American History, My Genealogy, Photo

Pap: Manila Police Station or Hike Shoe Factory? – Manila, Philippines c. 1946/1947

It’s been far too long since I last posted some of my grandfather's photographs of his service in the United States’ draft army and the time he spent in Manila, Philippines during the interim between World War II and the Korean War. In honor of Veteran’s Day today, I think it’s time to get back… Continue reading Pap: Manila Police Station or Hike Shoe Factory? – Manila, Philippines c. 1946/1947

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Ligonier Valley Vignettes, Local History, My Travel, My Writing, Pennsylvania History

Book Brainstorming

Hello friends and happy fall! I can't believe we are on the cusp of a new season. Where did all of the time go? It was a very busy summer for me between writing projects, musical gigs and traveling... and I'm still behind in everything I wanted to accomplish! I've also been lax in blogging,… Continue reading Book Brainstorming

Local History, Pennsylvania History, Pittsburgh History

Please help save McKeesport’s historic 1908 roundhouse!

UPDATES: Please join the "Save the McKeesport Roundhouse" open Facebook group here! Please sign our Change.org petition asking Mayor Mike Cherepko to help stop the demolition by clicking here! **************************************************************************************************** News broke last Saturday that the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County intends to demolish a historic building located near the Fifteenth Avenue Bridge in McKeesport, PA - a century-old… Continue reading Please help save McKeesport’s historic 1908 roundhouse!

American History, Ligonier Valley Vignettes, Lincoln Highway, Local History, My Travel, My Writing, Pennsylvania History

What I’ve been up to…

Greetings friends! I can't believe it's May already and we are a third of the way through 2014. Where has the time gone?! I've managed to stay quite busy over the last few months, once I thawed out from this monstrous winter.  Still, I have many more projects planned and even more ideas swirling around… Continue reading What I’ve been up to…

American History, Libraries & Archives, Ligonier Valley Vignettes, Lincoln Highway, Local History, My Writing, Pennsylvania History, Uncategorized

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone! Thank you for following me here over the past year. I really appreciate everyone's support and friendship. The holidays are here, the year is winding down and it's time for some reflection on this past year before making plans and goals for the next one. 2013 was… Continue reading Merry Christmas!

Libraries/Museums/Archives, Ligonier Valley Vignettes, My Writing, Pennsylvania History

“Ligonier Valley Vignettes” Fall Wrap-Up

As I look back on this year and the time that has passed since my book came out, I can't believe some of the events that I have been a part of during my marketing campaign. I've participated in several book sales and signings and given two presentations. For someone who is a very nervous… Continue reading “Ligonier Valley Vignettes” Fall Wrap-Up

American History, My Genealogy, Photo

My Veteran: Private First Class Thomas Alexander Piotrowski, Sr.

This Veterans Day, I’d once again like to say thank you to all of the veterans who have served and are still serving our country. In the past I’ve had the privilege of researching several Pennsylvania veterans’ lives for various articles I’ve written and I’ve gotten to talk to members of these veterans’ families as… Continue reading My Veteran: Private First Class Thomas Alexander Piotrowski, Sr.