Please join us for the 2017 CTHS Fall Program on September 13, 2017 at 6:15 pm in Franklin Road Station next to the Library in the Cranberry Township Municipal Center at 2525 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066. This program is brought to you by the Cranberry Township Historical Society and the Cranberry Public Library.
Please join us for the 2017 CTHS May Program on THURSDAY May 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers of the Cranberry Township Municipal Center at 2525 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066.
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.
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.
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  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...
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.
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.
Thomas Mifflin – Successful merchant, Quartermaster General of the Continental Army, graduated from College of Philadelphia (now University of Pennsylvania), President of the Continental Congress, last President of Pennsylvania and first Pennsylvania Governor and Signer of the US Constitution for Pennsylvania and finally and most importantly, West Mifflin is named after him...