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1910s Archives

In response to my recent York Sunday News column on the 1914-1915 York County campaign for woman suffrage, Brenda Neff kindly shared a photo of four of the local suffragists.  It is great to put some faces on community participants.  Note that the sashes closely resemble the two in the

We will mark the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution this June.  Before that women and men all over the country had spent years trying to get individual states to allow women to vote.  By 1914, woman suffrage was in effect in only

Suppose you were ready to spread your toast and the margarine was white instead of yellow.  It is not very appealing, is it?  Some of you might remember when margarine came packaged with a capsule of yellow food coloring; it was mixed in at home to make the spread look

The 2018 York County History Center’s Journal of York County Heritage is now available. The main articles are on World War I Glen Rock heroes; Karl Ort, an early York County aviator and a York family’s ordeal with the 2018 flu epidemic.

Cindy Martin, friend and volunteer at the York County History Center Library and Archives, just shared this story with me. Cindy related that she plans to replenish her book supply at the York County History Center Book Blast, which will be held this year from August 9th (members’ night) through

Even if you are not a die-hard fan of Civil War history, you might have heard of the Battle of Cold Harbor, fought in Hanover County, Virginia, not far northeast of Richmond. The conflict, fought June 1-3, 1864, resulted in extremely heavy causalities to Grant’s Union forces. Click here for

Who knows how many thousands of sturdy musical instruments emanated out of the growing complex of buildings that stood imposingly for 136 years at the intersection of Broad and Philadelphia streets in York? The York County History Center Library/Archives has 16 volumes of shipping records, up through 1944, and it

  As promised in a recent post, here are more graphics showing the remarkable growth of the Weaver Organ and Piano Company factory in just 22 years. The 1882 building, designed by the Dempwolf firm of architects was of fair size, but the 1892 and 1898 additions added much more