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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New JES Scholar-in-Residence Parris Baker, Ph.D.

Posted on April 15th, 2022 at 12:00 PM
New JES Scholar-in-Residence Parris Baker, Ph.D.
Gannon University  Professor Parris Baker Becomes New Jefferson Scholar-in-Residence
Erie, Pennsylvania (April 15, 2022) – Parris J. Baker, an associate professor at Gannon University, has been named a scholar-in-residence at the Jefferson Educational Society, Jefferson
President Ferki Ferati announced today.
Dr. Baker will also become a regular writing contributor to the Jefferson with his new biweekly series titled “Truth in Love,” which begins today and can be found on the Jefferson’s website,
“We’re so excited to welcome Parris to the Jefferson writing team and for the important conversations he’ll help generate in the community as our newest scholar-in-residence,” Dr. Ferati
said. “Parris has already been a strong contributor to the Jefferson as a presenter and writer of essays and reports for several years, but his new writing series allows him to express himself even
more in his unique way.”

An alumnus of Gannon, Dr. Baker received his graduate degree from Case Western University before earning a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. At Gannon, he is
the director of the school’s Social Work, Mortuary Science, and Gerontology programs. He also serves as the Senior Pastor of Believers International Worship Center, Inc. He is married
and has five children.
With his new appointment, Dr. Baker joins nine other Jefferson scholars-in-residence: Dr. Judith Lynch, Dr. Andrew Roth, Corrine Egan, Paul Gambill, Dr. David Frew, Dr. Baher Ghosheh, Johnny
Johnson, Tom Murphy, and Christine Riehl.
For more information, please contact:
Jacob L. Bartko
Vice President of Operations
Jefferson Educational Society