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A friend asked me this the other day. I remembered that there were four different high schools in the city of York over the years and where they were, or still are, located, but I didn’t recall the exact dates. Others, such as fellow blogger Jim McClure, have written on

My previous post on the 50th anniversary of the Golden Plough Tavern and General Gates House restorations gave a few highlights of the “smallest urban renewal project in the country.” See below for more on the story from my recent York Sunday News column. It relates how the whole community,

The public is invited to join York County Heritage Trust in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the restoration of the Golden Plough Tavern and General Gates House. Many free activities for the whole family will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday May 17 at the Trust’s

We’ve seen illuminated objects hang over York’s Center/Centre/Continental Square, usually stars, once ever a glittering chandelier, in celebration of Christmas. But what occasion merited the square decorations depicted above nearly 101 years ago, much earlier than any photos I have seen of Christmas decorations? The York Gazette of May 26,

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

A lot of towns have Carnegie public libraries, funded by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Did you ever wonder why York County doesn’t have a Carnegie funded library? Carnegie’s biographer credits him with building over 2,800 free libraries with about 1,950 of them in the United States. It seems that one was

My previous post was on the combined 1876 York County township atlas and 1903 York City atlas. A friend just reminded me that the South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society published two indexes to the 1876 atlas. The indexes are available for use at the York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives, or