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Civil War chaplain S. Morgan Smith: This Moravian pastor went to war

Before S. Morgan Smith was an industrialist – perhaps the leading industrialist in York County, Pa.’s, history – he was a pastor. And early in his call as a minister, he served as a military chaplain. He was mustered out of the military 150 years ago, and his biographers have set up a presentation to tell about how this minister came to serve in the military.

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York County enjoys its big anniversaries – and there’s a lot of history to enjoy

This mega York County, Pa., celebration came in 1927, the 150th anniversary of the adoption of the Articles of Confederation. It looked back to the days when Continental Congress met in York. It included a pageant, seen here, and the posting of large paintings of patriots around York’s square.

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What is a community connector? York, Pa., columnist Gordon Freireich defines that important role

York Sunday News columnist and community connector Gordon A. Freireich was honored at Martin Library last week. A fund has been set up in his name to purchase new books for Martin Library. Freireich, center, is pictured with Allan Dameshek, … Continue reading

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Documenting Adams County barns: Now, this is what a barn should look like

Linked in/Neat stuff below: New book on rural electrification/Wonton soup at York eatery in 1978 Now this is what a barn should look like. Painted red. Overhanging forebay. Built into a bank. Inside, heavy hewn wood posts making up its … Continue reading

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Of ghost signs and Roosevelt TV: ‘Vacuum tubes, record player needles, TV antennas’

Linked in/Neat stuff: Knowing Dover Township/It happened at Appomattox This is one of #YorkPa’s largest – and best known – ghost signs. That size contributes to its popularity, as does the fact it’s along one of the city’s most-traveled roads, … Continue reading

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7 reasons why Indian Steps Museum stands as ‘an amazing place … in York County’

Indian Steps Museum, along the Susquehanna River in southeastern York County, Pa., is seen several years ago after heavy rains damaged the grounds. John E. Vandersloot, a York attorney, built what would become a York County landmark, in stages starting in 1910.

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Visitors to York County, Pa.: Don’t be like the British and let a town fool you

This is the scene in the square of St. Michaels, Md., occupied by cannon, plaques and the St. Michaels Museum. This small  grassy area is tucked into a neighborhood, and its attractions beckon to visitors to spend time there. Also … Continue reading

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York’s old HiWay moviehouse: ‘I have heard many people speak fondly of the theater’

We’ve been tracking grand old facades, and here’s another great York, Pa., front – the HiWay Theatre in the 700 block of West Market Street. Notice the unguarded, unchained bicycles in this undated photo. And notice the signs for air conditioning, a popular feature of such venues before home units went in. The old theater building, sans facade remains standing and in productive use.

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U.A. Whitaker’s AMP plant in Glen Rock, Pa.: ‘The landscape reminded him of the rural Midwest’

Picturing History examines this obscure building in Glen Rock, Pa. Actually, it’s has an interesting past as an early home to AMP in Pennsylvania. AMP moved work to Glen Rock in 1941, according to Jeffrey L. Rodengen’s ‘The Legenda of AMP’. He wrote, ‘… (Owner U.A.) Whitaker contracted with Paul Shepperd owner of a factory in Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, just south of York. White was familiar with the town from his American Machine and Foundry days, when AMF had its Glen Mixer Division there, and he liked the area. The landscape reminded him of the rural Midwest, where he was raised, and the local workers seemed to adhere to a traditional work ethic.’ The photo at left shows Glen Rock’s AMP plant in the 1940s or 1950s. At right, Baumiller Automatic Screw & Precision Machined Parts operates today on the site of the former AMP plant.

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Royal Square projects taking a kingly spot in York, Pa., headlines

The stories just keep peeling off the press – and appearing online – about Royal Square Development’s projects around the city. The most recent proposal calls for beautification in Royal Square’s original district in and around Duke and King streets. … Continue reading

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