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Gettysburg 152: Commemorating the battle on land – and sea

Linked in/Neat stuff, below: Fissel’s one-room school open house/Eagle Cam shutting down
A port side view of the US Navy (USN) USS GETTYSBURG (CG-64) underway on the Atlantic Ocean during Exercise SUMMER PULSE 2004. SUMMER PULSE 2004 is the simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft strike groups (CSG), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat across the globe, in five theaters with other US, allied, and coalition military forces.

Gettysburg is landlocked, but The Evening Sun in Hanover found a neat way to tie this historic town and its battle to the sea: Several years ago, the USS Gettysburg, pictured here, borrowed artifacts from the National Park Service. Those 20 items included an officer’s saber, officer sash, an officer’s revolver, musket bayonet, shell fragments and cannonballs. Some of the missile cruiser’s crew were to return them as part of  152nd anniversary observances going on this week at the battlefield. And here’s another neat connection between Gettysburg and the USS Gettysburg. ‘The borough of Gettysburg has its own specific flag,’ a crew member told The Evening Sun, ‘and about 20 years ago they let us fly that flag on our ship to show we have a connection with the city wherever we are.’ Read more: USS Gettysburg.  Also as part of the 152nd, free Sacred Trust presentations on compelling Civil War topics are set for today, Saturday and Sunday, July 3-5, on the lawn of the visitors center. Here’s a bit about last year’s Sacred Trust talks. Also of interest: Replicating Lincoln in Gettysburg: A Red Lion artist is working to reproduce ‘The Man.’


A sampling of other neat stuff from all over … .

Blake Stough, well-known for his Preserving York Facebook  group and other local historical projects, has been named manager and curator of the Spring Grove Area Historical Preservation Society.

Among other duties, he’ll be posting on the society’s Facebook page and website.

“I was born in the Spring Grove area and still live there today,” he wrote on the Spring Grove organization’s Facebook page. “I have a passion for all aspects of York County, Pennsylvania history no matter how small. Accepting these roles will allow me to help preserve our local history, while working to bring the community together.”

Stough has helped bring the community together with Preserving York, so that experience and passion should serve him well in the Spring Grove community.


Show canceled: Eagle Cam is going off the air … .

eagleThe Eagle Cam, which enthralled the public by keeping track of the growth of the Codorus Eagles from the time they hatched to about the time they were ready for flight, is being taken off the air. It’s just time and the camera isn’t really usable since one of the birds sat on it. Read about it: Pa. Game Commission.


Christmas in Glen Rock area: In July
On Sunday, July 26, the Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society and Southern School District will co-sponsor a Christmas in July open house at Fissel’s one room school located along Fissels Church Road in front of Susquehannock High School. The school will be decorated for Christmas as it may have been when it was still in use with Christmas decorations made by the attendees of the Good Sheppard Day Care at Immanuel United Methodist Church in Glen Rock. SUBMITTED

The Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society and Southern School District will co-sponsor a Christmas in July open house at Fissel’s one-room school on the grounds of Susquehannock High School on July 26. The school will be decorated for Christmas as it might have been when it was still in use, John ‘Otts’ Hufnagel said. Christmas decorations will be made by the Good Shepherd Day Care at Immanuel United Methodist Church in Glen Rock. ‘This will be the second public opening of the school since it closed in the early 1950’s,’ Hufnagel wrote in an email. ‘Any former attendees are encouraged to come and share their memories.’ For details, check out the historical society’s website.



Artist Cliff Satterthwaite doesn’t know the whereabouts of this York, Pa., home – ‘home sweet home’ – that he painted in 1977. But maybe you do. Please comment below. And for more from Cliff, check out: Satterthwaite.


History Mystery: A quiet place in the spotlight (click on date if the photo doesn’t appear on your mobile device) … .

History Mystery: This old summer home is part of a development/preservationist debate in #YorkCountyPa. Can you locate…

Posted by York Daily Record/Sunday News on Thursday, July 2, 2015