History & Heritage

The Irish are famous for many things -- music and dance, beautiful linen, old castles, whiskey -- but cultivating vineyards and making wine hasn't been one of them.  There is a fine Celtic...
Each day that week I sat at my desk, pencil in hand, intending to summarize what I knew about Theodorick Crane and Cornflower and arrive at some conclusions about their lives and deaths.  But...
Sixty-five years after the conclusion of World War Two its history is still being written, and the reckoning is still taking place.  Facts are being unearthed, interpreted and debated, and...
This edition of OFF THE PAGE opens with a conversation about The Gathering at Keystone College, an annual literary event that takes place on the college campus in La Plume, PA on July 15-18, 2010. To...
As stated in nearly every eulogy, because a person has passed away it does not signify the end of his or her influence on loved ones, or on the community and society.  It is hoped that memory of...
But truth be told, when I crunched the numbers, a farmers' market meal made of roasted local pasture-raised chicken, baked potatoes and steamed broccoli cost less than four meals at Burger King...
There are vast libraries filled with documentation of the Second World War, from military records to history books, biographies, novels and plays.  The works still appear -- there's always...
The moon makes frequent appearances in love lyrics, be it a harvest moon, a blue moon, a desert moon or an old devil moon... Dorothy's lyric [for "Don't Blame Me"] has "...
If Samuel Clemens had lived a little longer he might have had his own radio show.  As Mark Twain he was a prolific writer and a delightful performer, one of the most popular speakers of his time...
Among the many contributions of African-Americans to our national life, one seems almost incidental: the intense interest in genealogy.  The appearance in 1976 of the book “Roots” by...