American History, Ligonier Valley Vignettes, Lincoln Highway, Local History, Pennsylvania History, Pittsburgh History

Yankee Drummer Repeats Civil War Veteran’s 1913 Trek from Pittsburgh to Gettysburg

 My story below comes at a poignant time, on the cusp of Memorial Day, a holiday originally established to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died during the American Civil War (1861-1865). I had the extreme pleasure of talking to a musician and military veteran from Greensburg, Pennsylvania who will soon embark on a… Continue reading Yankee Drummer Repeats Civil War Veteran’s 1913 Trek from Pittsburgh to Gettysburg

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

Along the Lincoln Highway with American Songline – Leg #1: Greensburg to Ligonier

I have Lincoln Highway fever! After I caught American Songline songstress Cece Otto’s performance at the Ligonier town hall last Thursday night, we decided to meet up over the weekend and do some sightseeing along the Lincoln Highway since she was spending the next week in the greater Pittsburgh area.  We spent a beautiful Saturday… Continue reading Along the Lincoln Highway with American Songline – Leg #1: Greensburg to Ligonier

Ligonier Valley Vignettes, Local History, Pennsylvania History

Mill Creek Bridge Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

After following the gradual progress of the Ligonier Valley Trail over the last few years, as it grew from an abstract idea into a scenic half-mile stretch of limestone, I was excited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new bridge that was installed over Mill Creek a few weekends ago.  Thanks to the bridge, the Ligonier… Continue reading Mill Creek Bridge Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

American History, Ligonier Valley Vignettes, Local History, My Writing, Pennsylvania History, Popular Music

American Songline Concert Tour Hits Ligonier on May 2

Feel like taking a road trip today? Chicago-based singer and composer Cecelia Otto will be performing a free concert tonight, May 2, at 7:30p.m. at the town hall auditorium in at 120 East Main Street in Ligonier, Pennsylvania - her fourth stop during her American Songline journey across the country. Cece is in the midst… Continue reading American Songline Concert Tour Hits Ligonier on May 2