Publications from the Jefferson Educational Society

The Jefferson Educational Society works hard to publish various books, essays, journals, and reports about a wide range of topics.

Accidental Paradise


By: David Frew and Jerry Skrypzak

While "Accidental Paradise" identifies contemporary threats and concerns, it is essentially a story of hope and promise. Beautiful images, poetry, and wonderful stories percolate from the pages, as the prose traces a legacy of history and details the partners who have grown with the park: Waldameer, Erie Water Works, Algeria Farms, Sarah's, the Coast Guard, and more.  

Enjoy the book, then go to Presque Isle.  Wander beaches, roadways, and trails.  Visit TREC and attend programs.  Feel the wonder as you honor the history.

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WILLIAM C. SENNETT: A MAN FOR ALL ERAS (June 1, 1930-January 23, 2023) 

By: David Frew 

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How to Put Equitable Development to Work for Erie, Pennsylvania

Posted on December 10th, 2021 at 3:25 PM
How to Put Equitable Development to Work for Erie, Pennsylvania

How to Put Equitable Development to Work for Erie, Pennsylvania

Court Gould, MPA

Originally Published December 2021


The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed stark disparities in communities nationwide. It has also illuminated the shortcomings of some traditional labels. Clearer than ever is that what too often passes as “economic development” really does not lift all boats. Equitable development is a positive development strategy that ensures everyone participates in and benefits from the region’s economic transformation – especially low-income residents, communities of color, immigrants, and others at risk of being left behind. This report is written by JES sustainable solutions consultant, Court Gould, MPA. 


Read the Full Report Here