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
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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