Beaver County History Celebration Weekend 2017

Beaver County History Coalition

Under the auspices of the Beaver County Historical Research & Landmarks Foundation, a group of historical sites and organizations committed to having the first History Weekend Celebration in 2008. From the onset, these groups decided to officially become the Beaver County History Coalition. These supporting organizations meet on a regular basis to plan and coordinate the promotion of the annual History Weekend Celebration as well as to discuss historical concerns, promotional ideas, activities, and encourage mutual support.

Beaver County History Celebration: Beaver County: Then and Now

May 6-7, 2017

Visit one or many sites! Do you like to geocache? See our geocache clues and coordinates for the weekend!

Participating sites:

Air Heritage, Inc. Museum and Aircraft Restoration Facility
Beaver County Airport, 35 Piper Street, Chippewa Township

Visitors at Air Heritage can view many different aircraft while visiting our museum. A 1930’s Fairchild 24 is currently being restored to flying condition. It was used by the Civil Air Patrol in the 1930’s for patrolling the coast of the United States and for their search and rescue missions. The aircraft was a single engine propeller airplane which cruised at an average of 100 miles per hour. In addition, we have an F-15 Eagle, a 1960 modern fighter jet on display. This aircraft is capable of breaking the sound barrier and hitting speeds of MACH 2, which is the equivalent of 1534.54 miles per hour. F-15’s are still currently used by the United States Air Force today.

History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Regular Hours: Monday – Saturday Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Beaver Area Heritage Museum
1 River Road Extension, Beaver

Visit BAHM for the WWII Traveling Senator John Heinz History Center exhibit. There will be a Log House Kids Craft project on Saturday, 11-1. We hope to be joined by Modern day Vets that can show us the “Then and Now” of camp life.

History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Regular hours: April – November, Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Colonial Dames XVII Century, Beaver Town Chapter

Fort McIntosh Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution

Sons of the American Revolution, General Anthony Wayne Chapter

Representatives from these three organizations will have an information table at Beaver Area Heritage Museum, Saturday and Sunday throughout History Weekend

Beaver County Industrial Museum
801 Plumb Street, Darlington

The history of the glass, steel and Atomic Power industries in Beaver County will be highlighted through an extensive collection of documents, photographs, slides, movies, videos, and artifacts from various periods in the past 165 years. All displays in the museum are centered on “Then and Now” with a special emphasis on the Union Movement starting then in 1933, through their heyday up to now with the lockout in Midland. Also then in 1957 with the start of Atomic power to now with two modern plants along the Ohio River.

History Weekend and Darlington Days Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Regular Hours: Sunday afternoon, May through September 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., or by appointment.

Beaver County Model Railroad and Historical Society
416 6th Street, Monaca

Become aware of how the railroad industry was begun and grew in this area and what impact it has had on the past, as well as how the railroads will be involved with the new Shell plant that is being built in Potter Township.

History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Regular Hours: Open every Tuesday 6:30 – 8:30.

Beaver Falls Historical Society and Museum
1301 7th Avenue, Beaver Falls

The museum houses information on many local factories: Armstrong, J&L, B&W, as well as older manufacturers, Mayer China and Co-operative Flint. On display will be early photos, as well as contemporary photos and artifacts representing each of these companies. In addition there will be many photos of Saint Mary’s Church from its early construction to the recent razing. Memorabilia showcasing the history of the church and its congregation will be shared.

Also, stop upstairs to visit the Larry Bruno Foundation Hall of Achievement.

724-494-2439 or 724-774-6229
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Regular Hours: Monday – Thursday
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or by appointment.

Ellwood City Area Historical Society Museum
310 Fifth Street, Ellwood City

Mark Barnes will be sharing his knowledge and extensive research on the development and progress of Ellwood City from 1892 to 2014. Barnes most recent publication includes 150 pages of photographs of a structure or a place taken” in the day” and taken today at the exact same spot. Many of the early photos that were used, will be on display in the museum.

History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Regular Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Enon Valley Community Historical Society
1084 Main Street, Enon Valley

A large collection of photos showing scenes of “Then and Now,” will on display. A scavenger hunt will be provided for children and the “young at heart” where a photo of a modern item will be provided, and they will be required to find its historical counterpart inside our museum.

History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 a.m. – 4 p.m. Regular Hours: By appointment only.

Little Beaver Historical Society Complex
710 Market Street, Darlington

Visit Greersburg Academy where you will walk through the educational system from Greersburg Academy (1802) and one room schools to present day high schools and Cyber schools. At the Little Beaver Museum (a two-story 1883 brick school house) we will display communication and entertainment from magic lanterns to a digital video player and telegraph to cell phones. The display at the McCarl Building will focus on the industrial development in Potter Township from early Josephtown to the Shell Chemical Company plant construction.

History Weekend and Darlington Days Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Regular Hours: Sunday afternoon, May through September 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., or by appointment.

Logstown Associates Historical Society
Vicary Mansion, 1235 Third Avenue, Freedom

The Logstown Village, 1727-1758, was located 18 miles north of Pittsburgh on the north shore of the Ohio. Many different tribes lived in the village and also there were many different types of lodging – lean-tos, wikiups, log cabins and others. Come out and learn what they lived in and how the same types of lodging is still being used today. The Logstown diorama shows the many different types of lodging.

History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.– 5 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. – 4 a.m.

McKinley School
McKinley Road & 37th Street Extension, Chippewa Township, Beaver Falls

The difference in teaching and learning styles between the late 1800s and now will be highlighted. Children will be invited to listen to historic McGuffey Readers being read by a teacher in period dress. Electronic tablets have taken the place of slate and chalk and electric lights have replaced candles and oil lamps. Children of all ages will be encouraged to play 1800’s recess games in the schoolyard. On display will be the Chippewa Grange artifacts.

History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.. Regular Hours: Open by appointment only.

Monaca Hall of Fame
1098 Pennsylvania Avenue, Monaca

One hundred twenty-seven individuals have been inducted into the Monaca Hall of Fame, based on their contributions to society. Plaques of each inductees, and related pictures, books and memorabilia will be on display. Individuals from the mid-1700s through the present will share the history of Monaca’s buildings and residents. A video covering the 25th anniversary of the Hall of Fame from 1984-2009 will also be shown throughout the day.

724-728-0248; 412-671-1086
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.. Regular Hours: Open by appointment only.

Old Economy Village
270 16th Street, Ambridge

“Remembering the Harmonie: 100 Years of Preservation & Celebration at Old Economy” will be showcased at the Visitor Center. The “Hands On History Day” will feature woodworking, spinning, weaving, silk reeling and historic foodways.

History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Regular Hours: April – December, Wednesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Admission $10/adults (12 to 64); $9 Seniors (65 and over) and $6 children (3 to 11).

Richmond Little Red School House
245 Park Road, Brighton Township, Beaver

Requirements and responsibilities were very strict for teachers in the 1800’s. Come and learn. Compare the differences-“Then and Now”. Take a test from the “Then” and see how you do! View many class photographs and maybe find a relative. It has been reported that Richmond Schoolhouse is haunted! Come and hear the “ghost stories.”

724-622-2279 or 724-774-4800
History Weekend Hours: Sat. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Sun. 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.; Maple Syrup Festival Weekend (April 1st and 2nd) Sat. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Sun. 1 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Regular Hours: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend every Sunday 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. and by appointment.

Rochester Area Heritage Society
350 Adams Street, Second Floor, Rochester

The historic Rochester Community Center, formerly the Rochester High School until 1960, is the home of The Rochester Area Heritage Society. The building, constructed in the 1916 classic style, was refurbished in 2004, and was brought back to its then, original beauty, which exists now to this day. Come sit in the 100 plus year old auditorium and listen to the surprise entertainment of yesteryear. Don’t forget to visit the train room and see Rochester in 1890 to 1920, while you’re here. There will also be a “schoolhouse” craft for the kids, and refreshments for all.

History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday 12 a.m. – 3 p.m. Regular Hours: Please call for information.

Southside Historical Village
Hookstown Fair Grounds, 1198 State Rt. 168, Hookstown

Our “Spring Social” will feature food and fun activities. The Village will be challenging your knowledge of some ‘old time’ items from the past and how they were replaced by new technology. Visitors will be encouraged to take a walk around the Village to find each building’s mystery item and earn a reward for completing the challenge.

724-899-4165 or 724-573-4569
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 a.m. – 4 p.m. Regular Hours: April – October, open second Saturday of each month, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Vicary Mansion
1235 Third Avenue, Freedom

Join us in exploring the photographic past of our beautiful, historic county and witness the many changes which have occurred over the span of 216 years. Photographs of historical buildings and places will be on display, coupled with current photographs of the same locations, giving visitors an opportunity to step inside a time machine to see Then vs. Now. Staff will be available to share with you the restoration process of the Vicary Mansion. Sample “staples” of American food will be prepared and shared with the public by Vicary food historians.

History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Regular Hours: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and by appointment.

Ladies Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.)
3416 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, OH 44870

In the late 1800’s, Civil War Veterans formed G.A.R. posts in these Beaver County communities: Beaver, Beaver Falls, Darlington, New Brighton; Ohioville; Rochester and Smiths Ferry. Descendants are welcome to join G.A.R. allied organizations.

724-573-4420; (Nationally)