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Idlewild: History and Memories of Pennsylvania’s Oldest Amusement Park – Available Now!

IMG_6271I’m thrilled to announce that my most recent book, Idlewild: History and Memories of Pennsylvania’s Oldest Amusement Park is now available from The History Press!

Idlewild is available at local stores and Idlewild Park gift shops, as well as through online outlets, including Arcadia Publishing/The History PressBarnes and Noble and Amazon. I’ll also have copies available during my upcoming events and presentations at local venues.

You can also order signed copies of Idlewild straight from me! Each order will receive a special Idlewild-themed bookmark designed by former park artist Rosemary Overly (thanks Rosemary!). Please use the PayPal link below or contact me if (1) you need to arrange payment by check; (2) you live outside of Pennsylvania; or (3) you would like multiple copies.

Idlewild: History and Memories of Pennsylvania’s Oldest Amusement Park
$21.99 plus $3.45 media mail shipping and tax
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Idlewild’s story doesn’t end with my book. My research on this historic amusement park continues, so I encourage the community to share your photos and memories of Idlewild. I plan to feature more in-depth stories and photos that didn’t make the book here on my website and on my Idlewild Facebook group.

A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into this book and I am honored that Idlewild and SoakZone entrusted me to tell their story. I couldn’t have researched and written this magnum opus without the help of many incredible people, organizations and, of course, the park itself. Idlewild has operated in three succeeding centuries and I am proud to be a part of its fascinating history!

Official press release below:


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