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Jan Sheridan was born and raised in Los Angeles. She attended Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts for two years before transferring to Stanford University in California where she earned her B.A. degree in History. After having moved to Phoenix, Arizona, she and husband Michael raised three children while Jan earned two M.A. degrees from Arizona State University -- one in Religious Studies, the other in Art History.
Jan wrote 35 articles for Phoenix's major newspaper, The Arizona Republic_, some of which she collected into a book called Outdoor Sculpture in Metro Phoenix.
Jan worked as Exhibition and Program Coordinator for Tempe Arts Center for two years and taught Art History for 12 years at Arizona community colleges before moving to Buffalo, New York, in 1990.
Jan works in both the secular world and the world of spirituality as a journalist, teacher, spiritual director, and chaplain. She has authored and co-authored four books on art and architecture and one book on spirituality. In 1995 Western New York Wares published her book, Buffalo Treasures: A Downtown Walking Guide to Buffalo's outstanding architecture. Jan contributed 14 articles to Austin Fox's book Church Tales of the Niagara Frontier also published by Western New York Wares. Fodor's 2001 Road Guide to New Jersey and New York includes Jan's descriptions for 21 towns and cities in Western New York.
"The people of Western New York are among the most hospitable and personable that I have met in the world. The history of every little town and village is uniquely interesting. Unlike many tourist areas in the U.S. and now the world, Western New York retains an authentic charm.
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