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Two York, Pa., events tell one theme: Individuals can affect change

Central Pennsylvania’s PennOwl Productions perform ‘Susquehanna to Freedom: The role of the Underground Railroad on the Susquehanna River.’  The theater group will perform playwright Dorothy King’s production on Sept. 20 at York College. A presentation on the performance by King, a … Continue reading

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Underground Railroad on the Susquehanna: From Havre de Grace, Md., to Cooperstown, N.Y.

Actress Monika Ross is seen in the character of York County’s Amanda Berry in the play ‘Susquehanna to Freedom: The Role of the Susquehanna River in the Underground Railroad.’ Dr. Dorothy King, a York native, will present about PennOwl Production’s play on Sept. 6. A news release says the drama tells the story of three slaves who traveled northward on the Susquehanna from Havre de Grace, Md. – where the Susquehanna River enters the Chesapeake Bay.

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Mike’s Nut Shop recalled: ‘…. the peanuts roasting right out front of the store … ‘

Artist Cliff Satterthwaite has colorized this 1978 West Market Street scene in York, Pa. He captures Mike’s Nut Shop, a favorite stop in York’s downtown.

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York countians will look up some day and TMI’s cooling towers will be down

Steam from TMI Unit 1′s cooling tower is seen in this York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News file photo. That scene has remained unchanged since the partial meltdown of Unit 2′s reactor in 1979. In 40 years, those cooling towers, worldwide symbols of nuclear energy and its downside will be no more. TMI Unit 2 is slated to be dismantled and demolished alongside TMI Unit 1 starting in 2044, according to a YDR story. TMI Unit 1′s operating license extends to 2034. So what are now internationally known symbols will pass into history within the lifetimes of many York countians.

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York County must not forget Wrightsville’s slain fighting man, and here’s an artist to create that Civil War memory

Ophelia Chambliss created this artwork for Gettysburg, Pa.’s, Recreation Park. It sits across from Lincoln Cemetery, burial site for black troops in the Civil War. It is a point for walking and guided tours this year, the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

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History mystery photo: This angry-looking lion’s head is sure to fend off vandals

This lion’s head appears on the William C. Goodridge House at 123 East Philadelphia Street, York, Pa. That architectural touch no doubt came from a subsequent owner – noted architect Reinhardt Dempwolf.

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Gettysburg-area Underground Railroad landmark: ‘McAllister’s Mill involves the whole fabric of history’

McAllister’s Mill, near Gettysburg, has been tied to the Underground Railroad and other key moments in American history. This Adams County Historical Society photo shows the mill, along the Baltimore Pike, circa 1900.

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The Underground Railroad and other Civil War Facebook talk

When the Friends Meeting House in York was re-roofed in 2004, workers found a trap door in the building’s ceiling. That find prompted some in the congregation to conclude that it may have led to a chamber that secreted fugitives in the Underground Railroad. The Quakers are known today for their involvement in the Underground Railroad. But the secrecy of the network in its day makes it hard today to document Underground Railroad sites.

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Shrewsbury’s Amanda Berry Smith: ‘Our house was one of the main stations of the Under Ground Railroad’

Amanda Berry Smith was a renaissance woman. She grew up in York County, Pa., and as an adult, she served as an evangelist. She’s remembered as a chronicler of the Underground Railroad movement in northern Maryland and York County.

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Gettysburg 150: Prime time to score an ‘A’ in understanding the Civil War’s causes, contributors

Here’s one of Gettysburg’s museums. And it’s not really a museum. It’s a restaurant. The Dobbin House. But this Underground Railroad display is a can’t miss feature of that Gettysburg, Pa., structure. The balcony of that house would have provided aan elevated view of Abraham Lincoln, on a horse, making his way to deliver his 272-word address on Nov. 19, 1863.

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