Community Days

Submitted by CTHS on July 07, 2018 - 5:41 pm

If you are heading to CTCC Community Days, be sure to stop by the CTHS booth at 25-27 Cranberry Park Road neighborhood. This year, there is a new booth configuration where all booth spaces are located in a neighborhood. CTHS is in the Cranberry Park Road neighborhood, which runs along Park Road from the Jaycees Shelter to Ernie Mashuda Drive. 25-27 is roughly the same location on Park Road as last year.

The Cranberry Township Historical Society traveling museum will be at Community Days July 12-13-14. The event starts at 4pm on Thursday and Friday, and at 1pm on Saturday. We will have an assortment of old maps, the photo album collection, historical artifacts, the gift shop and a slide show running all day. You can find a booth map here and get other details about Community Days on the CTCC website. https://www.ctcchest.org/community-days/booth-information .

Admission is FREE, but parking is $5 per car, per day. Visit the parking page for details and pick up/drop off location. https://ctcchest.org/community-days/parking

Event Date
July 12, 2018 - 4:00 pm
Event Location
Community Park
Cranberry Township, PA 16066

Snippets of the 18th Century: French & Indian War and Colonial & Native Daily Life

Submitted by CTHS on April 30, 2018 - 10:11 am

Please join us for the 2018 CTHS Summer Program on Sunday May 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm in the Council Chambers of the Cranberry Township Municipal Center at 2525 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066.

The French and Indian War was a series of battles that began on our front door and continued around western Pennsylvania and the colonial western frontier.  The war spanned the period of 1754 to 1763 and was an important part of our country’s history. It was a battle between two European Empires: the British and the French. However, as the Americas had two million British colonists compared to France’s sixty thousand colonists, the French needed help and sought out the Native Americans. Some joined the French but others didn’t want to tangle with the British as they were good trading partners. The war started just 80 miles southwest of here at a place now known as Jumonville Glen, near Ohiopyle, in May of 1754 when George Washington, leader of the British forces, surprised a French scouting ....

Event Date
May 06, 2018 - 2:00 pm
Event Location
Council Chambers
Cranberry Township Municipal Center
2525 Rochester Road
Cranberry Township, PA 16066

Marketing the Presidency

Submitted by CTHS on March 28, 2018 - 10:32 pm

A Speakers Program presented by the Cranberry Twp Historical Society/Cranberry Public Library

Presidential marketing is for the people’s attention but mainly for votes. The marketing is not just from the winners but all candidates dreaming of sitting in the Oval Office. Our Speaker, Steve Mihaley, has become a self-made expert on the items and products used to become President. Steve has been collecting presidential memorabilia for over 50 years. His personal collection has 20,000-25,000 different political items from Presidential campaigns from the past 150+ years. Many of...

Event Date
April 03, 2018 - 6:30 pm
Event Location
Franklin Station Meeting Room
Cranberry Township Municipal Center
2525 Rochester Road
Cranberry Township, PA 16066

Over the Decades at Moraine State Park

Submitted by CTHS on October 21, 2017 - 10:35 am

One of the most popular subjects for our talks has been the Harmony Line, the electric trolley that ran from Pittsburgh through Cranberry Township, then to Evans City and beyond. The car barn was located in Harmony. For our next talk, we are getting two Trolley lines for one trolley price. Our speaker is trolley expert Bill Fronczek, and he will talk about the Harmony Line (also known as the Harmony Route), which had the official name of the Pittsburgh, Harmony, Butler and New Castle Railway, and he will also talk about the Butler Short Line, which had the official name of the Pittsburgh and Butler Street Railway. Both cars lines ran from overhead electrified wires through the North Hills. The Harmony Line ran from Pittsburgh through what is now the McKnight Road corridor, along Evergreen Road, through Ingomar, Warrendale, then through Cranberry Township. Cranberry had six trolley stops: Dutilh, Criders, Rowan, Franklin Road, Plains Church and the West stop. The Criders stop was at Meeders Store (now Burger King) and was a popular local stop. These two trolley lines were a Godsend to the locals in 1908 as it would take over a day to ride by horse to Pittsburgh. People riding the trolley could shop in Pittsburgh and be home in the evening. Farmers could now use the freight cars to move crops and milk. Saw mills moved lumber on it and laborers such as oilmen traveled to the wells. No longer would wagons get stuck in the mud on Perrysville Road (Rt. 19). School children also had a reliable way to school. After leaving Cranberry Township, the Harmony Line continued on to Evans City then to Butler or New Castle and it's spur to Beaver Falls...

Event Date
October 29, 2017 - 2:00 pm
Event Location
Council Chambers
Cranberry Township Municipal Center
2525 Rochester Road
Cranberry Township, PA 16066

Trolley Tracks in the North Hills

Submitted by CTHS on September 07, 2017 - 10:56 pm

One of the most popular subjects for our talks has been the Harmony Line, the electric trolley that ran from Pittsburgh through Cranberry Township, then to Evans City and beyond. The car barn was located in Harmony. For our next talk, we are getting two Trolley lines for one trolley price. Our speaker is trolley expert Bill Fronczek, and he will talk about the Harmony Line (also known as the Harmony Route), which had the official name of the Pittsburgh, Harmony, Butler and New Castle Railway, and he will also talk about the Butler Short Line, which had the official name of the Pittsburgh and Butler Street Railway. Both cars lines ran from overhead electrified wires through the North Hills. The Harmony Line ran from Pittsburgh through what is now the McKnight Road corridor, along Evergreen Road, through Ingomar, Warrendale, then through Cranberry Township. Cranberry had six trolley stops: Duthil, Criders, Rowan, Franklin Road, Plains Church and the West stop. The Criders stop was at Meeders Store (now Burger King) and was a popular local stop. These two trolley lines were a Godsend to the locals in 1908 as it would take over a day to ride by horse to Pittsburgh. People riding the trolley could shop in Pittsburgh and be home in the evening. Farmers could now use the freight cars to move crops and milk. Saw mills moved lumber on it and laborers such as oilmen traveled to the wells. No longer would wagons get stuck in the mud on Perrysville Road (Rt. 19). School children also had a reliable way to school. After leaving Cranberry Township, the Harmony Line continued on to Evans City then to Butler or New Castle and it's spur to Beaver Falls...

Event Date
September 13, 2017 - 6:15 pm

H. J. Heinz: Recipe for Success

Submitted by CTHS on May 08, 2017 - 12:34 pm

The old saying was “Same Time, Same Channel” but for this speaker’s program we are changing Both. To accommodate our speaker, we will gather on a Thursday, May 11th at 7:00 pm, to hear about the history of the H. J. Heinz Company. The origins of H.J Heinz began when eight-year-old Henry John Heinz began selling extra produce from his family’s garden plot to nearby neighbors. He would shave the horseradish root in his basement to make horseradish sauce based on his mom’s recipe. By the time he was 16, Heinz had several employees and was making three deliveries a week to Pittsburgh grocers. Born in 1844 to German immigrant parents, Heinz grew up in Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania, up the Allegheny River from Pittsburgh. In 1869, Heinz and friend L.C. Noble formed a partnership called Heinz, Noble & Company in Sharpsburg to sell bottled horseradish. Their product line soon expanded to include sauerkraut, vinegar, and pickles.

Event Date
May 11, 2017 - 7:00 pm

Canals, Railroads, and Repudiation in Pennsylvania

Submitted by CTHS on March 04, 2017 - 5:46 pm

This speaker program is about transportation, it’s financing and the problems that go with it.  But to start, it goes back to the first major State transportation project – canals, then its replacement - railroads.  In the 1820’s both the citizens of Pennsylvania and the government wanted to expand settlement and commerce west of the Susquehanna River and Allegheny mountains. At that time, there were only turnpike roads or the National Highway to take westward. In those days, it took a horse drawn freight wagon twenty-three days to cross the State. Thus the Pennsylvania Assembly of 1824 proposed Right of ways mainly for the building of canals of the Main Line of Public Works to be built across the southern part of Pennsylvania. The period was before commercial railroads existed, while the focus of the act was to create through building a canal system, the capability to ship heavy or bulk goods (and soon after passengers) and connect Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. More importantly the new canal system would amplify the new and growing markets in the developing territories reached by the Ohio River now called the mid-west. This new canal transportation would reduce the same cross-state trip to just four and one half (4½) days depending on the weather. However, such an undertaking, which cost $25,000,000, had to be financed entirely by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as did the current concrete highways (shared with State and Federal money).  Constructed between 1826 and 1834, the hybrid canal system was 395 miles long and the state took on a lot of debt.

Event Date
March 05, 2017 - 2:00 pm

Pittsburgh's Ghost Bomber and other PA Mysteries

Submitted by CTHS on October 24, 2016 - 10:37 pm

In partnership with the Cranberry Township Public Library, we welcome Dr. Andrew Masich, President and CEO of the Senator John Heinz History Center as our November guest speaker.

Dr. Masich will present on Pennsylvania mysteries including the B-25 Ghost Bomber that landed in the Monongahela River in 1956. Please join us on November 6, 2016 from 1:30 - 3:30 in the Cranberry Library Franklin Station North meeting room at the Municipal Center - 2525 Rochester Road - Cranberry Township, PA. Registration is required for this event. CLICK HERE to register on the library website. The event is now booked to capacity and online registration is closed. Walk-in's by CTHS paid members only while seats last.

Event Date
November 06, 2016 - 1:30 pm

Images of America: Cranberry Township

Submitted by CTHS on September 16, 2016 - 10:26 pm

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...

Event Date
September 25, 2016 - 2:00 pm

Community Days 2016

Submitted by CTHS on April 28, 2016 - 1:01 am

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.

Event Date
July 07, 2016 - 1:00 pm