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 Report: Can New Americans Reverse Erie's Population Decline?

Posted on January 31st, 2022 at 12:00 PM
New Report: Can New Americans Reverse Erie's Population Decline?

can new americans reverse erie's population decline?


This article, by Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Professor Baher Ghosheh, Ph.D., is part of a larger project by Dr. Ghosheh that examines the history, challenges, and opportunities of immigration in the United States. The project is particularly timely given polarizing views of immigration in the nation and a new U.S. Census report due in May 2022. He is currently working on a new book focusing on demographic trends and immigration patterns in Erie, Pennsylvania (1960-2020).


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