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Those John Wilkes Booth bobbleheads in Gettysburg? Manhunt ends. Linked in with neat York County history stuff, March 13, 2012

Those bobbleheads dolls of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth for sale  at the gift shop at Gettysburg National Military Park are no longer on the shelves. The Hanover Evening Sun reported that Foundation President Joanne Hanley and Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent Bob Kirby  agreed to remove the bobbleheds from the shelves. But the two groups would not comment further. This is just a simple case of how people and groups in the public square should have just come clean and admitted they messed up. Abe Lincoln would have found a folksy way of doing so. For details, visit the Evening Sun’s Lincoln scholar: ‘Wiser bobbleheads prevailed.’  Also of interest: John Wilkes Booth was a schoolboy in York and As usual, York County linked up with a major event – the Lincoln assassination conspiracy

Neat stuff from all over … .

A Pittsburgh Tribune Review story tells about the disappearance of barns in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the U.S.:

“How much poorer our landscape will look without them,” said Charles Leik, president of the National Barn Alliance, a nonprofit that is coordinating efforts to save historic barns. Some Pennsylvania barns date to the 1700s.

No statewide count of barns is under way in Pennsylvania, Leik said.

More, according to the Trib’s story: Preservationists hoping to save Pennsylvania’s historic barns.

“It’s a tragedy to lose (barns),” said Lu Donnelly, an architectural historian and trustee at the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. “Agriculture was the largest industry of the 19th century. Barns were the workshop.”

Including barns in the 2012 Census of Agriculture would provide comparison data to the 2007 census, which identified more than 29,000 Pennsylvania barns built before 1960.

“We would love to get people of all walks of life interested in saving these barns,” said Sheila Miller, president of the Historic Barn and Farm Foundation of Pennsylvania.

The dogs in Dogtown: Dave Gulden, oldyorktimes@aol.com, who wrote a piece about “The Howling Hellians of Dogtown School” profiled on this blog recently answers a question about how Dogtown got its name:

“I  was told by a Dogtown resident that the name referred to the “carny dogs” who worked at Highland Park and built small homes nearby. Interesting if true.”

260 years old: Terrence Downs has created a Facebook Page for York’s First Moravian’s 260th anniversary coming later this month.  The page contains a thorough history of this 18th-century York church.


A change at another vintage York church: Asbury United Methodist, with 18th-century beginnings, now has its first black female pastor.

Live is alive: We follow national newsmakers from York County because, among other reasons, they may be remembered by historians in the future. So it’s significant that York’s internationally known band Live has a new frontman, Chris Shinn.

No fish story: June Lloyd over at Universal York writes about: York woman annoyed by neighbor’s catfish. She answers the question: Why would you have fish in your bathtub?

Forum of the day: Comment on the presence of – removal of – the John Wilkes Booth Bobblehead dolls at Gettysburg National Military Park at The Exchange or on my Facebook page.