Bookshelf

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

The struggle of Irish workers in Philadelphia during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries is the topic of a new book published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 4 Cornwall Drive, East Brunswick, NJ 08816. The Irish Relations: Trials of an Immigrant Tradition by Dennis Clark (255 pages} is priced at $24.50.

 

Aviation and Pennsylvania reviews the numerous contributions to aviation by the people of the state and the significant aviation events that have occurred here. The 186-page work by Frank Kingston and James P. Harrington includes 40 photographs and can be ordered for $20. Also available from The Franklin Institute Press, Box 2266, Philadelphia 19103 is Meet Dr. Franklin, a 288-page collection of authoritative essays edited by Roy N. Lokken dealing with the character and contributions of Ben Franklin. It too is sale priced at $20.

 

For those interested in the rich heritage of southcentral Penn­sylvania, there is the bi-monthly magazine, Lancaster Echoes. Subscription rates are set at $15 per year, $3 for a single copy. By writing to the magazine at Box 7302, Lancaster 17604, readers may now receive a free sample copy.

 

Green Valleys Association, Box 113, Birchrunville 19421 has releas­ed Penn’s Woods, 1682-1982 by Halfred Wertz and Joy Callender. In­cluded in the hard-bound volume, which surveys surviving trees which are 300 years or older and tells of the history which has unfolded beneath their branches, are 110 photographs and 6 locator maps. The price is $15.95, plus $1.50 handling and 6070 sales tax for Pa. residents.

 

The Regional Economic History Research Center, Box 3630, Wilm­ington, DE 19807 has released Vol. 5, No. 1 of its “Working Papers” entitled “In a Manner and Fashion Suitable To Their Degree:” A Preliminary Investigation of the Material Culture of Early Rural Pennsylvania by Jack Michel. The cost is $5.

 

Golden West Books, Box 8136, San Marino, CA 91108 has recently released three new books. Steaming Up: Baldwin Locomotive Works by Samuel M. Vauclain tells the story of the author’s rise from round­house mechanic to leading American industrialist and describes many famous and unusual steam locomotives. This 320-page, illustrated book is priced at $15.95. The two other books will be of special in­terest to western Pennsylvanians. The Bessamer and Lake Erie Railroad, 1869-1969, by Roy C. Beaver, and Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad, by Harold McLean, both describe, among other things, the story of the railroad lines between Pittsburgh and Lake Erie. Beaver’s 200-page work is available for 517.95. McLean’s 240-page book is $29.95 and includes illustrations, artwork, maps and rosters.

 

Wycinaki and Pysanky: Forms of Religious and Ethnic Folk Art from the Delaware Valley ($4.50) by Neil R. Grobman is the first of a series of occasional papers to be published by the Pennsylvania Ethnic Heritage Center. The book is distributed by the University of Pitts­burgh Press, 127 N. Bellfield Ave., Pittsburgh 15260.

 

Washington County Commissioners have announced the publica­tion of a 200-year county history entitled Washington County – A Two Hundred Year Reflection. The history, prepared by the Washington County Planning Commission, is available for $2 from that commission at Courthouse Square, 100 West Beau St., Washington 15301.

 

The Northumberland County Historical Society, 561 Third St., Northumberland 17857 has released the Early Events In the Susquehanna Valley, a complete collection of the writings of John H. Carter, eminent local historian, president of the- society for twenty-five years and now president emeritus. Checks should be made payable to the society in the amount of $10 for the soft-bound and $20 for the hard­bound editions. Add $1.50 to all orders for postage.

 

Columbia County Place Names, by Dr. Walter M. Brasch, is just off the press from the Columbia County Historical Society, Orangeville 17859. Over 1,100 place names are listed in the book, which sells for $15.