picture of oscar micheauxA Must See Event Wednesday February 11

Early Years of Black Cinema

  “Films featuring Black performers and images at the beginning of the 20th century portrayed African Americans in insulting stereotypes. This program will take a look at and discuss some of these earlier performers and movies.”  … Jean Speight       Also, in the presentation will be Oscar Micheaux, …


Looking for Descendants of Civil War Prisoners - respond by February 20
Several soldiers from Lawrence county 100 PA Infantry were imprisoned in the Salisbury Civil War Prison, the only prisoner of war camp in North Carolina during the Civil War. Any descendants of soldiers with a connecion to the Salisbury Civil War Prison are encouraged to contact the Historic Salisbury Foundation at 704.636.0103 or hsfarchives@gmail.com by February 20, 2015.

In conjunction with the 150th Anniversary of Stoneman’s Raid on Salisbury and the end of the Civil War, an exhibit which explores the people and emotions connected with this part of America’s history is opening in April 2015 in Salisbury, North Carolina. It will feature a photo and brief background about each soldier ‐ whether prisoner, prison guard or other support troop associated with the Salisbury Prison. It will link their descendant to them, provide a photo/personal context and create a dialogue about what it means to have an ancestor associated with the former prisoner of war camp. Historic Salisbury Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to preserve, protect and revitalize the historic fabric of Salisbury and Rowan County. It receives no tax money for operations and all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Over 2300 soldiers from Pennsylvania were in the Salisbury Civil War Prison which was designed to hold 2500 prisoners. Near the end of the Civil War, they had over 10,000 men in their stockade. The Lawrence County Historical Society has identified the following men who we know were prisoners although there may be others. They include: William G. Dickey, John Wagner, James Hughes, Amos Shawley, James Barnhart, Hiram Sippy and the Rev. R. N. Holmes (who came to New Castle after the war and had also served with the Iron Brigade from New York.) At least two died in captivity.

logo for salisbury historic foundationDeadline to respond to the Historical Salisbury Foundation descendant request: February 20.

Use this FORM to submit ancestor information: Family Connections: Understanding the North Carolina Civil War Prison 

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Only $11.99 for a beautiful 13 photo calendar honoring the Women of Lawrence County.

“Women of Lawrence County” with photos from 1880-1942 is only $16.99  $11.99 with FREE shipping to USA addresses. Order yours today. Supplies are limited.

Here are some details about the historical photos and this year’s calendar.

The Women of Lawrence County provided critical and significant roles in the history of our county. Our 2015 Calendar features sepia and black & white historical photos from 1880-1942.

Our 1942 cover photo (Inspecting Shells at United Engineering) has a mesmerizing feel to it. The style is Art Deco and looks like a Hollywood screen set even though it is a real photo of an actual worker with real products.

In addition to a feature photo, each month includes information about historical dates significant to Lawrence County’s history. For example: February 7, 1907 (First Warner Theater “The Cascade Palace” opens on South Mill Street, New Castle).

Feature photos by month include:

  • January: Teachers New Castle School System circa 1880s
  • February: Shenango Valley Hospital nurses’ training class of 1906
  • March: Inspecting shells at United Engineering 1942 (cover photo)
  • April: Lawrence County Chapter of the American Red Cross – taking care of babies & patients
  • May: Girls working Circle Shears Shenango Works Tin Mill 1917
  • June: “Bloomer Girls” at the Tin Mill 1917
  • July: New Castle City Policewoman Minnie McKibben surrounded by male colleagues
  • August: Almira Martin – founder of the Almira Home
  • September: “Bloomer Girls” Shenango Works Tin Mill 1917
  • October: Margaret L. Henry – founder of the Margaret L. Henry Home (orphanage)
  • November: Harriet J. Eckels, US Army Nurse – WWI
  • December: Employees of the YWCA

Last year’s calendars were only available for on-site purchase. This year we have made it possible for anyone to purchase one (or several) of the calendars by creating a special package price that includes First Class shipping to any USA address.

Decide Soon! We have published our calendar in limited quantities.

Purchase today for only $16.99  $11.99 and receive FREE shipping to USA addresses.

Product Name:  2015 LCHS Calendar
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Come to our on site Gift Shop and purchase a copy in person. We’ll sell it to you on site (if you can brave the cold and the snow) for a reduced rate. It’s a great opportunity to view our FREE exhibits and browse through the wide variety of gifts we have for sale. Open hours: 11 am – 4 pm / Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday only.

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Lawrence County Historical Society – DVDs

Click on photos to watch an excerpt on YouTube. Read more in our ONLINE eSTORE. Or use our ADD to CART button to BUY NOW. IMPORTANT NOTE: Shipping fees are valid only to USA addresses. If shipping to a foreign address, we reserve the right to charge additional shipping fees (please contact us first).


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In appreciation of the veterans of Lawrence County, a FREE event was held for the public. Veterans were encouraged to attend on September 11, 2014 at 6 pm at the Edison Manor 222 West Edison Avenue New Castle PA 16101. There were invited speakers, an all American dinner, and videographer Bert Gerstnecker was on site to interview and video any of the veterans who wanted their story told

The interviews, pictures and narratives conducted at the Salute to Service event will be posted under the Oral History section of this website when they become available. We hope to add to and enhance the oral histories so that any veteran or family of a veteran who has passed has the opportunity to have their service and sacrifices to their country be archived and preserved for future generations of family and friends.

Meanwhile here is a sample of what is to come. 


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!