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Over the years the York County History Center Library and Archives has collected many plans for preservation of our local historical architecture and other resources.  Most of them are full of good ideas on how not to lose those valuable resources.  Unfortunately, many have not been implemented at all, and

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

This is the second in a series of posts reviewing the history and significance of Camp Security. As far as we know the site, just east of York, is the only remaining Revolutionary of War prisoner-of-war camp that hasn’t been pretty well completely developed over. The Friends of Camp Security

For my December York Sunday News column I looked at the claim by some that York was the nation’s first capital, usually citing the adoption of the Articles of Confederation by the Continental Congress while meeting here from September 1777 to June 1778. (See below for a repeat of that

I have shared stories of some of the well-known persons who attended or taught at the York County Academy. They include Thaddeus Stevens, abolitionist and congressman and Samuel Bacon, charged by President Monroe with the founding of Liberia. Fellow blogger Jim McClure has shared information on other noted YCA alumni,

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

Here is a tour of York’s Center/Continental Square, featuring the big star that was the centerpiece of the decorations from the late 1940s through the 1950s. I’m not sure when the star was first fabricated and when it was replaced with other decorations. These photos, showing the square from various