Ligonier Valley Vignettes, My Writing

“Ligonier Valley Vignettes” is on the road in July!

Hello all! I have some exciting news: I have two upcoming author events scheduled for July! It's going to be a busy month! Stop by the annual Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival on Friday, July 5, when I'll be selling and signing copies of my book, Ligonier Valley Vignettes: Tales from the Laurel Highlands from 11:00… Continue reading “Ligonier Valley Vignettes” is on the road in July!

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American History, Libraries/Museums/Archives, Ligonier Valley Vignettes, Local History, Pennsylvania History, Pittsburgh History, Westmoreland History Magazine

Joint Issue of The Civil War in Pennsylvania Available Now!

The special joint Civil War issue of PA Heritage, Western PA, and PA Legacies is now available online at http://emag.heinzhistorycenter.org/ or you can purchase a print copy of the magazine here: http://ow.ly/mkTlW. Pennsylvania played a significant role in the Civil War and many soldiers from the state participated in battles. Over 1,100 (and counting!) of… Continue reading Joint Issue of The Civil War in Pennsylvania Available Now!

Genealogy, Helpful Hints

Genealogy Tools: Relationship Chart

While nebbing around Pinterest today I stumbled upon a great chart for those of you interested in tracing your family tree, courtesy of RootsWeb, an Ancestry.com Community.  I don't know about you, but I often get confused as to how to refer to extended family, so this relationship chart is a big help! A printable… Continue reading Genealogy Tools: Relationship Chart

My Writing

Social Media is a Full-Time Job

I have to agree with Dave that real, honest to goodness social networking involves face-to-face contact with another human being. It involves a handshake, a shared smile or exchanged business cards. It's important not to lose touch with the real world in favor of an alternate reality online. That being said, if it wasn't for… Continue reading Social Media is a Full-Time Job

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

Following the Drumbeats of the Yankee Drummer

I love to spend time in the library doing traditional research and interviewing people for my history stories, but it's really cool to get to experience history as it's happening in person.  That's why I had embark on a mini-quest to find the Yankee Drummer today. I previously wrote about the parallel journeys of two pairs… Continue reading Following the Drumbeats of the Yankee Drummer