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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:

Redrosestudio.com, 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: https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/Products/pa

Schiffer Publishing: http://www.schifferbooks.com

Penn State University Press: http://www.psupress.org

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


Click below to download PDFs.

Wildlife Home Plans (build your own)

Order form

Howard Nursery page is here 

(PRESS RELEASE MATERIAL, more houses then just bluebird boxes are available from the order form.)

The Pennsylvania Game Commission again is selling bluebird nesting boxes. The boxes sell for $11 (includes sales tax), and customers can select from assembled boxes or kits that can be assembled as a wood-working project.

Bluebird nesting boxes built by staff at Howard Nursery are available for sale at the nursery office, as well as the Game Commission’s Harrisburg headquarters, region offices, and the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area. Nesting-box kits also are available.

Right click on this link to download the PDF from the game commission site.

If you still cannot obtain the order form, email the editor and ask for one to be emailed to you.

“Also, building nesting boxes is a great project for individuals, families or civic organizations interested in connecting with wildlife. These box designs are proven to attract bluebirds and other native species, such as tree swallows and house wrens.”

Bluebirds live in open country, and are a beautiful songbird native to Pennsylvania. Bluebirds are cavity nesters and became less common due to a lack of suitable nest sites. Many nest sites have been lost through changing land-use practices, as well as to urban and suburban sprawl. But the introductions of house sparrows and starlings in 1851 and 1890 were the primary reasons for the bluebirds’ decline, as these non-native species took over native bluebird nesting cavities.

The bluebird boxes offered by the Game Commission include an opening that is the prescribed 1½  inches in diameter. This precludes starlings from being able to enter. However, house sparrows still are able to enter the boxes. If this occurs, the house sparrow nest should be removed immediately. They’re usually easy to identify; they fill up the whole nesting cavity with grasses and almost always include feathers and manmade materials in their composition. Native species such as tree swallows and house wrens should not be excluded from nest-boxes. Wrens construct nests with twigs; swallows build a nest with a distinct cup below the entrance hole.

Boxes should be placed on a free-standing pole 3 to 5 feet above the ground – facing south, if possible – and facing a nearby tree or fence where young birds can safely land on their initial flights from the box. To reduce predation and competition from other species, no perch should be placed on the box; bluebirds do not need one. Boxes placed in pairs, about 20 feet apart, may help reduce competition from swallows.

The Game Commission’s Howard Nursery has been manufacturing bluebird nest boxes and box kits for more than a quarter century. Each year, about 9,000 boxes are manufactured there and sold or provided to Pennsylvanians to help bluebirds. That annual influx of new nest boxes helps ensure Pennsylvania remains a “keystone state” in bluebird conservation.

The boxes are on sale at the Game Commission’s Harrisburg headquarters, the Howard Nursery, the Game Commission’s six region offices, and can be ordered by mail through an order form available online. Sales will continue while supplies last.

Office hours are Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Game Commission’s headquarters is at 2001 Elmerton Ave., just off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81 in Harrisburg.

The Howard Nursery is located at 197 Nursery Road, Howard, Pa.

To order by phone, call the Game Commission’s Harrisburg office at 1-888-888-3459. If ordering by phone, shipping and handling costs will apply depending on how many boxes are ordered.

For more information on bluebirds, visit the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), hover over “Wildlife” in the menu bar at the top of the homepage, then select “Birding and Bird Conservation”, and then “Eastern Bluebird” in the Natural History section of the page. Also, information about additional wildlife nesting structures can be found by putting your cursor on “Self-Help” in the menu bar at the top of the homepage, then clicking on “Download Forms and Brochures” in the drop-down menu listing, and then clicking on “Wildlife Homes Order Form” in the “Agency Programs” section.

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JA 2017 Schuylkill River Trail links and information.

Click here to resource where to find a trail map: http://www.schuylkillriver.org/Detail.aspx?id=5518

NOTE: Kernsville Dam area is CLOSED:

Berks County Covered Bridge Tour

Travel Planner on the Schuylkill River:


SRT part two so 2017

SO 2017 Schuylkill River Trail links and information.

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

Schuylkill River Trail: Schuylkill River Trail or Bike Pottstown/Bike Schuylkill | The FREE Community Bike Share …

Schuylkill Banks boardwalk over the river in Philadelphia: Schuylkill Banks | Home



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

AND Next Year’s Categories Announced 

Thank you to everyone who took the time and effort to enter the contest. We enjoyed seeing all of the images (thousands) that were entered in this year’s contest. The judges have selected the following entrants’ images as this year’s winners.

Artistic Expression category winners are first, Edward Luczak, Glenshaw; second, Daniel Dibernardo, Lancaster; third, Bobbie Alexander, Collegeville; and honorable mentions: Paul W. Faust, Harrisburg; Paul Valerio, Irwin; Edward Luczak, Glenshaw; Carol Brightbill, Pottstown; and Mark Van Scyoc, Leola. These winning images appear in the July/August issue beginning on page 28.

Places category winners (appearing in the September/October 2016 issue) are first, Steven Waite, Morrisville; second, Cheryl White, Coatesville; third, Don Shenk, Lancaster; honorable mentions: Bill Sisson, Reedsville (appears in the July/August 2016  issue on pages 8-9); Phyllis Wimer, Lancaster; Elizabeth Pennock, State College; Michael Sharp, Port Matilda; Beverly Martin, Stevens; Rusty Glessner, State College; and Mary Ann Dailey, Pottstown.

Winners in the Wildlife category (appearing in the November/December 2016 issue) are first, Ruth Cosand, Pipersville; second, David Levandusky, Weissport; third, Steve Pensyl, Shamokin; honorable mentions: David Levandusky, Weiss-port; Melissa Pelczar, Landenberg (appears on page 50 in the July/August 2016  issue); Mike Vanino, Reading; Jimmy Marz, Erie; Terry Werneth, Meadville; Karen Link, Butler; Ronald Kauffman, York; and Ricardo F. Gilson, Meadville.

Next year’s categories will be Black & White, Wildlife and Scenics. Start shooting now. An entry form will appear on our website in early December.