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Hard Bargains 1777          

  a permanent outdoor public art installation that commemorates the work of the Continental Congress in York, PA.  Here met delegates from 13 independent colonies, tense from fighting a war and often quarrelsome among themselves over religion, culture, customs, territory, commerce and other differences. The war effort nonetheless necessitated collective action for mutual benefit and defense.                         

It was here in York that agreement was reached. Drafts of the Articles of Confederation were debated, revised and finally adopted and sent off from York to the 13 states for ratification. The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union loosely held the states together for about 10 years, a precursor to the U.S. Constitution.                                                                        

Researchers for the Hard Bargains installation unearthed an original 1777 document that shines new light on what was actually happening in the York County Court House in the Fall of 1777.                                                                                        

Copies of the document, never before seen in York, will be among the features of a large sculpture now being designed as the Hard Bargains centerpiece.

About the Project                                                    


HARD BARGAINS PROJECT HONORS THE APPELLS                                         

The project will be developed as a gift from the York County community to honor Jody Appell and the late Louis J. Appell Jr. He initiated the project and provided seed money to develop the concept that is now entering detailed design and fundraising stages.  When the project is completed, sponsors intend to pass its ownership to York County History Center, along with a maintenance fund.                          


WHO IS LEADING THE PROJECT?                                                                    

Spearheading the effort is a small “kitchen cabinet” composed of former YorkCounts co-chairs Ernest Waters and Atty. Reed Anderson, longtime Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff employee Polly Stetler, United Way executive Robert Woods, community volunteer Barb Linder, and urban planner/civic activist Genevieve Ray.  Lead designer is Boston-area public artist Ross Miller.



Hard Bargains 1777 operates under the fiscal sponsorship of the York County Bar Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, EIN #23-2647164. No goods or services will be provided in exchange for contributions to the Hard Bargains 1777 project. Therefore, the full amount of contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law. A copy of the official registration and financial information of the York County Bar Foundation may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999.  Registration does not imply endorsement.


WHAT IS THE CONCEPT?                                                                       

As now conceived, the installation consists of 13 stainless steel columns engaging viewers in a dynamic optical field of mirrors, color glass, light, text panels & graphics, on a base 20-feet in diameter; sited in the neighborhood of the Continental Court House replica and overlooking the Codorus Creek.                                                                                   


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