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1860s Archives

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. There are many websites that discuss the proclamation, looking at why it was important and what it did and did not do. The National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C. holds the original hand-written proclamation. While it is

The York County community of Jefferson is proud of its history. The citizens of the small town (2010 population–733) will be celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2016. I don’t know how they will marking the sesquicentennial, but they will have to go some to top the 1966 Jefferson Centennial celebration.

If you think news coverage is slanted and Democrats and Republicans are at odds today, you should have been around during the Civil War. My recent York Sunday News column below compares the coverage given the speakers at the November 1863 Gettysburg National Cemetery dedication. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address Not Acclaimed

What can we learn about our shared history in the recently published 2013 Journal of York County Heritage? The theme of the journal this year was driven by the 150th anniversary commemoration of the Civil War. Here is a rundown of the articles: First, Daniel Roe, York County Heritage Trust

According to Prowell’s History of York County, Pennsylvania, the population of Lower Windsor Township in 1900 was 2,649. There were 15 schools to educate the township children. They were Will’s, Bittersville, Wrightsville, Benson’s, Canadochly, Craley, Martinsville, Furnace, Brenneman’s, Fitzkee’s, Yorkana, Kline’s, Neiman’s, Pikes Peak, and Long Level. (Note that these

Next week marks the 13th annual Book Blast at York County Heritage Trust’s Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 West Princess Street. Many thousands of donated books are being sorted by category for easy purchase by bargain-loving readers. There are hard covers books and paperbacks galore, arranged in categories such as