Frank Whelan is a local historian, author and educator. He is the author of WFMZ.com's weekly History's Headlines feature.
Born in Orange, New Jersey in 1949 Whelan grew up in Livingston, New Jersey. In 1973 he graduated with honors with a BA in history from Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois.
In 1979 Whelan received an MA in history from the University of Missouri at Columbia, Missouri. From 1979 to 1981 he was the assistant state archivist for the State of Missouri.
Whelan was a feature writer with the Morning Call newspaper in Allentown from 1981 to 2006 where he wrote over 2000 articles, many on local history. He was the historian in residence, and director of community outreach and special projects at the Lehigh County Historical Society from 2006 to 2009.
Whelan has written five books on Lehigh Valley history that include "Harry C. Trexler: His Life and Legacy." He is the co-author with Kurt D. Zwikl of "Hess's Department Store." The book, currently in its fourth printing, is a part of Arcadia Press's Images of America series.
Whelan also served as on-air historian for PBS 39's documentary, "Hess's: Hollywood on Hamilton Street."
Whelan is currently working on a history of Lehigh County for the county's 2012 bicentennial, and a biography of Titanic victims Archibald Butt and Frank Millet.
Former Greenwich Township Police Chief gets old job back along with an apology
Truck carrying 30,000 lbs of shrimp overturns on 476
State’s new Medical Marijuana Act and its impact on local municipalities reviewed by LVPC
Monroe Co. man dies following Rt. 33 crash
Police: Girls riding bikes hit by car in Easton; possibly intentional
Officials working to make 'Peace Rock' safer
School van driver admits to sex assault of students
Woman allegedly admits to drugging baby
New Jersey Senate to take up new gas tax legislation
Clinton, Kaine start bus tour in Pa., Ohio