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

Now available as part of the States and the Nation series is Pennsylvania: A Bicentennial History, by Thomas C. Cochran. Emphasis is placed on this State’s natural resources, business in­stitutions, and manufacturing, which the author regards as the areas of Pennsylvania’s most important contributions to the nation after the Revolution. The 207-page volume may be purchased for $8.95 from W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., New York. This series was administered by the American Association for State and Local History, aided by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


The Ligonier Valley Historical Society is reprinting the 1916 edition of the two-volume set, Frontier Forts of Pennsylvania. Publication is scheduled for early June. Containing over 1.400 pages, the set may be ordered from the society at Star Route East, Ligonier 15658. The price is $40 plus $2.40 tax and $1.00 for mailing.


The University of Pennsylvania Press published The Revolution Is Now Begun: The Radical Committees of Philadelphia, 1765-1776, by Richard Alan Ryerson.


The Ethnic Imperative: Examining the New White Ethnic Movement, by Howard F. Stein and Robert F. Hill has been published by the Pennsylvania State University Press. The authors examine the changing meanings of ethnicity in America and the causes of the current interest in the subject. The price is $14.50.


Immigration and Industrialization: Ethnicity in an American Mill Town, 1870-1940 focuses on Steelton, Pennsylvania. The author is John Bodnar, the publisher is the University of Pittsburgh Press, and the price is $11.95.


The Cemeteries of Mifflin County, a book of forty-one thousand listings from 116 cemeteries, with more than four thousand sur­names and one thousand pages, may be purchased from the Mifflin County Historical Society, 17 North Main Street, Lewistown 17044. The price is $42.20. Orders from Pennsylvania should also include $2.40 sales tax.


Two Hundred Years of Sheep Raising in the Upper Ohio Area, With Special Reference to Washington County, Pennsylvania, by Richard Beach and published by the Washington County Bicentennial Commission, December, 1976, may be purchased from Charles Chattaway, Chairman, 400 West Main Street, Monongahela 15063. The price is $2.75.


George Smith’s History of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, published in 1862, has been reprinted by the Delaware County Institute of Science and may be purchased from the Institute, 11 South Avenue, Media 19063. The price is $25.


Professional Theater and Entertainment at the County Seat, 1790-1860, by Richard L. Poole, is a new booklet about Carlisle and is published by the Cumberland County Historical Society and The Hamilton Library Association. The price is $2.25, which includes sales tax and the cost of handling.


Felt, Silk & Straw Handmade Hats: Tools and Processes, by Mary Elizabeth McClellan, was recently published as volume three in the “Tools of the Nation Maker Series” of the Bucks County Historical Society. This well-illustrated booklet may be purchased for $3.50 plus 35 cents postage from the society headquarters on Pine Street, Doylestown 18901.


A two-volume reprint of the 1890 History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter published by J. H. Beers & Co. is being issued by the Elk County Historical Society. Orders for the 1261-page work should be sent with $35 plus $2.10 tax and $1.00 for mailing to Henry P. Devittorio, 101 East Avenue, Ridgway 15853.


Ridgway, Our Town – Let’s Color, with text by Alice L. Wessman, is a 120-page children’s coloring book and pictorial history of Ridgway, Elk County. In use by local schools as a fifth-grade text, the book is available for $4 (including postage) from the Elk County Historical Society, P.O. Box 361, Ridgway 15853.


The History of Monroe County, Pennsylvania 1725-1976, by John C. Appel and a board of authors, may be ordered for $13 plus 78 cents tax and 50 cents for postage from the Pocono Hospital Auxiliary, P.O. 124, East Stroudsburg 18301. For orders of five or more, the auxiliary will pay postage.