American History, Idlewild, Ligonier Valley History, My Writing, Pennsylvania History, Westmoreland County history

Idlewild: History and Memories of Pennsylvania’s Oldest Amusement Park – Coming April 2, 2018!

I’m thrilled to announce that my new book, Idlewild: History and Memories of Pennsylvania’s Oldest Amusement Park, will be published April 2, 2018 by The History Press! Idlewild will be available at local stores and Idlewild Park as well as through online outlets, including Arcadia Publishing/The History Press, Barnes and Noble and Amazon. I am also taking… Continue reading Idlewild: History and Memories of Pennsylvania’s Oldest Amusement Park – Coming April 2, 2018!

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American History, Idlewild, Ligonier Valley History, My Writing, Pennsylvania History, Westmoreland County history

Seeking Stories & Photos for New Idlewild Park Book!

The next year is going to be pretty busy! I'm pleased to announce that I have started working on my second book for The History Press, which will tell the story of Idlewild Park, Pennsylvania's oldest amusement park! I need your help! I'm seeking never-before-heard stories and rare photographs from past and present visitors, employees… Continue reading Seeking Stories & Photos for New Idlewild Park Book!

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

Ligonier Valley Vignettes, My Travel, My Writing, Pennsylvania History

Book Brainstorming

Hello friends and happy fall! I can't believe we are on the cusp of a new season. Where did all of the time go? It was a very busy summer for me between writing projects, musical gigs and traveling... and I'm still behind in everything I wanted to accomplish! I've also been lax in blogging,… Continue reading Book Brainstorming

Pennsylvania History, Pittsburgh History

Please help save McKeesport’s historic 1908 roundhouse!

UPDATES: Please join the "Save the McKeesport Roundhouse" open Facebook group here! Please sign our Change.org petition asking Mayor Mike Cherepko to help stop the demolition by clicking here! **************************************************************************************************** News broke last Saturday that the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County intends to demolish a historic building located near the Fifteenth Avenue Bridge in McKeesport, PA - a century-old… Continue reading Please help save McKeesport’s historic 1908 roundhouse!

American History, Ligonier Valley Vignettes, Lincoln Highway, 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, Ligonier Valley Vignettes, Lincoln Highway, 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!