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Recognize this fortress-like building? Linked in with neat York County, Pa., history stuff: Nov. 2, 2010

‘York County Prison,’ a photograph of the old Chestnut Street prison in York, Pa., submitted to York County Camera Club competition. Photograph Ted Taylor of Wrightsville won honorable mention in the competition, which had an architectural theme. The prison was abandoned in 1979 when York County moved prisoners to a new facility on Concord Road. Also of interest: Old York County, Pa., jail on endangered list and Prison listing brings back food loaf memories and ‘There were only so many cells in that old stone prison.

Neat stuff from all over…
Wm. Lee Smallwood, longtime York City councilman and reenactor of former slave and York businessman William C. Goodridge, has lived in New Orleans for several years.
He sent a Facebook message about Sashayed in Treme, a one-hour bus tour and festive cocktail reception featuring the Treme Brass Band, with NOLA cuisine, sponsored by the Preservation Resource Center and the African American Museum as part of the AA Heritage Program.
“Treme is the most talked about neighborhood in the most unique city in America,” he wrote, “noted by the television series produced in, about, and named ‘Treme.’ I was impressed!”
He spoke with the museum staff about William C. Goodridge. They knew about the former York, Pa., businessman and Underground Railroad conductor… .

They grew interested in playing host to a Goodridge exhibit.
Lee suggested that York and New Orleans could develop a museum-to-museum relationship, exchanging and exhibiting artifacts.
The African American Museum there began in 1996 and now has five properties.
Underground Railroad: Click here for many posts on the Underground Railroad in York County
Teaching local history: Red Lion Area High School is offering a local history elective, teaching students about the history of Red Lion.
“There will be many interesting projects to explore the history of the area,” Humberd said. “Students will get a better understanding of their community.”
That’s a promising initiative. Here’s hoping students see the significance of learning local history.
Recommended blog post of the day: Yorkblogger June Lloyd writes about: More on York County Horse Thieves
Forum of the day: Readers are weighing in on the question: Would York countians elect Abraham Lincoln today in commenting on my column: York countians would back Lincoln today.
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