A Respect for the Past. A Cornerstone for the Future. Chartered 1938.

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

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.

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All monies are used to help support our volunteer organization.

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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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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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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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