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I am a graduate of the University of New Mexico. To date, I have written The Hanging Of Susanna Cox: Pennsylvania's Most Notorious Infanticide And The Legend That's Kept It Alive; Peter Montelius: Printer and Teacher, Teacher and Printer; The Forgotten Nephew: D.E. Lick; and now The Face Of A Monster: America's Frankenstein. I frequently contribute to Passed Time, a website devoted to establishing a dialogue based on primary resources as a means of preserving the history and looking at it from the perspective of those who lived it. Additionally, I run the Earnest Archives and Library, a privately held library with a focus on the contributions of Pennsylvania Germans to American history.


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Stay informed and join us for upcoming events showcasing the rich cultural heritage and history of Pennsylvania Germans.


  • Jun 15, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    June 15, 2023 from 1:00pm -2:00pm ET and will explore the definition of Fraktur and how it pertains to its history in North America while addressing common misconceptions. This course will discuss the difference between the term used in German-speaking Europe versus North America.
  • Jul 20, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    July 20, 2023 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET and will identify the German Broadside. This course will discuss the print houses of the culture as compared to the smaller, usually rural, presses. The subject matter important to the culture which influenced the printing will be discussed and compared
  • May 20, Time TBD
    Himmel’s (Heaven’s) Church , 107 Covered Bridge Road Dornsife, PA 17823
    May 20 Patricia Earnest Suter of rdearnestassociates/Earnest Archives and Library will speak on her book about Peter Montelius, printer at Himmel’s, teacher, organist, chorister, surveyor, justice of the peace and ancestor of many Himmel’s folks. ​ View full list of the 2023 events at Himmel’s