Juniata Memories; Legends Collected in Central Pennsylvania

This volume of collected legends from the Juniata River Valley in Pennsylvania was published in 1880 Excerpt from the book s Foreword Whether one cares for stories of war or the chase, of Indians or English, of religion or of love, he will find his own in Mr Shoemaker s eight volumes about Central Pennsylvania My own life study has been religion, and it was because I sThis volume of collected legends from the Juniata River Valley in Pennsylvania was published in 1880 Excerpt from the book s Foreword Whether one cares for stories of war or the chase, of Indians or English, of religion or of love, he will find his own in Mr Shoemaker s eight volumes about Central Pennsylvania My own life study has been religion, and it was because I saw the value for that study in these tales that I noticed them, in 1914, in The Pennsylvania Magazine One of our modern religious problems is How is the mind of man constructed How does it work Are our minds the same as those of the prophets and evangelists For this reason the study of folklore has become an important branch of the science of religion In folklore we see the mind of Abraham Lincoln s plain people at work From these workings we can often get glimpses into the mind of primitive man Every locality, therefore, should collect its folk tales, and Mr Shoemaker has done yeoman service to science by his collection Moreover, there is a charm and a life in the teller s way of telling that gives a zest to the reader One can smell the pines and breathe the mountain air Wizards and warlocks abound, as if no railroad and no telephone could banish them ghosts, too, haunt us on every hand while, as I said before, the girls of the legends are so pure and sweet that many a city youth will want to take the Lewistown Express to see if any of them remain Albert J Edmunds, Historical Society of Pennsylvania July, 1916
Juniata Memories Legends Collected in Central Pennsylvania This volume of collected legends from the Juniata River Valley in Pennsylvania was published in Excerpt from the book s Foreword Whether one cares for stories of war or the chase of Indians or E

  • Title: Juniata Memories; Legends Collected in Central Pennsylvania
  • Author: Henry Wharton Shoemaker
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 233
  • Format: Kindle Edition
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