Members Behind the Scenes
Join our Collections and Library and Archives staff as they share with you some of their favorite objects that aren’t currently on display. Members will also get to see some of our storage areas not open to the public. This event is free and will take place monthly via Zoom, but you must register and you must be a member of the York County History Center.
If you’d like to participate but aren’t a member, please consider joining. Choose which membership type is right for you and join HERE.
Tuesday, March 9, Bryan Bailey and Caroline Smith will show us General Jacob Devers photo albums.
Born in York in 1887, Jacob Devers had a decorated military career. Graduating from West Point and serving with the army in WW1, Devers would become a brigadier general just after WW2 broke out in Europe. Devers was put in charge of creating training programs for all of US’s Armored forces at Fort Knox. While stationed there he oversaw the creation of the M4 Sherman tank, which the United States would produce almost 50,000 of during the war. But his most important contribution was commanding the 650,000 strong 6th Army Group in its invasion of Southern France, codenamed Operation Dragoon on August 14th, 1944. In only 4 weeks Devers liberated all of Southern France and arrived at the German border. Devers was a member of the York County Historical society after he retired from the army in 1949. After he died in 1979 his personal and military record were donated to the Library and Archives, which we have maintained ever since. This collection includes his many scrapbooks, which Caroline has been working very hard on lately.
If you’d like to participate please register online HERE for this month’s event or EMAIL US to reserve your spot!
Save the Dates:
Tuesday, April 13
Tuesday, May 11