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Frank Whelan

Historian

Published On: Aug 05 2011 09:48:41 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 20 2014 08:38:16 AM CDT
Frank-Whelan-Bio

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.