PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Almost everybody knows some of this area’s biggest history, like what happened at Independence Hall or Valley Forge, but an author has a series of books on some of the lesser events.

Mark Dixon, history columnist for Main Line Today, has collected stories in the Hidden History of the Main Line, Delaware County and Chester County, one book devoted to each.

Chester County hosted one of the first murder trials in which photographic evidence was used to convict. From Delco, a Quaker leader avoided bloodshed during a rumor of an Indian rebellion by asking the tribe what’s up? Nothing, they said.

And the sinking of the Titantic impacted the Main Line in a peculiar way when a woman survivor was distressed at her husband. “It was women and children first and her husband got off alive, and it was just socially embarrassing, so she got rid of him,” says Dixon.

He says these stories are hidden in plain sight, and he never expects to run out of them.

Reported By John Ostapkovich, KYW Newsradio

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