Category Archives: The Pennsylvania Dutch

First St. John’s Lutheran: Telling this York church’s 140-year-old story in architecture

First St. John’s Lutheran Church is observing its 140th anniversary this year.  This is the first of a monthly series in this anniverary year by local architectural expert Terry Downs. Dutchie, as he’s known around social media, undertook a similar … Continue reading

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Reflecting on J.W. Gitt’s Gazette and Daily and journalism in York, Pa.

J.W. Gitt owned The Gazette and Daily in York, Pa., for 55 years. His left-leaning tabloid is remembered today for its against-the-grain look at conservative-to-moderate York County, Pa., particularly in the post-World War II era through his closure of the … Continue reading

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York County, Pa., residents love Pennsylvania Dutch food. We like to talk about it, too.

York countians like to comment on buildings, that’s proven by their engagement on Facebook. But we like to eat, and we like to share, like and comment about those delicacies that are distinctively Pennsylvania Dutch and York County, Pa.

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Mention Jacks in York, Pa., and you get memories

Mention Jacks and you get memories. Jane Black captured this scene of the popular downtown York,Pa., retailer Jacks in the late 1970s. Barry Black, a regular commenter on my Facebook page, posted this winsome scene and noted that his wife worked for Jacks. She honed her artist’s skills at York Academy in the 1970s. Judy Bono also commented on Facebook that the Jacks Store, pointing to two connections. Jacks brought her to York for a buying job and later her husband, Richard Bono, served as architect for the building’s restoration.

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Mount Rose’s I-83 Interchange: A ground hog’s look under and a bird’s-eye view over this cloverleaf

Linked in/Neat stuff: York’s dairies remembered/One fortunate groundhog You might have thought that Howard Tunnel was York County, Pa.’s, only railroad tunnel. Then York Daily Record photographer Paul Kuehnel shows another one (kind of) – the old Maryland and Pennsylvania’s … Continue reading

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This York County witch doctor schooled scientists about powwowing in early 1930s

York countian Jacob Zellers spoke to an American University class about ‘charms, cures and curses’ circa 1931. He made a distinction between powwowing and other ‘good influences’ and witchcraft and hexing, both ‘bad influences.’ A reporter sat in on the class, and this story appeared in The Philadelphia Record and other newspapers after the Hex Murder and its subsequent trials in 1928-29.

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York County, Pa. and its New Year’s recipes: Sauerkraut & pork, hog maw – and oysters

Post by York Daily Record/Sunday News. York countians love to eat. Any it’s not just Pennsylvania Dutch Food. Our love for seafood signals our proximity to the Cheasapeake Bay at the Atlantic Ocean. So this mammoth oyster was added in … Continue reading

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Hex Murder painting effectively captures terrible York County moment

York County’s Brett Greiman painted this scene of the Hex Murder of 1928 – a terrible moment in which a trio attacked and killed a farmer, a suspected witch, in an attempt to break a spell they believe he had … Continue reading

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25 years after it closed, will York’s old Zion Lutheran Church building gain new life?

The cornerstone of York, Pa.’s, Zion Lutheran Church was laid in 1850. The reason for building the church? English was fast becoming the language for services in Lutheran churches in York County. St. Paul’s had separated from the mother church, Christ Lutheran, in 1836 over that issue. Zion formed as an English-speaking part of Christ Church’s congregation in 1847. The congregation worshipped at this site behind the York County Courthouse until 1989, when the congregation moved to Manchester Township and closed its longtime home. Here, a group looks at Zion Lutheran’s former sanctuary for possible Christian ministries use.

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

York County’s Tom Gibson recalls this spionnetje or spying mirrors was mounted on the south side of York’s East Market Street, maybe the 300 or 400 block. He captured this scene about three or four years ago and doesn’t know if it’s still there.

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