accessible topics. The talks are sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park. Also of interest: This post from Gettysburg151 gives a brief review of a speaker from last year, Allen Guelzo.

The Sacred Trust Talks series that coincides with the anniversary of Gettysburg has become a must-visit to the battlefield in midsummer. I’m already looking forward to next year’s presentations.
The setting is a tent on the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center grounds. You get to hear name-brand Civil War historians talk on their specialties.
And it’s free.
The topics are accessible to nonhistorians. And students of history will love this, particularly those interested in Civil War issues that go beyond the always popular descriptions of troop movements and what unit bravely defended a particular position.

So, here are 6 points of many to give you a sampling of the rich material presented at Sacred Trust Talks, plus my thoughts tying them to York County:
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Codorus Eagles cam comes down but watch for the great birds soaring above York County

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This is a fitting way to recognize July 4: Readers should know about the ending of the Eagles Cam that captivated at least 1.5 million people for the past five months or so. The cam is now down. The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s camera captured nesting eagles, the hatching of their eggs and the development of the eaglets into fledglings. So today, we have this wonderful photograph from reader Carolyn Boose and an engaging Hanover Evening Sun story with a great summarizing headline: From Founding Fathers to Hanover-area Facebook users, Americans love eagles. The photo shows one of the two Codorus State Park fledglings, left, with one of its parents. Here’s a fitting quote from The Evening Sun story: ‘The Founding Fathers made an appropriate choice when they selected the bald eagle as the emblem of the nation,’ John F. Kennedy wrote. ‘The fierce beauty and proud independence of this great bird aptly symbolizes the strength and freedom of America.’ If you want to catch up or revel in some nostalgia, check out these stories and photos about the Codorus Eagles. Also of interest, another accessible eagles nest: York County’s rail trail eagles: ‘This pair of eagles doesn’t seem to be bothered by anything’.

This sampling of Facebook posts below, unrelated to the eagles, cover a lot of historical ground. Click on the date if the image doesn’t appear on your mobile device.

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Gettysburg 152: Commemorating the battle on land – and sea

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A port side view of the US Navy (USN) USS GETTYSBURG (CG-64) underway on the Atlantic Ocean during Exercise SUMMER PULSE 2004. SUMMER PULSE 2004 is the simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft strike groups (CSG), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat across the globe, in five theaters with other US, allied, and coalition military forces.

Gettysburg is landlocked, but The Evening Sun in Hanover found a neat way to tie this historic town and its battle to the sea: Several years ago, the USS Gettysburg, pictured here, borrowed artifacts from the National Park Service. Those 20 items included an officer’s saber, officer sash, an officer’s revolver, musket bayonet, shell fragments and cannonballs. Some of the missile cruiser’s crew were to return them as part of  152nd anniversary observances going on this week at the battlefield. And here’s another neat connection between Gettysburg and the USS Gettysburg. ‘The borough of Gettysburg has its own specific flag,’ a crew member told The Evening Sun, ‘and about 20 years ago they let us fly that flag on our ship to show we have a connection with the city wherever we are.’ Read more: USS Gettysburg.  Also as part of the 152nd, free Sacred Trust presentations on compelling Civil War topics are set for today, Saturday and Sunday, July 3-5, on the lawn of the visitors center. Here’s a bit about last year’s Sacred Trust talks. Also of interest: Replicating Lincoln in Gettysburg: A Red Lion artist is working to reproduce ‘The Man.’

 

A sampling of other neat stuff from all over … .

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Replicating Lincoln in Gettysburg: A Red Lion artist is working to reproduce ‘The Man’

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Brian Griffin is a Red Lion, seen here, is an exhibit specialist for the National Park Service, another important artist with York County, Pa., ties. He’s done metal restoration at the White House and historic sites across America. According to The Evening Sun in Hanover: His big current project is to restore hollow casts, made of plaster and burlap, that were made for a replica of Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ ‘Abraham Lincoln: The Man.‘ That 12-foot-tall bronze statue stands in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Those casts that Griffin is restoring? Well, President Lyndon Johnson wanted to give a replica of the 19th-century statue from the famed American Saint-Gaudens to Mexico. That never happened and the casts have been sitting in storage since the 1960s. Now Griffin is others are working in Gettysburg to produce the replica for the Saint-Gaudens National Historic site in New Hampshire late September. ‘We’re just the current generation maintaining this history for the next,’ he said. ‘You feel a lot of pride in that. These are all national treasures.’ Also of interest: Another example of a statue restoration in Gettysburg after vandals struck.

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Springetts again focal point of preservationist-versus-developer debate, Part II

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Another developer v. preservationist debate is playing out in (where else?) Springettsbury Township. Bloomingdale (seen here) and the Modernaire Motel are significant structures that could be demolished as part of the plans to build a shopping center at the Route 30/Mount Zion intersection. ‘The imposing Bloomingdale house is a juxtaposition of several styles, its footprint hearkens to times when estate houses like “Elmwood,” the Strickler Mansion and Vincent Keesey’s Italianate house at 1901 E. Market (both still standing) heralded the York to Wrightsville and Lancaster Turnpike,’ Robert S. Frey, Jr., Sally Cox Frey and Terry Downs wrote in a York, Pa., Daily Record guest column. So we have another case of developers saying their project means jobs and preservationists pointing to loss of quality of life. Township officials should – must – listen carefully to the preservationists’ points. These old places, indeed, matter. Also of interest: Springettsbury again focal point of preservationist-v.-developer debate.

Other neat, unrelated stuff from all over … .

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That was Tropical Storm Agnes: ‘My mother-in-law … they took her out of the second story window by boat’

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This History Mystery quiz captured the interest of York, Pa., Daily Record Facebook readers. It reached more than 50,000 and attracted, 268 likes, 134 comments and 226 shares. One commenter remembered:  ‘My mother-in-law lived on the corner and they took her out of the second story window by boat.’ That was Agnes. Check out more interesting comments. Here’s the quiz: In late June 1972, ‪York CountyP was dealing with this – immense flooding from Tropical Storm Agnes’ rain. The high water damaged small towns, like this one, as well as York City. What street in what small town are we seeing here under water? Do you remember Agnes? Answer: http://goo.gl/YX4gHJ. Also of interest: Check out this quiz and (fun) tests.

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Growing bad blood in families means more York County judges – and more courtrooms

Doors leading to a newly-built fifth-floor courtroom can be seen at center, during a tour of the recently finished fifth floor of the York County Judicial Center on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. When the seven-story judicial center was finished in 2004, the fifth floor was purposely left vacant to allow for additional courtrooms and chambers to be built at a later time. President Judge Stephen P. Linebaugh said it was anticipated that those facilities would be needed to accommodate increased caseloads by 2015. The completed fifth floor, which was estimated to be a $7.1 million project but came out about $6.9 million, has eight smaller, non-jury courtrooms, multi-purpose rooms and two judges' chambers. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News
The buildout of the fifth floor at the York County Judicial Center, seen across the North George Street atrium, reflects what’s going with family structure in the county. Some of the fifth-floor courtrooms will open in July to accommodate escalating county court business. “When I took the bench in 1998, there were one and a half judges handling juvenile and family court,” President Judge Stephen P. Linebaugh told the York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News. ‘Now, we have seven to eight judges in juvenile and family court.’  Also of interest: Is the Judicial Center York County’s fourth – or fifth – courthouse?

 

Check out two more photos of the fifth floor below, part of a YDR photo gallery on the additions this fourth courthouse to stand in York County.

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Royal Square in York, Pa.: These buildings will be in the middle of things. Actually, they already are

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This remote section of Royal Square Development continues to expand in York City, Pa. Actually, it’s not remote – right down North Beaver Street from Central Market. And when the Northwest Triangle goes up a short piece the other way across from North Beaver, these buildings will be in the middle of things. Santander Stadium will be a short walk to the east. The White Rose eatery to the south. But the buildings are remote from the epicenter of Royal Square and King and Duke streets, showing the influence and reach the developers are having along key streets in York’s downtown and across the Codorus in the WeCo District. This map shows Royal Square properties in and around this epicenter. Also of interest: 6 views of York, Pa.’s, Royal Square, then and now.

Other neat, unrelated stuff from all over … .

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A YorkTownSquare.com reader and Lancaster County resident enjoyed a recent post that included an aerial photo of Jefferson’s square.

He shared this story about the southwestern York County town:

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