History buffs might want to mark down today's date.

Friday, Feb. 28, is the last day The York Dispatch published an evening newspaper.

Except for a brief period in the 1980s, the Dispatch has published an evening newspaper since its first edition in May of 1876. But starting Monday, March 3, the Dispatch becomes a morning print edition.

For home delivery customers and folks who buy the newspaper in the stores, look for it by 6 a.m.

And that is all that will change. The York Dispatch you read today will be the same York Dispatch (not the same news, of course) you read next week.

We're not changing our look, our type size or what we cover.

We're not changing our commitment to covering York County, its schools and neighborhoods, its sports and recreation.

VIDEO - Kim Welsh stacks newspapers as they come off the presses. The York Dispatch is making the move to a morning paper on March 3. Bil Bowden photo
VIDEO - Kim Welsh stacks newspapers as they come off the presses. The York Dispatch is making the move to a morning paper on March 3. Bil Bowden photo

And our digital products, our website and mobile app, won't change at all. Our Facebook page will be as lively with conversation as it always is. Our Instagram and Twitter accounts will be equally unaffected.

But we know this affects all of you, our readers. Old habits die hard, and change, while constant, is always difficult.

This change doesn't have to be so hard. I've talked to many, many readers in the last few weeks who have told me they want to read their newspaper in the evening. I've told them they still can.

The York Dispatch will be there in the evening. But it will also be there at 6 a.m.

Here's to the future. We look forward to it.