Author Talk: Jennife
Author Talk: Jennifer Sopko
CSCL Program Room

Thursday, Oct. 17, 6:30-8:00

Jennifer has worked as a professional writer and historian in western Pennsylvania for more than 15 years.  She is a published author and journalist and I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

Since 2003, she has written about the Ligonier Valley, Westmoreland County and Western Pennsylvania for several regional publications. Her writing projects focus on Western Pennsylvania history with goals of enlightening readers about forgotten and obscure regional history and reinterpreting connections between familiar stories.

She is the author of Ligonier Valley Vignettes: Tales from the Laurel Highlands (2013), a series of historical vignettes about Pennsylvania’s Ligonier Valley that was published by The History Press. Her second book, Idlewild: History and Memories of Pennsylvania’s Oldest Amusement Park, a comprehensive history of the western Pennsylvania railroad picnic grove that became an award winning children’s amusement park, was published in April 2018. I am currently working on a new book on lost amusement parks across Western Pennsylvania, slated for publication in 2021.

Since 2003, She has worked as a stringer for the Latrobe Bulletin, a daily newspaper based in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, primarily covering local government in the Ligonier Valley area, as well as writing features on local history, community events and other news. Her stories also appear in the Bulletin‘s sister publication, The Ligonier Echo, a weekly newspaper based in Ligonier.

Since 2004, She has contributed articles for Westmoreland History, a publication of the Westmoreland County Historical Society (WCHS), relating the history of a variety of personages, places, and establishments in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, including: Idlewild Park; the Greensburg, Pennsylvania Volunteer Fire Department; Civil War general Richard Coulter; Fairview Park; drive-in theaters; and early 20th century opera houses.

She has also contributed to Western Pennsylvania History, which is the region’s oldest continually published magazine that’s produced quarterly by the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.

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