The Scottdale Historical Society, in conjunction with Robert Levin, president of Levin Furniture, is pleased to announce that Alyssa Wertz, graduating senior from Southmoreland High School, is the recipient of the 2014 Jane A. Yuhouse Memorial Scholarship. Ms. Alyssa Wertz received the $1,000 Scholarship at Southmoreland’s Class Day on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.
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Scottdale celebrates our 140 year anniversary; incorporated in February 1874. Our borough’s roots were started in a town known as Fountain Mills. Much of the following information is from the 25th Anniversary souvenir book published in 1899.
Situated on the banks of the Jacob’s Creek, 48 miles from Pittsburgh is the borough of Scottdale. Jacob’s Creek is a small stream rising in Chestnut Ridge, about ten miles east of here, and empties into the Youghiogheny River at a point called Jacob’s Creek, 10 miles west. Scottdale is strictly a mining and manufacturing town and up to date has had a good, healthy growth. As a result every dollar invested in real estate or otherwise has yielded a handsome return. More>>
Girl Scout Troop 22202
The Scottdale Historical Society hosted 24 Girl Scouts from Troop 22202 in Scottdale on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 to assist with projects around the Historic Loucks Homestead. The girls, from grades kindergarten through seventh, helped with making favors for the Downtown Abbey Tea, held in April, gardening and spring cleaning.
Troop leader Kerry Ayres approached the Historical Society for an opportunity for her troop to help with a community organization. Kim Fox, Treasurer of the Scottdale Historical Society, said, “The girls were amazing. We made 90 favors for the Downton Abbey Tea, cleaned the Loucks House and straightened up outside, too! Everyone was so willing and helpful and enjoyed the project. It was a huge help to the Historical Society and added to the success of the tea.” For more information about volunteering and past volunteer groups. please click here.
"Around Scottdale and Everson," compiled by Paul E. Eckman and Tom Zwierzelewski with the Scottdale Historical Society. A compilation of history and photographs include images of long-gone buildings and scenes from the community's heyday. The book is available for $20 at the Scottdale Public Library or by contacting the society. They also are available through Arcadia Publishing and Barnes and Noble booksellers. Here's a link to the story on the book that appeared in the Tribune-Review.
Also available is a book by retired Southmoreland High School history teacher Bob Percy called, "Profiles of Service and Sacrifice." The book details the stories of service by Scottdale area residents in World War II. Here's a link to a story about the book.
As part of our effort to meet or goals, we've created a Wish List of items and opportunities for volunteers. We are pleased to report we have received a washer, dryer, ironing board, dinner glasses and other items. Do you have something to offer?
Loucks Homestead Rental
The Loucks Homestead is available for overnight stays or afternoon teas and evening dinners with family, friends or social organizations.
While the home lies outside the district, we should note that in 1996 the commercial-industrial area of Scottdale was designated a historic district in the National Register of Historic Places.