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Exhibit features artifacts detailing presidential visits to York County

Nancy Smith, to the left of the president, delivered red roses on behalf of the Girl Scouts to Harry S. Truman during a York, Pa., campaign stop in 1948. Truman made sure that the 11-year-old girl stood near him so she would appear in photographs. This photo is among many that are part of the York County Heritage Trust’s collection documenting presidential stops in York. (See additional photo below.) Background posts: Harry S. Truman’s first York visit: ‘A statesman is only a dead politician’ and Crowd to Truman on second York visit: ‘Give ’em h—, Harry’ and Harry Truman to York countians: ‘And you got exactly what you deserved’ and Other presidential visits listed.

The York County Heritage Trust, 250 E. Market St., is presenting a case exhibit displaying artifacts linked to presidential visits to York County.
The exhibit, to be unveiled on Saturday, is tied to next week’s inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama.
The library at the trust has a large collection of presidential-related artifacts, including newspaper clippings, photographs and campaign posters… .

A crowd gathers around President Harry S. Truman’s train, stopped where the railroad tracks cross West Market Street in York’s downtown. (Photo courtesy of York County Heritage Trust.)
One such poster touts John F. Kennedy’s visit to the York Fair in 1960.
Another special artifact is a record of Lyndon B. Johnson’s speech during his visit to Dallastown in 1966. (To see the text of that speech, click here.)
Archivist Lila Fourhman-Shaull pointed out that the record also includes comments Lady Bird Johnson made during the visit, celebrating Dallastown’s 100th anniversary.
For additional posts on presidential visits to York County, click here.