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July's Pick of the Month: 'The First Frontier'

Written by witf | Jun 25, 2012 1:14 PM

Central Pennsylvania's Scott Weidensaul is an acclaimed non-fiction writer who was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his 1999 book, LIVING ON THE WIND: ACROSS THE HEMISPHERE WITH MIGRATORY BIRDS. Now, in THE FIRST FRONTIER, Weidensaul eloquently interweaves the personal stories of a wide array of Native Americans, explorers, soldiers, and settlers as they clash with one another on the colonial American frontier. Fans of Weidensaul’s earlier books will appreciate how he underscores the role of the natural environment here, too. He recounts how Native Americans and Europeans engaged one another as collaborators as well as opponents, from the different cultures’ first encounters in the late 16th century up to the 18th-century American Revolution. Weidensaul’s compelling narrative tracks the contested early American frontier from East Coast harbors like Jamestown, Virginia, and Deer Isle, Maine, to Pennsylvania centers of contact like Lancaster and the Alleghenies, to the Ohio River valley and points beyond. THE FIRST FRONTIER is a superb read for anyone interested in learning more about the history of our region.

On Saturday, July 21, from 2-4 PM, the Midtown scholar Bookstore will host Weidensaul at our monthly witf Book Salon as a part of “PA Frontier History Day,” sponsored by Millersville’s Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art. Also our guest that day: Brady Crytzer, author of FORT PITT: A FRONTIER HISTORY (The History Press, 2012). The day’s events will include a free reception to meet and greet the authors.

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