Libraries/Museums/Archives, Ligonier Valley Vignettes, My Writing, Pennsylvania History

“Ligonier Valley Vignettes” Fall Wrap-Up

As I look back on this year and the time that has passed since my book came out, I can't believe some of the events that I have been a part of during my marketing campaign. I've participated in several book sales and signings and given two presentations. For someone who is a very nervous… Continue reading “Ligonier Valley Vignettes” Fall Wrap-Up

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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

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R&R at the R’n’R Hall of Fame

I've had quite a busy year so far, between working on my book, running back and forth between Pittsburgh for my day job and Ligonier for my night gig, and trying to get back on track with other long term writing projects and a community band.  So a weekend getaway was desperately needed!  We recently… Continue reading R&R at the R’n’R Hall of Fame

Libraries/Museums/Archives, Ligonier Valley Vignettes, Local History, My Writing, Pennsylvania History, Westmoreland History Magazine

My First Book Talk!

Thank you to everyone who came out last night to hear my first book talk at the Westmoreland County Historical Society! It was great to meet those of you I haven't met before and chat with some of my friends and family.  Thank you to the Westmoreland County Historical Society for hosting last night's event,… Continue reading My First Book Talk!

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!

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

A Quick Visit to the Ligonier Valley Rail Road Museum

I really enjoyed the drive up Route 30 to Ligonier on Saturday mornings, especially when the sun is shining like it is today.  You'd never think that a giant snowstorm is slated to pound this area by Monday.  WHERE IS SPRING? Anyways, on my way up to the library today, I stopped by the Ligonier… Continue reading A Quick Visit to the Ligonier Valley Rail Road Museum

Libraries/Museums/Archives, Local History, Pennsylvania History

Historical Aerial Photographs of Pennsylvania

I'd like to share a new online resource that I recently discovered: Penn Pilot, an online library of historical aerial photographs of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.   Special thanks to Brian Butko for forwarding me a link to this neat site! Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Geological Survey, this interactive website allows visitors to download a plethora… Continue reading Historical Aerial Photographs of Pennsylvania