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Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation may be little noted but should be long remembered

Abraham Lincoln and his presidency is rightly remembered in this 150th season after his Gettysburg Address. But another proclamation 150 years ago helped shaped America today. His Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1863 established Thanksgiving as a national holiday, the last Thursday in November. President Franklin D. Roosevelt later established it as the fourth Thursday.

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Lincoln’s Address 150: Check out 5 more memorable story and photo/video links

The German Reformed Church Cemetery in Hanover, Pa., was the site of 11 Union fighting men who fell in the Battle of Hanover on June 30, 1863. Their bodies were later exhumed and reburied in the national cemetery in Gettysburg, the site of Gettysburg Address 150 observances this week. But back in Hanover, the historical cemetery has fallen on hard times. “Instead of the flowers and flags one might think would adorn a historic burial plot, Hanover’s German Reformed Cemetery is a cluster of nearly illegible stones, toppled and cracked in a lonely lot on School Avenue behind Trinity United Church of Christ,” the Evening Sun in Hanover reported.

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Gettysburg Address 150: Check out these 5 memorable story and photo links

This York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News graphic gives seven Gettysburg sites to see – whether it’s in this season of Gettysburg Address 150 or anytime.

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Trains, stations and the Gettysburg Address

This is the scene from York County, Pa.’s, Hanover Junction believed to have been made by a photographer on the day that Abraham Lincoln traveled through York County to Gettysburg to deliver his Nov. 19, 1863, address. Yorkblogger Scott Mingus writes about this series of photos on his Cannonball blog, and here’s a bit more about a photo that some believe shows Abraham Lincoln at the station. Three York/Adams’ train stations, remembered here, hosted Lincoln on his way to and from his famous speech.

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York County’s best-known exhumation: Photograph places focus on reburial of Battle of Hanover dead

P.S. Weaver, a Hanover, Pa., photographer, captured this scene of the exhumation of the bodies of Union solders who died in the Battle of Hanover. This scene comes from the German Reformed Church’s cemetery.

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Watchers probe Susquehanna River bed during Safe Harbor drawdown

The Susquehanna River has taken on a lot of looks over the years. It has been deep enough to float log rafts downstream in the spring. It has been shallow enough to walk across in places. In the winter, it has frozen hard enough that people that vehicles crossed on the ice. Hydropower dams that went up 100 years ago changed much of this. So when there’s a draw down on the river – as is happening this week – to work on one of these dams, you get an inkling about the river’s original stream in the York/Lancaster area. Inspectors are going over Safe Harbor Dam so river watchers are probing the river’s bed.

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Civil War’s Battle of Wrightsville: Looking to honor an unsung, unknown Union defender

This diorama of the Battle of Wrightsville, part of a museum in that York County, Pa., river town, shows Blue and Gray troop positions on Sunday, June 28, 1863. An audio presentation describing the diorama tells of the unknown black man killed in the Confederate assault on the Susquehanna River bridgehead. No monument stands to honor this Union defender. Interestingly, a grave marker for an unknown Rebel soldier was recently dedicated up river from Wrightsville. Interest is growing in a marker to recognize the Union defender.

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Beautiful Shady Lane estate beautiful even in the rain: Linked in to York County history, Sept. 19, 2012

Yorktownsquare.com covers Steven Spielberg’s pending visit, storm damage at historic Shady Lane and Continental Square improvements.

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Gen. George Pickett takes stand at Gettysburg: Linked in with neat York County history stuff, Nov. 23, 2011

Noel Kline of Spring Garden Township submitted this photo to the Daily Record/Sunday News online News events gallery. The York County, Pa., photographer writes: ‘Actor/playwright Stephen Lang was the keynote speaker at the 148th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address Saturday … Continue reading

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