South Park Historical Society

South Park Historical Society

Programs and Other Important Information
Meetings are held at 7:00 pm in the Library Fire Hall, 6581 Library Road, South Park, PA 15129.

Our meetings are held with no charge and open to the public. Bring a friend and enjoy an interesting program. 

March 28, 2023 – “Pittsburgh’s Old Stone Tavern” with Norene Beatty. 
The history of Pittsburgh’s oldest commercial building, the Old Stone Tavern, will be presented by Norene Beatty. The building initially operated as a tavern and inn. It served travelers and was a tavern where the Whiskey Rebellion conspirators once hatched their plans.

April 18, 2023 – “The Mt. Washington Transit Tunnel Disaster” with Mary Jane Hirt.  
One of Pittsburgh’s worst transit disasters happened on Christmas Eve in 1917. Ms. Hirt will tell of the disaster and the aftermath.

May 16, 2023 – “Unsolved Murder in Snowden Village” with Karen Lehr.  
The 1928 unsolved murder mystery in the village of Snowden, a section of South Park, is explored by Karen Lehr. The cold case murder of a coal miner's wife has never been solved. Ms. Lehr's extensive research includes photographs, the coroner's report, and statements from neighbors to answer the motive and other questions regarding the mystery.

June 20, 2023 – “Discovering a Family History: From the Famous and Heroic to the Infamous and Notorious” with Carleton Young. 
Researching his family history, Mr. Young discovered he was related to many famous people in American history. He also found that along with the famous and heroic, there were family connections to a few infamous rogues and murderers as well. 

July 18, 2023 – August 15, 2023 – Summer Hiatus, no meetings are scheduled

September 19, 2023 - “Show And Tell,” attendees are encouraged to bring items to show and discuss. Our members never fail to bring unusual and interesting items.

October 17, 2023 - “Ghosts and Legends of Western Pennsylvania” with historian, professor, and author Thomas White. 
Mr. White is an archivist and curator of special collections at Duquesne University, where he also works as an adjunct professor. Mr. White will delight us with stories of ghosts, supernatural occurrences, and legends. So join us for an evening of scary stories and legends based in Western Pennsylvania.

November 14, 2023 – “A Vanishing Piece of American History – The Outhouse” with Len Marraccini. 
 One of the members’ favorite programs will be presented by Mr. Marraccini, who tells the history of the privy and the WPA’s (Works Progress Administration) contribution to the outhouse project. An interesting and fun evening is promised with this informative talk.

December 12, 2023 – “Annual Christmas Party. “ An evening of food, entertainment, prizes and lots of fun.

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