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“The Lawrence County Historical Society strongly advises against the establishment of a Dollar General on Highland Avenue in the North Hill Historic District,” says board president Edward X. Petrus. “

At our monthly meeting, the Lawrence County Historical Society unanimously agreed to go on record against the establishment of a Dollar General in the North Hill Historic District. The North Hill Historic District is the THIRD LARGEST HISTORIC DISTRICT IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA. It was entered into the National Register of Historic Places on December 15, 1999 with 1,888 contributing structures. It is a strong example of an upper- and middle-management residential neighborhood in Western Pennsylvania between 1870 and 1949. “Given the dramatic opposition when it was first proposed, we’re surprised it is planned to go through. We believed the opposition demonstrated that another Dollar General was neither needed nor wanted,” Petrus said.

With a new Dollar General established on the edge of the historic district at former Family Video on Wilmington Road, and a locally-owned and grandfathered-in, Tic Toc Food Marts, just down Highland Avenue, there does not seem to be a demand for its proposed location, which is within 0.8 of a mile from both sites.

The Historical Society believes that constructing the Dollar General within the vicinity of many major structures, such as the former residences of Grace Philips Johnson on Moody Avenue, Alexander Crawford Hoyt on Winter Avenue, and the former Temple Israel on Highland, has the potential to significantly decrease property values of the surrounding area.

The purpose of the Historical Society is to preserve, protect, and promote local history in our communities. The organization serves its communities through an educational lectures series, preservation of cultural heritage with archival best practices, and presenting interesting and thought-provoking topics through exhibitions.

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Maryann Galiano Room Dedication

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On October 24, 2020 at 2:00 pm (eastern time), we dedicated a room on the second floor of the Joseph A. Clavelli Cultural Heritage Center in memory of our former board member and long-time volunteer, Maryann Galiano. The room which contains an extensive display of our Shenango China is now known as the Maryann Galiano Room. Among her many contributions, this is a room she dedicated an enormous amount of time to organizing the myriad of information found there. People in attendance were wearing masks and social distancing due to COVID-19 restrictions. Others attended via Zoom.

Click HERE to read her Obituary in the New Castle News.

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New Castle’s Urban Renewal: Through the Eyes of John Hitch
NOW AVAILABLE online and in our Gift Shop
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Without your generous support, the Historical Society could not continue their important mission to preserve, protect and display the heritage of all the citizens of Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. We still need your support especially during these difficult times. Please consider a donation TODAY. Any amount is welcomed.

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We have added lots of new books.

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You can also schedule a visit to our onsite Gift Shop. 

We regret to announce that the Civil War Series has been cancelled due to the restrictions of COVID-19.

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Shenango China

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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.

Rent the Mansion for Your Special Event

Available for showers, parties, small weddings, picture-taking and more. Take an online photo tour of our historic mansion.

Experience the beauty, elegance, and period furnishing of this 1905 Colonial Revival building. Members discount!

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FEATURED DVD: Portrait of An American City:
200 Years of New Castle History

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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.

NOW Available – 4 DVD programs

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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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