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Check out this summer reading list covering works about York County’s history and culture

Artist/carpenter Lewis Miller drew this 19th-century York County, Pa., entertainment scene, capturing diminutive performer Tom Thumb. who traveled the country under the promotion of circus master P.T. Barnum. “Lewis Miller, Sketches and Chronicles,” published by the York County Historical Society, forerunner of the York County Heritage Trust, captured much of the York County artisan’s documentary work. Other posts showing Miller’s work: ‘Pumpkin Flood’ inundated properties of early York countians, but 1817 high water killed 10 and Barnstorming aeronauts floated in balloons over York County in 1800s and Pandemic struck York County in 1849 – gold fever.

School’s out, and it’s a time for reading and exploring new things.
So I offer below a list of books that will add to your understanding of York County.
Actually, I first offered up this list to the Susquehanna Trail Genealogy Club as go-to sources in their work.
How many of these books, certain to be on book shelves 100 years from now, are you familiar with?
Here they are:

– “250th Chronicles,” York, Pa. , 1999. (This set includes my “Never to be Forgotten,” Tom Schaefer’s “Patterns of Our Past” and “Builders and Heroes.” The latter volume contains biographies on many 20th-century York County achievers and is only available as part of this set.
– “Lewis Miller, Sketches and Chronicles,” 1966.
– “Enterprising Images, The Goodridge Brothers, African America Photographers, 1847-1922,” John V. Jezierski, 2000.
– “Children of the Circuit Riders,” Georg R. Sheets, 1985.
– “Cross Roads, A History and Reminiscenses,” Ron Hershner, 1999.
– “Faith and Family,” June Burke Lloyd, 2001.
– “An Autobiography of A.B. Farquhar,” 1922.
– “York Since 1741,” Jim Rudisill, 1991.
– “Flames Beyond Gettysburg,” Scott Mingus, 2009.
– “York’s Historic Architecture,” Scott Butcher, 2008.

As it turns out, this list covers many of the most active writers/researchers working with York County history and culture in the first decade of the 21st century.
These books are available in the York County Library System, the York County Heritage Trust book shop or the Trust’s library and archives. Some are out of print and not in general circulation, but would be in library reference sections. Search this blog using the author’s names for more about their work.