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How 2016 can serve as coming-together moment for York, Pa. If it would just come together.

The Elk rockery stood tall in York, Pa.’s, Penn Park until about 25 years ago when vandalism spelled the end of this monument. The park, York’s oldest, will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2016.

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Of a potter’s field, mass exhumation and a Figian cannibal’s reburial

Before York High School could be built at the turn of the 20th century, a cemetery for the indigent – Potters Field – had to be moved. So that exhumation project became what was probably the biggest such removal on York County, Pa.’s, record.

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Touting York County’s history – right now – via new social media video tool

The American War Mothers monument is a little-known marker in the center of York, Pa.’s, Penn Park. It was dedicated after World War II to honor those who served, were wounded and died, a number that collectively totaled more than 20,000 in York County.

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Who originated the annual New York Wire Factory Whistle concert?

With the news that the New York Wire Factory Whistle Concert is moving to Metso, one might wonder how the annual Christmas Eve concert came about, in the first place. This season’s greetings card put the orchestration in the hands of Karl Alex Smyser. He’s shown here in the narrow room where successor whistlemasters stood to play the steam- – now air – powered instrument, made possible by the whistle’s unusual sliding valve.

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Youngsters, now well-known York countians, enjoy the snow. Can you ID them?

This photo from the early 1960s in Warrington Township near Conewago Creek provides an opportunity to think of cool things. It also is an opportunity to see Mike Kochenour, president and CEO of York, Pa., Traditions Bank, in his youth. He’s seen fourth from left. But who is that now-county official pictured second from left?

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POW camps: How many have operated in York County, 2 or 3 or 4?

Nineteenth-century artist Lewis Miller captures the fa├žade of York, Pa.’s, Washington Hall, built in 1849. The building, sometimes referred to as the Independent Order of Odd Fellows or IOOF hall, housed overflow prisoners after the Battle of Gettysburg. Chief Surgeon Henry Palmer had threatened to resign, rather than treat Rebel wounded, according to letter writer Cassandra Small. The hospital and its satellites were military posts, so Washington Hall can be viewed as a prisoner of war camp site.

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Penn Park’s Penn-Coates Memorial better known as the York, Pa., park’s ‘caretaker’s home’

This blocky building in York, Pennsylvania’s, Penn Park is weather beaten or, well, just looks beaten up today. But when The Penn-Coates Memorial appeared on the cover of its dedication brochure on Sept. 25, 1926, it was a welcome sight.

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William C. Goodridge: ‘One of the coolest guys you’d ever want to learn about’ – York County treasures, Part III

The William C. Goodridge Freedom House and Underground Railroad Museum, one of several historic sites relating to minorities in women in York County, is undergoing renovations

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York’s South George Street as you’ve never seen it: Linked in to history, 2/18/13

This photograph from on high shows South George Street in York as you’ve never seen it – from the belltower of an old firehall

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These old York County steps, Part II: Where did they lead? Linked in to York County history, Nov. 5, 2012

Yorktownsquare.com provides links to improvements to Penn Park, an exploration of Baumgartner’s Woods and a preview of Articles of Confederation Day.

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