Johnstown, Pennsylvania: the Great Flood ... and afterward.
This CD-ROM, which includes two books written shortly after the "great flood" as
well as other Johnstown material, is now available!!
for more information.
History of the Great Flood in Johnstown, PA, May 31, 1889 by which Ten
Thousand Lives Were Lost, by J. S. Ogilvie (1889).
This book, one of the earliest books published after the disaster, is included
on our Johnstown Flood CD-ROM but also available separately as a download.
Please see our Johnstown page for more information.
Minisink and Port
This CD-ROM, while concerned mainly with the portion of the Minisink
region that falls in Orange County, NY, also contains information about the
communities across the Delaware River from Port Jervis in Pennsylvania.
for more information.
Cushetunk Bicentennial - Cochecton, NY (1954).
Those with an interest in the
Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River opposite Sullivan County, NY, will want
to review this program and historical material as it also includes Pennsylvania
material. Please see our
Sullivan County, NY page
for more information.
The Episcopal Church in Lebanon County,
PA (1903) by the Rev. Alfred M. Abel. Includes the various
churches and chapels, especially those associated with the Coleman family of
iron industry fame. 19++ pages, including new photographs, in PDF
format. Download for $2.50
The Molly Maguires, chapter 2
from Volume VIII of the History of the United States by James Ford Rhodes
(1920). A full chapter about an anthracite region group
that has been identified with the union movement and has also been called a
criminal conspiracy and a gang of Irish terrorists. While the Mollies
scarcely rate a footnote today, at the time they were taken quite seriously.
36+ pages, in PDF format.
Download now for $2.50
High School Spectator – for the class of 1921 1/2, Johnstown,
This document is a combination high school yearbook and literary magazine –
evidently the magazine was a monthly publication during the school year –
principally dedicated to the January 1922 graduating class of JHS. Half-year
graduating classes have not been common in the United States, and we have seen
fewer yearbooks devoted to them, so this is an unusual document. The cover was
missing from the issue we obtained, and a portion of the page with the president
and perhaps another officer of the class on one side, and the photos of two
graduates whose names appear ahead of Bantly in the alphabet, are likewise missing. 110+
pages, PDF format, download now for $4.75.
The Harmony Society at Economy, PA,
from Communistic Societies of the United States, by Charles
Many living today perceive the “flower power” communes of the 1960s as something
new and different in America. To the contrary, the United States has a long
tradition of communes of various types, and Nordhoff made a study of them,
visiting many of them of his era. While the communes of the 1960s differed from
those of a century and more earlier in philosophical underpinnings, in both
centuries they were considered quite novel and more than a little scandalous.
36+ pages, PDF format, download now for $3.50.
(If this item is of interest to you, you
may also be interested in the chapter about the colony at
New Harmony, Indiana, from The Hoosiers.)
Schuylkill County, PA: 100th Anniversary.
The Queen of the Anthracite
Region” passed its 100th anniversary in 1911 and a Pottsville
department store, Dives, Pomeroy and Stewart, celebrated the occasion with a
brief county history. Usually such ventures are underwritten by centennial
commissions, or by history-minded individuals, but we will take it where we can
get it. This is largely an industrial history, which is not unexpected given
the prominence of the coal mining business in that locale. The Molly Maguires
rate a mention, and the contribution of this county to the Union during the
Civil War was considerable. 114+ pages, PDF format, download now for
The War of
the Rebellion chapters from History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, by
Franklin Ellis (1882).
This county history is detailed in its
documentation of the county’s efforts in the Civil War, as the chapters in this
selection show. Chapter 17 is an account of Fayette’s first companies, the 8th
and 11th Regiments, reserves. Chapter 18 covers the 85th
Regiment and the 2nd Heavy Artillery. Chapter 19 details the 116th
and 142nd Regiments. Chapter 20 covers the 14th Cavalry,
while Chapter 21 covers the 16th Cavalry. In all cases, rosters of
men from Fayette County are provided, along with casualty data, and in something
not often seen in county histories, mustering in dates even for private
soldiers. 43+ pages, PDF format, download now for $4.25.
and Coke - Economic Geology from the History of Fayette County,
Pennsylvania, by Franklin Ellis (1882).
county history is unusual in the extent to which it demonstrates an appreciation
of the role that iron, coal, and coke played in its development. It is
particularly unusual, given its publication date, in the extent to which it
recognizes old, crumbling iron furnaces as historical artifacts worthy of
documentation if not preservation. Clearly the history of Fayette County is
closely intertwined with its economic geology, but other counties elsewhere with
similar connections with mining and industry do not pay the careful attention to
the subject that this one does. The color maps are particularly impressive
and informative. 22+ pages, PDF format, download now for $4.00.
John Wanamaker's Guide Book to Philadelphia
(1917). Wanamaker’s Department Store, arguably the first
department store in the nation, was a Philadelphia fixture for decades.
Although now Macy’s Center City, the store is still unique, if, for nothing
else, such unusual refinements as the world’s largest pipe organ. In
Wanamaker’s heyday, such thoughtful details as this guide book about
Philadelphia were the kind of thing they could be counted on to produce. The
book, nearly a century following its publication, is still a useful reference
Philadelphia and the surrounding area. 48+ pages, in PDF format, download
now for $3.00.
Historical Pageant (1912)
appears that around a century ago a magnificent civic pageant was written and
perhaps staged commemorating the history of Philadelphia. It must have been a
remarkable spectacle, with horses, an orchestra and chorus, and a cast of
characters that included military units. The final year cited in the script is
1830, but the earliest is in the early 1600s with the discovery of Delaware Bay
by the Dutch under Hendrick Hudson, with allusions to medieval times in the
heralds that populate the prologue. The booklet is subtitled “Book of the
Words, October 7th to 12th 1912” and as well as being the
script of the pageant includes a historical article for each of the eight
episodes (some divided into scenes), the prologue and epilogue. The drama
itself is hard to view with today’s eyes as anything beyond ponderous, but the
historical articles are fascinating. Included are two color sketches for scenes
in the pageant as they might have been presented. 57+ pages, in PDF format,
download now for $3.25.
Street Guide for Philadelphia and Camden.
How much can there be in a street
guide? Just a bunch of streets, right? Well, not really. This small and
well-thumbed volume contains, in addition to all the streets in Philadelphia and
Camden a century ago, you’ll find the following: a listing of named buildings,
hospitals, changed names of streets, a key to street numbers, cross streets for
major streets by area, parks and squares, “suburbs” (one might call them
neighborhoods today), ward boundaries, piers on the Delaware River, places of
interest, an index of trolley lines, followed by details of the routing of each
line (some ran all the way to Newark, NJ), and finally the Camden street guide.
A portion of the two pages defining ward boundaries in Camden is missing, along
with the back cover. 148+ pages, in PDF format, download now for