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University Archivist Focuses on Bizarre Philadelphia Tales in New Book

Duquesne University Archivist Thomas White is back in the author’s seat, this time focusing on unusual history, folklore and legends, and unveils bizarre tales that are often overlooked in history for Forgotten Tales of Philadelphia.

It’s the fifth book written by White, an adjunct lecturer in history at Duquesne, who co-authored the offbeat compilation of strange stories and weird lore with his brother Edward White. Forgotten Tales of Philadelphia includes accounts of body snatchers, a 12-foot bull shark found in the Delaware River, witch trials, ghost catching and a snake-wielding lunatic.

“It takes a wickedly gleeful romp through the freak happenings, dastardly deeds and unbelievable characters that lurk in the lost chronicles of the City of Brotherly Love,” White said.

White’s previous books also deal with regional hauntings and ghost stories in a historical context. His first book, Legends and Lore of Western Pennsylvania, addresses unusual happenings, including tales of ghosts of Duquesne’s St. Ann’s Hall and Old Main, and odd occurrences in Fisher Hall shortly after it was purchased by theUniversity in the 1990s.

Forgotten Tales of Philadelphia, published by The History Press, is available for $12.99 on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.