Journal of York County Heritage

The Journal of York County Heritage is available annually to all members of the History Center as a benefit of membership. The 2021 edition of the Journal is now available for $6.95 in both our Museum Book Shop and online at our Gift Shop and Book Store.

The Journal of York County Heritage was created in 2010 to celebrate York County history, material culture, cultural heritage, and people.  The 2021 edition is now available for sale in the Gift Shop and features the work of nine local authors. Author Stephen Nicholas Jr. examines the pioneering work of the S. Morgan Smith company in early wind power.  Tom Davidson explores the history of the Lincoln Highway.  Jamie C. Kinsley examines the role of agriculture in the lives of African Americans.  Stephen H. Smith and Lee Davis tell the story of the County Courthouse clock works.  Benjamin A. Hoover II examines the impact of Dr. Julius Hiram Comroe Sr. and his family on the community.  José D. Colón-Bones tells the story of the Hernandez and Rivera families in York’s early Hispanic community.  And Susan E. Baer and Daniel Hajdo write about Hanover Shoe Farms and a 1937 world record race.

Prior editions are also available for sale at the Museum Book Shop located at 250 E. Market St., York. Supplies are limited, so grab your copy today! Buy each previous edition individually, or purchase a combination for special price. They make great gifts for the holidays and other special occasions.

The 2013 and 2014 editions of the Journal of York County Heritage are out of print, but all past editions are now available on our new Journal of York County Heritage Digital Bookcase.  Certain publications, such as Recruits to Continentals: A History of the York County Rifle Company, June 1775-January 1777 written by Philip J. Schlegel and published by our predecessor the Historical Society of York County, are now viewable on our York County History Center Publications Bookcase.

Click here to see Jane Sutton’s article “Opposition to Women’s Voting Rights” from the 2020 Journal of York County Heritage with color illustrations.

Call for Papers

Deadline for submitting articles: December 1, 2021

The York County History Center is now accepting articles for the twelfth edition to be published in the Fall of 2021. Originally created in 2010 to celebrate York County history, material culture, cultural heritage, and people, articles of original scholarship are accepted. Preference will be given to those authors that utilize the York County History Center’s collection, either in full or in part. Photographs and/or other illustrative materials are encouraged but not required. Generally, the manuscript must be original, unpublished, written in English, and limited to 3,000 words. The History Center especially encourages articles that examine diverse York County communities.  Endnotes and bibliography are required.

Shorter pieces: With the 2021 journal, the editors are also seeking submissions of short articles (250–750 words) highlighting aspects of York County history. The pieces should be well sourced internally, but not necessarily footnoted.

Please review the submission guidelines carefully. Please also review the York County History Center Style Guide. For more information, please contact Nicole Smith, Director of Library & Archives at 717-848-1587, ext. 225.

Please be a part of history and submit your publication.

Sticks ‘n Stones: The Myers Family in Levittown

by Daisy D. Myers

This important book, originally published by the York County Heritage Trust in 2005, has been reprinted in a Second Edition in 2021.  It contains a new forward by Michael Newsome, Secretary of Governor Tom Wolf’s Office of Administration and a new Epilogue by Daisy’s daughter Lynda P. Myers.  The reprint was made possible through the support of the Robert P. Turner Publication Fund.


She’s been called the “Rosa Parks of the North.” Daisy D. Myers (1925–2011), a native of

Richmond, Virginia, didn’t intend to become a civil rights activist for fair housing when

she and her family moved to Levittown, Pennsylvania, in 1957. But when hundreds of

people crowded onto her front lawn and into the street, trying to force the Myers family—

the first African American family in Levittown—to leave, Daisy stood her ground.

Written in the years right after the incident, Sticks ’n Stones: The Myers Family in Levittown

is the story of that resistance. Daisy, Daisy’s husband, Bill Myers, a York, Pennsylvania

native and their four children moved to York in the late 1960s. When asked about her

experiences, she simply said, “We love too seldom and hate too often.”


The Ground Swallowed Them Up

by Scott Mingus

This is the first book published that fully addresses the Underground Railroad in York County.  Surprising, considering that from the early 1800s through the early Civil War period, York County was a significant pathway for runaway slaves seeking freedom. Historian Scott Mingus details the several networks that developed which include a Quaker system, another one involving free blacks, and a third with several of York’s leading Pennsylvania Germans as conductors.  Scott Mingus is an Ohio native residing in York, PA and has written 18 Civil War books. A scientist and executive in the paper industry, he holds patents in self-adhesive postage stamps and bar code labels. Softcover, indexed.  Available in the York County History Center Gift Shop and Book Store.