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Lancaster (/ˈlæŋkəstər/ LANG-kə-stər) is a city located in South Central Pennsylvania which serves as the seat of Pennsylvania's Lancaster County and one of the oldest inland towns in the United States. With a population of 59,322, it ranks eighth in population among Pennsylvania's cities. The Lancaster metropolitan area population is 507,766, making it the 101st largest metropolitan area in the U.S. and second largest in the South Central Pennsylvania area.

The city's primary industries include healthcare, tourism, public administration, manufacturing, and both professional and semi-professional services. Lancaster hosts more electronic public CCTV outdoor cameras per capita than cities such as Boston or San Francisco, despite controversy among residents. Lancaster was home to James Buchanan, the nation's 15th president, and to congressman and abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens.

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The Hershey Company (NYSEHSY), known until April 2005 as the Hershey Foods Corporation[1] and commonly called Hershey's, is the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America.[2] Its headquarters are in Hershey, Pennsylvania, which is also home to Hershey's Chocolate World. It was founded by Milton S. Hershey in 1894 as the Hershey Chocolate Company, a subsidiary of his Lancaster Caramel Company. Hershey's products are sold in about sixty countries worldwide.[2][3]

Hershey is one of the oldest chocolate companies in the United States, and an American icon for its chocolate bar. It is one of a group of companies established by Milton Hershey. Other companies established by Milton Hershey include Hershey Trust Company, and Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company, which runs Hersheypark, a chocolate-themed amusement park, the Hershey Bears minor professional hockey team, Hersheypark Stadium and the Giant Center. Most of the employees for the factory come from the surrounding counties, towns, and boroughs, such as Lebanon County, Hummelstown, South Hanover, and Harrisburg.

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The Mercer's Mill Covered Bridge over the East Branch of the Octoraro Creek between Lancaster County and Chester County.

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Charles Demuth (November 8, 1883 – October 23, 1935) was an American watercolorist who turned to oils late in his career, developing a style of painting known as Precisionism.

"Search the history of American art," wrote Ken Johnson in The New York Times, "and you will discover few watercolors more beautiful than those of Charles Demuth. Combining exacting botanical observation and loosely Cubist abstraction, his watercolors of flowers, fruit and vegetables have a magical liveliness and an almost shocking sensuousness."[4]

Demuth was a lifelong resident of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The home he shared with his mother is now the Demuth Museum, which showcases his work. He graduated from Franklin & Marshall Academy before studying at Drexel University and at Philadelphia's Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. While he was a student at PAFA, he met William Carlos Williams at his boarding house. The two were fast friends and remained close for the rest of their lives.

He later studied at Académie Colarossi and Académie Julian in Paris, where he became a part of the avant garde art scene. The Parisian artistic community was accepting of Demuth's homosexuality.

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  • Locals can easily spot a visitor by how they pronounce "Lancaster." Locally, Lancaster is pronounced /ˈlæŋkɨstər/ LANK-iss-tər, rather than the usual American pronunciation /ˈlænkæstər/ LAN-kast-ər. This is most likely due to early British influence in this area.

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"There was a crowd of between seven and eight hundred persons out on Friday to see the Lancaster barnstormers play the Philadelphia Giants."

The Lancaster Daily Intelligencer, September 22, 1906


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  1. ^ Preparedfoods.com Retrieved June 30, 2006.
  2. ^ a b Booksense.com Retrieved June 30, 2006.
  3. ^ "The Hershey Company: NYSE:HSY quotes & news - Google Finance". Google. Retrieved August 8, 2012.
  4. ^ Johnson, Ken (February 27, 2008). "A Watercolorist Who Turned His Hand to Oils of Heroic Vision". The New York Times. Retrieved November 27, 2012.