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.
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 didnít 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. And you'll read the story of Chief Loganís long, lost daughter,
unbeknownst to him and how little Letty Loganís presence still echoes
through the mountains and valleys of Central Pennsylvania today.
Hardback, 400 pages, originally published in 1920, limited to 1,000