Abraham Lincoln, et al and Vampires: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln: Myths, Fabrications and Absurdities

Submitted by CTHS on March 27, 2019 - 10:36 pm

The full title of this program is: "Abraham Lincoln, Robert Redford, Bill O’Reilly, Chester Arthur and Vampires: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln: Myths, Fabrications and Absurdities"

Event Date
May 19, 2019 - 2:00 pm
Event Location
Council Chambers
Cranberry Township Municipal Center
2525 Rochester Road
Cranberry Township, PA 16066

George Washington Flopped Here!

Submitted by CTHS on March 27, 2019 - 10:16 pm

Please join us for the 2019 CTHS Spring Program on Sunday, April 7, 2019 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.

Presented by the Cranberry Township Historical Society with the Cranberry Township Public Library.

George Washington made plenty of mistakes as a youngster, including cracking walnuts with his teeth, and you know where that got him. Later in his life, although he had vast holdings, when he was elected President and had to go to the inauguration in New York, he was cash poor and had to borrow money to make the journey.

Ironic for such a statesman, who would later have his likeness on the front of the most popular currency, to need to borrow funds. President Washington, as humble as he was, would later not take a salary for being President. Our speaker, Len Barcousky, will talk more about George’s earlier years, the time in life when one learns from their successes and failures.

"George Washington Flopped Here”: The title of Len’s talk has a double meaning.

George Washington spent many nights in the 1750's sleeping under the stars during his multiple journeys to Southwestern Pennsylvania. The father of our country did indeed “flop” here, catching whatever rest he could in the area around modern-day Pittsburgh and Butler County.

Washington, who was just 21 when he first saw the Forks of the Ohio, also made his share of mistakes in this area. He headed up an unsuccessful diplomatic mission in the winter of 1753-54 to talk to the French at Fort LeBouef (and came through what is now Cranberry Township), launched a world war the following spring and was forced to surrender for the only time in his military career on July 4, 1754 at Fort Necessity.

But he learned from each of those “flops” and never made the same mistake twice.

Len Barcousky will bring the stories of young Washington’s early adventures to life, using primary sources that include his own journals and letters.

Please join us for this free program and learn about Washington’s Flops around here on April 7th in the Library. A little about our speaker; Len Barcousky began his journalism career with a summer job in 1970, retiring 45 years later, in 2015 from full-time work at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He continues to write his bi-weekly “Eyewitness” column for the Post-Gazette. In it, he looks at how, now historic, and not-so-historic events were originally reported in the Post-Gazette and its predecessor publications. The bulk of Len’s career was spent at the Post-Gazette where he worked in many departments and performed a variety of jobs, including more than a decade as a reporter, editor and bureau chief based in Cranberry Township.

Len is also the author of three books. Folks, this will be a good program.

This is a joint program with the Library; as such, you will need to register for this program. You have three choices.

  • Call the Library at (724) 776-4806,
  • Register on their website here: http://bit.ly/cths-2019-len-b
  • Call and leave a message with Tom Cully – Program Director at (724) 776-6551 (leave your name and the number of people in your group).


As always light refreshments will be served. We were going to serve cherry pie but it seems that someone cut down the cherry tree!

Event Date
April 07, 2019 - 2:00 pm
Event Location
Franklin Road Meeting Room (North & South)
Cranberry Township Municipal Center
2525 Rochester Road
Cranberry Township, PA 16066

First Ladies of Western Pennsylvania

Submitted by CTHS on October 31, 2018 - 12:29 am

Our last speaker’s program for 2018 is about important women in Western Pennsylvania, thus entitled First Ladies of Western Pennsylvania. For some reason, in current times, an important achievement by women is lauded as a great step for mankind, almost as if they never happen, like Halley’s Comet only occurring every 79 years, but in reality, women have been doing great things every day for 300 years in America and the same for Western PA. While behind the scenes nationally; John Adams and James Madison were mere statesmen without Abigail or Dolley.

Event Date
November 11, 2018 - 2:00 pm
Event Location
Council Chambers
Cranberry Township Municipal Center
2525 Rochester Road
Cranberry Township, PA 16066

Haunted Roads of Western Pennsylvania

Submitted by CTHS on October 03, 2018 - 1:01 pm

Join us as Thomas White will discuss the ghostly travelers who forever wander the lonely roads of Western Pennsylvania. Travel the backcountry roads and byways of Western Pennsylvania to discover ghost tales and mysterious legends. Seating is extremely limited and registration is required. To register, call the Library, 724-776-9100 x 1123 or online, https://bit.ly/2y7Lopn

Event Date
October 21, 2018 - 2:00 pm
Event Location
Council Chambers
Cranberry Township Municipal Center
2525 Rochester Road
Cranberry Township, PA 16066

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