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Publications


Mercer County Historical Society Publications

 

Books available for purchase online:

The following books are available for purchase directly from our partner store online. They can be paid for online and shipped straight to your door! Of course, you can also purchase them in person at the Mercer County Historical Society.

I Consider It My Duty: Volume I

Volume I cover 10.21.2014 FINALA History of the 16th Division, Pennsylvania Militia $39.99
Authored by Mr. Mark S. Painter
Edited by Mr. William C. Philson, Ms. Robin Como

     I Consider It My Duty examines the regional impact of the war through newspapers, magazines, books, letters, diaries, and other archives that survive.

     This two volume work studies that era from the voices of the day in Western Pennsylvania. Here you will find how people felt about the war. How people lived lives during this time and all of the anguish, heart-break, and fears are reported through the newspapers, magazines, books, letters, diaries, and various archives that survive today.

     Author Mark Painter spent years researching and creating this archive: a detailed recording in the words of the people who lived and suffered through it. The work includes rare, first-hand accounts of war atrocities and battle strategies in soldiers’ diaries and military communications that helped define future military policy and planning. I Consider chronicles citizen pride in the young untested nation and public reaction to their nation at war. Witness American fear of the British and potential loss of new freedoms won a generation earlier in Revolutionary War. There are so many ways you can read this two-volume work.

 

 

I Consider It My Duty: Volume II

Volume II cover 10.18.2014A History of the 16th Division, Pennsylvania Militia $39.99
Authored by Mr. Mark S. Painter
Edited by Mr. William C. Philson, Ms. Robin Como

     I Consider It My Duty examines the regional impact of the war through newspapers, magazines, books, letters, diaries, and other archives that survive.

     This two volume work studies that era from the voices of the day in Western Pennsylvania. Here you will find how people felt about the war. How people lived lives during this time and all of the anguish, heart-break, and fears are reported through the newspapers, magazines, books, letters, diaries, and various archives that survive today.

     Author Mark Painter spent years researching and creating this archive: a detailed recording in the words of the people who lived and suffered through it. The work includes rare, first-hand accounts of war atrocities and battle strategies in soldiers’ diaries and military communications that helped define future military policy and planning. I Consider chronicles citizen pride in the young untested nation and public reaction to their nation at war. Witness American fear of the British and potential loss of new freedoms won a generation earlier in Revolutionary War. There are so many ways you can read this two-volume work.

 


 

Books & Pamphlets Available for Purchase through mail and in person:

Ordering Information: All items are available at the Mercer County Historical Society. If ordering by mail, send the appropriate amount (including tax as well as Shipping & Handling) by way of check or money order along with a list specifying the publications you would like to purchase. Prices are listed below the book’s description. Note: Only PA residents need to pay the sales tax.

Orders should be mailed to:
Mercer County Historical Society
119 South Pitt Street
Mercer, PA 16137

Hug a Tree Kiss a Rock: The Views of a 20th Century Environmental Story Teller

Volume I, Ed “Grizzly” & Jean Carlson, 2013.

$20.00

Mercer County Sportsmen: Made the 1980’s A Golden Decade of Conservation

Volume II, Ed “Grizzly” & Jean Carlson, 2013.

$20.00

Combo–Volume I & Volume II. $ 30.00

Christmas Along the Hemlock Trails

Ed “Grizzly” Carlson, 2000.

$15.00

Pennsylvania Elk Tales

Ed “Grizzly” Carlson.

$10.00

Mercer County, Pennsylvania, Pictorial History, 1800-2000mercercountypa

Sponsored by the Mercer County Bicentennial Commission and written by residents from all across the county, this book contains photographs, histories, and anecdotes of Mercer County’s best and most tragic in a chronological, easy-to-read order. Everything from school house class pictures to railroads, floods, and industry, this pictorial history covers events—both large and small—throughout the past two hundred years. Hardcover.

Original Price: $50.00

Sale Price: $25.00 + $1.50 tax

Note: $7.50 Shipping & Handling fee if purchased by mail.

Special Offer: Buy a copy of the Pictorial History (above) and receive this for only $5 dollars more!

Mercer County: A Century Comes to a Close, Vol. III, the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s

Published by the Sharon Herald, 2006. Hardcover.

Price: $29.95 plus $1.80 tax

$4.00 Shipping and Handling

They Flew Proud

By Jane Gardner Birch

Divided into two parts, the first of which tells the history of the national Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPTP) given as a course locally at Grove City College and then at the Grove City Airport where pilots put in their hours. The CPTP trained more than 435,000 men and women across the country to be pilots before being abruptly rescinded. The second part of the book describes the author’s father, Gardner Birch, and his efforts to refocus the airport afterward to teach civilians to fly. The second part also includes a collection of stories and experiences from those that were trained there. Hardcover.

Price: $35.00 + $1.32 tax

$4.00 Shipping & Handling

onpolartrailsOn Polar Trails: The Peary Expedition to the North Pole, 1908-09

By John W. Goodsell, M.D. Revised and edited by Donald W. Whisenhunt

This book chronicles the first successful expedition to the North Pole from 1908 to 1909 through the eyes of Dr. John Goodsell, a physician and surgeon from the Sandy Lake area. Hardcover.

Price: $10.00 + $.60 tax

$1.50 Shipping & Handling

There and Back Again: The Dr. John Walter Goodsell Archives, Vol. I & II

A monumental undertaking by the Mercer County Historical Society over a number of years and compiling information that had been given to multiple museums and universities, this two volume set contains Dr. Goodsell’s papers before, during, and after joining the Admiral Robert Peary Arctic Expedition, including the printing controversies following the expedition and his time serving in World War I and beyond. Contains his journals along with dozens of photographs taken during the expedition and throughout Goodsell’s life. Hardcover.

Price: $125.00 + $7.50 tax

$15.00 U.S. Shipping & Handling ($60.00 International)

Hail Temple Built to Justice: A History of Mercer County’s Court Houses

By Robert B. Fuhrman.

This is a 60-page book that documents the early courts in Mercer County along with the fires that burnt down two of them and spaces that were set aside for temporary use during their reconstruction. The book also contains information on the Court House Park and the War Memorials. Paperback.

Price: $5.00 + $.30 tax

$1.00 Shipping & Handling

African Americans in Mercer County, from the Images of America series,

By Roland Barksdale-Hall

This book, part of a series spanning many other counties across the country, contains a chronology of African American culture and history in Mercer County. A photograph-driven narrative, the topics range from early African American settlers in and around 1800, various stations of the Underground Railroad, and the formations of clubs and societies in the Mercer County area all the way up until the 2008 presidential election. Paperback.

Price $21.99 + $1.32 tax

$2.00 Shipping & Handling

areafriendsrememberwhen Area Friends Remember When: A Collection of Nostalgic Memories of Times Gone By

Collected & Edited by Dr. James E. Mennell

Taken from Foreword: “This book is a collection of a series of interviews with people from the Mercer, Grove City, and Slippery Rock area. They were asked to recollect how they worked and played when they were growing up. This book is a result of their answers.” Paperback.

Sale Price: $5.00 + $.36 tax

$1.50 Shipping & Handling

Ghost Rails III: Electrics

By Wayne A. Cole

The sixth book by Cole, it follows the railroads and the industries that they made possible. Realizing that the rails are now “ghosts” of what they had once been, this book follows the tracks of the electric rail cars throughout the upper Ohio Valley in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania featuring photographs from the years the rails were active and how they appear today. Hardcover.

Price: $30.00 + $1.80 tax

$4.00 Shipping & Handling

Ghost Rails IV: Industrial Shortlines

By Wayne A. Cole

The next book in Cole’s series, Industrial Shortlines documents the abandoned railroads and industries near the Ohio and Pennsylvania border. Complete with photographs and maps. Features a final chapter describing “Germany’s Arthur Koppel’s American railroad enterprise that helped pull American Highways out of the mud,” but was then seized by the government under the Trading with the Enemy Act. Hardcover.

Price: $35.00 + $2.10 tax

$4.00 Shipping & Handling

A Trip Down Memory Lane of the New Lebanon Area

By Earl “LeRoy” Foster

Available in both color and black and white, this book was originally meant to be a recollection of early history from the borough of New Lebanon commissioned by the mayor, but evolved into something more. Remembered by Earl Foster at age 97 (at time of printing) and recorded by his daughter Dee Foster, the recollections are nostalgic—of historical and sentimental value to any Mercer Countians. The writing is enthusiastic, and at times quite humorous and shocking. Paperback.

Prices- Color: $25.00 + $1.50 tax

B/W: $17.00 + $1.02 tax

$2.00 Shipping & Handling

The History of Lackawannock Township

Compiled by Genevieve Bartholomew et al.

At 64 pages, this book reveals historical as well as present data. Contents include the formation of the township, local churches, schools, census records, and names of those who have held offices. There is also a convenient address directory of local and Amish businesses. This is a great, easy-to-navigate way to begin delving into the history of the township. Paperback.

Price: $5.00 + $.30 tax

$1.00 Shipping & Handling

The History of East Lackawannock Township

By Ruth Z. Woods

The History of East Lackawannock Township is a brief (48 pages), well-penned local history. The topics include the township formation, farming industry, local church descriptions, and town businesses. There is also information on church activities and schools, and an interesting anecdote named “The Hermit of Indian Run” about Alma Carmichael, who was born in the mid-20th century and lived an extremely isolated life in the woods. Paperback.

Price: $5.00 + $.30 tax

$1.00 Shipping & Handling

The History of New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, 1797-2003, the Story of a Small Town

Edited by H. Dewey DeWitt et al.

This New Wilmington history book spans almost 700 pages, beginning with the Indians in the area, taking the reader through the Civil War, the Great Depression, World War II, and then beyond with close attention to detail. Divided into four parts, sections also deal with information about the borough’s government, Westminster College, and businesses, churches, and schools in the Wilmington area. Also included are histories of the first pioneers and the Old Order Amish community that is so widespread around Wilmington. Hardcover.

Price: $29.95 + $1.80 tax

$4.00 Shipping & Handling

A History of the Barnes Families in Jackson Township, Mercer County, Pennsylvania

By Beatrice Barnes McClelland

Published in 1977, this is quite literally an entire history of the Barnes Family of Jackson Township, equipped with genealogical data, information, and records from family-owned and operated businesses. Paperback.

Price: $10.00 + $.60 tax

$2.50 Shipping & Handling

oneroomschoolhouseMercer County One-Room School Story: 1800-1960

By Joannie Appleseed (Mae Beringer)

Beautifully written, arranged in an alphabetical manner according to township, and decorated prolifically with photographs, this book contains a detailed history of Mercer County’s one-room schoolhouses, along with examples of students’ works, examples of teaching conditions, and a lifestyle all but lost to the current generation.

Paperback.

Price: $35.00 + $2.10 tax

$5.00 Shipping & Handling

Interested in the local One-Room Schoolhouses? Now available on CD and DVD are hundreds of photos, class lists, and souvenir books from schoolhouses all across Mercer County. Just ask at the office for the township of your choice!

Prices: $10.00 per township

$60.00 for the entire set (All of Mercer County)

History of Mercer County, Pennsylvania, 1888. Index of Names

As it’s listed, this is the index of all the names mentioned in the History of Mercer County two-volume set from 1888. Hardcover.

Price: $2.00 + $.12 tax

$1.00 Shipping & Handling

Grandma Left the Light On

By the Grove City Historical Society, 2009

This book focuses on the architectural style of the buildings in the Grove City Area. Taken from the back cover: “The theme of Grandma Left the Light On came from Donna Baker, who told us that Arminda Montgomery Shawgo always left the hall light on until the last of her dozen children was in for the night. Arminda was the matriarch of two Grove City building firms, Montgomery’s and Shawgo’s. We thought that expression, “Grandma left the light on” is symbolic of all those who came before us and left the light on for us, whether in our homes or businesses.” Hardcover.

Price: $29.99 + $1.80 tax

$4.00 Shipping & Handling

Butler County in the Civil War

By Brady Lee Pflugh, 2003

Hardcover.

Price: $40.00 + $2.40 tax

$4.00 Shipping & Handling

murdersatthewilsonfarmThe Murders at the Wilson Farm

By John E. Moser

“On a sunny afternoon in October 1943, three bodies were found at the Wilson dairy farm, just outside the western Pennsylvania town of Mercer. To this day it’s not entirely clear who committed the grisly murders…” The novel offers a carefully constructed, historic account of the events as they were and as they may have been. Paperback.

Price: $10.00 + $.60 tax

$.75 Shipping & Handling

Mercer County History, the journal of the Mercer County Historical Society

All back issues: $2.00 per journal + $.12 tax

$.50 Shipping & Handling

For Volume I of the new series, Fall 2008

Price: $5.00 + $.30 tax

$.50 Shipping & Handling

Or purchase the complete set of 15 journals! All listed in greater detail on the Historical Society’s website: www.mchspa.org

Price: $20.00 + $1.20 tax

$3.00 Shipping & Handling

Mercer County Historical Society Booklets:

#1- The Travel Diary of Dr. James Magoffin, Jr., from Ireland to Mercer, PA, in 1821

Transcribed by Eric Verdi,

Edited by William C. Philson and the MCHS staff,

Illustrated by Joy Miller, 1999, MCHS.

Price: $.88 + $.12 tax

#2- Follow the Drinking Gourd: Walking Tour of Mercer’s Historic Underground Railroad and Abolitionist Era Sites

Researched and compiled by Gail Habbyshaw,

Edited by Rachel E. Darby,

Illustrated by Joy Miller, 2002, MCHS.

(Booklet available for free on www.mchspa.org via wqln.org—Erie Public TV)

#3- Hugh Mercer: The Doctor General

By William C. Philson,

Edited by Rachel E. Darby, 2003, MCHS.

Out Of Stock

#4- Transfer as It Was

By Vincent R. Seidle,

Transcribed by Margo Letts,

Edited by Rachel E. Darby, 2005, MCHS. (Currently Sold Out)

#5- Native Americans and Early Settlers in Mercer County 14,000 BC-1800 AD, a Brief History

By William C. Philson, 2008, MCHS.

Price: $2.50 + $.15 tax

#6- George Reznor & the Reznor Manufacturing Plant

By Darren Egger, 2010, MCHS.

Price: $1.00 + $.15 tax

#7- A History of Fredonia Institute

By David F. Bower, Ed. D. University of New Mexico

Edited by William C. Philson, Mercer County Historical Society

Price: $5.00 + $.30 tax

Note: Shipping & Handling on all booklets is $.50

Ordering Information: All items are available at the Mercer County Historical Society. If ordering by mail, send the appropriate amount (including tax as well as Shipping & Handling) by way of check or money order along with a list specifying the publications you would like to purchase. Prices are listed below the book’s description. Note: Only PA residents need to pay the sales tax.

Orders should be mailed to:
Mercer County Historical Society
119 South Pitt Street
Mercer, PA 16137