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Join Us for a Victorian Tea

Victorian Tea in the Greer-Clavelli Mansion

Saturday April 19 at 4 pm

Join us for a Victorian Tea in the Greer-Clavelli Mansion where you will be entertained by story master Bill Zeiger.

You will be delighted with our dainty finger sandwiches, delicate cakes and scones topped with lashings of clotted cream. A special Easter omelet will be provided by Tin City Caters.

Cost = $25 / person. Seating limited to 24 people.

Book your tickets NOW through our on line store

Telephone: 724-658-4022

We Need Photos by April 30th

photo of workers at pickling departmentThe Lawrence County Historical Society is preparing a new exhibit that features the tradesmen and tradeswomen of Lawrence County from the Industrial Revolution to present day. We are creating a Wall of Workers full of photos of those who worked the early iron furnaces to our present day steel manufacturers.

Are you or anyone you know a tradesman or tradeswoman? Your parents, grandparents, or even great-grandparents? If so, we would love to have photos for our Wall.

Our exhibit “When Forges Roared: Titans and Tradesmen of Lawrence County’s Industrial Revolution” opens July 12, 2014 during the Fireworks Festival.

How to Submit a Photo for the Wall of Workers

Submission Deadline: April 30

  • COPIES ONLY please since the photos cannot be returned – Do not send us your original photos
    • Email: info@lawrencechs.com
    • Mail to: Lawrence County Historical Society, PO Box 1745, New Castle, PA 16103
    • Drop off Address & Times: Society Annex Building located at 408 N. Jefferson Street, New Castle; Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday between 11 am and 4 pm
  • Make sure you INCLUDE
    • NAME of the person
    • MANUFACTURING PLACE (for example: Wampum Iron Furnace, Johnston Bronze, Carnegie Steel, Tin Mill, Blair Steel, etc.)
    • TIME WORKED there (can be approximate)
    • JOB or duty

Have questions or need more information? Telephone us: 724-658-4022 (Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm)

The Music of America: African-American Contribution

photo of Fisk Jubilee Singers 1882Join us February 12 as we explore: “The power of song in the struggle for Black survival – that’s what spirituals and blues are about! Thought to be the only original folk music of America, the spiritual and the blues have had a significant impact on the evolution of all American music.” (quote by presenter Jean Speight)


Here is an excerpt from our DVD: Portrait of An American City: 200 Years of New Castle History

200 years of New Castle history

Click photo to watch an excerpt on YouTube

Buy now or read more about it in our ONLINE STORE

Product Name: Portrait of American City DVD

Price: 14.99 + S&H

Wonderful items available in our online store.

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Shop in our online STORE

Gift shop at the Lawrence County Historical SocietyVisit us in person & enjoy our Gift Shop

If you are in our area, we invite you to visit our onsite Gift Shop. It is loaded with historical references and displays. We have wonderful seasonal gifts for that hard to shop for friend or relative. Books and historical music are on display and available for purchase.

Gift Shop Hours & Location

Some ARTICLES from our BLOG

Pennsylvania State Trooper Leonard P. Straple

In the Line of Duty

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) A seemingly routine traffic stop spiraled out of control for Pennsylvania State Trooper Leonard P. Straple. He stopped a speeding station wagon near the location of the former East Wind in Shenango Township on February 13, 1961. The station wagon was occupied by two …

PFC James McClintock

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) The December 7, 1941 surprise attack on Pearl Harbor resulted in the death of a local man. James McClintock of Wampum is believed to be the only known individual from Lawrence County to die as a result of the attack. James’ youngest brother, Elmer, had …

Carnegie library in Atlanta Georgia

New Castle’s Carnegie Library?

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) Between 1883 and 1929, 1679 libraries were built in the United States with Andrew Carnegie Library construction grants. In 1900, New Castle requested $75,000 to build a library. The trade unions here protested the proposed gift claiming their low-paid wages effectively were underwriting his …

photo of Captain of James Lawrence

Captain James Lawrence

WHAT DOES WHAT HAPPENED 200 YEARS AGO ON LAKE ERIE HAVE TO DO WITH LAWRENCE COUNTY? By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) During the war of 1812 (our second war for independence) U.S. Navy Captain James Lawrence (photo) took command of the frigate USS Chesapeake. While leaving Boston he immediately …


The Lawrence County Historical Society is a tax exempt, charitable 501(c)(3) organization. We are an all volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and display of the heritage of all the citizens of Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. We appreciate your support and interest.

The Lawrence County Historical Society has the largest collection of Shenango China in the world. More than 500 of its 3,000-plus pieces are on display!

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