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Description of Books
The McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company is pleased to introduce Carrie Papa, the author of three books with our press. The first, The Carousel Keepers: An Oral History of American Carousels captures the excitement of the small amusement park and the magic of the carousel that was its centerpiece. The New Jersey Historical Commission funded the author’s research on the carousels. Readers “hear” the voices of manufacturers of carousels and the craftsmen who made them, owners and managers of amusement parks, carousel operators, riders and preservationists. These accounts provide windows onto the everyday life of participants in the industry and view the reality behind the nostalgia. The Carousel Keepers chronicles an important part of our national amusement heritage.
A Mile Deep and Black as Pitch: An Oral History of the Franklin and Sterling Hill Mines explores the history of zinc mining in Sussex County, New Jersey. Through the recollections of the miners and their families, Ms. Papa documents an important and controversial piece of American industrial history. A Mile Deep and Black as Pitch presents the past in the words of those who lived it – the underground miners who tell about their work and their lives. These miners speak for thousands of other hard-rock miners throughout the United States who daily faced the same kind of difficult dangerous work. Through their stories, we learn of the American mining industry in the first half of the 20th century and of the miners, primarily immigrants, who made the industry possible.
Ms. Papa is currently at work on a new book about carousels, Diamonds on the Midway: A Guide to Antique Carousels. This book will be part of the McDonald & Woodward Guides to the American Landscape series. Ms. Papa also is a member of the M & W Speakers Bureau, a group of authors enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge of their subject with interested audiences. Ms. Papa is available for talks illustrated with slides, oral history workshops, and book signings.
About the Author
Although Ms. Papa earned a BA in history from Rutgers University, her interest in people and their history was further sharpened during thirty years of living in foreign countries with her husband who was on assignment with the US Diplomatic Corps. When the Papas retired to New Jersey, she became immersed in her own country’s past. She worked with a local history society to save, restore and establish a museum in a one-room schoolhouse dating back nearly two centuries. The Old Monroe School Museum received several awards under her directorship.
In addition to her books for McDonald & Woodward, Ms. Papa’s historical writings include Stones and Stories: An Oral History of the Old Monroe School, and The Old Monroe Schoolhouse Interpretive Guide. She also authored a religious book: Prayers of a Young Addict, and several of her other historical and religious writings have appeared in national publications. Today, the Papas live in Bridgewater, NJ, near their daughter and grandchildren.
Ms. Papa’s M & W books are found in bookstores throughout the country or may be purchased directly from the publisher.
The Brightest Star of All
Christmas Stories for the Family
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Over the years, Christians have built on the Scriptural account of Jesus’ birth to create dozens of charming Christmas stories: “The Light in the Well,” “The Camel’s Hump,” “The Gift of the Spider,” and more. This book uses the beauty and power of these simple stories to help bring readers of all ages a new understanding and thoughtful appreciation of the Nativity.
Author Carrie Papa presents Christmas stories from around the world, with notes about their origins, craft suggestions, and ideas for family and group activities.
“I was captivated by these fascinating Christmas legends and how one can help a child understand their inspiring lessons through simple group activities and fun-filled craft projects. A boon for parents and teachers!”
-Richard H. Schneider, author of Why Christmas Trees Aren’t Perfect
Introduction: The Power of Stories
The Christmas Story as Told in the Bible
1. Stories about Light
2. Animal Stores
3. Bird Stories
4. Stories about Spiders and Insects
5. Plant Stories
6. Flower Stories
7. Stories about Christmas Traditions
8. Stories Linking Christmas and Easter
Conclusion: Christmas Bells
Carrie Papa has always been interested in people and their history, including her work as director of Old Monroe School Museum, a one-room schoolhouse dating back nearly two centuries. She is the author of several historical and religious books including Stones and Stories: An Oral History of the Old Monroe School and Prayers of a Young Addict. She lives in Bridgewater, New Jersey.
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Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 09/2008
Retail Price: $8.00
Author: Papa, Carrie
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
After several historical books, author Carrie Papa turned her attention to contemporary life. In Prayers of a Young Addict, Carrie examines the reality of teen drug use in modern society. A graduate of Rutgers University, her interest in people and their stories was intensified through 30 years of living in foreign countries with her husband who was on assignments with the US Diplomatic Corps.
Carrie’s concern with young people and religion was developed through years of working with teens in settings as diverse as Switzerland, Turkey, Brazil, and Italy. While living in Ankara, Turkey, Carrie taught Christian education classes in a movie theater. Since all displays of other religions were forbidden in Islamic Turkey, Americans worshipped in the theater provided by the US Marines.
In Rome, she served as Director of the British Methodist Church Sunday school for six years. Since returning to the United States, Mrs. Papa was ordained as an Elder in the Presbyterian Church and served three terms as Clerk of Session with the First Presbyterian Church of Hamburg, New Jersey.
When the Papas retired to New Jersey, Carrie became involved with the efforts of a local historical society to preserve a two centuries old one-room schoolhouse. The society was able to save and restore the historic school and Carrie served as the founding director for the Old Monroe School Museum. Under her 10-year directorship, the museum received state and national awards for its interpretive programs and hands on approach. Carrie’s first historical books, Stones and Stories and The Old Monroe School Interpretive Guide were published during this time.
The daughter of a zinc miner, Carrie reports on life in a mining town in her book, A Mile Deep and Black as Pitch: An Oral History of the Franklin and Sterling Hill Mines released June 2004 by the McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company. Carrie’s other historical books include The Carousel Keepers and the book she is presently working on, Diamonds on the Midway: A Guide to Antique Carousels.
While her religious articles have appeared in national publications, Prayers of a Young Addict is Carrie’s first devotional book. Actually, because it tells a story through the medium of the prayers it is both a devotional book and imaginative literature.
Today, the Papas live in Bridgewater, New Jersey near their daughter and grandchildren.