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Boiling Springs

Boiling Springs is a unique 18th century industrial settlement that developed into a 19th century provincial village and recreational area. The name of the village and its multilayered history revolve around its important water resources. The name "Boiling Springs" is found in the earliest records of the area. This "Boiling Springs " designation was undoubtedly derived from the lake located on the tract.

Book Review: A Capitol Journey: Reflections on the Press, Politics and the Making of Public Policy in Pennsylvania

Vincent P. Carocci, A Capitol Journey: Reflections on the Press, Politics and the making of Public Policy in Pennsylvania. Penn State University Press, 2005. Photographs, index, 298 pages, hardcover $39.95.

Political loyalty is a major theme that runs through a new book taking an insider's view of doing at the state Capitol over the past forty years.

Book Review: A City Transformed: Redevelopment, Race, and Suburbanization in Lancaster PA

David Schuyler, A City Transformed: Redevelopment, Race, and Suburbanization in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1940-1980. University Park PA: Penn State Press, 2002. Photos, 278 pps., $19.95.

David Schuyler's A City Transformed is a story about the successes and failures with the redevelopment efforts in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Although this book chronicles Lancaster's redevelopment efforts, one can easily catch sight of similarities that Lancaster went through during this period with many other mid-size cities across the United States.

 Schuyler looks primarily at housing, downtown development, and suburban sprawl in his book.

Book Review: A History and Genealogy of Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania

This is a gold mine of a book. Mrs. Schaumann has done some real digging in official County records and in doing so has come up with an excellent overview of Carlisle as found in tax lists. The major section deals with the original 312 lots, each 60' x 240' as laid out by John Armstrong for the Penn proprietors. In the beginning, each lot sold for seven pence sterling with the condition that the purchaser erect thereon within a year a 20 foot square house of stone, brick or frame (i.e., log) with a stone or brick chimney.

Book Review: An Infantryman Remembers World War II

John H. Light, An Infantryman Remembers World Wtzr II. Shippensburg PA: Beidel Printing House, Inc., 1997. vii, 157 pp. Paperback, $10.95. 

Anyone who can close this book with a dry eye has a heart of stone. John H. Light, for nearly thirty years a professor of mathematics at Dickinson College, here shares his memories of "ground-pounding" in the European Theatre during the Second War War. Although Light grew up in Lebanon County, his home was a Pennsylvania Dutch farm identical in many respects to those in Cumberland County. His story thus provides an analogue for experiences of soldiers from, say, Boiling Springs or Newville. 

Book Review: At a Place Called the Boiling Springs

At a Place Called the Boiling Springs. Edited by Richard L. Tritt and Randy Watts. Illustrated, 247 pp. Boiling Springs Sesquicentennial Publications Committee, 1995. $35, cloth.

This book, commemorating the sesquicentennial of Boiling Springs, provides a well written and visually rich history of this charming Cumberland County village. Although the foreword states that "with today's roads and speeds Carlisle and the village virtually run together," the book proceeds to illuminate the image of a distinct, charming, and historically rich community, whose heritage encompasses a remarkable blend of industry, recreation, and nature.

Book Review: Beyond Philadelphia: The American Revolution in the Pennsylvania Hinterland

John B. Frantz and William Pencak, eds., Beyond Philadelphia: The American Revolution in the Pennsylvania Hinterland. (University Park: Penn State University Press, 1998) viii, 273, maps, index. Hardback $55.00 (ISBN 0-27 1-01 766-X) Paperback $ 19.95 (ISBN 0-271-01767-8). 

The simplicity of some sound ideas makes them go unnoticed. Such is the case with this volume, a succinct study of how the War for Independence affected the various counties of Pennsylvania, one of the largest colonies in the British Empire. It is a wonder no one thought of such a study before 1990, but until then the field lay fallow. 

Book Review: Breaking the Backcountry: The Seven Years' War in Virginia and Pennsylvania, 1754-1765

Matthew C. Ward, Breaking the Back country: The Seven Years' War in Virginia and Pennsylvania, 1754-1765. Pittsburgh PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003. Maps, photos, 329 pps., $34.95.

A sense of pride is irresistible when the author's acknowledgements begin, "In particular I would like to thank the staff at the Cumberland County Historical Society in Carlisle, Pennsylvania . . . . " Matthew Ward, a Scotsman who studied at the College of William and Mary and who is now a lecturer in history at the University of Dundee in Scotland, has expressed amazement at the unique resources in the Society relevant to what we ex-colonials call the French and Indian War. He uses these resources and many others from four countries and from holdings great and small in offering a timely survey of a crucial aspect of the seventeenth century's world war. The 250'" anniversary of this war is upon us, and Ward's retelling of the story appropriately places Cumberland County and Pennsylvania front and center in those dramatic events.