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Living in The Yorktowne (Homes): Linked in with neat York County, Pa., history stuff – Oct. 18, 2009

Lee Schwan provided a bunch of compelling photos from northwest York, Pa.’s Yorktowne Homes, built as housing for defense workers in World War II. Schwan wrote in an e-mail, published in a previous post, that he hopes someone writes about living in Yorktowne in the 1940s and 1950s. Background posts: Just try to resist this memory-tugging photograph of northwest York, Pa. and World War II-era Yorkers welcomed nondescript housing and Linked in with neat York County history stuff – Oct. 10, 2009.

From the mailbag: A mixed bag of links to a bit of everything around York County:
– York County history enthusiasts should keep their eye on e-Bay for bits of history. An e-mailer pointed out that copies of The Morning Journal are available on there. The York Dispatch published this short-lived newspaper during a short-lived strike by workers of competitor The Gazette and Daily in 1970. The Gazette came back after that strike as the York Daily Record, owned by District Attorney Harold Fitzkee and partners who had purchased it from J.W. Gitt. That comeback spelled the demise of The Morning Journal… .
– More neat stuff below. –

– This is a big week for interesting programs: Jim Hessler will speak on “Sickles at Gettysburg” Wednesday at the York County Civil War Roundtable’s monthly meeting at the York County Heritage Trust. New York Times best-selling author Jonah Lehrer, who has local family ties, will visit Martin Library to discuss his latest book, “How We Decide”, and meet program attendees on Thursday. Details: 849-6952.
– Two new books on local history await readers: Scott Mingus’ newest work, “The Louisiana Tigers in the Gettysburg Campaign” and Fred Abendschein’s “Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville,” another in the series from Arcadia Publishing. More on both of those coming soon.
– The York County Heritage Trust has put out a call for papers on York County history for consideration for selection in a scholarly publication in conjunction with the organization’s 10th anniversary. For details, e-mail Lila Fourhman-Shaull.