The Scottdale Historical Society is pleased to welcome Dr. Miles Richards on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 7 p.m., as he discussess George Washington's Two Business Trips to Western Pennsylvania in 1770 and 1784.
Dr. Richards earned his B.S. Degree at Edinboro State University of Pennsylvania, M.A. and Ph.D in History from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Richards taught primarily at Midlands Technical College in Columbia, South Carolina and currently teaches history courses for the Oher Institute for Lifelong Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. You may have also read his monthly historical essays for the Scottdale Independent Observer and the West Newton Times Sun. Dr. Richards is also the president of the Elizabeth Township Historical Society. To receive more information on this event or to reserve your seat, please email us. Please note that seating is limited to 30 guests.
The Historic Loucks Homestead, located at 527 North Chestnut Street, is undergoing an extensive painting and restoration project to the exterior of the home. The exterior will be painted in a period appropriate color scheme to highlight some of the architectural details around the gables, dormers and windows and repairs will be made as well.
Click Here for information about the project, donations and volunteering!
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.
Next meeting: Our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 13 at the Loucks House beginning at 6:30 p.m.
We are seeking donations for exterior paint and supplies. Click Here for more details on how you can help!
We are seeking volunteers to help with: