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Our Library Card Catalog is now available online! To search our holdings click on "Online Library Card Catalog" from our menu.  The catalog can be searched 24/7.  This allows our patrons to review what is contained in our library prior to their visit.  

Author Lynne Gough presented her new book Asa and the Holstein Queen at Cornerstone Genealogical Society's Oct 11, 2016 meeting.  Based on the real-life adventures of four generations of Lynne's Greene County ancestors, the story culminates in the remarkable life of her great-grandfather, Asa W. Morris, who rose to prominence in the early California dairy industry.  His famous champion cow, Tilly Alcartra, broke many world records for milk production and was crowned the "Queen of Holsteins."  Tilly was a bovine celebrity who traveled in First Class parlor cars on the train and was an invited guest at the lavish Palace Hotel in San Francisco.  Based on a beloved family story and years of research, this historical novel is written for young adults 11 and up.  It contains full color illustrations, vintage photographs and is a delightful read for all ages,  Books may be purchased on the website:   www.asaandtheholsteinqueen.com   facebook.com/asaandtheholsteinqueen   

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The St. Louis County Library now houses the National Genealogical Society circulating collection. In November 2001, the National Genealogical Society (NGS) moved most of their 98 year old circulating collection from the NGS headquarters at Glebe House in Arlington, Virginia, to the History and Genealogy Department of St. Louis County Library (SLCL) in St. Louis, Missouri. The collection consists of approximately 20,000+ books. Previously loaned only to NGS members, the National Genealogical Society Book Loan Collection is now available to the general public through Interlibrary Loan via their local library. A link to this information and their web page can be found on our links page. The St. Louis County Library catalog may also be searched online.  They recently contacted our library and purchased a large number of our Greene County books to add to their collection.

 

For the first time, readers are given a full account of the history of Waynesburg & Washington Railroad Second Number 4. Author Jim Weinschenker chronicles the life of this rare locomotive from its May 1916 construction through 2014.  Builder's specifications, in-service and post-abandonment photographs, detailed drawings, coupled with historical background, this is a must read for the narrow gauge locomotive enthusiast.

Available for purchase in the Cornerstone Genealogical Society library.

 

      

Local books from Arcadia Publishing "Images of America Series"

Waynesburg was founded in 1796 as the county seat of the newly formed Greene County, Pennsylvania. The stateís General Assembly approved its formation after a petition was submitted by the citizens of this southwesternmost corner of the state. The people desired a more convenient location to transact their legal affairs, not wanting to ride the rugged roads north 30 miles to the county and town of Washington. The new county and its capital were named in honor of soldiers who helped General Washington to win the Revolutionary War, Nathaniel Greene and Mad Anthony Wayne, respectively. Waynesburg travels back to the early days of the areaís growing years, documenting the evolution of High Street from the time of dirt roads to brick pavers and revisiting the Downey House and its tragic fire, the men of Company K, the Waynesburg Brewery, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument as it was built, the Hookstown Cemetery, the Courthouse Square, the Waynesburg College campus, and other icons of local history.  Authors Glenn J.R.T. Toothman III, a longtime Waynesburg lawyer, and Candice L. Buchanan, a board-certified genealogist with a masterís degree in public history, have worked closely for over 12 years on Greene County history projects.  Available for purchase at McCracken's Pharmacy and Artbeat Gallery in Waynesburg, Pa.  Online purchases available at Arcadia Publishing and Amazon. 

 

Around Greensboro covers communities of southeastern Greene County, including Greensboro at its heart. Greensboro was originally called Delight by the Mingo Indians who lived in the region. Because of its location on the Monongahela River, it quickly became an important trading location for the trappers and settlers moving through in the late 1700s. Later, Albert Gallatin introduced a group of Belgian glassblowers to the area, and in 1807, the glassworks in Greensboro was opened. As the glass business began to fade, another took its place. The area was rich in clay, which would be vital to the development of the pottery industry. From the 1840s to 1915, pottery was king in Greensboro, and the town boomed. As the pottery industry faded, it too would be replaced by another industry: coal. Greensboro, once famous for its glass and pottery, became known for its bituminous coal mines. This book covers the early days of Greensboro to the devastating Election Day Flood of 1985.  Michele Buday-Murray is a native of Mapletown, located several miles outside of Greensboro. She obtained her masterís degree in education and is a certified history teacher. The photographs in this book come from the Borough of Greensboro, Greene County Historical Society, Cornerstone Genealogical Society, and private residents.  Available for purchase at Riverrun Books and Prints, Greensboro, Pa.  Online purchases available at Arcadia Publishing and Amazon.