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If you want to know the latest “latest” news, then visit my blog QuillScripts.  I update regularly so you can read about book signings and art events. You can also follow my public posts on Facebook under Catherine C. Quillman.  And, for those who want to read some samples of my writing (including features about Andrew Wyeth), visit my bio web site. Click here

Of all my book  projects (yes there are many),  one  that had been set way back on the back-burner (behind that canning task) is now in progress.  The scheduled publication date is June, 2016.

What is the book?  It is the revised edition of my popular book, The Story Of Milford Mills, is now in the editing/production stage.

Please follow QuillScripts for updates about the book’s progress.  I will be posting photos like the one showed below.  When I first published the book in 1987, I obtained many of the photos from local residents who had lived through Milford Mill’s demise, caused by the building of Marsh Creek dam project in the early 1970s.  Here’s a wiki account of it:,_Pennsylvania

I’m so glad we were able to interview those residents so many years ago, but I’m also fortunate to uncover more photos at the Chester County Historical Society (CCHS), within walking distance of my home in West Chester, Pa.

Here  is one of my favorite photos I uncovered for the new edition. Little Conestoga is just over the “hill.”  The house still stands near a small bridge but the barn is gone.  CCHS describes it this way: James Samuel White’s home, between Eagle and Cornog, PA, ca. 1900.

James Samuel White's home, between Eagle and Cornog, PA, ca. 190

From the book cover:

Formerly long out of print, this fascinating illustrated history tells the story of a town taken by eminent domain to create a 500 plus acre reservoir and state park near Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

Today thousands of people come to the Marsh Creek State Park but only fraction remember the valley as the former home of 19th-century industrialists, paper makers, mill owners and even a gangster. Visible still are the remains of a mansion occupied by “Boo-Boo” Hoff, Al Capone’s Philadelphia connection.

I had several book projects in 2015, but I was especially pleased with the results of a book I worked on with a 80-plus author, Joe Kowalewski (aka. Joe “K”).

The project was the second edition of his book, A Watercolor How-To: Tips and Techniques My Instructor Never Taught Me.  To read a chapter in the book (one of 18 chapters) click here:

From the press release:

As its title suggests, the book includes techniques Joe discovered in his many years of painting.

KnotAfter I worked on the book  with Joe, we had numerous readers  say that one of their favorite parts of the book was the “Unique Frames” chapter. Joe has made frames from everything from a cutting board, a chair seat, and  old box to  a bow saw and  a clock case (the clock was broken but Joe kept it until he found a new use for it).

Shown here is an example of one of his unique frames made from a piece of wood. It’s titled “Knot To Be.”

A quote from the press release by Joe: “ I like to buy and read watercolor books, but I have noticed that the selection is not that great for the absolute beginner or the artist who doesn’t want to spend a lot of money on art supplies.  I wrote the book I wanted to read.”


As you can see from the sample pages shown here, the book is filled with techniques you won’t find in any other watercolor book. Many use tools found around the house.

When it comes to the more conventional art supplies,  Joe offers great suggestions such as buying from his favorite catalogue,  Cheap  Joe’s Art Stuff.

Joe even received a personal thank you from Joe of Cheap Joe’s.

The book is also filled with Joe’s humor  – he wants artists to have fun painting.  He includes an appendix and a section on  imaginary paint colors like  “Better Dead Than Red,”  “Cost-of-Living Rose,”  “Conquered Grape,”  “Ill Gotten Gold,”  or “God’s Little Ochre.”

The book’s available on Amazon at

If you want the book personalized, send Catherine an email at

In the Works : 

frog book coverThe “Frog Dinner” Book

I am working on illustrated book on the early community of Johnsontown – no, not the Pennsylvania town famous for its 19th century floods.

My subject  – Johnsontown  –  is the historic Italian-American community in East Downingtown, Pa.

My working cover, shown here, focuses on the illustrated history of  an annual event that put Johnsontown on the proverbial map – the Amphibious Order of Frogs’ annual frog dinner.

Here’s a link to some of the coverage the event has received over the years:

The book will include photos of the 80th anniversary of the frog dinner as well

as old photos and a detailed  history of the neighborhood (it was first settled by the Irish) including St. Joseph Parish and St. Anthony’s Lodge.

Publication date: the 2015 frog dinner in August.

Order your book now by emailing through this web site and get $5 off the $15 price.


uptown cover 2The Latest Walking Tour:

From the press release:

Announcing the publication of the second of three walking tour booklets featuring historic African-American  and Civil War era  sites in West Chester, Pa.

Local author, Catherine Quillman, has spent the last three years giving walking tours of historic sites in West Chester, Pa.  Based on her research, the second of three planned books was recently published  with the help  of a grant from the Leeway Foundation in Philadelphia.

The 91-page illustrated book,  “Walking the “Uptown”:  the historic African-American community of West Chester, Pa.”   offers a rare glimpse into the lives of early black entrepreneurs who operated oyster bars and other small businesses alongside white-owned establishments.

Although it is  designed as a walking tour, comprised of 23 sites, each illustrated with old postcards, vintage photographs and early advertisements, the book can also be used as a scholarly resource.  The book includes an introduction describing such cultural topics as the large number of black “transplants” from the South, their legal battles and their eventual “withdrawing from increasingly hostile social institutions and community,” to quote from the book.

An extensive appendix includes numerous lists of early black residents such as prominent landowners and those involved in West Chester’s anti-slavery activities prior to the Civil War.

The book also documents the childhood homes and related sites of Bayard Rustin, chief organizer of the “I Have A Dream” 1963 march on Washington, DC.


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