Thursday, August 23, 2012

Covered bridges expert, author to sign books at two area events

Covered bridge buffs, take note: Fred. J. Moll, author of “Pennsylvania’s Covered Bridges” (Arcadia Publishing, Images of America Series, July 9, 2012, $21.99, 127 pp.) will be promoting his book at two upcoming  events in the area.

Moll, author and covered bridge historian, will give a presentation on the covered bridges of Pennsylvania on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m. at the Berks County Heritage Center off Route 183 in Bern Township. He will present photos of existing and demolished bridges as well as former railroad covered bridges.

Moll's book will be available at the free event, which is presented by the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department. For more information call 610-374-8839 or visit

Additionally, Moll will sign copies of his book from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 at Books-A-Million at Coventry Mall, North Coventry. For more information about the event, call the store at 610-323-6805.

About the book (from the publisher):

Starting in the early 1800s, Pennsylvania's rich forests provided natural material for the construction of more than 1,500 covered bridges across the state. The first covered bridge was built in 1805. Pennsylvania's Covered Bridges looks at the earliest covered bridges as well as those that have survived modern progress. Images also show rare railroad covered bridges that have been saved from destruction over the years. This book invites the reader to step back in time and imagine the days when ancestors traveled through wooden spans to reach their daily destinations.

About the author:

Fred J. Moll, historian of the Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of Pennsylvania, is a member of the Historical Society of Berks County and the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges. He is the author of five books on bridges and several articles for the Historical Review of Berks County, Covered Crossings, Wooden Covered Spans, and Covered Bridge Topics. Photographs in the book are from the author's personal collection, the Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of Pennsylvania, several historical societies, and private collections. 

Visit the book's website.

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