Mechanical York Factory Whistle seeks worldwide Christmas Day digital audience

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The York Factory Whistle is a low-tech, mechanical device. But the factory whistle’s annual concert will be gaining some high-tech digital features in 2014. A York, Pa., Daily Record story says the the 12:15 a.m. Christmas Day concert will be live streamed on the Factory Whistle’s website. That means it can be seen on computers and digital devices throughout the world. To add to the whistle’s digital collateral, as they say, you can learn more about this variable valve whistle at the  Factory Whistle’s Facebook page or by downloading the Whistle Master app.  The quirky whistle concert is a rite of early Christmas Day around York, Pa. It points back to the day that factory whistles in red-brick industrial plants around town ordered the days of workers – signaling the start of shifts, breaks and the end of shifts. For decades, the concert was held at New York Wire on East Market Street before moving last year to Metso Minerals Arch Street plant. Whistlemaster Don Ryan, above, right, remains at the helm. Also of interest: Check out these York Factory Whistle stories and photos and York Factory Whistle’s sound: How about like a ‘whale song without the water?’

Other interesting news from all over … .

York County, of course, has another internationally known moment on Christmas Eve/Day.

The Glen Rock Carolers, with their new statue, will stroll the streets of that southern York County borough again this year. Continue reading “Mechanical York Factory Whistle seeks worldwide Christmas Day digital audience” »

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York County, Pa., buildings and sites engage people: ‘This Place Matters,’ indeed

Nothing gets more engagement – likes, comments and shares – on York, Pa., Daily Record’s Facebook page than History Mysteries about places and buildings. Just an impression. People will engage in History Mysteries about things and people. But places – new and old, standing and demolished – really captivate people so they become involved in the topic. I guess that you can say in York County, to borrow a Preservation Pennsylvania slogan that: ‘This Place Matters.’ Also of interest: Check out these quizzes and (fun) tests about York County’s past.
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Check out these 6 History Mystery quizzes about places around York County. Free free to engage, and if, you don’t know, click on the “goo.gl” link for the answer:

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York County’s love affair with its wheels – even small ones – rolls on and on, Part 6

Linked in/Neat stuff: John Grisham in York/Glen Rock Carolers in bronze
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York County’s love affair with all things on wheels means wheels of all sizes. As in here, miniature. As in model trains. This elaborate display at the Red Lion Train Station is open to the public this Christmas season. Years ago, the train station was the venue for  the 77-mile-long Ma & Pa’s Railroad’s welcome in the borough, and when combined with its trolley service and highways, propelled the borough as a transportation and market center of southeastern York County in the 20th century.  Check out more photos. Also of interest: Also of interest: Red Lion: Then & Now, the most popular page on the borough’s website and York County’s love affair with its cars continues, Part 5.

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Other neat stuff from all over … .

Gordon Freireich has observed John Grisham’s use of York County in his novels, at least three of them.

“His latest book, ‘Gray Mountain,’ mentions York in passing,” Gordon wrote in his Sunday News column over the weekend. Continue reading “York County’s love affair with its wheels – even small ones – rolls on and on, Part 6” »

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‘Revitalizing Hanover, Pa.': Covering every angle of the town’s square

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This was Hanover, Pa.’s square in 1963 as the borough observed the 100th anniversary of the battles of Hanover and Gettysburg. ‘The former Bon-Ton building sits in the background,’ a caption from the Evening Sun in Hanover says about this Hanover Area Historical Society photo. ‘In the 1970s, a metal casing replaced the building’s facade for what many at the time said was urban beautification. The building is now the Square Commercial Center and houses several separate businesses.’ This picture is part of a special Evening Sun project exploring Hanover and Hanover’s Center Square via three time zones – past, present and future. Also of interest: Hanover ranks at York County’s oldest borough.

‘Revitalizing Hanover,’ a special Evening Sun project focusing on Hanover’s Square, launched this week. It time travels to cover every angle of Hanover’s Center Square.

‘The Evening Sun staff has examined the past, present and future of Hanover’s heart — its Center Square,’ the project’s lead-in states. ‘The square, like in many small towns, has undergone a series of changes since its bustle decades ago. Some area residents long for a return of that past. Others know that’s impossible, but a successful revitalization is not.’

Please spend some time with the project about this southwestern York County town, incorporated in 1815 and primed to observe its 200th anniversary next year.

I did, and here are 7 highlights: Continue reading “‘Revitalizing Hanover, Pa.': Covering every angle of the town’s square” »

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Saber-wielding ‘Little Man’ stands high above rooftops in York, Pa.

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This replica weather vane atop the Colonial Courthouse replica in York, Pa., is so prominent that it’s easy to miss. Dianne Bowders captured ‘the Little Man’ and told a bit about it original. Two questions: Where is the original displayed? And can you ID the location of another such replica around York? Also of interest: More about the original weather vane, also called ‘The Little General.’ 

Check out Dianne Bowders short story about the “the Little Man” below:

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This old lock, a mill, a mansion and a ghost town. Only a bit more than 15 miles from York County

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YorkTownSquare continues its exploration of Northern Maryland/Southeastern York County sites via the photography of Don McClure. Many York countians know about Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal locks snaking through their home county’s soil. But here’s part of the lock system from the ghost town of Lapidum, Md., in Susquehanna State Park. The town sat on the west bank of the Susquehanna River, across from the east bank’s Port Deposit, near where the river enters the Chesapeake Bay. It’s interesting that the old canal, built 20 years before the Civil War, still holds water, as evidenced by this picture. Other Susquehanna State Park features: Restored Rock Run Historic Area includes a working grist mill, the Carter-Archer Mansion, Jersey Toll House and, of course, remains of the S & T Canal.   All this a bit more than 15 miles from York County’s southern border. Also of interest: Here’s another northern Maryland site: The John Wilkes Booth House.

Other neat photos/stories from all over … .

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Why study local history? Here’s how one York County school is doing it

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Tom Melhorn, a local history teacher at Dallastown Area High School, says his students are curious about the Underground Railroad in York County. The William C. Goodridge House, pictured in this file photograph, is one of two York County sites recognized by the National Park Service’s Network to Freedom as an Underground Railroad site. An Underground Railroad Museum has been proposed for years in the Goodridge House. Also of interest: Check out these stories and photographs about the Underground Railroad in York County.

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There’s a lot you can say in explaining why local history matters.

It’s hard to know where to start.

Let’s start big, with a recent observation by sociologist Os Guinness in assessing insights from early 20th century historian Christopher Dawson about history, in general: People who see the past most clearly often are ones who see the future the best.

As for local history, you can say that embedding that spark of interest in community at an early age often grows with time. Students who capture this today are more likely to become local leaders tomorrow. Continue reading “Why study local history? Here’s how one York County school is doing it” »

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York, Pa., home to many grand buildings and houses to ‘like’

In placing two History Mystery stories a day on YDR Facebook pages, you get an idea of what those living in York County, Pa., and beyond respond to. They enjoy engaging with – liking, commenting and sharing – posts about buildings and places. And we have many grand buildings and houses around here to ‘like!’ So I’m sharing a sampling of such posts to YDR and my own Facebook page below. See how you do in answering the quiz. And feel free to ‘like’ those buildings you, well, like. If you need help or to check your answer, click on the ‘goo.gl’ link. Also of interest: Check out these additional quizzes and (fun) tests.
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York, Pa.’s, skyline: Where was the photographer standing to get this one?

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York, Pa., Daily Record photographers has been capturing some interesting outdoor photographs of high school sports all-star groups. This photo came from a different photo session, providing the cover of the basketball preview tab. We’re presenting it here because this photograph is outstanding, literally, and this compelling setting, with those historic buildings in the background. So, let’s test your downtown York, Pa. What are the tall buildings at left, center and right? Also, where are the players and photographer, Kate Penn, standing? Answer below: York, Pa.’s, snowy Continental Square from on high: How did the photographer get this picture?

Other neat stuff from all over … .

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Remember the York Daily Record’s day-after-the-election headline: “Let’s Get Started”?

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Farm house in Indian Rock Dam area: Surely this is York County at its best

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Ah, a simple and beautiful York County farmhouse in the snow. And this scene comes from one of the loveliest area around York – the Indian Rock Dam area. Surely, this is York County, Pa., at its best. Dave Lensch of Spring Garden Township submitted this photo to the YDR Nature and Scenery gallery earlier this month. He wrote: ‘Joanne Mays photo of a farm house on Days Mill Rd.’ This photo is one of hundreds that area residents have submitted to YDR.com’s Your Photos. Also of interest: The Norman Wood Bridge at sunrise: York County at its best.

Other neat stuff from all over … .

Native son Tom Wolf won the Pennsylvania governorship in November but failed to capture York County.

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