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North Mountain Mementos

Shoemaker, Henry W.

ISBN 10: 1889037443 / ISBN 13: 9781889037448
Published by Wennawoods Publishing, 2007
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Title: North Mountain Mementos

Publisher: Wennawoods Publishing

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: First Printing.

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Our early Pennsylvania history is a collection of both oral
traditions, passed down through the generations, and the written
word recorded by early settlers, as they became literate and capable
writers. Like it or not, most of what historians call factual history had
its basis in some form of oral traditions that was passed down
through family histories. Thus it behooves us as readers of early
history to take the time to read and examine the personal accounts
of legends and tales from the many oral traditions recorded by the
best in the annals of Pennsylvania history, Henry S. Shoemaker.
As both a writer and historian, it has always amazed me that
many historians go out of their way to praise famous and important
authors who write celebrated narratives of times gone by using some
misstated facts often with nary a footnote, only to look down their
noses at many Pennsylvania oral traditions recorded before they
passed into oblivion. I choose to believe differently. I believe oral
traditions have a purpose and are a part of our history. Recording
that history by listening can be just as effective as recording history
by witnessing. But don t be so smug to believe that the only good
history is written history. Indians recorded their history orally, passing
it on from father to son or mother to daughter, and we accept these
stories mostly as gospel. So did the Amish, who passed down
through the generation s their own oral traditions, using only their
spoken language. Yet many historians believe that a spoken history
passed down through generations cannot possibly be as true when
we were only given visions of the past through spoken words or
songs. Sure some oral traditions were embellished but have you
ever read any written story that wasn t? Depends on the author! So
now it s time that we accept these oral traditions as a part of the
history we love to study and read. I look at it as just one more piece
of the puzzle, as credible as many written words.
Henry W. Shoemaker wrote over 100 books and articles about
Pennsylvania oral histories and his North Mountain Mementos
brings you 21 stories straight from the Pennsylvania frontier. We
enjoy a lengthy and interesting account of Chief Cornplanter and
Handsome Lake as they spend time in the Wyoming Valley. We
suffer with Skanando, a Cayuga by birth an Indian philosopher by
choice, dying in prison at Ft. Augusta for a crime he didn t commit.
The West Branch of the Susquehanna comes alive with white
settlers traveling and homesteading on this new frontier, amidst
Buffalo hunters, hunting feuds and bountiful harvests. The
Pennsylvania panther screams one last time in chapter XIV. But my
most favorite story is the story of Chief Logan s long, lost daughter,
unbeknownst to him and how little Letty Logan s presence still
echoes through the mountains and valleys of Central Pennsylvania
today. Our Pennsylvania frontier comes to life with a rich and
rewarding read that you won t be able to put down. Is it real history,
you be the judge! 27TH VOLUME IN THE GREAT

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