Monthly Archives: May 2013

Gettysburg 150: ‘Letters from Home’ offers inside out look at Civil War homefront

Southeastern York County, Pa., native Ron Hershner has released ‘Letters from Home,’ an inside look at the homefront in the Civil War. The book, published by the York County Heritage Trust, explains and expands on 23 letters written from southern York County correspondents to Union cavalryman John Harvey Anderson.

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Gettysburg field hospital – Nothing amusing about this view: Linked in with neat history stuff, May 30, 2012

Cookes House/Reader Cafe for sale/Memorial Day’s origins Gettysburg 150 is prompting folks to go through their collections and, more importantly, share them so they can be made public. ‘Copy of stereo viewer card I have in my file,’ Dave Spangler … Continue reading

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How Gettysburg celebrated the 50th anniversary of the battle: Linked in with neat history stuff, May 29, 2012

Gettysburg 150 is beginning to move up in the news, as it should. So, it’s interesting to see how Gettysburg 50 and other marker anniversaries were observed. Here, a Library of Congress photo, one of a set, details the Great Reunion, in 1913. Veterans of the North and South came to the Pennsylvania battlefield to shake hands and swap stories.

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Service of everyday York County fighting men intriguing

This newspaper clipping documents Richard Alwine’s entry into military service in the post-World War II period. Years later, the York County, Pa., resident remembers his time in Japan, in the years after the Hiroshima/Nagasaki atomic bombings. He brought in the before and after photographs of destruction on Hiroshima below.

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Looking to know York County better? Search out its veterans memorials

This veterans memorial sits in front of Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, VFW 5265 at 199 W. 1st Avenue. Dozens of such veterans memorials are posted around York County. Check out this slideshow of photographs showing about 75 of these attractive markers.

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Gettysburg, Pa., monuments in beautifully made images: Linked in with neat history stuff, May 26, 2012

Ah, the monuments of Gettysburg. How about 24 of them in beautifully made photographs, part of ydr.com’s Media Center. Here, Suzette and Blair Brumbaugh of York County, Pa.’s, Hellam Township submitted this photo taken during a recent visit to Gettysburg. For a site bringing together news and views of Gettysburg scenes, see ydr.com’s Gettysburg 150th.

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Are there any York County pharmacies with old-fashioned soda fountains?

Glen Rock’s John ‘Otts’ Hufnagel noticed a photograph of the now-closed Loyer’s Pharmacy soda fountain in Red Lion, Pennsylvania., on yorktownsquare.com recently, and he sent along these photographs of Glen Rock Drug Store’s soda fountain circa 1913.

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Civil War 150th: Central York students fuse art and history in quilt

The AP United States history class at Central York High School in York, Pennsylvania, has put forth another interesting project, a quilt representing the causes and contributors to the Civil War.

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Gettysburg 150th spawning virtual offerings and actual events and exhibits

This photograph of a Civil War re-enactor is part of a slide show of those who take part in this popular hobby at ydr.com’s Media Center. The Media Center will showcase numerous slideshows from Gettysburg 150 observances in York and Adams counties this year. It is one of several virtual offerings and actual exhibits and events planned this year.

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Did you know Farquhar Estates is a section of Violet Hill? Linked in with neat York County history stuff, May 22, 2012

This 1937 aerial photograph, courtesy of Stephen H. Smith’s YorksPast blog, shows A.B. Farquhar’s Edgecombe estate in 1937. It was a part of three posts on the Spring Garden Township hamlet of Violet Hill. Now that’s a thorough look at this place where hundreds of motorists pass through each day.

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