October 24, 2022
Mowday Group celebrates 25th anniversary
of assisting clients with media relations needs
President Bruce E. Mowday has authored more than 20 books
WEST CHESTER _ For the past quarter century, the Mowday Group has assisted non-profit organizations, companies and individuals with media relation and publishing needs.
“I remember the day in October 1997 that I walked out of the office of the old Daily Local News building in West Chester to begin my new company,” said President Bruce E. Mowday. “I worked in journalism for more than 20 years as a reporter and editor. My last position was of managing editor. I had an idea for a company that would assist non-profits, for-profits, journalists and the public. The longevity of my company proves my entrepreneurial idea was valid.”
During the quarter century, Mowday was surprised by the varied and unique projects his company handled. “I’ve helped with a number of land preservation projects. My non-profit endeavors included many worthwhile organizations across the region. On the corporate side, I’ve worked with law firms, banks, insurance and real estate companies. I’ve also assisted several governmental entities.
“I’ve worked with so many professional and talented individuals over the years,” Mowday said. “I feel a sense of pride and accomplishment with the publication of each of my books. I have the same feelings when I assist other writers in becoming published authors.” The Mowday Group offers publishing services.
Mowday became a paid professional when he was 17 years old. He wrote sports for the old Coatesville Record. His newspaper career included time at the St. Louis Sun and Daily Local News. Also, he was an editor and writer for local, regional and international magazines. And, Mowday hosted radio shows on two local stations.
Mowday traces the origins of his writing to the day his grandmother gave him original articles written by the ancestor at the time of the American Civil War. Mowday carried on the family tradition as his father also worked in newspapers and a cousin owns a paper in Maine.
Four of Mowday’s books, including his first on Fort Delaware, are Civil War themed. Three relate to Gettysburg. “I didn’t plan on writing about Gettysburg as there are thousands of books on the subject. One day I realized the Union troops that defeated the Southerners during Pickett’s Charge hadn’t been the subject of a book. I wrote Pickett’s Charge: The Untold Story. During the research I met the curator of the J. Howard Wert collection, the largest private collection of Gettysburg artifacts. I worked with the curator, Craig Caba, on a book on the collection. Emotional Gettysburg was the third book. Renowned artist Karl J. Kuerner painted 20 wonderful original paintings and I wrote essays to go with them.
Pennsylvania Cable Network has aired a number of shows on Mowday’s books. “I remember standing behind the podium used by President Lincoln at his Gettysburg Address to begin one of the shows,” Mowday said. “The podium is part of the Wert collection. I was live on PCN when the 150th anniversary re-enactment of Pickett’s Charge took place, what a sight to glance over my shoulder to see thousands of people in the field with the famous charge took place.”
Mowday is working with Kuerner on a book to complete a trilogy on the American Revolution battle of Brandywine. “I did the first in depth look at the battle, September 11, 1777: Washington’s Defeat at Brandywine Dooms Philadelphia. I was amazed no book on the battle had been written. The second book is so important to Brandywine our nation’s history. I say books tell me to write them and it is true of Lafayette at Brandywine: The Making of an American Hero. Without Lafayette and Brandywine, a good chance exists France would not have entered the war as our ally and without France we wouldn’t have won our freedom from England. The upcoming Emotional Brandywine book with Kuerner will complete the trilogy.
“I didn’t start out to write trilogies. My three true crime books, based on my reporting as a newspaper reporter, are a trilogy. Jailing the Johnston Gang: Bringing Serial Murderers to Justice, detailed Chester County’s most notorious gang. The second book was Stealing Wyeth. A gang member masterminded the theft of 15 paintings from the Wyeth estate. The third book in the trilogy is being released this week. The book details the murders of Kennett Square policemen William Davis and Richard Posey. Their deaths took place 50 years ago.”
Mowday gives frequent talks on his books, writing, publishing and history. He believes in giving back to the community and has served as president of the boards of the Chester County Historical Society, Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau and Brandywine Battlefield Park Associates. He was also a member of the Downingtown Main Street Association and the Valley Forge Park Alliance.
“Businesses should do more than provide services to the community,” Mowday said. “Individuals should make positive contributions when possible.”