Here are some stores where you can buy books about Pennsylvania topics:

Local bookstores:

The Midtown Scholar, Harrisburg, 717-236-1680

Joseph Fox Bookshop, Philadelphia, 215-563-4184

Webster’s Bookstore Cafe, State College, 814-826-3278

Otto’s Bookstore, Williamsport, 570-326-5764

Clearfield County Historical Society, 511 Van Valzah Ave., Clearfield, PA 16830; 814-765-6125 (not taking book orders during COVID-19 shutdown)

Do you have a favorite store where you shop? Send it to us and we’ll include in our online bookstore directory.

Online or by phone:, 717-464-3873

Online listing of Pennsylvania bookstores:

(thanks to N. Clair Clawser for the following)

• Comics and Paperbacks Plus, 201 E. Main St., Palmyra, 17078; 717-838-4854

• Pages Card and Gift, 901 E. Main St., Palmyra 17078; 717-838-8740

• Aaron’s Books, 35 E. Main St., Lititz 17543; 717627-1990

• Masthof Bookstore, 218 Mill St., Morgantown 19543; 610-286-0258

• Clay Book Store, 2450 W. Main St., Ephrata (Clay); 717-733-7253

• Ephrata Cloister Museum Store, 632 W. Main St., Ephrata; 717-733-2592

• Lebanon County Historical Society, 924 Cumberland St., Lebanon 17042; 717-272-1473

Some publishers who have books that have been reviewed recently:

Arcadia Publishing:

Schiffer Publishing:

Penn State University Press:

University of Penn Press: Home | Penn Press – University of Pennsylvania

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In addition to the dairies featured in the article (indicated with a *) in the July/August 2018 issue, these farms milk their cows and make and sell ice cream on-site: 

Berkey Creamery at Penn State University, Curtin and Bigler Roads, University Park;; 814-865-7535

Crystal Spring Farm, 3550 Bellview Road, Schneckville;; 610-799-4611

Down on the Farm, 509 May Post Office Rd, Unit RD, Strasburg; facebook; 717-687-7829 (for 2021 Super Summer Scavenger Hunt entrants: this is the farm location, NOT the location at the Choo Choo Barn in Strasburg)

Fox Meadows Creamery on Pa. Rte. 322 at Clay (near Ephrata), Lancaster County, 717-721-6455

Freddy Hill Farms, 1440 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale;; 215-855-1205

Jackson Farms Dairy Store, 190 Jackson Road and 6718 National Pike, New Salem; 724-246-7010

Klein Farms Dairy and Creamery, 410 Klein Road, Easton;; 610-253-8952

*Lapp Dairy Farm, 244 Mentzer Road, New Holland; is open 8 a.m. to dusk, Monday through Friday, and until 6 p.m. Saturday. 717-354-7988

Lands at Hillside Farms, 65 Hillside Road, Shavertown; open daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.;; 570-696-4500

Manning Farm Dairy, RR#1 Manning Road, Dalton;;

Merrymead Farm, 2222 S. Valley Forge Road, Lansdale;; 610-584-4410

Meyer Dairy, 2390 S. Atherton St., State College;; 814-237-1849

*Milky Way Farm, 521 E. Uwchlan Ave., Chester Springs, is open Tuesday to Sunday, 1-9 p.m.; 610-363-8500

*Oregon Dairy Milkhouse, 2900 Oregon Pike, Lititz, is open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; 717-656-2856

Patches Family Creamery, 201 Fonderwhite Road, Lebanon;; 717-273-1983

*Perrydell Farm, 90 Indian Rock Dam Road, York, is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, except Sunday when hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; 717-741-3485 

Pot – O – Gold Diary, 24074 Wilkie Rd, Cambridge Springs, Crawford County, Facebook site, 814-282-9356

Pine View Dairy, 2225 New Danville Pike, Lancaster;; 717-872-5486

Ritchey’s Dairy, 2130 Cross Cove Road, Martinsburg;; 800-296-2157

Shady Brook Farm, 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley;; 215-968-1670

Springhouse Farm, 1531 Route 136, Washington;; 724-288-3339

Tanner Brothers Dairy, 1070 Hatboro Road, Ivyland;; 215-357-1716

Vale Wood Farms, 517 Vale Wood Road, Loretto;; 814-886-7171

Way-Har Farms, 7701 Bernville Rd. Bernville;; 610-488-1281

Windy Ridge Dairy on North Tower Road, Fombell, Beaver County, 724-822-8777

IF YOU KNOW of any changes we should make the this list (closures / dairies not listed but should be, etc.), please send them to the [email protected].

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Al Holliday, publisher of Pennsylvania Magazine, is available for speaking engagements within 100 miles of Harrisburg. Send your request to him at [email protected].

He charges a nominal speaking fee. Attendees of the event will receive a complimentary copy of the magazine, as well as the opportunity to sign up for a the next two issues to be delivered free of charge.

The program consists of a series of 25 questions about Pennsylvania personalities, facts, figures and trivia that he discusses with the audience. Everyone receives a handout to follow along.

He can also be reached by phone: 717-761-1836.



Pennsylvania Magazine is known for its photography.

FYI: Our annual photo contests are a major source of the images we use throughout the year. The entry forms are online in early January and in the January/February and March/April issues.

If you have images that will wow our readers, we’d love to see them to consider them for the magazine.

We pay from $200 for a wrap-around cover and up to $85 for images inside the magazine. You also receive credit and copies of the issue.

Four reasons we use to choose a photo for the magazine (after choosing a theme or season for a particular issue):

1. Has a wow factor (appreciation of the photographer’s skill, luck or viewpoint). This is an image that you’d feel compelled to share with someone else in the same room, interrupting them if needed: “hey, look at this!”

2. Connects with a reader’s experience, history, memory or location.

3. Tells a story (this could be the photo itself or the story around how the image was taken (situation) or both.

4. Has a geographic reach for readers of the magazine (one image may be chosen over another because it’s in a county or area that hasn’t received coverage lately.

If you have images like this (for cover, editor’s choice or photo essay consideration), we’d love to consider them.

We can look at a portfolio of images collected around a theme or individual images.

Share 20 or fewer to get started. Use Dropbox (share with [email protected]) or send a CD or use another cloud sharing service.

Share or send HIGH RESOLUTION images. We rarely use images taken with a cell phone. See the photo details following most captions to see the types of cameras and lenses that are used to capture the images that we use.

We don’t require any specific equipment, but if you’re going to take great shots of wildlife, you’re going to find that without investing in your own expensive lens (or using one by renting or borrowing someone else’s), your results will be disappointing. AND, always, be respectful of wildlife. Your photography actions should never cause an animal to alter their activity due to your presence.

If you have more questions, feel free to write ([email protected]) or call 717-697-4660.


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Click here to resource where to find a trail map:

NOTE: Kernsville Dam area is CLOSED:

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Pottstown based Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area: Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area

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Join the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) in celebrating the commonwealth’s 336th birthday on Charter Day, Sunday, March 12, with free admission to many of the historic sites and museums along the Pennsylvania Trails of History.

Pennsylvania was created when England’s King Charles II granted a charter to William Penn in 1681. Once each year the Pennsylvania State Archives exhibits the original document, for a limited time, at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. For the remainder of the year the Charter is safeguarded in a special vault within the Archives.

In addition to the Charter, the Archives will also display the original Great Law, passed between December 4 and 7, 1682, during the General Assembly’s very first session.

The Great Law is a series of statutes that provided a stable groundwork for Pennsylvania’s representative government. Among other things, it addressed elections and taxation, and it guaranteed a greater degree of religious freedom than any other legal code of its day. Like the Charter, the Great Law is fragile and rarely displayed. It is on view this year in honor of the 335th anniversary of the General Assembly.

Admission to The State Museum is free on Charter Day, Sunday, March 12, only, and includes visits to the Planetarium, the Curiosity Connection, and galleries. Free tickets are required for the Planetarium and the Curiosity Connection.

Additionally, State Museum Archaeologists will be talking about petroglyphs from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM in Nature Lab. Petroglyphs are images carved into rock surfaces. These consist of lines, dots, human, animal, supernatural and symbolic designs and are a rare glimpse into the minds of ancient Native Americans.

The Pennsylvania Charter and Great Law will remain on display until 1:00 PM, Friday, March 17 at the Museum when the documents will be returned to the vault for another year.

In addition to programing at The State Museum, many historic sites and museums along the Pennsylvania Trails of History will offer free admission on Sunday, March 12.

Participating historic sites and museums include:

• Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum, Scranton
• Brandywine Battlefield Park, Chadds Ford
• Conrad Weiser Homestead, Womelsdorf
• Cornwall Iron Furnace, Cornwall
• Daniel Boone Homestead, Birdsboro
• Drake Well Museum, Titusville
• Eckley Miners’ Village, Weatherly
• Ephrata Cloister, Ephrata
• Erie Maritime Museum & Flagship Niagara, Erie
• Fort Pitt Museum, Pittsburgh
• Graeme Park, Horsham
• Hope Lodge, Ft. Washington
• Joseph Priestley House, Northumberland
• Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, Lancaster
• Pennsbury Manor, Morrisville
• Pennsylvania Lumber Museum, Ulysses
• Pennsylvania Military Museum, Boalsburg
• Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Strasburg
• Somerset Historical Center, Somerset