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French Toast: Lafayette & the Making of a Myth

French Toast: Lafayette & the Making of a Myth

The story of the Marquis de Lafayette’s “Toast that Saved the Nation” is a favorite local tale of how a French general saved the career of General George Washington by proposing a simple toast while dining in the Gates House in York.  But how much of is it is really true?  Lafayette was in York [...]

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Introduction to York’s History

Introduction to York’s History

This presentation gives an overview of three major periods in York’s history – the American Revolution, Underground Railroad, and Civil War.  Key personalities, important dates and events, and significant locations are all included. Scott previously gave this presentation at a living history training program of the York County Heritage Trust and annually gives a local [...]

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York’s Historic Architecture

York’s Historic Architecture

This presentation is a companion to Butcher’s book, York’s Historic Architecture, which is now in its second printing.  This informative presentation encompasses an overview of York’s historic buildings from both the perspective of architectural styles as well as their context within York’s history. The presentation is heavily slanted toward York City; however, the history and [...]

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York, Pennsylvania: Prize of the Confederacy

York, Pennsylvania: Prize of the Confederacy

York was the largest Northern town occupied by the Confederate Army during the Civil War, and the possible planned point of concentration for the entire Confederate Army.  Furthermore, the town was home to Camp Scott and a major U.S. Army Hospital.  This presentation introduces York’s importance during the Civil War, with a specific emphasis on [...]

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William Goodridge & the Underground Railroad in York County

William Goodridge & the Underground Railroad in York County

William Goodridge was born into slavery in Maryland.  He apprenticed to a local minister and tanner in York, eventually earning his freedom.  From these humble beginnings, Goodridge emerged as a prominent York businessman – he owned 20 properties, constructed York’s first 5-story (4.5) building, and started several businesses.  He was also an important conductor and [...]

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Old York in Postcards

Old York in Postcards

This presentation is a companion to Butcher’s popular book, York (Postcard History Series).  It focuses on the greater York area in the first half of the 20th century.  The presentation includes several dozen postcards including Centre Square, businesses, institutions, public buildings, streetscapes, parks, Codorus Creek, and the York Fair.  Many buildings are long gone and parks [...]

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