Images of America: Cranberry Township

Submitted by CTHS on Fri, 09/16/2016 - 22:26

Please join us for the 2016 CTHS Fall Program on Sunday September 25, 2016 at 2:00 pm in the Franklin Station meeting room in the Cranberry Library at the Cranberry Township Municipal Center - 2525 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066.

Thomas Wolfe wrote a novel, You Can’t Go Home Again, however Kate Guerriero Benz did as close as one can with her publishing of her book, Images of America: Cranberry Township, through Arcadia Publishing. The book contains 128 pages of photographs and text supporting the photos. Kate was raised in Cranberry Township on Franklin Road in an historic, classic house in the area, which at one time was called the village of Hendersonville or also known as Trail, as the house and region sat on the Venango Trail. Kate grew up here during a time when one went to Viola’s for groceries. Her maternal grandfather, Dr. Samuel M. Rice, maintained a private practice here for 50 years just off of Dutilh Road near Hartner’s restaurant. Kate’s mother, Veronica Rice Guerriero, was a founding member of the Cranberry Township Historical Society. Kate and her mother wrote and put on a play for the members of the historical society in the late 1980’s [1] about what it would have been like to grow up in Hendersonville. She, along with her mother spent many hours planting and weeding the Cranberry bog that the Society had in the original Cranberry Park.

Kate is a professional writer; her byline has appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review as a weekly columnist and features writer. Please join us as she talks about her book and recollections of her rearing in the Township and discusses her family roots.

To learn about Kate’s book, please come to the Historical Society/Cranberry Township Public Library meeting on Sunday September 25, at 2:00 pm in the Library’s Franklin Station room at the Cranberry Township Municipal Building.

This free program is a joint project with the Cranberry Township Public Library. The Library likes to have a head count of possible attendees; therefore if you can, register online with the library or phone the Library at 724-776-9100 ext 1126, with Jaci; it is encouraged. If you can’t register, please still come! To register online, click on the short link below (or go to and surf your way to the library section and their events): 

See you September 25th! Light refreshments will be served, but they will not come from Meeder’s Store, Calderone’s or Viola’s in full disclosure; they will come from a more recently established grocery store. Kate will have her book for sale at the meeting for those who are interested. As you know, first edition copies are always the most valuable and you certainly don’t want to be the only person in Cranberry without this book! 

[1] Editor's note: CTHS was founded in 1988 and incorporated 2/16/1989

Community Days 2016

Submitted by CTHS on Thu, 04/28/2016 - 01:01

Community Days is July 7-8-9. We will be attending this year for all 3 days. Our booth is located on Park Road in booth space E14-E15, the same location as last year. This is about half way between the basketball courts and the Jaycees Shelter at Community Park. We have a 10 x 20 canopy / booth space where we will set up the traveling museum again. There will be several tables, 6 or more chairs, a collection of old maps, a slide show, some antique artifacts, a NEW Arcadia book available for sale written by member Kate Benz, showcasing many photos from the CTHS collection.

The Fate of Four of Pennsylvania’s Founding Fathers

Submitted by CTHS on Sat, 04/23/2016 - 22:19

Sunday May 1, 2016 2:00 pm

Pennsylvania in its early history had many prominent founding fathers including namesake William Penn, Dr. Benjamin Rush and of course statesman, printer and scientist Benjamin Franklin.

These individuals were entrepreneurs and leaders in government and set the path to where we are today. Their resumes were impressive. Four other Pennsylvania founders also had outstanding resumes as we see below.

John Makar - March 15, 1954 - April 6, 2016

Submitted by CTHS on Wed, 04/06/2016 - 21:05

image of John Makar We have some sad news for CTHS members who knew John and Harmony Line fans who have seen his slide show or perhaps a copy of Ghost Rails VI. John was a long time CTHS member and former board member.

John spoke to our group for the first time in 1999 at Plains Church. John was back in Cranberry in 2004 to speak in the Library Meeting Room. On November 28, 2006 he appeared in the Council Chambers of the Cranberry Township Municipal Center. This presentation was video taped and due to poor audio quality, left on the shelf for about 10 years. After learning of his passing, the video was uploaded to YouTube, where anyone interested can watch it now. For your convenience, the video is embedded below. It is about 86 minutes in length including the Q&A afterwards. The camera was in the back of the room, so you will...