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Traveling Shoes: Looking at African American Migration

The migration saw the relocation of more than 6 million African Americans from the rural South to parts of the North, Midwest and West. The year 1910, when 7 million of the 8 million African Americans lived below the cotton curtain. African Americans sought to build a new place for themselves, …

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Brigadier General Marilyn Chiafullo Making History

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) The most recent Lawrence County native to attain the rank of Brigadier General is also the County’s first woman to do so. Marilyn Chiafullo was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, to Joseph H. and Florence (Zarella) Chiafullo, both deceased. Her siblings include her twin …

Twenty Extraordinary African American Women!

“The history of women’s contributions to this nation has not been limited to the struggle of women’s right alone. Our nation owes whatever prosperity, enlightenment and success it has achieved to the hard work and dedication of millions upon millions of women who have given their lives and their efforts to …

They Also Served: Women During WWII

  Guest Speaker: Ruth Fairchild Ruth Fairchild joined the Army in 1982, serving for 12 years as an Operating Room Technician in Alabama, Texas, New Jersey, Germany, and Saudi Arabia. Upon returning to New Castle, Fairchild joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars and became very involved, holding many positions at …

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Annual Members Dinner Honors Fulena

Historical Society to Recognize Stephanie Fulena at Annual Dinner Come join us on September 13th for an evening of entertainment and friendship. > 6:00 pm Social Hour > 6:30 pm Buffet Dinner catered by the Faraone Brothers > BYOB – mixers available Honoree Stephanie Fulena has been working with the …

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New Castle’s First Policewoman: Mrs. Rae Muirhead

By: Betty Hoover DiRisio, LCHS Volunteer Before women were given the right to vote in Pennsylvania, New Castle had appointed it’s first woman police officer. In March 1920, a new ordinance created the position of a police matron who would have charge of all female prisoners and the authority to …

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The Flying Wilsons: Maxine and Findley

Maxine Anderson Wilson learned to fly after marrying her husband, pilot Findley Wilson in 1937. In 1939 she was the first District woman to hold a private license, and the only woman pilot in Lawrence County and many surrounding counties, to hold a commercial permit, allowing her to haul passengers. …

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Nannie L. Mitcheltree: an Educator

A name synonymous with education in New Castle for many years was that of Miss Nannie L. Mitcheltree. Ms. Mitcheltree was born December 11, 1886 in Edinburg. Commuting from Edinburg to New Castle, she attended and graduated from New Castle Senior High School. Later receiving her teaching degree from Geneva …

Historical Fashions – A Century of Style

Fashions on display from the Historical Society collections The Lawrence County Historical Society will showcase fashions from their clothing collection at their November 13th program, 7 PM at the Joseph A. Clavelli History Center, 408 North Jefferson St. There are approximately 1500 pieces of clothing in the Society’s collection. Society …