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

A Guidebook to Historic Pennsylvania has been published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. The book was written by George Swetnam and Helene Smith.

The book notes 1,300 of the most Important historical sites in the 26 counties of Western Pennsylvania. It gives a brief history of each county in western Pennsylvania along with specific historical information about the sites and careful travel directions for reaching them.

Although the authors’ principal emphasis is on eighteenth and nineteenth century sites, they have included a good number of historical places of the twentieth century, thus completing their comprehensive overview of the area.

The book may be ordered from the University of Pittsburgh Press, 127 North Bellefield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. The 306-page book sells for $4.95 in paperback and $11.95 in hardback.


Early Daze in Oil by Ernest C. Miller of Warren gives us a look at oil men in a different mood.

The book contains warm, personal sketches of some of the Interesting and unique characters who were involved in the excitement of the early days in the oil industry.

The book can be ordered from your bookseller or from Dorrance & Company, Publishers, 1617 J. F. Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19103. The book costs $5.95.


The Historical Commission of Cheltenham Township has announced the sale of the new book, A History of Cheltenham Township by Elaine W. Rothschild, Commission member.

The book is the culmination of approximately two years’ work by the author, who received help and guidance from other Commission members.

The book traces the history from the time of its original settlers in the seventeenth century to present.

The cost of the book is $2.50. It can be purchased at the Cheltenham Township Building. Proceeds from the book will go to the Commission for preservation of historical buildings in the township.


The History of the Township of Kingston 1769-1976, Early Settlement of the Fourth Division has been written by Ralph L. Hazeltine of Trucksville. The history was published by the Bi­centennial Commission in conjunction with the Supervisors of the Township of Kingston, 1976.

Hazeltine’s 95-page book included research on the township records, courthouse records, records of town meetings, local histories of various churches as well as many other sources.


The Centre County Bicentennial Committee appointed a committee to prepare a history of College Township for the American Revolution Bicentennial celebration In June 1976. The result is a book describing the settlement of the valleys around the end of Nittany Mountain in Centre County in the late eighteenth century.

Copies of the history can be obtained by writing Frank H. Glenn, chairman, Box 115, Lemont, PA 16851 or Mrs. Willard F. Mullen, 120 Hillview Avenue, State College, PA 16801. Cost of the book Is $5.30 (including state tax) with 50 cents additional for postage and handling. Checks should be made payable to the College Township Bicentennial History Committee.


John C. Appel, professor of history at East Stroudsburg State College, has recently written two publications on the history of Monroe County, Pennsylvania. They are A Bicentennial Return to the Monroe County Frontier and The History of Monroe County, 1725-1976.

The Bicentennial Return is a 32-page book in color and was published by the Monroe County Historical Society.

The History of Monroe County is a 240-page book, illustrated with a full index and extensive bibliography. It was published by the Pocono Hospital Auxiliary of East Stroudsburg. Appel coordinated a team of lay persons In writing this first revision of Monroe County history since 1927.


Historic Bethlehem Inc., Bethlehem, has announced the first publication in its “Bethlehem Heritage Series.” The Bethlehem Waterworks, by Karen Zerbe Huetter, traces the history of the first principal municipal water system in the American colonies. Built in 1754 and enlarged in 1762, Bethlehem’s Waterworks was developed by the Moravians who founded Bethlehem In 1741.

The softbound booklet is available for $2.00. Send remittance to Curator, Historic Bethlehem, Inc., Main and Church Streets, Bethle­hem, PA 18018.


The newest addition to the Warren County Historical Society’s growing list of publications is Volume 4 of Historic Buildings in Warren County. Included are the Honorable Charles Warren Stone Museum; the Warren Community Theatre; Bonnie Brae, listed on the Pennsylvania Register; and the Little Stone House in the Hollow, cited in the Historic American Buildings Survey of 1936. The latter two are recently-completed restorations of houses built in the mid-1800’s. The book sells for $3.00 a copy. Still available in limited quantities are copies of The History of Warren County ($20.00) and The Atlas of Warren County ($14.50). Mail orders should be addressed to P.O. Box 427, Warren, PA 16365.


Who Begot Thee? Descendants of Jacob Brubaker of Snyder County, Pa., is now available for $6.50 postpaid. The 302-page paperbound book includes a 56-page index, photographs and charts. It can be ordered from Lois Ann Zook, 2176-H. Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602.


Available now is Rung’s Chronicles of Pennsylvania History: Newspaper Articles by Albert M. Rung for the Huntingdon Daily News, 1946-1952. Publisher is the Huntingdon County Historical Society.

The book includes facsimile copies of the newspaper articles plus the addition of an introduction, notes, index and 100 photographs. The 500-page, hardbound volume is $21.00 (plus $1.26 tax and $1.00 postage) from the Huntingdon County Historical Society, Box 305, Huntingdon, PA 16652.


Engineer-author William Shank has written Three Hundred Years with the Pennsylvania Traveler. He has written of travel innovations in Pennsylvania since the time of the Indians.

The 200-page book is an 8 1/2 x 11 inch-page size. It is available for $13.50. (Pennsylvanians should add 81 cents sales tax.) There is a 40 percent discount for orders of 10 or more copies. (Omit tax if for resale.) The book can be ordered from the American Canal & Transportation Center, 809 Rathton Road, York 17403.


The Lebanon County Historical Society has recently released the following publications:

Lebanon County, Pennsylvania – A History, edited by Edna J. Carmean. The publication sells for $10.55 plus postage and ha!)Ifling

Revolutionary War Soldiers Buried in Lebanon County by Christine Weaver and The Life and Services of General John Philip de Haas by Abram Hess These are combined in one publication selling for $3.18 plus postage and handling.


Wood Hick, Pigs-Ear & Murphy by Bill Pippin is the Galeton Bicentennial Book. Complementing the history are photographs, many taken by Galeton’s George Clark.

The book is available for $7.00 (softcover) and $14.00 (hardcover) from Tioga Printing/American Book.


The Tioga County Historical Society has published the 1883 History of Tioga County and 1875 Atlas of Tioga County in one volume. Cost of the volume for Pennsylvania residents is $29.68 Cost for non-Pennsylvanians is S28.00. Reprint orders should be sent to Dr. Robert Unger, treasurer, Tioga County Historical Society, 234 North Main Street, Mansfield, PA 16933.

Keystone Two has crossed our desk. It is an unusual catalog of 776 uncommon and rare Pennsylvania books. It is available for $1.00 from The Family Album, R D 1, Glenn Rock, PA 17327.