York Galleria 25 years old: Can you believe it?

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At 25 (can you believe it?) and facing competition of all sorts, the York Galleria continues to change, as this thoughtful York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News story indicates. It faces competition from power shopping centers and online shopping. Still it provides a shopping experience without rival in the York area, with the West Manchester Mall in the process of demalling. As the line dancing photo above shows, you also can do a lot in a mall other than shopping . Also of interest: From top dog and hot dogs to dogfight and dog days in York County, Pa..

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The York Mall, the York-area first covered shopping center, demalled long ago, when Wal-Mart moved there in the early 1990s. Interesting, the Galleria’s presence caused the indoor shopping action to move across Springettsbury Township, contributing to the York Mall’s demise as a covered mall. Now the Galleria is facing challenges from changes in customer shopping habits. Still, the Galleria remains a fun place to hang out. Here, preparations are underway for a meeting in the Galleria’s main court.

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I love getting queries like this.

Thomas McAllister, at 76, has begun researching his personal family genealogy.

He’s done well but, as usual with such pursuits, it gets harder as you go. He’s now stumped.

He explains:

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Norman Wood Bridge at sunrise: Surely this is York County – actually Lancaster County – at its best

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Ah, the Norman Wood Bridge, seen before sunrise, several years ago, as captured by photographer Don McClure. It’s a beautiful span, high above the Susquehanna River. The bridge has a distinctively Lancaster County lean. That’s partly because most of the river is in Lancaster County. And the bridge is named after a former Lancaster County legislator. The bridge does its job, connecting lower York and Lancaster counties. And it provides an entry way for Amish to settle in York County’s southeast triangle and remain in contact with kinsmen in Lancaster County. Also of interest: Amish population in York County, Pa., continues growth spurt.

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Gettysburg’s Charley Weaver Museum, aka Soldiers National Museum, items on sale

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These figures are among the 1,000-plus items to be auctioned at the Soldiers National Museum in Gettysburg today and Saturday. They represent generals wounded in the Battle of Gettysburg. The Evening Sun in Hanover provided this piece of history from auctioneer Randy Dickensheets. When the museum opened in the 1950s, it was known as the Charley Weaver Museum of the Civil War. Actor Cliff Arquette was the first owner, and his TV name was assigned to the museum.  ‘One of the things he was most proud of was having his name on this museum,’ Dickensheets said. The museums doors closed on Nov. 2. Also, check out this Evening Sun slide show from the Remembrance Day Parade. Also of interest: Wax figures available as Gettsburg Heritage Center remodels.

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It’s ‘The Voice’s’ DaNica Shirey, from Tune Town, Pa.

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A magazine spread circa 1950 about York, Pa., titled ‘Tune Town,’ said this about the photo, top right: ‘York’s crack Spring Garden Band, Lester K. Loucks conducting, strikes up a tune in Continental Square, the music town’s main crossroads. The boys own their own club building, make records, and play out-of-town dates.’ The magazine story also included a photo, bottom, right, of  soprano Trudy Doran, a popular York County soloist. Also of interest: Spring Garden Band: ‘It’s like being in the room with history’

DaNica Shirey’s prowess in making the top 10 in the TV reality show “The Voice” builds on years of York countians earning the national spotlight for musical feats.

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One weekend: Two new books on noted York County artists and their art unveiled

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Cliff Satterthwaite is seen with some of his paintings displayed at the Colonial Courthouse recently. The event provided the introduction of a book of York scenes titled ‘Cliff Satterthwaite, York, Pennsylvania.’ Also of interest: Check out scores of Satterthwaite drawings and paintings.

 

 

 
One weekend.

Two events marking colorful new books showing the works of two York, Pa., artists.

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History Mystery quiz: Did Abraham Lincoln detrain at York County’s Hanover Junction?

President Abraham Lincoln arrived in York County, Pa.’s, Hanover Junction 151 years ago today, on his way to an overnight stay in Gettysburg where he would deliver what became known as the Gettysburg Address. There is, of course, a controversy about whether that’s the president in this famous photograph. What is sometimes overlooked is why Lincoln could have been in available outdoors for a photo, in the first place. A short answer – one that is also controverted – is that he was changing rail lines. Hanover Junction was the eastern terminus of the Hanover Branch Railroad, the main rail connector with Gettysburg to the west. The Northern Central  Railway, which transported the president from Baltimore, ran north and south. So Hanover Junction received its name honestly as the junction of the Northern Central and Hanover Branch lines. The Junction also was an important place in the transportation of the wounded from the Gettysburg Battlefield in July 1863, and people at the station saw Lincoln’s funeral train pass through in the spring of 1865. For events connected to this anniversary, check out Scott Mingus’ Cannonball blog. Also of interest: This working list details presidential visits to York and Adams counties.

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Voni and Lorrayne Grimes to be in spotlight of ‘musical extravaganza’

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 Voni B. Grimes and his wife, Lorrayne, will be honored for their civic involvement at a ‘musical extravaganza,’ as organizers are calling it, on Nov. 30, at Small A.M.E. Church in York. ‘Let me tell you about Lorrayne … ,’ he wrote in his autobiography ‘Bridging Troubled Waters.’ ‘She is as beautiful on the inside as well as the outside.’ Also of interest: Page 22 missing from York, Pa., school book? Turn to Page 11 two times, teacher tells Voni B. Grimes.

A letter from Small A.M.E. Zion Church calls Voni and Lorrayne Grimes “two outstanding pillars of the Pennsylvania community.”

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‘A’ work now being done in improved York Haven one-room school

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Steve Kohr, well-known for his ownership of the Shady Lane estate and his generosity in opening that East Manchester Township treasure to the public, is working on this 1895 schoolhouse at 3100 Grandview Drive, York Haven. ‘We reproduced the bell tower, slate roof, wood repairs, repointed stone w/ lime mortar …,’ he wrote on Facebook. Check out Kohr & Sons Facebook page for more. (See bell tower work below). Also of interest: Check out these stories and photos about one-room schools in York County.

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Abraham Lincoln at Hanover Junction: In 1863 … and today

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The top photograph shows one of York County’s most controversial photos, particularly relevant in this season in which Abraham Lincoln passed through Hanover Junction on his way to – and his return from – delivering his Gettysburg Address. Is that Abraham Lincoln in the stovepipe hat or someone else, maybe railroadman A.W. Eichelberger? In the bottom picture, the ‘William H. Simpson’ pulls into the Hanover Junction station in a Steam into History October 2014 excursion run. Abe, in the form of a living historian, returns again this weekend as part of Steam into History events. For links to discussions about the 1863 photo controversy, check out: Trains, stations and the Gettysburg Address. And here’s the most thorough written discussion on the controversy that I’ve ever seen: Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg website.>

Catching up on two more photos in the Picturing History series

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History Mystery in York, Pa.: Can you place this scene, maybe from Conewago Creek?

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This photograph appeared on the very  interesting Hanover-area Facebook Page:  If you grew up in Hanover, Pa you remember… . Someone called it to my attention, and my mind immediately placed the scene on the Conewago Creek near Manchester. Here was my initial response to the query for help: ‘I think this is mislabeled. This is probably Cold Springs Park on the Conewago Creek near Manchester. The Conewago is about that width there and across from Cold Springs Park was Elm Beach, a popular swimming spot. I provided a few links to support this: ‘Notice use of Conewago Summit here – and that area is known as Conewago Heights. Also, notice how similar the creek and sports activities look here with the trolley and swimmers and boaters. I hope I’m right, and invite comments on this below. Meanwhile, enjoy the Hanover Facebook page and particularly this Wago Height Park photo and reader response. Also of interest: Mount Wolf resident answers call for photos of Elm Beach, old York County swimming hole and Conewago Creek crossing near Manchester, Pa., hot spot for years.

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