B.F. Willis design + J. Horace Rudy stained glass windows = Beautiful Zion Church on York’s Penn Park

Linked in/Neat stuff, below: Skateboard deck art?/When Devers paraded through York, Pa.
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Ah, a beautiful site from the camera of the York, Pa., Daily Record’s Jason Plotkin. Those are Zion United Church of Christ’s windows made a century ago by York artist J. Horace Rudy, whose work was the subject of a weekend tour. This past weekend also featured the 100th anniversary of Zion United Church of Christ‘s worshipping in the sanctuary on the south side of Penn Park. Here’s a quick story of the congregation’s presence among the beautiful windows at 100 Lafayette Street, according to the just-published ‘Building Centennial Celebration Booklet.’ It was Jan. 6, 1913, when the congregation sold its longtime West Market Street building to Woolworth’s. The downtown was becoming a retail center. ‘Then we began to tear the old church down ourselves,’ the booklet said. The congregation had its eye on prime land where the Penn Park stadium sat, at the point that Lafayette, Cleveland and Maple streets came together. They put the $71,000 gained from the sale of the West Market Street building toward the Penn Park church. The Sunday School section was built first, and the congregation worshipped there while the sanctuary was under construction. The first worship service in the B.F. Willis-designed sanctuary with those J. Horace Rudy windows came in October 1915, a century ago. Also of interest: The fan club of noted artist J. Horace Rudy keeps growing in York County, Pa.

Other neat, unrelated stuff from all over … .

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A reader flagged this from The Guardian: 12 photos from the Civil War era with photographs of those scenes today: Then and now.

An amazing collection of old and new photos of Civil War sites. A brief description AND narrator accompany each. Fabulous!

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Remember this photo? The other day, Bowman family member identified this as a Cadillac from the Bowman dealership.
Devers riding in Bowman Cadillac. Submitted

It was ready and available for use in the homecoming of York native son Gen. Jacob L. Devers, who had headed two Allied armies in Europe. Mike Bowman identified the car as the Cadillac owned and driven by his father, R.W. Bowman. He also brought in the photo below. Same hero’s welcome back. Different view.

Devers riding in Bowman Cadillac. Submitted

As for what happened to that Cadillac, Mike didn’t know. His father had several of them over the years. Can you ID the intersection the Devers/Bowman car is moving through? Please comment below.

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Skateboard deck art: A different kind of exhibition
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This art was on display this weekend at The Bond, in Royal Square. Find out more about this fundraiser: Parliament fundraiser.

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History Mystery: Recognize these guys?

History Mystery: There was friction between these two World War II generals, despite the smiles they are flashing here….

Posted by York Daily Record/Sunday News on Sunday, October 18, 2015

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