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The Great Book of Pennsylvania: The Crazy History of Pennsylvania with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia (A Trivia Nerds Guide to the History of the United States)

By Bill O'Neill

Independently published
Paperback (187 pages)

The Great Book of Pennsylvania: The Crazy History of Pennsylvania with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia (A Trivia Nerds Guide to the History of the United States)
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How much do you know about the state of Pennsylvania? There’s so much to learn about the Keystone State that even its residents don’t know. In this trivia book, you’ll learn more about Pennsylvania’s history, pop culture, inventions, sports, and more!  

In The Great Book of Pennsylvania, you’ll find the answers to the following questions:

  • How did Pennsylvania get its name? 
  • Why is it known as the “Keystone State”?
  • Do you know how Hersheypark got started?
  • Do you know which best-selling musician had her first concert at a fair in Pennsylvania?
  • Which famous board game was invented by a Pennsylvanian using stolen ideas from other board games?
  • Which famous fast food item started out in PA?
  • Who was the Stroudsburg Rain Man?
  • What places in Pennsylvania are said to be haunted?
  • Where are you most likely to find Thomas Jefferson’s ghost?

And so much more!

This book is full of facts about Pennsylvania. Some of the facts you’ll learn in this book are surprising, some are sad, and others may give you the chills. But the one thing they have in common is they’re all interesting!

Whether you’re just learning about the Keystone State or you already think you’re an expert on the state, you’re bound to learn something you didn’t know in every chapter. Your friends will be amazed at your next trivia night.   

So, what are you waiting for? Get started to learn more about Pennsylvania!

Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth

Penn State University Press
Released: 2002-10-22
Paperback (712 pages)

Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth
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The Keystone State, so nicknamed because it was geographically situated in the middle of the thirteen original colonies and played a crucial role in the founding of the United States, has remained at the heart of American history. Created partly as a safe haven for people from all walks of life, Pennsylvania is today the home of diverse cultures, religions, ethnic groups, social classes, and occupations. Many ideas, institutions, and interests that were first formed or tested in Pennsylvania spread across America and beyond, and continue to inform American culture, society, and politics. This book tells that story—and more. It recenters Pennsylvania in the American historical narrative.

Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth offers fresh perspectives on the Keystone State from an array of distinguished scholars who view the history of this Commonwealth critically and honestly, using the latest and best scholarship to give a modern account of Pennsylvania's past. They do so by emphasizing the evolution of Pennsylvania as a place and an idea. The book, the first comprehensive history of Pennsylvania in almost three decades, sets the Pennsylvania story in the larger context of national social, cultural, economic, and political development. Without sacrificing treatment of the influential leaders who made Pennsylvania history, the book focuses especially on the lives of everyday people over the centuries. It also magnifies historical events by examining the experiences of local communities throughout the state.

Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth is divided into two parts. Part I offers a narrative history of the Commonwealth, paying special attention to the peopling process (the movement of people into, around, and out from the state); the ways people defined and defended communities; the forms of economic production; the means of transportation and communication; the character, content, and consequences of people's values; and the political cultures that emerged from the kinds of society, economy, and culture each period formed and sustained. Part II offers a series of "Ways to Pennsylvania's Past"nine concise guides designed to enable readers to discover Pennsylvania's heritage for themselves. Geography, architecture, archaeology, folklore and folklife, genealogy, photography, art, oral history, and literature are all discussed as methods of uncovering and understanding the past. Each chapter is especially attuned to Pennsylvania's place in the larger American context, and a Foreword, Introduction, and Epilogue to Part I explore general themes throughout the state's history. An important feature of the book is the large selection of illustrations—more than 400 prints, maps, photographs, and paintings carefully chosen from repositories across the state and beyond, to show how Pennsylvanians have lived, worked, and played through the centuries. This book is the result of a unique collaboration between Penn State Press and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Together they gathered scholars from all over the Commonwealth to envision a new history of the Keystone State and commit their resources to make imagining and writing a new history possible.

Wood Hicks and Bark Peelers: A Visual History of Pennsylvania's Railroad Lumbering Communities; The Photographic Legacy of William T. Clarke (Keystone Books)

By Ronald E. Ostman

Penn State University Press
Released: 2016-09-12
Hardcover (252 pages)

Wood Hicks and Bark Peelers: A Visual History of Pennsylvania s Railroad Lumbering Communities; The Photographic Legacy of William T. Clarke (Keystone Books)
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In Wood Hicks and Bark Peelers, Ronald E. Ostman and Harry Littell draw on the stunning documentary photography of William T. Clarke to tell the story of Pennsylvania’s lumber heyday, a time when loggers serving the needs of a rapidly growing and globalizing country forever altered the dense forests of the state’s northern tier.

Discovered in a shed in upstate New York and a barn in Pennsylvania after decades of obscurity, Clarke’s photographs offer an unprecedented view of the logging, lumbering, and wood industries during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. They show the great forests in the process of coming down and the trains that hauled away the felled trees and trimmed logs. And they show the workers—cruisers, jobbers, skidders, teamsters, carpenters, swampers, wood hicks, and bark peelers—their camps and workplaces, their families, their communities. The work was demanding and dangerous; the work sites and housing were unsanitary and unsavory. The changes the newly industrialized logging business wrought were immensely important to the nation’s growth at the same time that they were fantastically—and tragically—transformative of the landscape.

An extraordinary look at a little-known photographer’s work and the people and industry he documented, this book reveals, in sharp detail, the history of the third phase of lumber in America.

Hidden History of Northwestern Pennsylvania

By Jessica Hilburn

The History Press
Released: 2019-08-05
Paperback (160 pages)

Hidden History of Northwestern Pennsylvania
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From unsolved murders and ghastly disasters to medicinal water and sports legends, Northwestern Pennsylvania has a rich and diverse history. Titusville native John Heisman shaped football into the recognizable sport that it is today, and his namesake is honored on the Heisman Trophy. Girard's Charlotte and Libbie Battles broke glass ceilings by becoming early female titans of business and banking in the region. Marx Toys in Erie County found success in crafting affordable popular toys for the masses and became the largest toy company in the world. The horrific Ashtabula train disaster of 1876 was the worst train incident in history to that point, with more than ninety lives lost. Join author Jessica Hilburn as she reveals the shrouded history of Northwestern Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania: A Portrait of the Keystone State

imusti
Hardcover (112 pages)

Pennsylvania: A Portrait of the Keystone State
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Discover every corner of Pennsylvania, from the place where the United States began to the shores of Lake Erie to the first-class city of Pittsburgh, historic Scranton, and the rural farmland, forestland, and small towns in between. Visit Pennsylvania's historic sites, which are also the nation's historic sites because so many important events took place here. View the birthplace of the only US president from Pennsylvania, trees over 450 years old, the place where oil was first discovered, the peaceful Amish countryside, historic colonial buildings, and modern metropolitan cities. Through striking images and detailed captions, join the photographer on a journey of one of the country's most significant and diverse states.

The Natural History of Pennsylvania

By Stan Freeman

Hampshire House Publishing
Paperback (112 pages)

The Natural History of Pennsylvania
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"The Natural History of Pennsylvania" is a unique, comprehensive guide to the nature of Pennsylvania. There are more than 400 full-color photographs, maps and illustrations covering everything from bears and beavers to snakes and spiders to weather and wildflowers. Learn about the state's geology, its endangered species and its rivers and mountains. Find out how it was shaped by the ice age and the movement of the continents. Learn about the first human residents. There are identification charts and photos for common birds, butterflies, trees and wildflowers. And there’s a month-by-month calendar showing when events in nature happen in Pennsylvania.

Here are some reviews for other books in this series

Reviews for "The Natural History of New York."

"A treasure chest of information … forward-looking parents ought to put it on their must-get list … easy-to-understand charts and tables and concise prose." – The Staten Island Advance

"Informative graphics, maps and charts load the pages … easy to read and visually appealing … a smart addition to classrooms and homes alike" – The Albany Times Union

Reviews for "The Natural History of Western Massachusetts"

"I finally came across the book I'd been imagining, lo these many years … easy to read and understand, for us slower kids in the class." – Tony Mateus, thepioneervalley.blogspot.com

"Filled with color photos on just about every page … enjoyable to read and education … presented in a style that's accessible to your readers." – The Daily Hampshire Gazette

Reviews for "The Natural History of Eastern Massachusetts."

"If you buy a copy for your kids, you'll have a hard time putting it down yourself." – The Quincy Patriot Ledger

"Chock full of gorgeous photographs … it's also lots of fun." – The North Andover Citizen

"A fascinating, richly illustrated guide … a delight for naturalists of all ages." – The New England Wild Flower Society online book guide

Digging Dusky Diamonds: A History of the Pennsylvania Coal Region

By John R. Lindermuth

Sunbury Press, Inc.
Paperback (160 pages)

Digging Dusky Diamonds: A History of the Pennsylvania Coal Region
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Based on contemporary newspaper accounts and genealogical records, Digging Dusky Diamonds tells the story of the people who made the anthracite coal mining industry a major economic force in Pennsylvania in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

How the miners and their families lived and worked, loved and died is recorded in old newspapers and reveals their daily concerns, their diversions, social attitudes and prejudices. The accounts reveal what was different about those people and what has remained constant in us, their descendants.

Though the focus is mainly on Northumberland and Schuylkill counties, similar conditions prevailed across the anthracite mining region.

Pennsylvania: What's So Great About This State? (Arcadia Kids)

By Kate Boehm Jerome

Brand: Arcadia Publishing
Released: 2011-05-02
Paperback (32 pages)

Pennsylvania: What s So Great About This State? (Arcadia Kids)
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Arcadia Kids is a new series of fun, colorful, easy-to-read books for children ages 7-11 featuring attention-grabbing cover art, inviting conversational style content, and vivid full-color images of landmarks and geography. Parents, grandparents, and savvy shoppers will appreciate the feel good factor of purchasing books that are both fun AND educational.DO YOU KNOW… WHY Pennsylvania is known as the birthplace of the nation? (Hint: It has to do with ideas and ink!) WHAT famous place in Pennsylvania has more than 1,400 monuments and markers? (Hint: It honors both "sides.") Find these answers and more in the Pennsylvania edition of What's So Great About This State? TM

Well-Behaved Taverns Seldom Make History: Pennsylvania Pubs Where Rabble-Rousers and Rum Runners Stirred Up Revolutions

By M. Diane McCormick

Sunbury Press, Inc.
Paperback (312 pages)

Well-Behaved Taverns Seldom Make History: Pennsylvania Pubs Where Rabble-Rousers and Rum Runners Stirred Up Revolutions
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Take a pub crawl through 12 Pennsylvania taverns with rebellious pasts, where the stakes were high and the rum was flowing. Meet the scalawags and insurrectionists of the American Revolution, Whiskey Rebellion, the boozy Fries Rebellion, the tumultuous Canal Era, the Underground Railroad, the Battle of Gettysburg (and the making of the movie!), the Molly Maguires, and Prohibition.

Savor the food and drink at these still-standing inns:

  • City Tavern, Philadelphia: Epicenter of revolt.
  • General Warren Historic Hospitality, Malvern: Espionage afoot.
  • Blue Bell Inn, Blue Bell: George Washington finds sanctuary.
  • McCoole’s at the Historic Red Lion Inn, Quakertown: Rumbling for tax relief.
  • Tavern at the Sun Inn, Bethlehem: Crossroads of the Revolution.
  • Jean Bonnet Tavern, Bedford: Hotbed of the Whiskey Rebellion.
  • Black Bass Hotel, Lumberville: Life and much death on the canal.
  • Dobbin House Inn, Gettysburg: Underground Railroad safe harbor.
  • Farnsworth House Inn and Sweney’s Tavern, Gettysburg: Bullets and bravado.
  • Wooden Keg Tavern, St. Clair: The fighting Molly Maguires.
  • Two Rivers Brewing Company, Easton: Speakeasy on the Delaware.
  • Horse Inn, Lancaster: Knock three times and whisper low.

Explore every nook, cranny, fireside, hiding place, secret door, and gallows. With her inquisitive nature and cheeky humor, author M. Diane McCormick uncovers the quirks and historical marvels that you won’t find on the back of the menu.

The History of the Pennsylvania Railroad (Great Rails Series)

By Timothy Jacobs

Brand: Smithmark Pub
Hardcover (128 pages)

The History of the Pennsylvania Railroad (Great Rails Series)
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Comprising over 10,000 miles of operated track at its height, the Pennsy was the largest railroad in the world for much of its 121-year lifespan, absorbing more than 600 other railroads as it grew. It hauled more freight & passengers than any other railroad in the world. With the construction of the palace-like Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan just after the turn of the century, it must have seemed that the Pennsylvania Railroad would last forever. Sadly, it fell prey to the problems facing so many railroads in the post-war years. But the memory of this great institution will linger for many years to come. This lavishly illustrated book tells its story.


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