History at its Finest

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The Historical Society Returns Home!
The 1896 Historical Society building at 1 West Main stands strong and proud alone after the 2004 flood and 2005 fire.  The roof and the chimneys have been repaired, the fourth floor is whole again, broken windows have been boarded and painted, asbestos has been removed from the entire building and new electricity is in the entire building.  We are ready to have everything moved back from the warehouse, the storage spaces and our temporary home at 319 West Main Street.

Our Homecoming will be in time for the July Honus Wagner All Star celebration.  We have two new authors to highlight.  Michael O’Keefe, a reporter from the New York Daily News, came to Carnegie in January to see the Wagner homes, the Marker at the bridge and the Elks Club.  He is writing about baseball cards.  The other author is William Cobb.  His book is an autobiography containing many of the articles that Honus Wagner wrote.  We will have copies of these books along with Dennis and Jeanne DeValeria’s book which is now in paperback.

With the permission of Mayor Jim Pascoe the Honus Wagner Museum will be extended into the Main Street area.  More large paintings and items have been donated thanks to Jim Cancilla and Ellen Hultz.  The Museum will be open all the hours of the Historical Society and in the evening for the Honus Wagner All Star Celebration.

ANOTHER BOOK will be ready for July.  Sandy Henry has put together a Carnegie Arcadia Book with Jerry Grefensette.  Sandy discovered she is related to Carnegie in many ways.  You  will spend many enjoyable hours remembering people, places and events.  We will have copies for sale to be autographed by Sandy.

There are many to thank for where we are today.  Allegheny Foundation, Union Electric, Chief Harbin’s Run, the officers and advisors, family, members and friends who have been so generous with their help and concern.

WE ARE READY FOR A CAPITAL CAMPAIGN TO GO ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP.
WITH YOUR HELP WE WILL DO IT!!!!!