My first book, Ligonier Valley Vignettes: Tales from the Laurel Highlands, was published by The History Press as part of the American Chronicles series in April 2013. It is available as a paperback book and an e-book for purchase at local retailers as well as online at Arcadia Publishing/The History Press, Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Ligonier Valley Vignettes is a series of historical vignettes about the Ligonier Valley, a region located within the mountainous Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania, about an hour southeast of Pittsburgh.
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Ligonier Valley Vignettes
Tales from the Laurel Highlands
Secluded between Laurel Mountain and Chestnut Ridge, the Ligonier Valley has been the mountain playground of western Pennsylvania since the nineteenth century. Yet this picturesque retreat was at the tumultuous center of history—during the French and Indian War, Fort Ligonier was key to the British strategy, and in the late nineteenth century, the Ligonier Valley Rail Road helped transform the industry of the region. Author Jennifer Sopko traces the story of the valley and its residents through a series of fascinating vignettes. From the earliest histories to nostalgic reminiscences of the Ligonier Opera House, socials at the Valley Dairy ice cream parlor and bygone days at Idlewild Park, Sopko captures the history and spirit of the Ligonier Valley and its communities.
Media review copies, high-resolution photographs and interviews available upon request.
Jennifer Sopko is a self-described freelance writer, local history detective and retro pop culture enthusiast. A Pittsburgh native who grew up in White Oak Borough, her writing projects mainly focus on southwestern Pennsylvania history with goals of enlightening readers about forgotten and obscure regional history and reinterpreting connections between familiar topics. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. She is an active volunteer for the Ligonier Valley Library’s Pennsylvania Room, where she served as guest curator of a historical photo and memorabilia show in 2009.
ISBN: 978-1-60949-582-4 • Paperback • 128 pages • $19.99 • April 2013
This new book is available at local stores and online at www.historypress.net