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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New Report: Getting Back to the Basics- Small Stuff Matters in Erie's Competition for Residents

Posted on January 24th, 2022 at 12:00 PM
New Report: Getting Back to the Basics- Small Stuff Matters in Erie's Competition for Residents

GETTING BACK TO THE BASICS: small stuff matters in erie's competition for residents


This report gives insight into retaining and attracting residents in the city of Erie. Written by Court Gould, MPA, the publication highlights factors that give a sense of order and community caring overlooked in Erie neighborhoods. From residential competition, sidewalks and trees, and littering, getting "back to basics" is essential to not losing the residents in the city to the suburbs. Gould features imperatives that have worked in other cities and stresses the changes needed to community infrastructure for the city of Erie.