Three deserving researchers receive Henry J. Young Award. And who was York, Pa., native Henry James Young?
The York County, Pa. Heritage Trust’s archives hold this edition and more than 20 other copies of the Pennsylvania Gazette, the weekly newspaper published in York during the Continental Congress’ visit in 1777-78. This holding is one of untold contributions from Henry J. Young, director of the York County Historical Society (predecessor of the trust) for many years and later a noted professor of history at Dickinson College. For more on this Gazette collection, see June Lloyd’s Universal York blog post: York’s First Newspaper–The Pennsylvania Gazette. Also of interest: Noted Pennsylvania German art historian will be missed and York historical community will miss Carl Hatch and PS Harrisburg grad school: ‘Set my feet even more firmly on the path into the world of Fraktur’.
Three longtime researchers of York County’s past have received the coveted Henry J. Young award from the South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society.
Universal York’s June Lloyd, retired archivist at the Trust, Barbara Rudy, genealogist and veteran volunteer at the archives, and Leonard Heilman, researcher and writer, received the award on Sunday from the South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society.
The three are worthy recipients of this award granted by SCPGS to those who make significant contributions to genealogy and local history.
Their good work is ongoing.
But who was Henry J. Young? …
You can’t move around the York County Heritage Trust’s archives very long before you run into a collection this York native gathered or his name on correspondence.
His stamp is everywhere, 60 years after his tenure as York County Historical Society director ended.
Specifically, he was society director in the 1930s and 1940s and later became Dana Professor of History at Dickinson College and a life member of the American Historical Association.
This bio (scroll to bottom) tells the facts about Henry J. Young, who died in 1995.
And another essay gives insight into his personality.
A bio from Dickinson makes a few observations showing his dry humor and varied interests. For example:
– Henry James Young – “friends jokingly put a comma between the middle and last names.”
– Young sometimes asked his students, “Why did the Holy Roman Empire last so long?”
“Years later he told a friend that he had no idea himself, but he always hoped a student would offer something plausible.”
– “He also continued to indulge his taste for murder mysteries, borrowing them from the Bosler Free Library and methodically recording on note cards the appropriate bibliographical information of each book.”
I never knew Henry Young, but my research has benefited from his work many times.
Here’s a quality that set him apart (reminding me much of Gettysburg College’s history professor emeritus Charles H. Glatfelter, his roommate at Johns Hopkins):
He was a rare scholar with high academic credentials – a doctorate from Johns Hopkins and all – who would make valuable contributions in research at the local level.
Also of interest, again:
Noted Pennsylvania German art historian will be missed and York historical community will miss Carl Hatch and PS Harrisburg grad school: ‘Set my feet even more firmly on the path into the world of Fraktur’.
– All York Town Square posts from the start. Then use “find” function on browser to search for keywords.
– Of course, you can always search for York Town Square posts on Google. For example, when you search for yorktownsquare and York County Heritage Trust, you get this.
*Pennsylvania Gazette image courtesy of the York County Heritage Trust.