County Chronicles Volume II: A Vivid Collection of Pennsylvania Histories

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Mechling Bookbindery, 2006 - Pennsylvania - 288 pages
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County Chronicles Volume II, a Vivid Collection of Pennsylvania Histories, like the first volume in this ongoing series, is meticulously researched and written in conversational style. But rather than its chapters being limited to a section of the state, this second volume, as will all future volumes in this compelling series, encompasses the entire state of Pennsylvania. The premier volume has thus far garnered three prestigious awards, the Athena Award, as well as Special Recognition Awards from both the Pennsylvania House and Senate. Volume II promises to reveal those same award-winning talents and skill previously demonstrated by its author. Within the chronicles in this volume, O?Hanlon-Lincoln takes us back to the inventive days of Ben Franklin in Philadelphia, as well as to the perilous frontier with Indian captives near Bedford and Gettysburg. She captures the heroism of "Captain Molly" Corbin, who fired her dead husband?s cannon during the Revolutionary War, and the untold heroics of the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) during WWII. In her unique narrative style, the author recounts the volatile summer of 1892 in Homestead and writes with passion of the "infamous" Irish coal miners, the Molly Maguires. She relates the romantic tale of Mrs. Katherine Soffel, who joined the Biddle Boys in their flight from the Allegheny County Prison to a shoot-out in Butler County. She portrays the bittersweet life of pilot Charles Lindbergh, as well as the inspiring lives of Pennsylvania luminaries-- actor and pilot Jimmy Stewart, greatest-athlete-of-the-twentieth-century Jim Thorpe, Eastern frontier artist extraordinaire Robert Griffing, Pulitzer-prize-winning author David McCullough, as well as tycoons Henry Clay Frick, Andrew Carnegie and Andrew Mellon. The author delineates the destruction of Hanna?s Town near present-day Greensburg and the horrors of the catastrophic Johnstown floods. She tells the stories of the Overholt Gristmill and Distillery in West Overton and of three historic churches located in Philadelphia and Uniontown. With her great gift for bringing history alive, O?Hanlon-Lincoln, as she did in the premier volume, has even included a few chilling tales of Pennsylvania?s haunted sites. You will be amazed to discover what "Firsts" Pennsylvania has contributed to our nation?s history. In this book, too, you?ll find a wealth of information that will guide you to and about those Pennsylvania historical sites discussed within its pages. We feel certain that by the conclusion of this second volume, those of you who live in Pennsylvania will see home with new eyes, to wit with appreciation and admiration; and those readers from afar will have become cognizant of a "magical land," once known as "Penn?s Woods." Limited to 1,000 copies, each book is numbered.

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