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Gettysburg 150th: The observance is gaining interest in York County, Pa. – Linked in with neat history stuff, May 20, 2012

Lona Full, left, and her husband Art, of Stewartstown, dressed for a Civil War-era church service in nearby Cross Roads 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 provide an opportunity for re-enactors, living historians and just people who want to dress in period garb to done their uniforms and dresses. Lona was a member of Cross Roads United Methodist Church as a child. The Stewartstown Historical Society plans a program on the Civil War on June 5. Also of interest: Improved Order of Heptasophs of Stewartstown: Everything you ever wanted to know about this fraternal group

The Stewartstown Historical Society is looking for residents who have 1860s artifacts or photographs to display at Civil War evening in the southeastern York County borough.

The 7:30 p.m., June 5, program at Stewartstown Presbyterian Church will also feature a presentation by Scott Mingus and me on our new book, “Echoing Still: More Civil War Voices from York County, Pa.” We will sign our Civil War books before and after the presentation.

If interested in displaying your artifacts, please call 717-993-5003 to leave a message, or email stewhist@yahoo.com.

The event is free; a free-will donation will be taken for the historical society.

The society is open from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, visit: http://www.stewhist.org.

Other neat stuff from all over …

Weapons safety taught: Gettysburg 150th re-enactors wield weapons and that means they must brush up on safety.

History mystery photo: OK, this old railroad trestle might look like it out in the remote corner of York County but it’s actually near civilization. Can you locate it? (Answer: Trestle. )

Another anniversary: Hanover is observing its 250th birthday this year, and events have kicked off.