Beaver County History Celebration Weekend 2018

May 5-6, 2018
Theme: World War I

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War or WWI. Beaver County residents showed their support through parades, flag raising, demonstrations and enlistment drives. Sending food to troops created shortages that our citizens counteracted by observing meatless and wheatless days. The “Garden Movement” encouraged all to grow their own food. Our industries made important contributions: our steel industries produced steel plating for ships, excavators made by Keystone Drillers were sent overseas, Phoenix Glass made lenses for signal lights and lamps. Junction Park became a training ground (later moved to Brady’s Run). Purse strings were opened and funds were collected to provide for the soldiers. Thirty-six Beaver County men were killed in battle, while fourteen died later of their wounds. Influenza brought back from Europe by the soldiers ravished both military and citizenry who died by the hundreds. Beaver County presented a united front, but we can never underestimate the sacrifices of our native sons and daughters who fought, died and altered their lives to ensure peace and prosperity. All historical locations are free with the exception of Old Economy Village where regular admission fees apply.

Air Heritage, Inc. Museum and Aircraft Restoration Facility
35 Piper Street, Chippewa Township, Beaver
WWI aircraft will be displayed via models, pictures and videos. In addition, we will have available a game featuring WWI aircraft and battlefield locations allowing gamers to fly and fight different types of aircraft of the period. With luck, there will be an actual WWI replica aircraft available for viewing.
724-843-2820 www.airheritage.org
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10am–5pm
Regular Hours: Monday–Saturday 10am–5pm

Beaver Area Heritage Museum
1 River Road Extension, Beaver, 15009
Join us in the Log House of the Beaver Area Heritage Museum where on display will be a mannequin outfitted with WWI dressings. Join our Log House Crafters for a WWI kids craft on Saturday. Children ages 4 and up with a parent or adult are welcome.
724-775-7174 www.beaverheritage.org
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 1-4pm
Regular Hours: April-November Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 1-4pm

Beaver County Industrial Museum
801 Plumb Street, Darlington, 16115
Along with all of our Industrial exhibits we will have an exhibit that touches on how Beaver County Industry impacted the war effort in World War I. There will be books of photographs on the war and a book available to see if your Beaver County ancestor served in the war.
724-312-0831 www.beavercountyindustrialmuseum.com
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10am-4:30pm; Sunday 1-4:30pm
Regular Hours: Sundays May-September 1-4:30pm or by appointment

Beaver County Model Railroad and Historical Society
416 6th Street, Monaca, 15061
Watch HO scale steam locomotives running through the villages picking up soldiers at the train stations. Volunteers will share with visitors the role that Beaver County railroads played during the war. Smaller layouts of military trains will also be on display.
724-843-3783 www.bcmrr.railfan.net
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 12-3pm; Sunday 12-3pm
Regular Hours: Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm

B.F. Jones Memorial Library
663 Franklin Avenue, Aliquippa, 15001
Jones and Laughlin and P&LE Railroad photos, taken during WWI will be on display as well as books that pertain to the early 1900’s. There will be guided tours of the library that will include the history of Woodlawn/Aliquippa as well as a narrated slide presentation of the Arcadia “Aliquippa” book on-going throughout the day.
724-375-2900 www.beaverlibraries.org
History weekend hours: Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 12-2pm
Regular Hours: Monday -Wednesday 9am-7:30pm; Thursday-Saturday 9am-5pm

Beaver Falls Historical Society and Museum
Carnegie Free Library, 1301 7th Avenue, Beaver Falls, 15010
Two display cases will contain memorabilia from WWI. Tour guides will explain and show two “dough boy” uniforms as well as the personal items and medals that belonged to these “dough boys”. Two local enlistment books from 1918-1919 will also be on display.
724-494-2439 or 724-774-6229
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 12-2pm
Regular Hours: Please call for information.

Colonial Dames XVII Century, Beaver Town Chapter
Maintaining the principles of virtue, courage and patriotism that lead to the colonial independence, members have traced their lineage to an ancestor residing in America by 1701. Information table will be at Air Heritage Museum.
724-774-4537
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10am–5pm (Air Heritage Museum-see above.)

Ellwood City Area Historical Society Museum
310 Fifth Street, Ellwood City
Ellwood City will focus on companies such as National Tube, Aetna- Standard, Ellwood Forge and Ellwood City Forge, whose products made a major contribution to the war effort.
724-752-2021 https://www.facebook.com/echistoricalsociety/
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm
Regular Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 12–4pm and 1st Saturday of each month 12–4pm

Enon Valley Community Historical Society
1084 Main Street, Enon Valley, 16120
Enon Valley sent 29 boys overseas during WWI. Highlighted will be Earl Watt, who was the only casualty from Enon Valley. A heartfelt letter written by an American Red Cross nurse who visited Watt will be on display. In honor of Watt’s service, the Earl J. Watt American Legion Post was established in 1921. Displays will focus on the many efforts of local volunteers, history of the American Red Cross as well as the American Legion.
724-336-5194
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 1-4pm
Regular Hours: Please call for information.

Fort McIntosh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution
Formed in 1904, we preserve history and historic sites, support veterans and education, plus honor our forefathers. An information table will be at Air Heritage Museum.
724-728-0383 www.facebook.com/FortMcIntoshNSDAR/?fref=ts
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10am–5pm (Air Heritage Museum-see above.)

Ladies Grand Army of the Republic
South Side Historical Village, 1198 State Rt. 168, Hookstown, 15050
We will provide information on the local endeavors and contributions of women that supported the cause during World War I. While visiting, look for a nurse of yesteryear wearing a Red Cross insignia.
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 1-4pm

Larry Bruno Hall of Achievement
Carnegie Free Library, 1301 7th Avenue, Beaver Falls, 15010
WWI had an impact on the sports and recreational schedules of the youth. Highlighted will be ways that school students and youth organizations that were started contributed to the war effort. Newspaper articles, WWI medals, regiment books and photos will be on display.
724-775-1848 www.themagicalcoach.org
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 12-4pm
Regular Hours: Please call for information.

Little Beaver Historical Society Complex
710 Market Street, Darlington, 16115
World War I will be spotlighted at our Red Brick Museum by featuring displays of artifacts from that era as well as biographies of local participants and anecdotes from the home front.
724-843-4361
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 1-4pm
Regular Hours: Please call for information.

Logs Town Associates Historical Society

Vicary Mansion, 1235 Third Avenue, Freedom, 15042
Efforts to recognize the Logs Town site had begun prior to WWI and ceased due to the world-wide conflict. The history of the Logs Town site as well as the natives that inhabited this internationally known trading center will be shared as well as current plans to preserve the site’s footprint.
724-775-1848
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 12-4pm

McKinley Schoolhouse

McKinley Road & 37th Street Extension, Beaver Falls, 15010
The Effect of World War I on school children will be reviewed by looking into the impact made on their daily lives, their education and how youth organizations worked to support the war effort.
724-384-1598
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 1-4pm
Regular Hours: Please call for information

Merrick Art Gallery and Museum
1100 5th Avenue, New Brighton, 15066
La Belle Epoque to World War One: The Golden Age before the Tragedy. La Belle Epoque or “Beautiful Era” was the period between 1871 and WWI considered to be an era of peace and prosperity. Take a treasure hunt through the Gallery and learn about this “golden era” from its fashions, social norms and attitudes as depicted in art.
724-846-1130 www.merrickartgallery.org
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10am-4:30pm; Sunday 1-4pm
Regular Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4:30pm; Sunday 1-4pm

Monaca Hall of Fame
1098 Pennsylvania Avenue, Monaca
Records of the service men of Monaca, Monaca Heights and Colona who served in World War I will be available. The names of five former residents of Monaca who lost their lives in the war are shown at the Monaca Plaza across the street from the Hall of Fame. Pictures and some uniforms will be on display.
724-728-0248 or 412-671-1086
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm
Regular Hours: Open by appointment only.

New Brighton Historical Society
New Brighton Public Library, 1021 Third Avenue, New Brighton, 15066
WWI memorabilia will be on display that will include posters, registration and discharge papers, war bonds and a canteen. Photos to be viewed include soldiers, the end of war New Brighton Victory Parade and Company “B” stationed at the Armory. Also, learn about “The General” whose ghost still haunts the Armory (present day Borough building).
724-846-2294
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 1-4pm

Old Economy Village
270 16th Street, Ambridge, 15003
A list of names of the men from Ambridge who served in World War I will be on display at the Visitor Center. The “Hands on History Day” will feature blacksmithing, historic food ways, silk reeling, spinning, weaving and woodworking.
724-266-4500 www.oldeconomyvillage.org
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 12-5pm
Regular Hours: April-December, Wednesday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 12-5pm

Ohio Valley Lines Model Railroad, Library & Museum
1225 Merchant Street, Ambridge, 15003
Watch the steam engines that transported the troops to the training camps during WWI.
724-266-4787 www.ohiovalleylines.org
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 1-4pm
Regular Hours: Mondays 7-9:30pm, closed major holidays.

Richmond Little Red School House
245 Park Road, Beaver, 15009
Visitors will experience the one-room school house and some of the activities that the students participated in during the early 1900’s.
724-728-9370
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 1-4pm
Regular Hours: Please call for information.

Rochester Area Heritage Society Museum and Model Railroad
350 Adams Street, Second Floor, Rochester, 15074
While at the battlefront during World War I, soldiers faced a terrifying enemy armed with mustard gas, machine guns and flame throwers. In 1918, another foe would cross all the world’s battle lines. The H1N1 pandemic of the Spanish flu or La Grippe would claim more lives than the war itself (20 to 40 million deaths) and has been cited as the most devastating epidemic in recorded history. We will showcase information on medical care on the home front, with special focus on the Rochester General Hospital and the unique role the RAHS Museum’s building (at that time the town’s new high school) played during the war and epidemic.
724-777-7697
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 10am-3pm
Regular Hours: Please call for information.

Saint Nicholas Chapel
5400 Tuscarawas Road, Beaver, 15009
The Chapel was built as a monument to the founders of the organization. The majority of our early membership immigrated to the United States during the period of 1880 through the early 1900’s. The unrest and economic uncertainty in Europe prior to the outbreak of WWI, caused many of them to leave their homes on the slopes of the Carpathian Mountains and come to America searching for better opportunities. Following the end of the war, the Byzantine Church in America received their own bishop and were able to continue to establish parishes, especially in the Northeastern United States. The St. Nicholas Chapel represents the many wooden churches that existed in the Carpathian Mountains prior to WWI. Indirectly the end of WWI would eventually lead to the destruction of many of these churches.
724-495-3400
History Weekend Hours: Sunday 12-4pm
Regular Hours: Please call for information.

Sons of the American Revolution; Sons of Confederate Veterans; Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
National organizations of male descendants of those Patriots who served the cause of Freedom during the American Revolution, as well as those who served their causes during the American Civil War. Each organization is a non-profit, non-political, non-secret organization dedicated to patriotic, historical and educational objectives. An information table will be at Air Heritage Museum.
724-643-8270 www.gawsar.org
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10am–5pm (Air Heritage Museum-see above.)

South Side Historical Village
Hookstown Fair Grounds, 1198 State Rt. 168, Hookstown, 15050
As a tribute to the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, we will feature a “WWI Hero Hunt”. In each of the buildings there will be a display of a local veteran who served in WWI or an artifact from that war. Discover the charm of “The Village” and learn more about local heroes as each question is answered. Prizes will be awarded at the General Store.
724-573-9367 www.sshva.wordpress.com
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 1-4pm
Regular Hours: April-October, second Saturday of the month 11am-3pm

Vicary Mansion
1235 Third Avenue, Freedom, 15042
Explore the front lines and the Beaver County home front of World War I. The injuries suffered by soldiers will be explored as well as the medical improvements that developed during the war in response to the new weaponry that was used. Home front and soldier food rationing will be on display as canning and cooking take place. There will also be uniforms on display, both military and civilian garments.
724-775-1848 www.bchrlf.org
History Weekend Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 1-4pm
Regular Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm, closed major holidays.