• Book Signing Events!

    I have several book signing events coming up!! Please stop by to say hello!
    May 7 – Barnes & Noble Wilkes-Barre, Arena Hub, 2-4 p.m.
    May 14 – Barnes & Noble Center Valley (at the Promendade shops), 1-3 p.m.
    May 22 – The Den, Peddler’s Village Strawberry Festival, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    May 28 – Barnes & Noble Rittenhouse, Philadelphia, 1-3 p.m.
  • Philly Fact: Saving the Franklinia from Extinction

    The Bartram family saved the Franklinia from extinction.

    The Bartram family saved the Franklinia from extinction.

    Eons ago, Philadelphia was verdant. Even after William Penn and the first Europeans settled and made Philadelphia their home, nature abounded. So, it’s no surprise that Philadelphia has a great history when it comes to natural history. Enter, the Bartram family.

    John Bartram was born in Darby in 1699 and later bought his own farm along the banks of the Schuylkill River. His son, William, was a well-known explorer and travelled the countryside in search of new seeds and plants to bring back to the farm. William documented his travels in his famous, Travels Through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Choctaws, commonly known as Travels.

    In 1765, while travelling in Georgia, John and William discovered a beautiful white flowering tree. They brought the seeds back to Philadelphia to propagate. They named the tree after their family friend, Benjamin Franklin.

    The tree became extinct in the wild, but the Franklinia Altamaha tree is still around thanks to the Bartrams. All Franklinia that grow today are direct descendants of the seeds the father and son team found in the wilds of Georgia.

    To read more about the Bartram family and how they helped shape Philadelphia, check out A Philadelphia Story. Pre-order your copy here.

  • Almost Here!

    PhiladelphiaStory2In anticipation of the release of my new book, A Philadelphia Story: Founders and Famous Families from the City of Brotherly Love, I’m going to start blogging regularly to give out tidbits of content from the book. Stay tuned for information about “Why’s it Called That?” — entries that will look at well known names around Philadelphia and look at their origin. I’ll also add some fun facts about my beloved city as well as a who’s who of the heavy hitters in Philadelphia history. Click HERE to buy a copy of the book!