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until further notice

As a reminder, we are still able to process our mail and checks during our temporary closure. If you need to pay your dues, mail your check as usual. We will process it. Should you need any assistance, please contact us by email or through our Facebook page. Thank you. 

TEMPORARY CLOSURE: For the health and well being of our visitors, volunteers and staff, the Lawrence County Historical Society is closed to the public due to COVID-19 concerns. ALL EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE


10 things you can do from home while we're closed!

(1) VISIT our site

(2) TAKE an on line tour

(3) FOLLOW US on Social Media

(4) WATCH our videos on YouTube

(5) READ our BLOGs about interesting figures from our history in 18 different categories 

(6) BROWSE through our online exhibits

(7) DELVE into 150 years of life in Lawrence County

(8) EXPLORE / LEARN about our collections

(9) VIEW our gallery

(10) HELP SUPPORT us. Become a member – make a donation.


  • May 7 – Trivia Contest: cancelled due to school and other closings
  • April 8 – presentation by Gary Church: cancelled
  • April 26 – Sports Hall of Fame Banquet: postponed to a later date (not yet determined)



Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. Mansion tours are offered at 12:30 and 2:30 pm.

To our Members and Friends,

In an abundance of caution and due to the recent decision of Governor Wolf to close all public schools in Pennsylvania for a period of at least ten days beginning March 16 due to the impact of the Coronavirus, we have decided to follow this protocol and close our facility to the public at this time.

Therefore, we will be closed UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE to the public on our normal days of operation from Tuesday, March 17 through Saturday, March 28.

Staff members and volunteers will not be at the facility during this time. Should you need any assistance during this time, please contact us by email or through our Facebook page.

We will advise as to re-opening and ask that all of you follow the precautions associated with the prevention of this virus and stay well.

Thank you for your continuing support and understanding at this time.

Edward X. Petrus, Board President

Help us double your dollars today. Donate to our 10K + 10K Matching Campaign.

What is a matching campaign? Every dollar you donate will be doubled. So, if you donate $100 then the Lawrence County Historical Society receives $200 in funds. Help us raise $10,000 which turns into $20,000 during our Matching Campaign.

Here's What's On Our Calendar

There are no upcoming events at this time.

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

Already a member? Renew TODAY and continue to receive member benefits all year long.

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.

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!

Shenango China

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photo: Museum White by Eva Zeisel

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.

We Appreciate Your Support

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Help support our nonprofit tax exempt 501(c)(3) society and volunteerism. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. You are invited to make a donation in any amount you choose. Any and all support is welcomed and always appreciated.

100% of every donation is used to help support our volunteer organization.

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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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