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.
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- Sears in York County, Pa: How it influenced a communitySears’opened in 1928, and this store – its second – would serve as its longtime downtown home. Sears would operate at two other locations in its 90-year run in York.
- A soldier’s escape: Healing PTSD in natureAfter returning from WWII, Earl Shaffer struggled with depression. He found solace hiking, becoming the first person to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail.
- Highpoint: Big challenges demand bold actionsConstruction scars on Highpoint are still visible, reminders that big challenges – preservation of York County’s sense of place – often demand bold actions.
- Elmwood Mansion: Witnessing constant changeA person peering through those familiar Elmwood pillars in the past 165 years would have seen an evolving York County. This picture shows the Elmwood farmhouse before it was moved in 1905.