“History – the story of a tale of what has happened or may have happened in the past.”
In 2015, a small group of residents from the West Allegheny community formed a Historical Society to do just that – tell a story of our community’s past through pictures, articles, and programs. Their hope is to expand the group to further explore the wealth of information from the past that the area in which we reside has to offer.
Since its inception, the group has hosted Jerry Andres from the Pioneers West Historical Society, the History Hounds showcasing their local metal detecting finds, Soldiers & Sailors with their Footlocker Program, Authors Brady Crytzer and Gene P. Schaeffer, the Aetna Chemical Company Explosion by Dan Prevade, the Heinz History Center presentations on Pittsburgh’s Impact on the World and the Pittsburgh Homefront during the Civil War, and a field trip for an escorted tour of the Allegheny Cemetery.
Looking forward to 2018, the Group will be co-hosting a session on Genealogy Research utilizing Ancestry.com and a Scanning and Archiving Day with the Western Allegheny Community Library, an Indoor-Outdoor Tour of the Walker Ewing Log House with Pioneers West Historical Society, and author Thomas White. Also anticipated with a date to be announced is a presentation on White Swan Park by children of the founding family.
We hope that you will “Step into our Past” by visiting the History Wall located at our local library showcasing the communities of Findlay, North Fayette, and Oakdale. A feature wall was recently added and currently displays information on the Aetna Chemical Company Explosion that will be recognizing its 100th Anniversary on May 18, 2018. Funds are also being raised to someday purchase a display case for the Library for some of the artifacts that are being donated by area residents.
Remember, the times you are living in today will be remembered as your children and grandchildren’s past. If you are interested in exploring the history of our community, the group is open for yearly memberships at a cost of $5.00 per member. Applications are available on the Western Allegheny Community Historical Society Facebook page and also through the Society’s link on the Western Allegheny Community Library website.
–Cheryl L. Rinehart, Member of Western Allegheny Community Historical Society
Interested in joining the Historical Society? Email WACHS at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out an application today!