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Western Allegheny Community Historical Society is pleased to present several presentations and a field trip to give you a peek into our past. All programs except for the Allegheny Cemetery tour are being held at the Western Allegheny Community Library - 181 Bateman Road, Oakdale, PA 15071.
Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. - FIELD TRIP TO THE ALLEGHENY CEMETERY IN LAWRENCEVILLEAllegheny Cemetery is a Historic Landmark and benefit of the public. One of the oldest and largest cemeteries in the country with over 300 acres and 15 miles of paved roads, Allegheny Cemetery's rural landscape, thriving tree canopy, and abundant wildlife create the feel of an urban oasis. Over 133,000 members of Pittsburgh's families are now resting in these consecrated acres, including over 12,000 veterans from every American conflict, prominent philanthropists, politicians, entertainers, sport stars, composers, artists and more. Join us for a group tour of the cemetery in its best season of autumn foliage, led by Cemetery Superintendent Roger Galbraith. The cost of $10 per person covers the cost of literature and a donation to the Cemetery's Historical Assoication. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Western Allegheny Community Library for transportation arrangements. Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. - PITTSBURGH IMPACT ON THE WORLD presented by the Heinz History CenterFrom the invention in 1892 of the Ferris Wheel by an Engineer in Pittsburgh, to the creation of the banana split by a Pharmacist in Latrobe in 1904, to the invention in 1967 of the Big Mac in the kitchen of a McDonald's restaurant on McKnight Road. We will take a look at innovations that have touched the world that sprouted from the curious minds of Pittsburghers. Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. - BACK TO BASICSHave you ever wanted to go back in time? Take a trip to the past on Back to Basics day. There will be artisans and craftsmen showing how things were created, including rug hooking, chair caning, quilting, knitting and wool dyeing. Plus there will be a hands-on project for the kids! Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. - THE MONTOUR RAILROADThe Montour Railroad was chartered in 1877 as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Imperial Coal Company to serve its two existing coal mines. Author Gene P. Schaeffer will discuss how the railroad operated, the locations it served, some of the coal mines it served and general operations during its last decade of operation in the 1970's. Copies of Mr. Schaeffer's book will be available for purchase and signing. Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. - THE PITTSBURGH HOMEFRONT DURING THE CIVIL WAR presented by the Heinz History CenterThe War brought many challenges home to Pittsburgh, from the dangers of making ammunition and weapons to the struggles of caring for soldiers and their families.