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The day Abraham Lincoln died: Linked in with neat York County, Pa., history stuff – May 13, 2011

This framed newspaper page – actually a reprint – has been the the family of Sara Bretz, a former York County, Pa., teacher for years. It reports news of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Sara said the articles reflected the sadness evoked across America by John Wilkes Booth’s terrible act. After reading them, Sara said, “It means just so, so much more. (They) tell you what people were going through emotionally.” Notice the score lines often used by newspapers of the day to observe national tragedies. (See example in the York Gazette after Lincoln’s assassination here.) Also of interest: All Abraham Lincoln was here posts from the start and York’s Jeremiah Black, former U.S. attorney general, among Democrats resorting to racism, York County’s own Civil War and Civil war prompted strife in churches, too.

Neat stuff from all over …
The following Facebook exchange reveals a bit more about the old post office building – Lighthouse Ministries – across from York Central Market.
And some architect humor: … .

Richard Bono (York County architect): “A really wonderful building. One architect hammed it up by saying: “I asked a brick what it wanted to be, and it answered: “An arch”. True arches in building today are rare, and it’s a loss for the public realm.”
Me: “Dick, do you know who designed that building? I know it’s not a Dempwolf design.”

Richard Bono:
“In fact, I’m certain it was not designed by a York architect at all. I recall reading it was designed by an out-of-town architectural firm, who were commissioned by the post office. The name escapes me. This would have been one of their designs, likely for a group of such buildings in the region. I’m not certain it’s purely Richardsonian either, because there’s no rustication…but the influence of Richardson is clearly there in the choice of the Romanesque.”
Web story of note: Readers remember their teachers in another installment of the York Daily Record/Sunday News “Remember” series: “Teachers of York County.” Do you have any teachers that helped shape you? Please comment below.
Web video trailer of note: See the trailer for the two-hour film “Gettysburg,” to air on Monday, May 30 in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Here’s some info from the History Channel’s site: “Executive produced by Ridley and Tony Scott, GETTYSBURG strips away the romanticized veneer of the Civil War to present the pivotal Battle of Gettysburg in a new light–a visceral, terrifying and deeply personal experience, fought by men who put everything on the line in defense of their vision of the American future. Cinematic in scope, GETTYSBURG is an information-packed look at the turning points, strategic decisions, technology and little-known facts surrounding the battle.”

Recommended blog post of the day:
Yorkblogger Scott Mingus writes about: Civil War Day in Parkton, MD on May 21, 2011
Forum of the day: Exchangers are discussing news about a new Starbucks on Route 30. That unit will be serving coffee roasted nearby.
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