Some of the programs the society offers are: Monthly lecture series with guest speakers • Museum tours • Walking tours of historic New Castle • Lawrence County Trivia Competition • Sports Hall of Fame • Fireworks exhibits • Ice cream social • Membership & Friends Dinner • Haunted History Walking Tour • Mistletoe Magic • Open House with Santa
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Johnson Bronze History: Formation & growth
April 13, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFREE - Open to the Public
The Family • The Industry
We invite and welcome all those who who worked at Johnson Bronze. Come and Share your memories and memorabilia.
Our program features the formation and growth of Johnson Bronze through the effort of Patrick J. (P.J.) Flaherty.
Join us on this very special evening as granddaughter, Julia (Judy) Stack Tannehill and great-grandson, Mitch Tannehill, show photos and artifacts from this industry’s storied history.
We also present artifacts from the Historical Society’s collection and from Susan McKinnis, whose father worked at Johnson Bronze for 39 years.
A very special part of the evening will be the opportunity to hear from those who worked at Johnson Bronze throughout the years.
George W. Johnson, one of New Castle’s “Princes” was an equal in statue to steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie and coke magnate Henry Clay Frick. According to his obituary, despite his stature in the community, Johnson was known as “a man who was easily approached and he was known by his fellow townsmen as “George.” In 1901, he formed the American Car and Ship Hardware Manufacturing Co. which eventually expanded into Johnson Bronze with his sons William L. and Charles H. Johnson. His investments made New Castle the center of America’s limestone industry.
Read our blog article about Johnson’s Victorian house.