History and Adversity, Jim McClure, Rotary Club of York PA, Meeting, 04/22/2020
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Jim McClure, retired editor of the York Daily Record/York Sunday News, will talk on other significant times of worry endured by York Countians through history and how York County has shown resilience in adversity.  We are in unparalleled times with COVID-19 virus but this is certainly not the first time we have been challenged with adversity of events seemingly outside our control.  In time, COVID-19 will join the significant moments from our past that challenged every man, woman and child in York County. 
Jim's presentation will cover a sampling of these difficult times and how the community responded. At this moment of crisis, we can gain strength from countless York County residents who endured through other challenging moments in York County’s past. Jim will explore how our ancestors battled through wars and rumors of wars and against deadly epidemics of our past.  Words like polio, the Spanish Flu, yellow and scarlet fever and small pox just to name a few are now, at least locally, somewhat for the history books, but they had their own time of stress, uncertainty and fear.  What lessons can we learn about from our forebears – both what worked and what needed work in times of crisis.   In fighting through this COVID-19 pandemic, we can appreciate and lean from those that faced other daunting challenges. 
A story published by Jim McClure about the need for a post-pandemic review: 
Jim retired as editor of the York Daily Record in April 2019 after 30 years with the YDR and has been enjoying his passion for research and writing about York County history.  In addition to his leadership of the Daily Record, he served as Atlantic Region editor for the USA Today Network, overseeing six newsrooms in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland.  He is the author or coauthor of seven books on York County history and moderates the Retro York Facebook Group.  Jim holds a master’s degree in American Studies from Penn State Harrisburg, where his research focused on York County journalism history.