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York, Pa., history mystery person: Wrong holiday. This isn’t Halloween garb, as maybe you thought at first. What holiday is this figure associated with, and what are figures such as this one commonly called?

Chainsaw art is growing in popularity around York County, Pa. These former-tree-trunks-turned-into-art, like all outside art, won’t last forever. In the case of South Western High Schools ‘Mustang,’ this is the third such piece of art.

The old picture shows children gathered around the Martin Library circulation desk after a story time in this undated photo. York, Pa.’s, Martin Library opened its doors in 1935, but Yorkers could have enjoyed a library at the turn-of-the-century

Gettysburg Battlefield Thrift store uses large novelty statues as roadside attractions luring motorists into that Adams County business. The Hanover, Pa., Evening Sun’s Media Center explains these oversized figures as well as shows five photos of the scene:

In 1763, Patrick McSherry bought land in then-western York County, Pa. The lots he sold became known as McSherrystown. Two hundred and fifty years later, one direct descendant, JoAnn Neiderer, picture here, lived in the town that her kinsman founded. She was honored recently as the community observed its 250th birthday.

This 1937 aerial photograph, courtesy of Stephen H. Smith’s YorksPast blog, shows A.B. Farquhar’s Edgecombe estate in 1937. It was a part of three posts on the Spring Garden Township hamlet of Violet Hill. Now that’s a thorough look at this place where hundreds of motorists pass through each day.

Lona Full and her husband Art, of Stewartstown, dressed for a Civil War-era church service in nearby Cross Roads, Pa., in 2006. “Being the ham that I am, wore it today,” she told the York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News at the Cross Roads United Methodist Church, where hymns and preaching in the style of the 1860s greeted parishioners. The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg will cause re-enactors, living historians and just people who want to dress in period garb to done their uniforms and dresses. The Stewartstown Historical Society, in thatr southeastern York County borough, plans a program on the Civil War on June 5.

Antiques expert Joe Kindig, spotlighted in ‘Antiques and the Arts Weekly’ will be featured in a York County, Pa., Heritage Trust event, ‘A Conversation with … Joe Kindig’ on Saturday June 1, 2013. ‘Without his inquisitive nature,’ a Trust newsletter states, ‘the Golden Plough Tavern might not have been restored to its Colonial roots.’

Former Pennsylvania Governor and York County native George Leader, who died this week, also had another important item on his resume: He was part of the distinguished Glattfelder family. Here, he’s pictured, right, with fellow descendants of Casper Glattfelder, U.S. Congressman William F. Goodling, left, and Dr. Millard Gladfelter at the family’s 250th anniversary reunion in 1993.