The St. Marystown Saga

The St. Marystown Saga

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History, art, humor, story-telling... On August 30, 1995 the first comic strip in The St. Marystown Saga appeared on the back page of the Saturday edition of The Daily Press newspaper in St. Marys, Pennsylvania. St. Marys, a small city in The Pennsylvania Wilds, once known as The Great Buffalo Swamp and The Wildcat District, was founded in 1842, originally as an experiment in communal living by Redemptorist fathers from Bavaria. The Utopian ideal of the German Catholic Brotherhood did not last, but the small community did. Though the area was rugged and virtually inaccessible, it was rich in natural resources-timber, coal, clay, and abundant wildlife. That is where this story begins. The format of this remarkable book is the brainchild of artist/illustrator, historian, and story-teller Dick Dornisch, a St. Marys native. Using his comprehensive knowledge of history-local, national, and global-and employing his skill as an illustrator, Dornisch filled his "comic strips" with information and drawings that profiled not only the village of St. Marys in its first century, but the important people and events, nationally and internationally, that were major influences on the community, its citizens, and their world. In nearly 400 comic strips-all hand-drawn and lettered- Dornisch has created a work of art filled with history, humor, charming details, and first-class story-telling. This is the story of one community that has universal appeal. It stands as a tribute to the bravery of those men and women who undertook the formidable task of going into the wilderness, carving out a place of their own, and working to make their dreams come more

Product details

  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 213.36 x 276.86 x 12.7mm | 272.15g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507613318
  • 9781507613313

About Richard Dick Dornisch

Richard (Dick) Dornisch, husband of Mary, father of five, veteran of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, local politician, author, and journalist can be described as an artist, naturalist, Christmas hobbyist, photo journalist and lover of folklore, politics, military tradition, aviation, and travel. In his free time he collects stamps, coins, and political buttons when he is not bird watching or molding and painting lead soldiers. He continues to be the moderator of the book club he formed in 1959, a club which, 56 years later, has read upwards of 900 books. Dick's Book Club was featured in a column by the Philadelphia Inquirer's Mary Walton in 2008. Aside from the previous, Dick also enjoys experiences and acquaintances, spending the greater part of his afternoons organizing such experiences into a series of photo albums before assuming his role as early evening provocateur at various establishments in the St. Marys more