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Cassandra Vivian

Cassandra Vivian, museum administrator, writer, photographer. Certified teacher Pennsylvania, 1963.


  • Vivian, Cassandra was born on December 12, 1942 in Monessen, Pennsylvania, United States. Daughter of Alfred Arthur Vivian and Elizabeth Marie Parigi.

  • Education

    • Master of Arts, California University Pennsylvania, 1973.


    • Instructor American University in Cairo, 1978—1984. Marketing manager American University in Cairo Press, 1984—1988. Chief Executive Officer Monessen Heritage Museum Greater Monessen History Society, Pennsylvania, since 1995.

      Guest curator Carnegie Museum Natural History, Pittsburgh, 1991—1992. Local historian, researcher WVU National Parks Service HABS/HAER, Monessen, 1995. Consultant United States Ship Constitution Museum, Boston, 2003.

      Consultant, photographer Northern Lights Films Public Broadcasting Service, Farmington, Pennsylvania, 2006. Chief Executive Officer Mid Mon Valley Industrial Museum, Monessen, 2006.

    Major achievements

    • Certified teacher Pennsylvania, 1963.


    • Author: The Overseer's Family: A Memoir of the Tuscan Countryside, Cairo: A Practical Guide, An Italian American Christmas in Western PA, Mid Mon Valley Postcards, The National Road in Pennsylvania, Monessen: A Typical Steel Country Town, Islands of the Blest: A Guide to the Oases and the Western Desert of Egypt, A Walking and Driving Tour of Historic Brownsville, The Western Desert of Egypt: An Explorer's Handbook, William Eaton: A Forgotten American Voice, (plays) Titanic: The Monessen Story. Photography book, Egypt: Touching the Land, exhibitions include The National Road in Digital (Artist of the Pike, 2003), Carnegie Museum Natural History, Akhnaton Gallery, Cairo, American Center.
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    Born December 12, 1942
    (age 74)
    • 1973
      California University Pennsylvania
    • 1978 - 1984
      Instructor, American University in Cairo
    • 1984 - 1988
      marketing manager, American University in Cairo Press
    • 1995
      Chief Executive Officer, Monessen Heritage Museum Greater Monessen History Society
      Pennsylvania, United States