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Author Jon Baker to Present Area Ghost Stories

Posted Mar. 19, 2012

Author, reporter and historical columnist, Jon Baker will present "Ghost Stories and Legends of the Tuscarawas Valley" at Kent State University at Tuscarawas on April 3 at 7 p.m.

Sponsored by the Kent State Tuscarawas Artist/Lecture Series, the event is free and open to the public with no tickets required. The auditorium doors open at 6:30 p.m., with seating available on a first come, first served basis. Kent State Tuscarawas is located at 330 University Dr. N.E. in New Philadelphia.

Baker's presentation will include the legend of Earley's Church, which was desecrated by the Sons of Belial; murder at the Brisben House and the bloody handprint on the door; and the Legend of the Black Horse Tavern. Employed by the Times-Reporter as a reporter for the past six years, Baker has also been writing a history column for the paper since 1988. Prior to that, he worked for the Uhrichsville Evening Chronicle, the Daily Jeffersonian in Cambridge and the Youngstown Vindicator. Baker has published four books – "The Hundred Years of Tappan," "Dennison – The Story of a Railroad Town," "A History of Feed Springs and Vicinity" and "Tales of the Tuscarawas Valley."    

He is the president of the Tuscarawas County Genealogical Society and a member of the Tuscarawas County, Dover and Ragersville historical societies. A native of Dennison, Baker graduated from Claymont High School in 1979, and from Kent State University in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. 

Media Contact:
Pam Patacca, 330.308.7473,
Kent State University at Tuscarawas
March 19, 2012