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The story of Evergreen Cemetery, with its distinctive Gettysburg gatehouse, set to music

With all the well-deserved attention on Dedication Day observances at the National Cemetery in Gettysburg, it’s a due step to explore the nearby Evergreen cemetery as well. An Evening Sun story notes that people known to us from the Civil War era are buried there. ‘That list includes notable historic figures like Elizabeth Thorn who, while six months pregnant, buried 91 soldiers in the weeks following the Battle of Gettysburg; Jennie Wade, the only civilian killed in the battle; and John Burns, the only Gettysburg civilian to fight in the battle,’ the Hanover, Pa., newspaper reported. ‘Sam Cobean, a famous cartoonist known for his work in the New Yorker, Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Steve Corson, Hall of Fame baseball player Eddie Plank and poet Maryann Moore are among the buried.’ Of course, Evergreen is known because of its distinctive gatehouse seen in so many Gettysburg photos. And now it’s known for a soundtrack ‘Beyond the Gatehouse,’ which tells the cemetery’s story. The project’s mastermind is Brian Kennell, superintendent of Evergreen, seen here. So, Civil War students and visitors can now not only see the gatehouse, but also hear about it.

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JFK’s death: A sorrowful moment etched into memories of millions

Remember the York Daily Record’s ‘Remember’ series? It’s become quite an archive of York County, Pa., oral history. Memories of Woodstock are on there. Same with York County cigarmaking. Now come memories of John F. Kennedy and that day 50 years ago (on Nov. 23) when he was slain. That day will be forever burned into our memory.

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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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JFK chose a hot topic in 1960 York Fair campaign visit: the Cold War

Many people today remember being in the audience when John F. Kennedy visited the York, Pa., Fair in his quest for the presidency in 1960. Not as well remembered was the visit by his GOP opponent, Richard M. Nixon, to York a couple of weeks later. The 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s death is Nov. 23.

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Old Electric Map lifted up, then settles into new Hanover home: Linked in to York County history, Oct. 26, 2012

Yorktownsquare.com covers George Washington and Andrew Jackson’s visits to York, the Electric Map’s New home and memories about the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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JFK joined TR as U.S. presidents who visited YF: Linked in with neat York County history stuff – Sept. 18, 2011

The York County Agricultural Society’s photograph collection shows presidential candidate John F. Kennedy at the 1960 York Fair. Notice the state troopers, who protected JFK, in the foreground. (See another post about JFK’s visit.) Teddy Roosevelt had also visited the … Continue reading

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Why did JFK lose to Nixon in York County?

This poster helped draw people to the York Fair to hear Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy speak in 1960. But Republican Richard Nixon drew more votes from York countians than Kennedy. Background posts: Ted Kennedy’s visit to York comes … Continue reading

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York-area woodcarver made life-size JFK statue. But where is it now?

Walter S. Langhine of Weigelstown, Pa., spent four months carving a wooden statue of John F. Kennedy in 1964. Jacqueline Kennedy’s staff supplied him with JFK’s dimensions. Background posts: JFK’s visit to York a long-remembered event, Bob Yost: ‘King of … Continue reading

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JFK’s visit to York County a long-remembered event

York Fairgoers give presidential candidate John F. Kennedy a warmer reception than York County, Pa., voters in 1960. Richard M. Nixon outpolled Kennedy in the county by 16,000 votes. His younger brother, Ted, is scheduled to appears in York today … Continue reading

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