Category Archives: Genealogy/research

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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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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‘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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John J. Snyder Jr. tall case clock exhibit: ‘A simple design can tell you a lot’

John J. Snyder Jr. collected a hall-of-fame lineup of tall case clocks in his day. The works of John Fisher, Godfrey Lenhart and Jacob Hostetter, all clockmakers with York County connections, are part of that collection. Now, 14 grandfather clocks from the Snyder collection are on display at the York County Heritage Trust, 250 E. Market St. a York, Pa., Daily Record story on the exhibit noted that many dealers collect 10 to 20 such clocks. Snyder collected hundreds. The clocks are works of art and loaded with history.

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Gettysburg 151: 4 scenes from around the battlefield and region

The western gate to Gettysburg borough, marked by Robert E. Lee’s headquarters, will look far different in a future visit to Gettysburg. That key entry into Gettysburg will lose the familiar Appalachian Brewing Company and Quality Inn. The Civil War Trust will pay $5.5 million and transfer the property to the National Park Service,

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Ways to research African-American family history in York County & beyond

Springettsbury Township’s Myra “Neicy” DeShields-Moulton emailed this photo (and one below) of a gathering at Berkley Historic District near Darlington in Harford County, Md. Descendants of Cupid Paca (Peaco), who donated land for the Hosanna School, part of the district, are pictured here. ‘Several of the African-American early and mid-19th century houses still stand, including the earliest – the original Peca/Paca site,’ a registration form for placement of the district on the National Register of Historic Places states.

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6 photos explore milling and millers in York County’s Menges Mills

Heidelberg Township’s Colonial Valley Mill is up for sale on Saturday. Fortna Auctioneers is handling sale and has details on its website. And this York Daily Record story fleshes out details of the sale of this historic setting. Here’s what … Continue reading

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This York, Pa., minister converted to worldwide manufacturer

This chart shows S. Morgan Smith’s legacy – three York County, Pa., companies that operate today. Voith Hydro, American Hydro and Precision Components trace their roots to Smith, directly or indirectly. Smith was there at the beginning of a fourth company before leaving to found S. Morgan Smith: Johnson Controls, formerly York Corporation, Borg-Warner and York International, among others.

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European magnificence built into St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Spring Grove

That’s Spring Grove’s St. Paul’s Lutheran Church behind the scaffolding. The repairs are underway to address safety concerns at the 105-year-old church. The brownstone was losing some chips, which created the concern. Charles H. Glatfelter’s ‘York County Lutherans’ lists the current building, dedicated in 1909, as the second Lutheran building in Spring Grove. The first was dedicated in 1880.

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Before Gettysburg, defenses against the Rebel advance stretched far into Pennsylvania

Everett, Pa., is 70 miles from Gettysburg, and add on another 10 miles to Snake Springs Gap. So this bearing sign the familiar ‘Gettysburg Campaign’ title is long way from where the big battle took place in July 1863. This marker indicates how far the alarm of Robert E. Lee’s campaign of 1863 spread. And as usual when a big event occurs, York County touched this point in the mountains of western Pennsylvania, however gently.

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