Challenging moments that teach and inspire in York County, Pa.
York County is full of momentous sites and memorable people. We believe their stories, sometimes not well known or well considered, must be told. These stories often tell of struggle and the lengthy journey toward resolution.
By calling attention to our historically critical places and diverse people, past and present, we hope to inspire reflection, dialogue and action.
Explore the map below.
- Drumming: It used to be prohibited for Native Americans, now it’s celebratedBetween 1879 and 1918, thousands of Native American children were forced to abandon their cultural practices. Now, Indian Steps Museum will honor these traditions at their annual Pow Wow festival.
- Goodridge House: Early photography, Underground Railroad intersect hereGlenalvin Goodridge began the family photography business in 1847 and his brothers, William O. and Wallace, followed. The Goodridge brothers operated the business for 75 years, for most of that time in East Saginaw, Mich.
- Where York’s Philadelphia & Newberry streets meetSince its beginning, York County has served as a crossroads. Settlers would pass through here to go to all points of the compass. Centre Square, later Continental Square, illustrated here, was the epicenter of pioneers seeking their fortune. Yet, other intersections have been the scenes of activity, We’re exploring those here.
- Hometown History: Jamie and Domi talk YoCo backstoryHistorian Jamie Kinsley and archivist Domi Miller explore York County people, places and issues in this new video series: ‘Hometown History.’ The first episode covers Underground Railroad operators Ezekiel ad Eliza Baptist.