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Murals of York, Pa.: 3 views and some news about these deteriorating, outdoor paintings

Good news here. This vandalized panel in the Murals of York series will be rehabbed. Its cleanup offered an opportunity for an artist to make a mark on the community, and a York, Pa., Daily Record story says someone has stepped … Continue reading

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York Hospital and its hilltop showed a different look 75 years ago

Linked in/Neat stuff, below: Question about Manchester/What replaced Goodridge’s ‘skyscraper’? This hill has grown up since this photograph of the 10-year-old York Hospital was made. Today, some buildings that went up on the hill have already come down to accommodate … Continue reading

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Solomon Meyer founded Die York Gazette, but his newspapering went downhill from there

This May 20, 1796 edition, is the earliest extant version of Die York Gazette, an anti-Federalist publication that also reflected the dry humor of the Pennsylvania Dutch. It tells about brewer Hannes’  bout with an old hermit. Hannes produced a … Continue reading

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‘Lewis Miller: Sketches and Chronicles’ at 50: How this monumental book came together

The book ‘Lewis Miller: Sketches and Chronicles – The Reflections of a Nineteenth Century Pennsylvania German Folk Artist’ has long been out of print, though available for purchase at various online booksellers  and occasionally found at local used book sales. … Continue reading

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Atop Chickies Rock: The lower Susquehanna River’s No. 1 lookout post

Linked in/Neat stuff, below: Digging Camp Security/Yorktowne Hotel’s lobby, 1956 Ah, the popular view of the Susquehanna River – and York County across the waterway – from Chickies Rock. This is looking upstream. Chickies Rock is named after the American Indian … Continue reading

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Civil War chaplain S. Morgan Smith: This Moravian pastor went to war

Before S. Morgan Smith was an industrialist – perhaps the leading industrialist in York County, Pa.’s, history – he was a pastor. And early in his call as a minister, he served as a military chaplain. He was mustered out of the military 150 years ago, and his biographers have set up a presentation to tell about how this minister came to serve in the military.

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Gen. Jacob Loucks Devers in WW II: ‘True driving force in the creation of American tanks and tank divisions’

Gen. Jacob Loucks Devers, left, talks with Lt. Donald E. MacNutt, 85th Engineers, as light and heavy vehicles from the 10th Armored Division cross the Rhine River about 70 years ago – on April 1, 1945. The engineers installed this … Continue reading

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York County, Pa., mystery artifacts: Can you ID this puzzling stuff from days gone by

This plaque comes from the old Ganoga Bridge that carried the Susquehanna Trail across the Conewago Creek near Strinestown, York County, Pa. The beautiful bridge is gone, replaced by a new kind of sterile modern structure. The old bridge displayed plaque on each end and 12 light standards representing the 12 Boy Scout laws as a tie-in to the nearby Boy Scout camp of the same name. One of the plaques is the property of Boy Scout Camp Tuckahoe. The other, pictured here, is part of the York County Heritage Trust’s collection. It’s also one of six questions that are part of a quiz of such items under Heritage Trust ownership. So we’ve given you one answer. See how you do on the other five!

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Smithsonian, unexpectedly, finds this wasn’t a Gettysburg soldier’s skull

Linked in/Neat stuff: York’s First Capital claim probed/Hanover’s Eagle Fire Station Remember this skull saved from the auction block in Maryland last year? It then was presented as that of a Civil War soldier. But tests by the Smithsonian have … Continue reading

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Thoughtful Tin Man ponders York, Pa.’s, past, present – and future?

Linked in/Neat stuff: ‘Hex Hollow – A Documentary Film’/Hotsy Totsy Tuesday A conversation in the York, Pa., Daily Record newsroom centered on this piece of art in downtown York. The upshot of the talk about this cross between ‘The Thinker’ … Continue reading

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