Newsmaker: Thomas White
Noteworthy: The American Association of State and Local History will honor White with a Leadership in History Award of Merit for his book, “Witches of Pennsylvania: Occult History and Lore.”
Residence: West View
Education: Bachelor's degree in history from La Roche College; master's degree in public history from Duquesne University.
Occupation: Archivist and curator of special collections at Duquesne University since 2005
Background: Ross native. Previously worked at the Senator John Heinz History Center in the Strip District.
About the book: Published last year by The History Press, it examines the role witchcraft has played in state history, including in criminal trials and folklore.
Quote: “One of my areas of interest is a cultural history of Pennsylvania. I like looking at how folklore relates to history.”
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