Let’s talk Scottdale. Our town has seen some dramatic changes over its 145-year history. Coal, coke, and other industries made Scottdale the wealthiest community in Westmoreland County. John McCrorey started his chain of Five Ten Cent stores right on Pittsburgh St. The Mennonite Publishing House copyright reached around the world. Grand mansions, owned by bankers and businessmen of Scottdale, lined the streets of town. Today industry remains strong in Scottdale, thanks to businesses like Duraloy Technologies, Uptegraff Manufacturing, MLP Steel and others. We are proud to have family-owned restaurants, elegant places of worship, and beautiful community parks and trails. Our citizens have a strong community spirit, and that’s why we want to come together to talk about Scottdale’s past and future.
The Scottdale Historical Society welcomes you to a new program series, Let’s Talk Scottdale. We hope this new series will bring our past and present together as we plan for the future by connecting Scottdale with stakeholders throughout the community.
The Scottdale Historical Society is seeking volunteers to help with a variety of tasks at the Historic Loucks Homestead. From painting and property to maintance to house cleaning and ending a hand at an event, if you have a few extra hours you could give once ever few weeks or month, that would be great!
We also accept group volunteer projects from local scouting groups and community organizations looking to lend a hand.
For more information or to be contact about volunteer opportunities, please email us!
"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.
The next meeting of the Scottdale Historical Society will be Tues., Aug. 13, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Loucks House.
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: