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When the other oversized York County shoe drops: Linked in with neat York County, Pa., history stuff – Dec. 30, 2009

Here’s a York (Pa.) Daily Record/Sunday News video of the 8-foot shoe under construction for use in ushering in the New Year’s in eastern York County’s Hallam borough. It’s modeled after Haines Shoe House in nearby Hellam Township. Check out a this video of the 8-foot shoe. For a list of such celebrations in the York County and the region, visit: A new shoe will drop this New Year’s Eve. Also of interest: York County railroading and Hallam’s station: ‘Something that gets into your blood’ and Brook Leaf Love Nest tree house known as Hellam honeymoon spot and Hellam Township’s Chimney Rock threatened: ‘Time is short’ and Seven Gates of Hell a history mystery of mythical proportions.

A mixed bag of neat history stuff:

I often get e-mails from folks looking to research their houses. They ping in so frequently that I’ve provided the substance of my response to them below, with the idea that it might be helpful to viewers here:

There are two heritage groups in the York area which might have specific information on specific houses. These two groups are often confused.
The York County Heritage Trust, 250 E. Market St., has an immense library, with family files of people who might have lived in your house. Consider their holdings “historic software.” Web site: www.yorkheritage.org. (This is the old York County Historical Society.) Also, see archivist Lila Fourhman-Shaull’s views on researching a house in this post: York City directory first step in finding history of a house.
Historic York Inc. is the “historic hardware” organization. Its researchers have done building and housing inventories of many significant York County structures. Web site: www.historicyork.org. This organization is located over on Prospect Street and operates the Architectural Warehouse, which is a place to get old fixtures of some value. This organization and its files aren’t quite as familiar to the lay public as the York County Heritage Trust’s, but its holdings can be very helpful.
To thoroughly check out a buildings, you really need to check in with both organizations.

Upcoming historical exhibit of note: A visual exploration of York County’s journey from the past through present day, featuring artifacts and archival materials from various York County historical organizations within the York County Heritage Trust’s newest exhibit, opening Jan. 24: “Then and Now: A Historic and Modern Visual Tour of York County, Pennsylvania,” at the Historical Society Museum, 250 East Market Street.
Recommended blog post of the day, June Lloyd’s Universal York: York Baker (Stauffer’s Biscuits) Responsible for Chocolate Star and Rabbit Cookies
Forum topic of the day: Should the New York Wire steam whistle concert continue?, Is it music or noise?