Category Archives: Books & reading

York’s Knights of Malta temple: ‘And what a building it was’

In the late 1950s throught the 1970s, many historic York, Pa., buildings were demolished, often to provide parking to allow city retailers to compete against suburban shopping centers. This building’s site was put to a different purpose. It came down, but another stately office building took its place in 1959 – the headquarters for J.E. Baker Co.

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Getting to know Mount Wolf, Tom Wolf’s hometown, in 10 easy links

That’s Mount Wolf borough in the center of this undated picture. That road running diagonally starting at about 7 o’clock gives it away – the longtime main connector between Mount Wolf and its neighboring borough, Manchester. Interest is growing in Mount Wolf borough, Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf’s home in boyhood and adulthood.

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‘Lewis Miller’s People:’ New book portrays 700-plus York countians in the 1800s

Donald Shelley, executive director of the Henry Ford Museum, said the 1966 publication of 19th-century York countian Lewis Miller’s work would provide a service for students and historians in opening up a new field of study in American social life, customs, arts and the like. His prediction came true. Now a complementary volume to that now out-of-print book is becoming available in the fall. ‘Lewis Miller’s People’ is a collection of more than 700 of Lewis Miller’s portraits in the collection of the York County Heritage Trust.

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7 more history quizzes to test your York smarts

It’s interesting how quickly we forget those who have built this community. I regularly put up photographs of these achievers on YDR’s Facebook page. Sometimes, the people of accomplishment receive little recognition. You can tell by the low number of likes, comments and shares on Facebook. Still, it’s important for us to know these greats, so we’ll keep telling their stories on Facebook and on this blog.

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275th birthday observance of York’s founding isn’t a sexy number but may be effective, Part III

The major York County, Pa., 250 parade heads to the York Expo Center in 1999. The year-long observance of the county’s big birthday culminated in this parade, which started in Continental Square and ended on the track at the old fairgrounds

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A peek inside Hanover’s magnificent Sheppard Mansion

Many people driving by the Sheppard Mansion in Hanover, Pa., wonder what it this magnificent structure looks like inside. Well, the Evening Sun in Hanover heard such requests and offers an intriguing 16-photo gallery.

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How a York, Pa., man documented famous Masons – and even anti-Masons

Author/educator/storyteller Judy Wolfman was visiting Country Meadows Retirement Community in West Manchester Township recently when someone handed her this compilation of ‘Masonic Articles I Have Written.’ C. Clark Julius wrote this as an author’s preface: ‘I am a historian and enjoy hunting prominent people and finding whether they are Masons. This lead to the 68 articles I have written and have again had many requests to put them in book form.’ Thus, the book

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How Appalachian Trail thru-hiker Earl Shaffer gripped the ‘Mane of Life’

Linked in/Neat stuff: 1969 riots revisited/The old swimming hole Earl Shaffer, a York native, is credited as the first person to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. Here he is seen in 1948, at the northern end of the trail, Mount Katahdin … Continue reading

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This photograph surely shows York, Pa., at its best

Love this photo. Fireworks. Baseball. Community band. And one of York County’s most feted musical groups – the Spring Garden Band – at that. Where’s the apple pie? This is surely York County, Pa., at its best.

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These York County history topics are graduate theses waiting to happen

One-room schools intrigue and captivate York countians. More work is needed to inventory and identify these 300 or more sturdy structures that were a way of life in York County, Pa., from the 1830s to the 1950s. Here is one such school. Glen Rock’s John ‘Otts’ Hufnagel studied the whereabouts of this old school, identified it as Snyder’s School. It was located off Route 216.

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