The Union County Historical Society has adopted the medium
of computer technology to make history accessible to the computer generation.
The computer age has seen the rise of a generation of people who prefer to
access information electronically rather than through the traditional print
media. This trend has been accelerated by the proliferation of computer
technology in our schools and homes. Todayís schools have built modern computer
labs where students learn software programs to do numerical and textual
processing. These computer platforms also provide excellent opportunities to
give young people information on the history of our county and our state. They
do so in a format that is very comfortable for young readers.
A member of
the Union County Historical Society (and its webmaster), Prof. Tom Rich,
has written an e-book for just such a purpose. It is titled, Building
Pennsylvania, and it outlines the historical development of four major
technologies of Pennsylvania:
Canals, Iron & Steel, Lime & Cement, and Waterworks. The preface to the
Pennsylvaniaís technological story is fascinating in its
revelation of the human ingenuity that transformed the many natural resources
that are abundant in the state into the building blocks of modern society. In
fact, the products of Pennsylvania technology played a significant role in the growth and development of
the entire nation over the past 350 years.
The human story is equally poignant. The
ancestors of many of todayís Americans were part of Pennsylvaniaís past. Some first settled in the state
upon arrival from oversees and used their energies and talents to forge a new
life for themselves and their families. Others were born and raised in Pennsylvania, and many followed in their fatherís and
motherís footsteps to toil in the industries of the commonwealth. A great debt
is owed to those folks, who through their sweat and labor created the
prosperity that is enjoyed by many Americans today. This book tells their
story, and it is dedicated to them.
contains over 700 pages of descriptive text, charts, tables, illustrations, and
hundreds of historical images that tell the story of a significant part of Pennsylvaniaís
technological history. The book is intended for reading on a PC.
software is included on the CD-ROM along with instructions for
a PC. The author is making this book available through the historical
A major part of the proceeds will go to support the work of the
society. The member price is $22.50 (plus 6% tax for PA residents);
non-member price is $25 (plus 6% tax for PA residents). Shipping
is $4, and the e-Book can be ordered from the order form pdf.
to Building Pennsylvania, the historical society has other historical
information available in a CD format. The Union County Historical Society has published
On the Road; History Throughout
Union County, a car tour on CD that provides an informative and
enjoyable way to visit the countryside and towns in Union County. Another CD
that is available from the historical society provides an inventory of the
cemeteries of the county for use in genealogical work. Each of the CDís and others in the CD format can be
ordered at the Union County Historical Society at S Second and St. Louis
Streets in Lewisburg or from this website link.