Below is the obituary for Paul Beers, noted author and historian. His specialty was the history of Pennsylvania. He wrote Profiles from the Susquehanna Valley and Harrisburg-City Contented; City Discontented.
Cities with only an economic basis and no other background can be rude to their past. Philadelphia with its Quaker base has real sense of history. You recall I mentioned the stops of Washington, Dickens, and Lincoln on Market Square in Harrisburg ; and the Whig Convention at the Zion Lutheran Church. There were historical markers at the locations. Even so, the William Penn State Museum does not have anything about these events.
Paul B. Beers, a former award-winning columnist for The Patriot-News, author and legislative historian, died Monday, January 24, 2011. He was 79.
Beers joined The Patriot-News in 1957, he began his journalism career as a stringer for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Bulletin while still a student at Girard College, graduated in 1949, and a 1953 graduate of Wilkes College, where he earned an English degree, served in the U.S. Navy from 1953 to 1955, and earned his masters’ degree in 1956 from the Columbia University School of Journalism.
Beers started his popular and long-running Reporter At Large column in 1961, where he won numerous awards for journalism, and is author of 5 books about Pennsylvania people and politics, and in 1981, he was named associate editor of The Patriot and The Evening News. He left The Patriot-News in December 1985 to become legislative historian for the State Capitol.