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Step into our past...

In 2015, a group of residents from the West Allegheny community formed Western Allegheny Community Historical Society to tell the story of our community’s past through pictures, articles, and programs. Their hope is to expand the group to further explore the wealth of information from the past that the area in which we reside has to offer.

Since its inception, WACHS has hosted a number of programs at the library, including Jerry Andres from the Pioneers West Historical Society, the History Hounds showcasing their local metal detecting finds, Soldiers & Sailors with their Footlocker Program, the Aetna Chemical Company Explosion by Dan Prevade, and various Heinz History Center presentations. They also partnered for tours of the Walker Ewing Log House and Allegheny Cemetery, and brought local authors Brady Crytzer, Gene P. Schaeffer, and Thomas White to the library for book signings.

We hope that you will "Step into our Past" by visiting the History Wall located at our local library showcasing the communities of Findlay, North Fayette, and Oakdale. A display case has also been given to the library for some of the historical artifacts that are being donated by area residents. Also, be sure to check out our Pennsylvania collection for local history books, WASD yearbooks, and more.

Take a trip through history!

WACHS has some exciting history programs in the works, including local history author book signings, tours of Black Dog Winery and Heinz History Center, and a visit to the historic Espy Room. Check back for details on these and other events coming in 2020. You can help us to provide quality relevant programs by filling out a short online survey. If you have attended a program, let us know which one, or what type of events you would like to see in the future and the best time to schedule them.

If you are interested in exploring the history of our community, the group is now open for yearly memberships at a cost of $5 per member. Membership meetings are held four times a year. Email WACHS at wahistoricalsociety@gmail.com for more information or fill out the online application to join today.

The historical society is currently requesting contributions of historical photos of the Noblestown Corridor between Oakdale and McDonald for a new display. Digital files can be sent to wahistoricalsociety@gmail.com. If you have pictures that have yet to be digitized, they can be brought to the library and scanned on our photo scanner; library staff can assist if necessary. Thank you for your help in this effort!

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