"Plaque will pay tribute to victims of plant explosions"

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(excerpted from New Castle News article July 13, 2020)

“community museum being built in Mt. Jackson ….The plaque [which commemorates the 11 lives lost in three explosions at the former American Cyanamid Company] is expected to be erected before the end of the month near the cul-de-sac flagpole at the end of Ross Drive, behind the North Beaver Township complex at 861 Mt. Jackson Road. A museum office resembling a longtime, but now defunct, village gas station already is under construction there, and timbers from a disassembled 19th century barn wait nearby to be reconstituted as a museum/banquet hall….A formal dedication ceremony for the plaque is planned for September or October [2020] ….”

Dynamite! A Blaster’s History by J. Nelson McConahy is available for purchase from our online estore and in our onsite gift shop.

Dynamite is a story of fellowship and survival in a truly explosive working environment. The author’s personal reminiscences, pictures, and documents pay tribute to all those who lived through those transitional times.

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The Lawrence County Historical Society has the largest collection of Shenango China in the world. The men who started the first potteries in New Castle did so, not because of any clay deposits in the area, but rather because of the soft coal available which was used to fire the beehive Rims of that time. More than 500 of our 3,000-plus pieces are on display in our museum.

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INCLUDES early Native American settlements, plotting of the land, canal era, Civil War, heavy industrialization, labor strife, immigration, urban renewal and the reawakening and gradual rebirth of neighborhoods and downtown.

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  1. Portrait of an American City features 200 years of New Castle History
  2. Cascade Park describes its origins and historic features
  3. Haunted Lawrence provides a “chilling” tour of local folklore and intrigue. A great addition to your Halloween activities.
  4. The Big Snow of 1950  (our best seller) recounts a snowfall that caused almost everything in Lawrence County to shut down. It remains the largest snow storm on record in our area.

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