Perkasie and the Baby Boom, 1946-1971: Times of Growth, Times of Change
“Perkasie and the Baby Boom” looks back at a pivotal time for an American hometown from the post World War II period to the early 1970s.
The 1950s was a decade of progress in the suburbs for the Baby Boom generation that resulted in an expanded community, with new schools, stores, jobs, and a consumer culture.
However, the Sixties brought changes at a rapid place in all corners of life. Some Perkasie traditions and buildings disappeared, while schools faced record enrollments and society dealt with the many facets of the Vietnam era. By the early 1970s, an unexpected crisis would stop all building development in the borough for six years.
“Perkasie and the Baby Boom” contains a narrative history of the period between 1946 and 1971, a monthly chronology of the era, and 115 photographs.
How To Order A Book
Save on shipping and get a signed copy of the book! Local copies should be available by May 15, 2023. The books will be available at the following locations:
Chimayo Gallery (Perkasie)
Treasure Trove (Perkasie)
Mercer Museum (Doylestown)
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Perkasie: An American Hometown, 1683-1945
“An American Hometown” is the first comprehensive early history of Perkasie, Pennsylvania—a town created by the Victorian era that survived losing its cigar industry, fires, the Great Depression, and other struggles to remain a vital community today.
The story begins with William Penn’s early meeting at “Perkasie Indian Town” and concludes in August 1945, with World War II’s end. Inside Perkasie’s story of survival and growth are the experiences of former cigar makers who faced challenges and overcame them in difficult times. The book also includes details about the events leading up to Perkasie’s recognition as a village in July 1871.
Wooden Treasures: The Story of Bucks County's Covered Bridges
“Wooden Treasures” is the first complete history of one of Bucks County’s enduring icons: the covered bridge.
At one time, Bucks County had 51 covered bridges. Today, only 12 such bridges remain available to the public, and they have a special place regionally as “cultural treasures.” That heritage goes back to Theodore Burr’s landmark 1806 covered bridge at Morrisville to the 39 local covered bridges that connected towns by 1875.
However, most were gone by 1940, as progress led to their demolition. It fell to a small group of people to save the remaining bridges for future generations to enjoy.