Recommended resources

From Jamie Kinsley:

  • Wandering in York County blog
  • A copy of her dissertation, “The Garden in the Machine: Homesteading, Local Foodways, and Agriculture in York, Pennsylvania,” is in the York County History Center archives and York County Library System. 

From James McClure:

Other resources

On Facebook: Join the YDR Retro York Group York County history stories: Retro York

Fixing York Facebook Group

Latinos Unidos

Latinos de York FB

The Movement FB Group

York XL FB

York Black history website 

York African-American Historical Society

Goodridge Freedom Center

Friends of Lebanon Cemetery FB

Fellow researchers: Joan Concilio, Stephen H. Smith, Scott Mingus, June Burke Lloyd

York County History Center’s York History at Home

York County History Center Journals of York County Heritage (archived)

York County History Center Archives (with online databases)

Strong Towns FB Group

Messiah University’s Digital Harrisburg: Exploring the history, society and culture of Pennsylvania’s Capital City. (This site inspired Witnessing York’s Documents page.)

York is More: Challenges for Change in York Pa.; Susquehanna 1608 project.

International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

Facing History and Ourselves

Keystones Oral History, recently featuring York County military veterans, with documentary video.

Significant stories, 2020-21

Jim McClure: Five takeaways from diversity educator’s visit to York County

Robert Simpson: Bobby Simpson offers advice to young BLM protesters

Jim McClure: 15 women from York County’s past who inspired and created change.

Jasmine Vaughn-Hall: Saying “Blue Lives Matter,” doesn’t honor police. It divides us all.

Jasmine Vaughn-Hall: Black Lives Matter movement has impact on artists – and they have our attention

Jamie Kinsley & Jim McClure: A look at accomplished York County women in the 21st century.

Jamie Kinsley & Jim McClure: The Green Book – Struggling to find a place to stay while on family vacation

Write-thrus about significant York County topics

The Susquehannocks: Susquehannock Native American culture and Conestoga Massacre.

American Revolution: Drama plays out in York as America fought for its life

American Revolution: Is York the first capital of the United States?

American Civil War: This series of quotes explains York County in the Civil War.

American Civil War: York’s surrender in the Civil War: Should we have caved?

World War II: What was the York Plan, one of York County’s finest moments?

World War II: Photos – York, Pa., in World War II and the York Plan that helped win it.

Hex Murder: Murder and witchcraft: The incredible story of York County’s Hex Murder

York Race Riots: Revolts were a war that left dozens injured and two people dead

York Race Riots: 30 powerful quotes that help explain the York revolts and the aftermath

Riots and Charrette: 50 years ago: First summer of rioting erupted in York, Pa.

York Charrette: It was no charade, but a time of community character building

Witman fratricide case: Mysteries — like the timeline and knife — still surround Witman murder case 20 years later

Dover Intelligent Design case: 15-years-ago, Dover ID case roiled our community.

Books, online or in library

The Story of Civil Rights in York County, Pa., Jim Kalish.

Legacies: Remembrances of York County women, AAUW.

Charrette of York, Pa., Part I. Part II, George Shumway.

Youth Dignity from the Grass Roots, Matt Jackson.

Question-and-answer stories with York County, regional leaders

Codie Eash: All roads lead to York at Gettysburg’s Seminary Ridge Museum (

Silas Chamberlin: Q & A on the $75 million Codorus Creek Beautification Initiative (

Mark Platts: Highpoint, Native Lands parks teach downstream lessons (

Neil King Jr.: Neil King is taking in York County, a founding slice of America (

Bryan Wade: Oral history project will reflect history of local African American community (

*A write-thru is a journalistic term for a summary pulling together noteworthy pieces of a major story. Witnessing York stories are short write-thrus. The stories above are longer.