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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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!

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.

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

Huzzah! “Ligonier Valley Vignettes” Hits Fort Days!

Compared to the madness that descended upon the valley during the annual Fort Ligonier Days festival this past weekend, Ligonier sure looked like a ghost town when I drove up to cover back-to-back meetings in the township on Tuesday night. Despite the rain on Friday, I had a fantastic time promoting Ligonier Valley Vignettes all… Continue reading Huzzah! “Ligonier Valley Vignettes” Hits Fort Days!

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

WWI Casualties William Tosh & Benjamin Byers Part of Ligonier Valley Library Collection

You never know when you are going to stumble across a piece of history or when one is going to come walking through your door. While I was visiting the Pennsylvania Room this week, Shirley Iscrupe shared with me a recent donation of World War I memorabilia related to two soldiers with whom I am… Continue reading WWI Casualties William Tosh & Benjamin Byers Part of Ligonier Valley Library Collection

American History, Local History, Pennsylvania History, Valley Voices

“When the Whistle Blows, Come Home,” by Jim Ramsey

“When the Whistle Blows, Come Home” The Sounds of My Home Town: Ligonier, Pennsylvania Valley Voices - August 2013 Written by Jim Ramsey Transcribed and edited by Jennifer Sopko Pictures courtesy of the Pennsylvania Room, Ligonier Valley Library I was born and grew to adulthood in my home town of Ligonier, Pennsylvania. Many of my… Continue reading “When the Whistle Blows, Come Home,” by Jim Ramsey