Hyson School: One of oldest one-room schools in York County, state?

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Doug Winemiller of the Stewartstown, Pa., Historical Society flagged Hyson’s School in East Hopewell Township as a one-room school of particular note. This photo of the Round Hill Church Road School appeared in the first in the series of the society’s Yesteryears publications. Also of interest: Check out these stories and photos about one-room schools.

Doug Winemiller is looking for whatever is available about the Hyson schoolhouse. He provided this background: Continue reading “Hyson School: One of oldest one-room schools in York County, state?” »

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Lincoln’s Thanksgiving call of 1864 gained cold reception in York, Pa.

Thanksgiving Day announcement from November 22, 1964.

This was the extent of the York Gazette’s Thanksgiving Day notice. The Democratic newspaper opposed Lincoln’s war policies and did not warm up to his Thanksgiving proclamation of 1863 and its renewal a year later. Also of interest: Thanksgiving Day application to York, Pa. and the world: Good can come from bad,

In October 1863 – the month before Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address – the president declared the last day of November as a national Thanksgiving Day.

He thereby made the day a regular national holiday. Continue reading “Lincoln’s Thanksgiving call of 1864 gained cold reception in York, Pa.” »

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Where is the Susquehanna River’s Holtwood Dam? Part 2

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On a rainy day before Thanksgiving in which snow is in the forecast, this sunny photograph might brightened the day for some readers. Don McClure captured this scene at sunrise several years ago. This wonderful area is remote enough that many York countians have never visited it. So where is Holtwood Dam on the long and broad Susquehanna River? The short answer: Travel the Norman Wood Bridge between York and Lancaster counties and look upriver. For a longer answer, check out: Where exactly is the Susquehanna River’s Holtwood Dam?, Part I Also of interest: Mermaid spotted on the Susquehanna in the 1800s (which has a photo of the dam with its cement-work exposed).

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Ginny Burke from Virginia Beach emailed with a story about her late mother Betty Jane Duncan, a York High grad, and how she met her husband: Continue reading “Where is the Susquehanna River’s Holtwood Dam? Part 2” »

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Check out your York Smarts about famous area athletes from the past

York countians value – and remember – their athletes. That’s particularly so when you quiz residents on those who excelled locally or nationally. This athlete and her accomplishments particularly resonated with York, Pa., Facebook fans who engaged with the quiz. One reason among many: She came back and became a popular coach. Test your York Smarts on this quiz, two other sports quizzes below as well as several quizzes on other topics. A good Thanksgiving Day pastime, as well. Access other quizzes about York County’s people, places and things in history at: York County quizzes and (fun) tests.

Please click on the like, comment or share buttons to participate in these quizzes. For the answers, click on the “goo.gl” links: Continue reading “Check out your York Smarts about famous area athletes from the past” »

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Everywhere you look in York County, Pa., you see a one-room school

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This is a familiar former one-room school, sitting for decades along the York Road in Heidelberg Township. This has the look of a former one-room school, well-built, usually brick or stone, strangely appealing. Schools in this area – the heavily German area of southwestern York County, were the last to become public. ‘Through the influence of Thaddeus Stevens and others, the Legislature passes an act to establish a system of public schools in Pennsylvania,’ a short history of one-room buildings in the York, Pa., Daily Record states in its 1834 entry. ‘A storm of opposition follows and the act is nearly repealed a year later. Districts are given the choice whether or not to accept and establish public schools. The law triggers the building of one-room schools in rural areas around the state during the next 50 years.’ After World War II, the 300 one-room buildings were consolidated into 50 new schools with multiple grades and classrooms. The number of school districts also came down – from 32 to 15. But the one-roomers are standing around York County today, used in a variety of way. Also of interest: Check out these photos and stories about one-room school in York County.

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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.

In other Gettysburg events, check out these 6 stories, photos or videos connected to Remembrance Day observed this week: Continue reading “Gettysburg’s Charley Weaver Museum, aka Soldiers National Museum, items on sale” »

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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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