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It's something Joe Farrell and Joe Farley are pretty good at. They visit gravesites of famous people buried in Pennsylvania, then write about them.

"We learn," said Joe Farrell, " and then it's fun to see other people learn about people that had a big effect on history and a big effect on our lives."

Milton Hershey's final resting place in Hershey Cemetery is one of twenty-seven notable places featured in the book, "Keystone Tombstones, Volume Two." In the first edition, the authors visited the gravesites of thirty famous people buried in Pennsylvania. They said they knew then there were far more stories to tell, leading to a second book.

"The second time, we knew we had a great idea," said Farrell. " The first book is doing really, really well. Our publisher wants multiple volumes. So, it kinda made it more fun, I think."

And, just like in the first book, this edition features a "who's- who" of sports figures, entertainers, television celebrities, business leaders, military heroes, saints and sinners. And, with each story, there are tid bits about the departed you might not know. For example, Pittsburgh song writer Stephen Foster, famous for songs like "Oh Susanna," were written mainly with imagination.

"We found out Stephen Foster only ever traveled in the south one time," said Farley. "And that was on a vacation with his wife."

In this book, readers learn that a children's television icon, Fred Rogers, rests anonymously in a western Pennsylvania mausoleum. And, what the authors call "America's answer to Jack the Ripper" lies in an unmarked grave in Delaware county.

"A headstone and a grave sort of memorialize somebody," says Farrell, "It tells what their life was. It immortalizes their life. So, we think that's a perfect place to go, I think, and reflect upon the life of that person."

"A lot of people like the idea of learning through biographies," said Farrell. " The biography is a good tool for learning history."

And, yes, a third book is already underway.

The book is available at area bookstores and through Sunbury Press by clicking here.

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