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Take a look at the recently created Trailblazers online exhibit on the York County History Center website.  It tells the story, through photographs and transcribed diary entries, of the 1938 cross country journey of four York County women from Brogue, Pennsylvania to California and back.  They took the long way

I started working on my April York Sunday News column, which you can read below, about two months ago.  We were just starting to hear more about COVID-19 then.  By the time it was finished and published in the paper a couple of weeks ago, it became even more relevant. 

We sometimes seem to have a love/hate relationship with old buildings.  We act like we would love to save them for their historical ties or architectural significance.  On the other hand we often seem to hate committing funds to preserve them.  This isn’t a new problem. There have always been

My last month’s York Sunday News column condensed some of the eight-part Gazette and Daily series that ran in the spring of 1940 on the thriving amateur baseball leagues of York County.  Besides an introductory article on the clubs that had come and gone before then, the first four columns

York’s Bullfrog Alley (part of East King Street) had a distinct personality over the years.  It was famed as the home of “gypsies” who went out traveling each summer and for basket making, some of which seem to be in same families.  It was also the home of a gang

Family history research is so absorbing because you never run out of relatives, and you sometimes find some surprising ones.  For example, I am distantly related to President Dwight Eisenhower.  We both descend from immigrant Hans Nicholas Eisenhauer, (b. 1691), but our lines split way back.  See below for my

  We hear the word “impeachment” bandied about; do we really know what the word means and how the process works?  I am no expert by far, but I did learn a lot while researching my recent York Sunday News column. The column came about when I recalled that the

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

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