The Work of our Volunteers
The Lawrence County Historical Society is a tax exempt, charitable 501(c)(3) organization. We are largely a volunteer (one part time paid administrator) 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!
The services we provide are quite varied and wide reaching. Here’s a sample of some of the valuable tasks our volunteers fulfill:
- sort and archive “found” objects in our attic
- sort and catalog donations
- help visitors from out of town research their ancestors
- set up displays in the museum
- scan and digitize our voluminous photo collection
- post historical information to our Facebook page
- write quarterly newsletters to the members
- sponsor free lectures and demonstrations to the community
- free ice cream and cake on Fireworks Weekend (July)
- write articles and books
- administer and run the office
- prepare the museum/mansion for weddings or special parties
- design, manage and update our website
Lawrence County Historical Society • a volunteer nonprofit organization!
Elizabeth (Betty) Hoover DiRisio – specialist in media restoration, Facebook administrator
Betty was born in New Castle and attended Laurel High School. She moved to Washington DC in 1973 and attended Northern Virginia Community College and George Washington University. Living for 30 years in that area, Betty was employed primarily by the U. S. Navy and the U.S. Department of Justice. While at Navy she was in charge of the U.S. Naval Shipyards’ Environmental Compliance Program and also served as the Director of Navy’s Asbestos Litigation Support Office. At Justice she continued heading up automated litigation support for Asbestos Litigation against the United States and later turned those efforts to the largest Tort Claims case ever brought in the United States, the case of U.S. v. Philip Morris et al. Part of her litigation support effort involved overseeing the selection and imaging of millions of pages of documents, photos and other media, requiring her to spend extensive periods of time at the National Archives and various National Records Centers across the country. She was instrumental in the development of the automated document retrieval system necessary to handle these massive collections. Betty received numerous awards for her work including the Navy’s second highest Civilian Award, the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, and the U. S. Attorney General’s Award (Ed Meese) for Excellence in Litigation Support. Genealogy research, history, and photography are among her many interests. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution descending from Henry Hover of New Jersey who was one of the first settlers of Mercer County. She began volunteering at the Lawrence County Historical Society in July 2010.
In Memorium: Dwight Edward Copper – cemetery reseacher, author & historian
August 2013: It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of Dwight Copper, age 59. He gave freely of his time, being a long time volunteer at the Historical Society and at the New Castle Library. Many may not have known him personally, but may recognize his name from his numerous publications. Dwight chronicled the graves of those buried in nearly every cemetery in the area. His books are a treasure to those researching their local genealogy. Dwight was a friend and colleague and he will be sincerely missed. In 2014, the Historical Society named Dwight’s Room in his memory and in recognition of his countless contributions.
1994 through 2002: Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery, Rose Point Reformed Presbyterian Church Cemetery, St John’s (Burry’s) United Evangelical Protestant Church Cemetery, Zion Lutheran Church Cemeteries, Amish Cemetery, East Brook United Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Harmony Cemetery, Homewood Cemetery, Little Beaver Cemetery, Neshannock Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Newport Cemetery, North Plain Grove Cemetery, North Sewickley Cemetery, Plain Grove Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Reformed Presbyterian Cemetery, Rocky Spring Cemetery, Rose Point Reformed Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Savannah Methodist Church Cemetery, Seceder Cemetery, Shenango Presbyterian Church Cemetery, West Liberty Cemetery
2003-2004: Grace Bible Church Cemetery, Westfield Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Valley View Cemetery, Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Mount Jackson United Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Swedish Mission Covenant Church, SS Philip and James Cemetery
Andrew Henley: From June 2009 – August 2013. Directed tours of the museum, assisted the public in genealogy and subject matter research, archives incoming artifacts, designed displays, enhanced internal “Virtual Museum” website, handled sales and performed physical labor as needed. Served on Archival Committee and acted as technical adviser to the Administrator and staff. Provided assistance to Board members in the production of monthly programs and special events. Assistant Editor of LCHS Quarterly Newsletter. Article in NC News.