Library Welcomes Author of “The Witch of the Monongahela”

In the ancient hills and misty hollows of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, generations of locals have passed down stories of a woman with mysterious magical powers. People came from near and far to seek healing and protection through her strange rituals. Some even believed she could fly. Named Moll Derry and nicknamed the Witch of the Monongahela, her legend has been documented by writers and folklorists for more than two hundred years.

We invite you to join author Thomas White on Wednesday, October 12 at 7:00 pm to learn about the many versions of Moll Derry as he separates fact from fiction and recounts the history of folk magic and witchcraft in Western Pennsylvania.

White is the university archivist and curator of special collections in the Gumberg Library at Duquesne University. He is also an adjunct lecturer in Duquesne’s History Department and an adjunct professor of history at La Roche University. White is the award-winning author of several books, including Legends and Lore of Western Pennsylvania, Forgotten Tales of Pennsylvania, and Ghosts of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Please register for this program.

Explore Folk Magic in Early Western PA
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