Author Archives: Jim McClure

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. East Region Editor, Digital First Media. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento’s first piano came from York’s Weaver Organ Company

In a 1996 scholarly paper, York College’s Van Baker said York native and Pulitzer Prizer winning composer Dominick Argento’s work ‘seem to find real people expressing their emotions clearly and convincing through song.’ Argento life and work was one of … Continue reading

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New word here: spionnetje, Part 3. And they were once all around York, Pa.

Some months ago, Tom Gibson alerted us to the presence today of busybody mirrors, also called spionnetje, that were staples on building around York, Pa., decades ago. We found one on West Market Street near Union Lutheran Church. Just yesterday, Tom pointed out that one was posted on a building on East Market Street. So the hunt was on, and wouldn’t you know it? I’ve walked by this mirror, at 262 E. Market, scores of times on my way to the York County Heritage Trust, at 250 E. Market.

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York, Pa., loves its brick buildings. But do we know why they were built?

Post by York Daily Record/Sunday News. Some buildings – such as this fortress-like building – you just motor right by, not knowing why they were built or what is in there now. Except that some readers did! Click on the … Continue reading

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York County’s Judicial Center opened 10 years ago. Can you believe it?

The entrance to the York County Judicial Center leads to a grand experience in the building’s tall atrium. The judicial center opened 10 years ago in October, 2014.

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Maryland’s Eden Mill Nature Center offers high dam, intact mill

At YorkTownSquare, we like to help you discover new places to explore, to increase your sense of discovery about York County and surrounding areas. This one comes from a surrounding area – Pylesville, Md., just south of the Mason-Dixon Line. It’s Eden Mill, part of the Eden Mill Nature Center.

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Two York, Pa., events tell one theme: Individuals can affect change

Central Pennsylvania’s PennOwl Productions perform ‘Susquehanna to Freedom: The role of the Underground Railroad on the Susquehanna River.’  The theater group will perform playwright Dorothy King’s production on Sept. 20 at York College. A presentation on the performance by King, a … Continue reading

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2014 York Fair: 4 memorable scenes

Matthew Meckley operates the very interesting York Fair Memories Facebook page. He also has drawn York Fair scenes each year since 2008. And he’s accustomed to taking home first or second place ribbons. His drawing above again earned him a blue … Continue reading

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History mystery quiz: Test your York, Pa., smarts IQ

Post by York Daily Record/Sunday News. You never know what turns commenting on a Facebook post will take. When we posted on YDR Facebook a query about Ned Spangler, some playfully thought they saw a resemblance to the man who, … Continue reading

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Cameron Mitchell applause growing in York County: ‘Honestly, it seems like more could be done’

Linked in/Neat stuff: Old Hanover Theatre unchanged/Old York Prison pictured Grass-roots efforts to recognize York County native son Cameron Mitchell are gaining momentum in southern York County, where the acclaimed Hollywood actor grew up. A movie night, above, is planned … Continue reading

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Ike Eisenhower’s 1955 Cockshutt Blackhawk 40: This tractor was not for sale

Dwight D. Eisenhower probably never drove this 1955 Cockshutt Blackhawk 40 tractor, but it was part of his Gettysburg farm at the the time of his death. The Evening Sun in Hanover reported that it was on display with other antiques that were part of Adams County farmer Stanley Wolf’s collection.

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