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Pittsburgh's Industrial Past

on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 3:26pm

Pittsburgh and the area of Western Pennsylvania have been built around the industry that was fostered here. The industries in need of labor brought hundreds of Americans and Europeans to immigrate to this area for a better life and work. The industries were extremely diverse and included steel, glass, aluminum, railroads, food and oil. Industries were led by individuals such as John Ford, John Pitcairn, Andrew Carnegie, Bernard Gloekler and Henry Heinz. These individuals took risk and had Providence smiling upon them.

Our speaker, Mac Milne from the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (PHLF) will take us back to those times, those industries, neighborhoods of the plants and neighborhoods of the workers. Due to the vast employment opportunties, Pittsburgh attracted a wide variety of immigrants, desiring to live alongside others from their former countries. Pittsburgh ended up with 82 neighborhoods with ethnic groups bringing their culture to our region. Deutschtown, Polish Hill, Bloomfield, Squirrel Hill are but a few of those hamlets. Mr. Milne will give us a presentation on Pittsburgh’s Industrial Past on Sunday February 16, 2014 in the Cranberry Township Municipal Center Council Chambers at 2:00 pm. His program will not just cover Pittsburgh, but the entire region including the Grove City/Slippery Rock area.

Mac himself has a history to tell. He was born in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh close to the old Duquesne Gardens. (You sports fans will remember it as our first indoor sports venue, best known for hockey. Tying back to industry, the Gardens had the first rink with glass above the boards. The glass called Herculite was developed by Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company (PPG) and allowed the Garden to take down wire mesh for good.) Mac worked for two well know companies, Mellon Bank (which funded most industries he will talk about), then US Steel Company. He then went into journalism and worked for the United Press (UP) and Reuters. As a journalist, he has worked in Washington DC, Montreal, Northern Ireland, Ethiopia and Brussels. His talk will now take him to Cranberry Township. He presently works as a professor at Robert Morris University, teaching Ethics. Mac has volunteered with the PHLF for 15 years and is also a railroad historian along with being a skilled photographer.

Please join us on February 16th for this most informative talk. As always, the presentation is free to members and the general public, and light refreshments will be served. Bring a friend and learn about our historical industrial heritage!

Celebration of Chocolate

on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 3:50pm

The Cranberry Township Historical Society will be a vendor at the above event sponsored by the Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau. The theme is chocolate. Every booth must have something to do with chocolate. What does chocolate have to do with Cranberry history? The fudge stand! We will set up a 10x10 booth much like we have at past Community Days events, complete with the old maps, slideshow, historic artifacts, etc., only this time, Shirley Ann Mahr aka the fudge lady, will be there with free samples of homemade fudge from her Freedom Road stand, using Vesta's time tested secret recipes passed down to her in 1989.

Time for a new website!

on Fri, 11/15/2013 - 12:03am

A long time ago, I exported the Drupal Gardens version of this site and installed it on our Go Daddy hosting. That allowed me to add features like the calendar and scheduled publishing modules. At the time this site was created, I wasn't worried about people being able to use this site with a tablet or a smart phone. That was then. This is now. The biggest drawback of having the site on Go Daddy is that there are times when the site is painfully slow...

Santa's First Stop

on Sat, 11/02/2013 - 7:56pm

The historical society will open Sample School for free visitation during Santa's First Stop. We will close the door as Santa is about to arrive and open it again after his departure, so as to keep focus on Santa's visit with the kids.

November Program - Hi-Tech History

on Fri, 10/18/2013 - 12:49am

Please join us on Sunday November 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the Council Chambers of the Cranberry Township Municipal Center, located at 2525 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township, PA for our final program of the year entitled Hi-Tech History.

Cranberry Historical Roundtable

on Wed, 09/04/2013 - 11:51pm

Do you know Cranberry History?
Sunday September 15, 2013 - 2:00pm
Cranberry Township Municipal Building - Senior/Teen Center