Beaver County History Weekend Celebration 2016

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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: Labor and Industrial History of Beaver County

May 7-8, 2016

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Participating sites:

Air Heritage, Inc., Museum and Aircraft Restoration Facility
Beaver County Airport, 35 Piper Street, Chippewa Township 15010
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Regular Hours: Monday – Saturday 10.a.m. – 5 p.m.

Air Heritage Inc. is an aircraft restoration facility and aviation museum located at Beaver County Airport, Beaver Falls, PA.

Air Heritage Inc. is dedicated to the preservation, use, and display of historical aircraft and other aviation related artifacts, many of which demonstrate the inventiveness and productiveness of Western Pennsylvanians.

For example, during WWII, our area contributed many important supplies for the war effort, including : propellers produced by Curtiss-Wright in Beaver; Republic Steel of Beaver Falls and Crucible Steel of Midland crafted specialty steel aircraft sections; and tail struts were manufactured for the P-47 by Bantam Car Company of Butler.

A visit to Air Heritage will reward visitors with a diverse display of aviation memorabilia and aircraft-types, some flying, and others in restoration or on display.

Beaver Area Heritage Museum
1 River Road Extension, Beaver 15009
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.

During World War II, the Curtiss-Wright Corporation operated a plant in the Vanport section of Beaver where they manufactured thousands of propellers for war planes of all types. Seen here is an actual blade from a three blade propeller for a P-47 “Thunderbolt” fighter plane similar to the one pictured in the mural, which has survived for more than 55 years and come back home at last to Beaver. Also on view are cross-sections of an actual propeller blade, showing the shape and construction of the hollow blade.

Beaver County Genealogy and History Center
250 East End Avenue, Beaver 15009
Regular Hours: Monday – Thursday 10 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; closed Fridays and major holidays.

Beaver County Industrial Museum
801 Plumb Street, Darlington 16115
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Regular Hours: May – September; Sunday 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Darlington Days.

The Beaver County Industrial Museum will be partnering with the United Steel Workers of America for 2 different displays: One on the Flint Glass Workers (now part of USW) and the story of Aliquippa and the Supreme Court decision on J&L and the Democratic Social Club that found the Wagner Act constitutional. There will be photos and artifacts from LU1211 (Aliquippa), LU1212 (Midland), and LU1082 (Beaver Falls) as well as some film from the Ambridge riots.

Beaver County Model Railroad
416 6th Street, Monaca 15061
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Regular Hours: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Labor growth will be highlighted through the steel mills, coal mines and allied industries that have formulated Beaver County’s history. Details of the train layout include a train ice house, operating steel mill, glass and electric furnaces as well as the coal mining shafts and company housing of the coal miners.

Beaver Falls Historical Society and Museum
Carnegie Free Library
1301 7th Avenue, Beaver Falls 15010
724-774-6229 or 724-494-2439
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10:15 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Regular Hours: Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or by appointment.

A few industries of Beaver Falls will be featured: Armstrong Cork Works, Mayer China, and Beaver Falls Art Tile.

Ellwood City Area Historical Society Museum
310 Fifth Street, Ellwood City 16117
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. and special events.

Highlights many photos of Union sponsored parties, steel mill photos, birth place of the “seamless tube” and the 1895 Lozier bicycle made from Ellwood City seamless tubes.

Enon Valley Community Historical Society
1084 Main Street, Enon Valley 16120
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Regular Hours: By appointment only.

Highlighted will be photographs and artifacts of Enon’s Railroad History. An interactive display will explain jobs related to the railroads. Included will be the history of the St. Lawrence Hotel, the first railroad station where Civil War troops boarded trains for the front lines from Lawrence County.

Little Beaver Historical Society Complex
710 Market Street, Darlington 16115
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Regular Hours: January – May by appointment; June – September, Sunday 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Also open during Darlington Days.

The Little Beaver Historical Society will be celebrating the Beaver County History Weekend by presenting the history of industry at its McCarl Industrial and Agricultural Museum, one of the five buildings in this complex. This facility offers 5000 square feet of museum space presenting the history and artifacts of most major industries in Beaver County. Along with many static displays, there are also working machines and equipment (B & W, Westinghouse, Moltrup, Downey pump and working Keystone Driller.) Visitors can also see a working forge as well as a foundry display.

The Merrick Art Gallery
1100 Fifth Avenue, New Brighton 15066
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Regular Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

“New Brighton Industry and the Merrick Family : A Legacy”
The exhibition will explore the various businesses founded by the Merrick family after settling here from upper state New York. In particular, the exhibition will focus on how the creation of Standard Horse Nail contributed to the founding of Beaver County’s only art museum, The Merrick Art Gallery. The exhibit will be on view beginning Saturday, May 7 and run through May 25.

McKinley School
Corner of 37th Street Extension and McKinley Road, Chippewa Township 15010
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Regular Hours: Open by appointment only.

McKinley School will be looking at how students’ parents would have been active in the Labor and Industry movement in Chippewa Township. In the early days, Labor and Industry in Chippewa Township consisted mainly of farm labor and the small industry of making farm tools and wagon wheels which were made at the original Chippewa Trading Post.

Monaca Hall of Fame
1098 Pennsylvania Avenue, Monaca 15061
724-724-0248 or 412-671-1086
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Regular Hours: By appointment.

The history of the early industries in Phillipsburg and early Monaca will be presented from 10 a.m. until noon.

Learn the history of the Phoenix Glass Company of Monaca and see scarce, one-of-a-kind examples of the beautiful glassware produced by this prolific company since their founding over 135 years ago. The presentation by Kathy Hansen, a Monaca native, retired teacher, and long-time glass collector and researcher, will focus on the hand-made glassware of the early years [1880 – 1940]. Program will begin at 1:30 at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 819 Washington Avenue, Monaca.

Old Economy Village
270 16th Street, Ambridge, PA 15003
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Regular Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday Noon to 5 p.m.; Closed all Mondays, Tuesdays and major holidays and January 1 to March 31.

Old Economy Village will be featuring some of the Industries of the Harmony Society. Harmonist Industries such as silk reeling, weaving, blacksmithing and rope making will be featured along with other demonstrations. Some Harmonist industries were only done for the benefit of their community while others were done on a very large scale. Harmonist textiles were sold throughout the entire United States and several foreign countries. Hands on history activities will be available for young and old alike. The Historic buildings will be staffed with docents.

Richmond Little Red School House
245 Park Road, Brighton Township 15009
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Regular Hours: Sunday 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend – Labor Day weekend and by appointment.

This treasured piece of history was built and ready for classes in 1844 and used as a school until 1950. It was a typical one room schoolhouse serving grades one through eight. There is graffiti on some of the bricks dating back to the 1800s. The Morgan Carriage Works, built shortly after the Civil War, will be showcased as well as the farms that were present in the 1800s.

Rochester Area Heritage Society
350 Adams Street, Second Floor, Rochester 15074
724-777-7697 Rochester Area Heritage Society (Facebook)
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Regular Hours: Please call for information.

The Vintage Room and lobby will house period clothes, yearbooks, collectibles, plus interesting historical finds, from the late 1800s to mid 1900s. Early manufacturing companies utilizing Rochester’s strategic riverfront location and historic boat landing, will be showcased. Prominent names in this realm are: Olive Stove Works, Limited; Rochester Pottery Co., LD; and Fry Glass.

South Side Historical Village
Hookstown Fair Grounds, 1198 State Route 168, Hookstown 15050
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Regular Hours: Open the second Saturday of the month, April – October 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The South Side of Beaver County was noted for its prosperous farming and industry. A large collection of antique equipment will be on display in the 1858 bank barn. Blacksmith shops were a necessity as horses were used for farming and travel. This working village also depicts merchants who conducted the general stores, doctors, ministers, school teachers, and the women of yesteryear, who worked hard running a household without electricity or plumbing. All of our eight buildings will be open for the Saturday History Day (also the 2016 Spring Social).

St. Nicholas Chapel
5400 Tuscarawas Road, Brighton Township 15009
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Regular Hours: By appointment.

The St. Nicholas Chapel features a unique icon which celebrates the miraculous sparing of Byzantine Catholic miners, when the Darr Mine exploded in Jacob’s Creek, PA in 1907.

Vicary Mansion (Beaver County Historical Research and Landmarks Foundation)
1235 Third Avenue, Freedom 15009
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Regular Hours: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and by appointment.

The boat building industry of Beaver County will be highlighted. Displays will focus on the Aaron Burr Conspiracy, the first commercial boat building operation in 1820 by John Boles, as well as the boat building boom that took place in Freedom, Monaca, Glasgow, Sharon and Georgetown. Canals and the history of steamboat building will also be depicted. In addition, there will be a “Rain Gutter Regatta” and other various activities for the youth to give them an appreciation for the dynamic Beaver County boating industry. The historic William Vicary Mansion will also be open for tours and information on the home of the seat of our county’s history.

Other participating organizations:

Logstown Associates Historical Society
Located at the Vicary Mansion (see hours above)

Logstown, 1727-58, located on the north bank was an important stop for traders traveling down the Ohio River in the mid 1700s. The French and the British both wanted to be friends with the Native Americans living at this trading post to gain their support while trying to gain possession of the Ohio. Most of the early trader’s guilds were represented at Logstown. Also featured, a replica trading post including furs, trade goods and Trader Bob, who will interpret the trade system.

New Brighton Historical Society
Located at the Merrick Art Gallery (see hours above)

Labor and Industry highlights will focus on the relationship between Labor and Management in the Townsend Company. A time line of the Unions will also be presented.

H.C. Fry Glass Company
Located at the Rochester Area Heritage Society (Saturday only)

Display, history, and information about the H.C. Fry Glass Company, Rochester Tumbler Plant, as well as 3 other manufactures of glass that were located in Rochester.