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A decade after this 1961 photo, the Route 30 by-pass was running through here. That's Fireside in the foreground and Interstate 83 at top. The bypass was so called because it routed traffic from York's downtown. Route 462, the old Lincoln Highway, continued to carry traffic through the downtown. Tom Davidson, a student of the Lincoln Highway, presents about the history of this old east/west cross-country road.(YDR file)

Looking for a York County history speaker? Here’s a list of presenters

Looking for a program for an upcoming meeting of your civic group?

These speakers will present on history topics at area community groups.

Tom Davidson: The historic Lincoln Highway (Route 462 and Route 30), in York County and across Pennsylvania. This includes buildings and other landmarks along the route. Contact: Tom.Davidson2642@comcast.net.

Don Robinson: Topics from Delta/Peach Bottom Township, including Welsh immigrants and slate quarrying. Contact: Sprintnut2@gmail.com.

Paul Gunning: Children’s Home of York’s history. Contact: Gunnpj@msn.com.

Steve Nicholas: York industrialist S. Morgan Smith. Contact: Saintnic1967@gmail.com.

Stephen H. Smith: Topics from his YorksPast blog. Contact: Stephen.smith4@comcast.net.

June Lloyd: Select from 10 programs covering various aspects of York County history. Contact: Ycpa89@msn.com.

Chris Hertig: Terrorism in the U.S., law enforcement history, history of security. Contact: chrisahertig@yahoo.com.

Ted Sickler: Topics: York families since the 1950s and “The Conspiracy of 1803.” Contact: tsickler@lnpnews.com.

Scott Mingus: Civil War, Underground Railroad topics. Contact: scottmingus@yahoo.com.

Ron Hershner: Themes from his book: ‘Letters From Home: York County, Pennsylvania, during the Civil War.’ Also: Leadership lessons from Abraham Lincoln. Contact: rhershner@stockandleader.com.

Eleanor Boggs Shoemaker: The story of York County’s Parks. Contact: wpebs@earthlink.net 

Jim McClure: Hex Murder, World War II/York Plan, York Race Riots, Presidential visits, Women in York County history and others listed here:  Contact: jem@ydr.com.

Jeffrey Kirkland: Black history/Black experience in York. Contact: iced1@comcast.net.

J. Ross McGinnis: Hex Murder and Hex Murder Trials. Contact: jrmcginnis@stockandleader.com.

Charles Stambaugh: North Eastern York County History In Preservation speaks on topics about the Mount Wolf, Manchester and York Haven region: neychip@gmail.com.

Bart Stump: Educator speaks about the Susquehanna River petroglyphs (Indian rock carvings), Continental Currency during the American Revolution and other topics: hawke3@comcast.net.

Donna Peace: Speaks on  New Freedom and region: Summit Grove Campground, abolitionist Amanda Berry Smith, Rock Chapel Cemetery & more: donnapeace8@gmail.com

Ken Weiler: Published author speaks on various World War II topics as well as about history areas: kweiler1@comcast.net 

4 comments on “Looking for a York County history speaker? Here’s a list of presenters

  1. Hello,
    I’m a former President, Susquehanna Lions club. Manchester, Mt. Wolf area. Were always hunting speakers, history is a good topic. Any topic, except has to be run by the board first. We have roughly 60 members, with covid, about 30 attend.

    1. Randy, Feel free to contact any speaker on the list and query him/her directly. I’ve been to Susquehanna 3-4 times over the years, and you have great group there. I’d be glad to come back. You can email me at jimmcclure21@outlook.com if you’d like to discuss.

  2. I would like to join the York County History Speakers to contribute my knowledge and research of the Second World War in Europe. I’ve published three scholarly books on the subject and am a lecturer at Penn State/York with the OLLI Program. I recently lectured about the 1941 Russian Front and am a member of the Central PA WWII Roundtable. I’m also on the Board of the Hanover Area Historical Society and Co-Chair of its Museum Committee. My wife and I are volunteers with the National Park Service as docents at the Eisenhower National Historic Site in Gettysburg.

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