Chester County Historical Society hosts debut of new book on West Chester by authors Melissa and Bruce Mowday and Barnes & Noble schedules signing October 15

Bruce also speaks Sunday at Galer Estate Winery on writing

WEST CHESTER _ The Chester County Historical Society is hosting the debut of Arcadia Publishing’s new book on West Chester on Friday, October 7, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The book is part of Arcadia’s Images of Modern America series and was written by the father and daughter team of Melissa and Bruce Mowday. Photographs were supplied by photographers Ray Doyle of West Chester and Katrina Garthe of Pottstown and from the County of Chester and the West Chester Business Improvement District.

Doyle, Garthe and representatives of the county and Business Improvement District are expected to attend the book signing at the historical Society, 225 North High Street, West Chester. Books, costing $22.99, will be available for sale.

“The book captures the vibrancy of West Chester,” Bruce Mowday said. “Melissa and I had a great time putting together the selection of photographs and researching the text for the book.” Bruce is an author and former managing editor of the Daily Local News of West Chester and Melissa is an adjunct teacher at St. Joseph and Widener universities.

Also available at the signing will be two other West Chester books authored by Bruce Mowday. One is an Arcadia pictorial history of the borough through postcards. The other is Six Walking Tours of West Chester published by Schiffer Publishing.

Bruce and Melissa Mowday will also sign books at Barnes & Noble, Exton on October 15 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

On Sunday Bruce Mowday will be at Galer Estate Winery from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. with author Matty Dalrymple and they will be talking about researching information for books. On October 5, Bruce will be at the Wilmington Civil War Round Table Association at 6:30 p.m. talking about his book Pickett’s Charge: The Untold Story.

Bruce Mowday’s other appearances in October include a talk on his book on Jim Herr, Life with Flavor, at Simpson Meadows, Downingtown, at noon on October 17; being part of a panel discussion at the Celebrate The Book week at the Bosler Memorial Library, Carlisle, on October 18 and then signing books at the library on October 22 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Bruce will also give a talk on his book Along The Brandywine River on October 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hockessin Library. He will also take part in an event for the Cathy Miller Cancer Fund at Swarthmore College at 6:00 p.m. on October 27.

Bruce Mowday is an award winning author and newspaper reporter. He has authored more than 16 books on history, sports, business and true crime. Mowday was appeared on the Discovery ID channel, C-SPAN, the Pennsylvania Cable Network and Philadelphia and local television shows. He is a contributing editor with Business 2 Business magazine. Mowday has hosted his own radio shows and was chairman of the Chester County Historical Society and president of the Brandywine Battlefield Park Associates.  He is a frequent speaker at various civic and historic groups. For more information on Mowday, his books and his schedule of events, see