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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

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

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.