DAYS OPEN: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. For details, visit our contact us page.

On site tours are temporarily unavailable. We continue to be open for research. On Site tours begin again March 30 when our Civil War Exhibit opens.

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our new We Can Do It WWII Travelling Exhibit. This special exhibit which is FREE to Children and OPEN to the PUBLIC runs every Tue, Thur and Sat from March 30 to May 21, 2019. Don't miss out on this special offering. CLICK HERE TO READ THE BLOG, SEE THE SCHEDULE, AND LEARN ABOUT DISCOUNTS AND MOVIE SHOW TIMES.


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We Can Do It! WWII – Traveling Exhibit

April 23 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
FREE for Children. Entry fee for Adults.

More Upcoming Events

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Time: May 5 @ 12:00 pm – May 5 @ 5:00 pm

Want to Advertise? ACT soon - AD SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS APRIL 16 Cost to submit an ad for the banquet program (subject to change): $40 for a 1/8 page ad, $60 for 1/4 page, $85 for 1/2 page, $145 for a full page ad Call us for more details: 724-658-4022 …

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Time: May 9 @ 9:00 am – May 9 @ 12:30 pm

Students from all county schools are invited to participate in this academic competition, answering history, geography, business, people, and sports questions about Lawrence County. The Lawrence County Historical Society will hold its Annual Trivia Competition at Northminster Presbyterian Church on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 9 AM. Boxes of questions …

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Time: May 15 @ 7:00 pm – May 15 @ 8:30 pm

Please join us at the Lawrence County Historical Society, 408 North Jefferson St., New Castle, on Wednesday, May 15 at 7 pm when Zenaida Bench will present a program about the history of the Lawrence County Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration and its founder’s , Mother Alexandra’s history. This program …

2019 Civil War Series - Trip to Gettysburg

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Registration opens April 1, 2019 at 5:00 pm to all Lawrence County 5th and 6th grade students. Our three-week Civil War Series  (June 11 – 27) includes engaging re-enactors, interactive classes, and a June 29 trip to Gettysburg National Military Park for a personal tour of the Civil War battlefield.


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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 EVENToutside view of historical society from lower entrance

Did you know you can rent the Historical Society Mansion! Members of the Society receive a discount. 

Our historic mansion is available for a variety of special events (showers, parties, small weddings, etc) or for picture-taking. Take an online photo tour of our museum to experience the beauty and elegance of this 1905 Colonial Revival building and the period furnishing throughout. Contact us for rental information and availability.


We Appreciate Your Support

image of hand holding credit card with computer keyboardHelp support our nonprofit society and nonprofit 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. Lawrence County Historical Society is a tax exempt, charitable 501(c)(3) organization.

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

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. To learn more, visit our DVDs FOR SALE.

NOW Available - 4 DVD programs

logo for our 4 pack of dvdsRead more in our ONLINE eSTORE. Our DVDs include: Portrait of an American City features 200 years of New Castle History / Cascade Park describes its origins and historic features / Haunted Lawrence provides a "chilling" tour of local folklore and intrigue. A great addition to your Halloween activities / 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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