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.


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 during this time, please contact us. 

(Edward X. Petrus, Board President)

Important Alert Regarding Email

One of our Board members personal email accounts was hacked. You might receive a series of spam emails from Anna Mary Mooney stating she is ill and asking you to help her buy a gift card. DO NOT RESPOND TO THOSE EMAILS. We do not solicit for gift cards. The only donations the historical society authorizes are ones made through our website and facebook donate buttons, or by accepting checks made payable to LCHS and mailed to our post office box. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. Thank you.

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.

Here's What's On Our Calendar

There are no upcoming events at this time.

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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.

Photo Credits: “Donate” image courtesy of Naypong at FreeDigitalPhotos.net