Charles R. Martin: A Ligonier Photo Exhibit

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ANNOUNCEMENT: A photography exhibit displaying the work of the late Charles (Chuck) R. Martin is scheduled during April in the Ligonier Valley Library Pennsylvania Room hallway. The Foothills Writers (formerly the Beanery Writers Group) is hosting the opening night reception at 6:30 p. m., April 5th. Martin’s widow, Sal Martin, will speak about the photos, which include images from the April 1968 Martin Luther King, Jr., demonstration and images from local reenactments of the French and Indian War. For further information contact Shirley Iscrupe in the Pennsylvania Room of the Library, 724 238 6451.

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Chuck and Sally Martin became special friends whom I met through writing groups, first the Foothills Writers Group that met in Mt. Pleasant in the late 1990s and early 2000s, then the Foothills Writers (formerly the Beanery Writers Group) that continues to meet in Latrobe Pennsylvania.

It was several years into the Latrobe Foothills meetings that we discovered both Chuck’s ancestor and my ancestor (Michael Rugh) were part of a committee of 5 which purchased the land for the Westmoreland County Courthouse in Greensburg Pennsylvania. To top it off a small piece of that land was purchased from Sally’s ancestors. This connection solidified our friendship.

That I, as a New Englander, even had ancestors in Southwestern Pennsylvania (the Mechlings whose land grant is now Westmoreland County Community College, and the Rughs of the Rugh blockhouse) is another story that began in San Francisco when a young vacationer entered a shoe store to purchase shoes. But then, that’s another story.

Chuck was a professional photographer who passed away a couple of years ago.

I wrote two articles on Chuck in CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS , my online magazine that preceded my current online magazne, Carolyn’s Online Magazine. You can enjoy the articles @:

For those of you who live in or are visiting the Ligonier Valley/Latrobe area of Pennsylvania I invite you to attend opening night, or to stop in and view Chuck’s photos on display at the Ligonier Valley Library in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.


NOTE:   The WordPress writing prompt for March 21, 2016, is friend.

About carolyncholland

In several if my nine lives I have been a medical lab technician and a human service worker specializing in child day care, adoptions and family abuse. Currently I am a photo/journalist/writer working on a novel and a short story. My general writings can be viewed at My novel site is
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