On July 2, 2013, Joseph A. Comm will present a slide show/book talk on “Rock Springs Park” at the Tuesday evening lecture in the Archives and History Library of the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Using dozens of images, Comm will discuss the history of the now defunct amusement park that operated from 1897 to 1970 in Chester, Hancock County. His talk will include the 32-year search for the park’s famed 1920s carousel, one of the last produced by the Dentzel Company, and the dramatic events of the blaze that destroyed the Old Mill during a school picnic, leaving four children dead. Comm will also provide personal recollections of the park and discuss the efforts of many people from the Tri-State area to recapture the magic of Rock Springs Park through their personal collections of park memorabilia, stories, and offbeat tributes.
Joseph Comm grew up in Chester and is the author of Rock Springs Park, part of the Arcadia Images of America series. He studied theater arts and education at the University of Pittsburgh and graduated with BA and MAT degrees. He is an elementary gifted support teacher with an interest in local history and currently is working on a book on legendary locals of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where he teaches.
On July 2, the library will close at 5 p.m. and reopen at 5:45 p.m. for participants only. For planning purposes, participants are encouraged to register for the lecture, but advance registration is not required to attend. To register in advance, contact Robert Taylor, library manager, by e-mail or at (304) 558-0230, ext. 163. Participants interested in registering by e-mail should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session. For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.
West Virginia Archives and History Workshops/Lectures