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The Delta-Cardiff slate splitters? (It’s not a musical group.) Linked in with neat York County, Pa., history stuff – April 21, 2011

The annual Delta-Cardiff Heritage Festival is set for Saturday, April 30. A full slate of events are planned to demonstrate the Welsh mining culture of that area, illustrated here by an artisan splitting slate from a past festival. (See additional photo below.) Slate from Delta-area quarries was used as roofing shingles, among many other uses. Attendees of this year’s event will see a special emphasis on veterans and the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. Rehoboth Welsh Choir and The Boys from Innisfree will provide music. For details, contact the Old Line Museum at 717-456-7124 by email. Also of interest: Stone structures tell York countians how their ancestors lived and Delta-Peach Bottom slate shingles: ‘Nothing works as good as this’ and Old York County town jails: ‘They’re kind of hidden history’ and Delta Welsh homecoming offers opportunity to learn about culture of slate miners.

Neat stuff from all over …
York’s Roy Flinchbaugh Jr. commented about my recent column, which showed York County Academy’s evolution to York College, or as he put it: “YCA/YCI/YJC/YCP.”
(That’s York County Academy/York Collegiate Institute/York Junior College/York College of Pennsylvania.) … .

“My dad graduated from York County Academy prior to World War I,” he wrote. “I became familiar with the old building across the street from St John’s when I was in Junior High School and was recruited by my English teacher … to play Bodo in “The Watch on the Rhine” with the York Little Theatre. At that time YLT held its rehearsals in the old Academy. Our finished play was presented at the William Penn Senior High auditorium.”
Perhaps the York Academy’s namesake, the York Academy Regional Charter School, will bring similar types of activities to that neighborhood. The charter school is around the corner from the old York Academy’s site, now a parking lot.
A different view of the war: The Associated Press reports that a new iPad app developed from images from the Library of Congress is giving viewers a look at the Civil War in 3D.
The app is called “History 3D: Civil War.”
It includes images from photographers such as Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner. The 3D images were created from the original glass-plate negatives held by the Library of Congress.
The app has been launched on iTunes and can be downloaded for $1.99.
Recommended blog post of the day: Only York’s Joan Concilio continues to write about Gino’s: Even more Gino’s memories from a longtime manager and others.
Forum of the day: Exchangers are interacting over the recent YorkCounts summit and education around York County.

This photo, the photo at top and others of slate splitters at work are available at: The Delta-Cardiff Heritage Festival.
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