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  • Mistletoe Take-Out Tickets DEADLINE DEC 4 (see below)
  • CLOSED November 25 and 27
  • OPENS Tuesday November 30
  • CLOSED from December 23 through January 3
  • OPENS Tuesday, January 4, 2022


Mistletoe Magic Take-Out Dinner

Except for our HOLDIAY hours, we are open EVERY Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 11 am to 4pm.
Open for research and sales. NEW Tours!

The society has been open for research during the pandemic. Our NEW tours are underway. We also have NEW Displays on exhibit in our Museum and NEW Items in our Gift Shop. A mask is required to enter. Thank you for your courtesy and understanding. 

Come Visit!

Roadside Canal Marker Campaign

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Help us replace this historical marker that went missing years ago. This is the only photo of what it used to look like.

Any and all donations are welcome. 

Roadside Canal Marker Campaign

What is missing?
An historical roadside marker that denoted the Northern terminus, Beaver Division of the Pennsylvania Canal system. It was located at the ramp from Ben Franklin Highway to Harbor-Edinburg Road.

Why is it important to replace it?
If the marker is not replaced, an important recognition of our local history will fade away. The “missing” original marker was erected in 1948 by the PA Historic and Museum Commission through the work of the State Historian, Dr. Sylvester Stevens. 

Text on Original Marker
Northern terminus, Beaver Division of Pennsylvania Canal system, completed to this point, 1834. Important shipping point before completing “Cross-Cut Canal” to Ohio, 1838, and Erie Extension to Greenville, 1840.

Help Us Replace This Historical Marker!


11 am to 4 pm EVERY Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. A mask is required to enter. Thank you for your courtesy and understanding.

INCLUDES PLATES FEATURING: Jacqueline and President John F. Kennedy, President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s first birthday in the White House, famous local people, Christmas plate collections, and many others.

This display showcases a new assembly of Shenango China. It was meticulously put together by Jim Witon, volunteer and chair of the archives committee.

SECOND FLOOR – MARYANN GALIANO ROOM (dedicated to a former board member and long-time volunteer who passed away in June of 2020). 

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From the Beginning
Tales of Lawrence County, Pennsylvania

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NOW AVAILABLE online and in our Gift Shop
CLICK HERE FOR description & purchase information 
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Cascade Park:
Western Pennsylvania’s Rural Escape

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NOW AVAILABLE online and in our Gift Shop
CLICK HERE FOR description & purchase information 
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A Civil War Husband
100th Pennsylvania Roundheads

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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.

LCHS Advisement

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

To learn more about the historical society position on commercial businesses in the North Hill Historic District, read our BLOG ARTICLE. 

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Your Support is Appreciated

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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.

Visit our online eStore

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We have added lots of new books.

Visit our online eStore to find out more.

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

Help Support the Lawrence County Historical Society

When you shop through our Amazon Smile link, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the Historical Society. And at no extra cost to you.

All monies are used to help support our volunteer organization.

Thank you for your support.

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Join the Lawrence County Historical Society. Help support our mission to respect the past and be a cornerstone for the future.

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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!

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.

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.

Samples From Our YouTube Channel

For more videos
Visit us on our YouTube channel

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

10 things you can do from home!

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our newest
Moments in History video

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into 150 years of
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Interesting figures from our  history in 18 different categories 

(10) EXPLORE / LEARN all about our Collections

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