Below is a listing of the current publications available for purchase from the Society. Prices shown include tax and shipping/handling. Click on “Mail in Check” to go to the form to purchase by mail. Click on the Paypal link to purchase online. Be sure to select Member or Non-member as reflects your status. Members get a $1 discount on publications available after 9/1/2023.

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Influenza 1918: Two Months of Daily Death

How the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918 impacted Columbia County, PA, and vicinity.

By Mark Fritz, Editor/Contributor
It’s still considered the worst natural disaster in history, the devastating Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918. Here is a nearly day by day account of its impact on Columbia County, pulled from the pages of the local newspapers. In six parts: (1) The events briefly summarized; (2) Flu at the Bloomsburg Normal School; (3) First-person accounts; (4) Quack cures; (5) How Luzerne County coped; (6) Detailed chronology.

8.5” x 11” softbound, 140 pages, over 166 illustrations, names index.

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Keller’s Jungle Killers

Over Eight Years in the Making
The complete story of Bloomsburg’s most famous native

Enjoy for the first time the full story of George Keller (1897-1960) and his transition from college art professor to nationally-known wild animal trainer. The book contains new information on his life and career as a teacher, is far more detailed than his 1961 autobiography, and clears up many old myths, some of which came from Keller himself. It is a trip back in time, a journey to a different Bloomsburg and a different era, when a small-town boy could dream of a life in the circus and make it a reality.

224 pages, 8 ½” x 11”, hardcover, color, 233 images, index


Letters Home WWI

By Mark Fritz, Editor

Subtitled: Letters From Local Participants In The Great War, the book is a compilation of letters that soldiers, sailors, flyers, and nurses wrote home to their families and which were then subsequently printed in one of several Columbia County newspapers. The letters give first-person accounts of the various phases and aspects of military service during the war, from training, to “crossing the pond,” to trench life, as well as battle stories full of danger and horror from the men reporting on their experiences “in the fray.” You’ll also read about how “the boys” reacted to the welcome news about the armistice, and about their post-war occupation service along the Rhine River in Germany. Included are letters from men (and a few women) from all the branches of service and representing various military specialties. Author Mark Fritz has supplied many sidebars and explanatory text to help put the soldiers’ letters into the larger context of the war overall. The book is 230 pages with hundreds of photos, posters, paintings, maps, and many other types of illustrations.

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Molly Justice

By Steve Varonka with illustrations by Leslie Young

Historical fiction that looks at life during the Molly Maguire turmoil. Set in 1875 Mahanoy City, Schuylkill County, Steve takes us through a thrilling conflict between Irish, Welsh, English and German Americans in a frontier atmosphere that was the anthracite coal fields of Pennsylvania.

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More Tracking Yesterday

By Ted Fenstermacher

Second volume of newspaper article compilations.

5.75” x 8.5” hard cover, 278 pages, several photos

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Pennsylvania Patriot

By W. M. Baillie

Biography of Danville’s General William Montgomery, Revolutionary War hero and pioneer developer of the Pennsylvania frontier.

9.25”x 5.75” softbound, 246 pages, 43 illustrations, 3 maps

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Pennsylvania Patriot (Hardbound)

By W. M. Baillie

Biography of Danville’s General William Montgomery, Revolutionary War hero and pioneer developer of the Pennsylvania frontier.

5.75” x 9.5” hardbound, 246 pages, 43 illustrations, 3 maps

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Pioneer Families Of Northern Columbia County, Pennsylvania: Articles By Kenneth Yocum And Others

By Ann Brandt, Editor

In the mid-1930s Kenneth Yocum wrote a series of articles about early families that settled mainly in the northern part of Columbia County. This work is an important contribution in doing genealogy research in Columbia County. There is an index to all the surnames cited in the book.

8.5”x11” paperback, 114 pages, and index.

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Preacher Entrepreneur: Rev. D. J. Waller, Sr.

By W. M. Baillie

A detailed biography of the circuit-riding Columbia County Presbyterian pastor who became the leading property developer and civic booster in Bloomsburg during a half-century career.

5.75” x 9.25”softbound, 188 pages, 44 photos, 2 maps, 2 family charts, index

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Small-Town Doctor

By Mark Fritz

The story of a man, his profession, his town and his times as told by the doctor’s receipts. What was it like being a doctor in two small towns in the Susquehanna Valley from 1882 to 1929? Read this book to see what his receipts reveal about his profession and his family and lifestyle.

8.5″ x 11″ softbound, 124 pages, 270 illustrations, indexed.

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