Hanover in York County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Trailblazing Writers Leader, Long, and Prowell
A Heart of Hanover Trail Stop
On these first blocks of Frederick Street lived pioneering newspaper woman Mary Sophia Leader (1835-1913), famous author John Luther Long (1861-1927), and historian George Reeser Prowell (1849-1928), all buried one mile south of here in Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Mary Leader's father, Senary, owned and published The Spectator, a weekly newspaper that operated next to their home, which was across the street on the corner of Frederick and Franklin Streets. After Senary's death in 1858, Mary and her mother Maria ran the paper until 1875, when Maria died. Under Mary's direction, the paper continued churning out weekly editions until 1892. According to an often-told story, the 28-year-old Mary Leader walked to and from Gettysburg, 14 miles away, to cover President Abraham Lincoln's world-famous Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863. Throughout the nation, journalistic response to Lincoln's brief speech was mixed. The pro-Republican Spectator printed excerpts of Lincoln's "few appropriate remarks."
Hanover born and bred John Luther Long, whose childhood home stood in front of you, was a lawyer and prominent author.
According to Long, Madame Butterfly was based on the recollections of his sister, Jennie Correll, who had visited Japan with her husband, a Methodist missionary. Long's original work shows the female lead character, Cho-Cho-San, a geisha abandoned by her American lover, as a survivor who starts to kill herself, but ultimately decides otherwise. She lives to raise her child. By contrast, Puccini's opera tragically ends with her suicide.
Long's work inspired the Tony award-winning 1988 play, M. Butterfly, which became a movie, and the hit 1989 Broadway musical, Miss Saigon. His November 1, 1927 obituary in The New York Times described Long, in his own words, as "a sentimentalist, and a feminist and proud of it."
Another significant author, George Reeser Prowell, historian, journalist and Hanover's first school superintendent, also lived on this side of the block, at 51 Frederick Street across from present-day borough offices. Prowell wrote the multi-volume The
To explore performing arts, check out the Eichetherger Performing Arts Center: www.theeich.org
To explore literature, visit Hanover's Guthrie Memorial Library and York County Libraries: www.yorklibraries.org
Poster for Giacomo Puccini's opera, Madame Butterfly:
The Spectator Office painting. Reuben Becker Jr., artist (1960). Courtesy of Guthrie Memorial Library
Erected 2022 by Main Street Hanover; and Heart of Hanover Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Communications • War, US Civil • Women. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series list. A significant historical date for this entry is November 19, 1863.
Location. 39° 47.993′ N, 76° 59.067′ W. Marker is in Hanover, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker is on Frederick Street (Pennsylvania Route 194/116) just west of Doss Aly, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located along the sidewalk near the John Luther Long Birthplace. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hanover PA 17331, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Hanover Spectator Covers the Battle (here, next to this Birthplace of John Luther Long (here, next to this marker); The Hanover Theater (a few steps from this marker); Hospitality Before Hostility (within shouting distance of this marker); Hanover's Underground Railroad Conductors (within shouting distance of this marker); Kilpatrick Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); General George Armstrong Custer (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); High Noon in Hanover (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hanover.
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Also see . . .
1. Poster for Giacomo Puccini's opera, Madame Butterfly. (Submitted on May 3, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Guthrie Memorial Library - Hanover's Public Library.
Located just three blocks from the center of town on Route 94, we have been welcoming Hanover area families since 1911.(Submitted on May 3, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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