WorldCat Identities

Ignoffo, Mary Jo 1955-

Works: 10 works in 29 publications in 1 language and 1,538 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Church history  Interviews  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author
Classifications: CT275.W5846, 979.473
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Mary Jo Ignoffo
Captive of the labyrinth : Sarah L. Winchester, heiress to the rifle fortune by Mary Jo Ignoffo( )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 1,326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sarah Lockwood Pardee entered the Winchester dynasty in 1862 when she wed William Wirt Winchester, the son of the founder of the legendary Winchester Repeating Arms Company. Rumors of spiritualist leanings and reclusive tendencies began after Sarah purchased a large ranch in the Santa Clara Valley, christening it Llanada Villa, which became the titular labyrinth. When completed, it was over three stories high, with rooms and hallways tacked on at random
Gold rush politics : California's first legislature by Mary Jo Ignoffo( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sunnyvale : from the city of destiny to the heart of the Silicon Valley by Mary Jo Ignoffo( Book )

7 editions published between 1991 and 1994 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Santa Clara sagas by Austen D Warburton( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Milestones : a history of Mountain View, California by Mary Jo Ignoffo( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Captive of the Labyrinth : Sarah L. Winchester, heiress to the rifle fortune by Mary Jo Ignoffo( )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since her death in 1922, Sarah Winchester has been perceived as a mysterious, haunted figure. After inheriting a vast fortune upon the death of her husband in 1881, Sarah purchased a simple farmhouse in San José, California. She began building additions to the house and continued construction on it for the next twenty years. A hostile press cast Sarah as the conscience of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company--a widow shouldering responsibility for the many deaths caused by the rifle that brought her riches. She was accused of being a ghost-obsessed spiritualist, and to this day it is largely believed that the extensive construction she executed on her San José house was done to appease the ghouls around her.But was she really as guilt-ridden and superstitious as history remembers her? When Winchester's home was purchased after her death, it was transformed into a tourist attraction. The bizarre, sprawling mansion and the enigmatic nature of Winchester's life were exaggerated by the new owners to generate publicity for their business. But as the mansion has become more widely known, the person of Winchester has receded from reality, and she is only remembered for squandering her riches to ward off disturbed spirits. Captive of the Labyrinth: Sarah L. Winchester, Heiress to the Rifle Fortune demystifies the life of this unique American. In the first full-length biography of Winchester, author and historian Mary Jo Ignoffo unearths the truth about this notorious eccentric, revealing that she was not a maddened spiritualist driven by remorse but an intelligent, articulate woman who sought to protect her private life amidst the chaos of her public existence. The author takes readers through Winchester's several homes, explores her private life, and, by excerpting from personal correspondence, gives the heiress a voice for the first time since her death. Ignoffo's research reveals that Winchester's true financial priority was not dissipating her fortune on the mansion in San José but investing it for a philanthropic legacy.For too long Sarah Winchester has existed as a ghost herself--a woman whose existence lies somewhere between the facts of her life and a set of sensationalized recollections of who she may have been. Captive of the Labyrinth finally puts to rest the myths about this remarkable woman, and, in the process, uncovers the legacy she intended to leave behind
A meeting of the minds : a retrospective of the To Kalon Club of San José, California, 1903-2003 by Mary Jo Ignoffo( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Million dollar dirt : how the "Valley of Heart's Delight" became Silicon Valley( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This documentary explores Silicon Valley's roots in agriculture. It examines how the valley has transformed from "the valley of heart's delight" to the technology capitol of the world. The fields and orchards that once dominated the area have virtually disappeared. Over just a few decades, the chips of silicon have replaced the fruits and vegetables of the land. But despite the changes, some farmers are still raising crops in Silicon Valley. This documentary tries to answer how the valley changed from agriculture to hi-tech and who are the remaining farmers in Silicon Valley
La verdad : a witness to the Salvadoran martyrs by Lucía Cerna( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Told through interviews, a firsthand account of the killings of six Salvadoran Jesuits, their housekeeper, and her daughter, and the witness's journey to the US, with the translator's incisive evaluation of politics, history, and the vagaries of the American immigration system. (Publisher)
Presenting the president : press photos of U.S. presidents in Santa Clara County from Ulysses S. Grant to George W. Bush by Mary Jo Ignoffo( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Audience level: 0.07 (from 0.02 for Captive of ... to 0.62 for Captive of ...)

Captive of the labyrinth : Sarah L. Winchester, heiress to the rifle fortune
Alternative Names
Ignoffo, Mary J.

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