Category Archives: The Pennsylvania Dutch

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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7 stories about Fastnachts and other York County delicacies

What do raw Fastnachts look like? Todd Kister, at Manchester Union Fire Company, gives a demo. He was there as part of preparations for a Manchester Christ Lutheran/Zion View Quickel Church annual Shrove Tuesday Fastnacht sale.

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If you stood in this York Township field today: ‘You’d be under water’

This is how Lake Redman looked before it was Lake Redman. Lureen Brown provided these photos of that snowy York Township countryside as it looked in 1961. This photo looks across the hill as it comes down from Jacobus. Five years later, lake waters flooded this land. The boat landing at Lake Redman is roughly where the big hill meets the ridge, left center. Lureen Brown said if you’d stand in that field today: ‘You’d be under water.’

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A shipping trunk and a search for Pa. Dutch woman Emma Schafer’s relatives

Tracy Foster bought this shipping trunk at an sale. Now she’s trying to find the family of Emma Schafer, named on the trunk. Also of interest: When ‘Sauer Kraut’ loaned its name to this Pennsylvania Dutch neighborhood in York. Tracy … Continue reading

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When ‘Sauer Kraut’ loaned its name to this Pennsylvania Dutch neighborhood in York

This view, looking north on South George Street shows York, Pa.’s, ‘Sauer Kraut Hill’ today. Edwin Greiman gave the boundaries of the largely German neighborhood in the late 1800s as running on South George Street between Maple and South streets. The district is hardly a hill but is part of the elevation as George Street rises from its Codorus Creek crossing. St. Mary’s Church is slightly north of Greiman’s boundaries. But this church, popular with German Catholics, attests to the German concentration in that part of York. Greiman’s ‘Memoirs’ show how Penn Park served as a playground for youngsters in the neighborhood.

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Here’s a 1944 view of ‘Yorkites.’ A sample of York County, Pa., today would look different

This photograph of a cross-section of York County, Pa., residents appears in Life magazine in June 1944 with an article: ‘These Are the People Who Answer the Gallup Poll Questions.’ Yorkblogger June Lloyd found the article in York County Heritage Trust library files.

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Still missing: Where is Elmwood’s Roll of Honor?

This is the Zion View War Memorial, one of York County’s most picturesque. We know where this Conewago Township memorial is located. But some war memorials have been lost over the years.

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History mystery photo: You might think this is Halloween garb, but wrong holiday

York, Pa., history mystery person: Wrong holiday. This isn’t Halloween garb, as maybe you thought at first. What holiday is this figure associated with, and what are figures such as this one commonly called?

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Amish and Mennonites: Don’t know much about Pennsylvania Dutch history? Linked in with neat history stuff, May 14, 2012

The Amish and Mennonites fascinate folks but how often do you have an opportunity to increase your understanding of these Pennsylvania Dutch denominations? Old Order Amish and Mennonite historians who will discuss the topic of “Amish and Mennonite: History of Growing Faith Communities” on Monday, June 10, 7:00 PM at Martindale Mennonite Fellowship Center, in Ephrata, Lancaster County.

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