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…

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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, Ligonier Valley Vignettes, Lincoln Highway, Local History, My Travel, Pennsylvania History

Lincoln Highway Gumshoes: To Bedford and Back

For my birthday I decided that wanted to take a road trip that somehow incorporated the Lincoln Highway.  I’ve really enjoyed learning more about the country’s first transcontinental highway throughout its centennial year.  After all, it passes right through the town of Ligonier, where I’ve spent a lot of time and where most of my… Continue reading Lincoln Highway Gumshoes: To Bedford and Back

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Along the Lincoln Highway with American Songline: Leg #3 –Stoystown Back to Greensburg

I’m gearing up for an upcoming trip back along the Lincoln Highway to Bedford, Pennsylvania, but before I do that, I should get us back to home base first… After American Songline’s Cece Otto and I reached our final destination in Stoystown, Pennsylvania during our mini road trip this past spring, we turned around and… Continue reading Along the Lincoln Highway with American Songline: Leg #3 –Stoystown Back to Greensburg

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Along the Lincoln Highway with American Songline: Leg #2 –Ligonier to Stoystown

I’ve been meaning to check back in with Cece Otto, who is currently singing her way west during her American Songline concert tour, en route to the western terminus of the Lincoln Highway in San Francisco.  She recently participated in the road’s big centennial celebration in Kearney, Nebraska, but I’m going to pick up where… Continue reading Along the Lincoln Highway with American Songline: Leg #2 –Ligonier to Stoystown

American History, Ligonier Valley Vignettes, Lincoln Highway, Local History, Pennsylvania History, Pittsburgh History

Following the Drumbeats of the Yankee Drummer

I love to spend time in the library doing traditional research and interviewing people for my history stories, but it's really cool to get to experience history as it's happening in person.  That's why I had embark on a mini-quest to find the Yankee Drummer today. I previously wrote about the parallel journeys of two pairs… Continue reading Following the Drumbeats of the Yankee Drummer

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Yankee Drummer Repeats Civil War Veteran’s 1913 Trek from Pittsburgh to Gettysburg

 My story below comes at a poignant time, on the cusp of Memorial Day, a holiday originally established to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died during the American Civil War (1861-1865). I had the extreme pleasure of talking to a musician and military veteran from Greensburg, Pennsylvania who will soon embark on a… Continue reading Yankee Drummer Repeats Civil War Veteran’s 1913 Trek from Pittsburgh to Gettysburg