The Scottdale Historical Society will host an evening for sharing stories about Service on the Home Front during World War II on Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the historic Loucks Homestead, located at 527 North Chestnut Street in Scottdale.
Our Special Guest Historian, Tristan Williams, a PhD student at West Virginia University, will give a brief talk to begin the program and will be on hand to discuss civilian defense and the home front.
Ms. Williams studies West Virginia and Appalachian regional history during the 20th and late 19th centuries. Ms. Williams earned her master’s degree in history at Marshall University doing research on West Virginia’s civil defense practices during the early years of the Cold War. Much of Ms. Williams work, though, focuses on World War II and the post-War years looking at how World War II and the Cold War shaped the Home Front throughout central Appalachia. As a native Appalachian with two great grandfathers who fought in World War II, this research is near and dear to her heart.
This open forum will give local residents the opportunity to share stories on how their families supported the war effort from victory gardens and salvage programs to rationing and selling stamps for war bonds.
Attendees are encouraged to bring ration books, photos and any other items to aide in the discussion.
The Historical Society will be scheduling sit down interviews with interested individuals to create a video diary on Scottdale’s history of “Service on the Home Front.”
Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided and the event is free to attend.
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., June 12, 2018 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: