The Little Green Church: Linked in with neat York County, Pa., history stuff – Sept. 24, 2010

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Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 415 N. West St., York, began as a Sunday school in 1912. It will serve as rest station for ‘This Ol’ House,’ the Avenues Tour of Homes, 2 p.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010. Twelve houses will be on display. For details about tickets, contact Mary Anne Bacas of the Avenues Neighborhood Association. (See photo of another home on the tour below from the tour booklet take includes colorful pictures of the Victorian-era homes.) Also of interest: Art and history and a celebration of the Avenues at a York, Pa. funeral home and S. Morgan Smith and P.H. Glatfelter head list of York County industrial movers and shakers and Since its earliest years, Farquhar Park has represented a hilltop prize in York, Pa..

Neat stuff from all over …
A query on The Exchange is seeking information about the whereabouts of the Markey collection of steam and battle organs?
“Years ago the Markey family of Dallastown or Yoe had a collection of very large and beautifully painted truck mounted Circus steam organs and battle organs (battle organ is a very large organ used in fairs and circuses),” “Jimmy Bear” queried… .


“I believe this Markey family may have had a farm or fruit farm. Mr. Markey would often display some of his fine collection in street fairs and other community events. It was a fantastic collection. The sound generated from these organs was a real treat to the ears. Actually in my York County post card collection I have several postcards depicting several examples from the Markey collection. Does anyone have any info about this collection of circus organs or know if they still exist in York County?”
Please comment on The Exchange or below.
This weekend: The York County Heritage Trust’s museums will participate in Smithsonian Magazine’s 6th Annual Museum Day on Saturday, Sept. 25. Admission is free to all visitors who download the Museum Day ticket from Smithsonian.com.
Upcoming event: A centennial celebration of the J.H. Rudy Bros. stained glass windows at First Moravian Church is set for Oct. 31.
The celebration will include a worship service, a traditional Moravian Lovefeast, and a portrayal of York’s S. Morgan Smith, the Moravian pastor turned industrialist. Details forthcoming.
Recommended Web site: Visit slaverymap.org to find areas throughout the world where slavery has been uncovered. Unfortunately, cases of human trafficking been found in York County.
Recommended forum, The Exchange: Oyster Festival is coming up at York County Heritage Trust. Here is discussion on oysters, recipes and their place in York County’s past.
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All York Town Square posts from the start. (Key word search by using “find” on browser.)

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This home at 500 Linden Ave., York, will be part of the Avenue Tour of Homes. This Queen Anne Stick style home, built in 1889, was first owned by Andrew Watt, partner in Watt Brothers Paint and Wallpaper store.

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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