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How did this church get 5 cornerstones? Linked in with neat York County history stuff – May 21, 2011

St. Matthew Lutheran Church on York, Pa.’s, West Market Street was in the news recently because of its new pipe organ: Pipes for organ, moved from filthy barn to historic York, Pa., church, will soon sing . But plenty of more renovations are taking place at the church. The church opened its doors in 1906 and has enlarged and expanded several times. Each time, it has added a cornerstone. Now there are five, the latest one marking recent renovations. (The church’s excellent website tells about renovations and the church’s rich history.) The photo above, taken from the church’s “Tidings” newsletter, shows cornerstone No. 2, at the southeast corner of the sanctuary. One bit of trivia from the newsletter: How tall is St. Matt’s steeple? See answer below. Also of interest: York’s Little Green Church and The organ: ‘It is a whole orchestra in itself’ and Two York County union churches vestiges of bygone era.

Neat stuff from all over …
What is happening miles away from York County means the river that forms its eastern border has earned the rank as America’s most endangered river.
American Rivers said in a recent report that natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation that lies beneath much of the state is threatening the Susquehanna River.
The formation apparently doesn’t run beneath York County, but the drilling in the upper Susquehanna Region will be felt here, the group states. For more, see American Rivers website

Upcoming event:
Scott Mingus and I just taped a PA Books segment on our Civil War Voices from York County to air July 3. We’ll also be making a joint appearance at the York Civil War Roundtable on June 15.
Recommended blog post of the day: Only York’s Joan Concilio tells visitors Even more about Gregory’s Menswear store.
Recommended forum of the day: Exchangers are discussing the book “The Cycles of American History.”
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*Answer to quiz above: St. Matthew’s steeple is 160 feet tall.