Bookshelf provides descriptions and notices of recent publications on Pennsylvania subjects.

The Venango County Historical Society is republishing in its original size the 700-page History of Venango County. The book was originally published by Caldwell in 1879. If ordered prior to December 31 [1975], the price is $32.50. The after-publication price will be $37.50.

Checks or money orders can be sent to Venango County Historical Society, Box 101, Franklin 16323.


The George Dallas Albert History will again be reprinted by the Westmoreland County Historical Society. After December 1 [1975] price will be $23.00 plus $1.38 tax. Orders can be sent to the Historical Society office, 221 North Main Street, Greensburg 15601.


The Mifflin County Historical Society is sponsoring as its chief Bicentennial project the reprinting of the Atlas of Perry, Juniata and Mifflin Counties, Pennsylvania, 1877. The 70-page volume contains separate maps of all townships and villages within the counties in 1877 and indicates owners’ names of all farms and lots.

The price of the atlas is $14.50, and orders may be obtained at the McCoy House, 17 North Main Street, Lewistown. Checks and/or money orders can also be mailed there. Pennsylvania residents should add 75 cents tax for each book.


Journey Through Pennsylvania – 1835 by Canal, Rail and Stage Coach has been republished by the American Canal and Transportation Center, 809 Rathton Road, York 17403.

The illustrated booklet with an introduction by William H. Shank, P.E., was published in 1836. It is ninety-one pages long and is illustrated.


The Reconstruction of Fort Ligonier, The Anatomy of a Frontier Fort, in the Bulletin of the Association of Preservation Technology by Charles Morse Stotz is available. Cost of the publication is $4.50. Books can be ordered from the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, 4338 Bigelow Boulevard, Pittsburgh 15213.


Publication was scheduled for October for the reprint edition of History of Bedford, Somerset, and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania. Copies available will be sold for $20.00 plus tax. The book will contain a family name index of fifty-eight pages in addition to the6n pages of original text.

Copies may be ordered from the Fulton County Historical Society, Inc., Box 115, McConnellsburg 17233.


Colonial Press, publisher of American Revolution, has announced the publication of The Colonial Spirit. The book is a collection of light-hearted stories about those who lived in the thirteen colonial from 1607 through the Revolution.

The illustrated book is available in paperback and sells for $1.96 postpaid.

Sheila W. Martin, author of the book, is the former editor of Bucks County Panorama Magazine. The stories in the book originally appeared as newspaper columns in Today’s Spirit of Hatboro and Today’s Post of King of Prussia.


Temple University Press published Street Names of Philadelphia by Robert I. Alotta on October 15 [1975]. The book contains the colorful histories of the names of almost 1,000 Philadelphia streets.

The author, who has written extensively on Philadelphia and on Revolutionary War life, is president of The Shackamaxon Society, Inc.

The book, 168 pages in length, sells for $6.95.


Recently published by The Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania under a grant from the Philip M. McKenna Foundational Latrobe is Bouquet’s March to the Ohio: The Forbes Road by society member Edward G. Williams.

The culmination of twenty-five years of research, the book covers both Col. Henry Bouquet’s orderly book and the route he traveled from Fort Carlisle to Fort Pitt in 1764. The book may be purchased through the society for $6.60 plus six percent sales tax and 25 cents for postage and handling.