On June 10, 2003, The Murals of York experienced a little "nightlife" for the first time!  York City Mayor John Brenner welcomed a sizeable crowd to help light the Articles of Confederation Mural. After introductory comments and a special reading by York Poet Laureate Gary Meisenhelder, it was time to get down to business!  At approximately 9:15, Eric Bieber - a ten-year old student - flipped the switch, illuminating the historic mural.  Located on the side of the Junior League of York Building - at the intersection of West Market Street and Pershing Avenue - the mural lighting was made possible via a partnership between the Junior League of York, York County Heritage Trust, and City of York.  In the coming months, more murals are expected to spring to nightlife throughout the downtown.  In fact, at the Light the Night festivities it was announced that several sponsors have stepped up and committed to light more murals!

Interested to sponsor a mural lighting?  Send an e-mail to, and you will be contacted.

If you missed it - or just want to remember it - here are a few pictures from the event.  And don't forget to visit Virtual York: A Journey Through History to take a virtual tour of York, explore the architecture, learn some history, and find things to do.


As dusk turned into twilight, anxious guests began to congregate at the intersection of West Market Street and Pershing Avenue.  A number of potential mural sponsors attended a reception at the Colonial Courthouse, which was bathed in white light, adding some ambience to the evening.
City of York Mayor John Brenner welcomed the sizeable crowd.  No one knows how they did it, but the City managed to arrange for the perfect warm, dry evening.  It pays to know people in the right places.

York's first-ever Poet Laureate Gary Meisenhelder entertained the crowd with a poem specially prepared for the Light the Night event.
Mayor Brenner stands with Eric Bieber, a ten year-old student who dressed in Colonial attire specifically for the occasion! 

Lights! Camera! Action!  Eric Bieber pulls the switch to light the Articles of Confederation Mural.
Getting by with a little help from our friends.  Because it takes over five minutes for the lights to warm up and provide full illumination, the York City Fire Department was on hand to add a little light to the night!

And here is the Mural in all its nighttime glory.  Thanks to the partnership of Junior League of York, the York County Heritage Trust, and the City of York, this is the permanent new nighttime view greeting travelers along West Market Street.
So how does one light a 420 square foot mural, anyway?  With big, powerful metal halide lights, which provide a crisp, white light that really shows off the mural in all its glory.


Photos and text 2003 by Scott D. Butcher.  All rights reserved.