Mt . Lebanon Historical Society Museum 794 Washington Road , Mt . Lebanon 412.329.8595 , lebohistory . org
This museum always offers something new by rotating its exhibits , and is in one of the most architecturally interesting buildings in Mt . Lebanon . This spring , a collection of dolls and other handiworks by nationally known dollmaker and miniature artist Donna Hibler will be displayed . Her handmade cloth and porcelain dolls were featured in many doll magazines across the country . The museum also offers a library of local documents for those wanting to research the history of the community .
Oliver Miller Homestead 1 Stone Manse Drive , South Park 412.835.1554 , olivermillerhomestead . org
In 1772 , Oliver Miller built this stone farmhouse for his wife and nine children . It was also a makeshift church for the area before there was a church building . Sons of the family served in the Revolutionary War and were later involved in the Whiskey Rebellion . There are six rooms open to the public , where spinning and weaving takes place , and there are cooking demonstrations on special event days . Be sure to visit Emily ’ s Garden , a woodland wildflower garden that ’ s especially beautiful in spring .
Pennsylvania Trolley Museum 1 Museum Road , Washington 724.228.9256 , pa-trolley . org
The streetcar , or trolley , was an important part of American history in developing cities , allowing individuals to travel for work to different parts of the city for higher pay for the first time . The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum opened in February 1954 with just three trolleys . Today , it displays a collection of nearly 50 cars and welcomes more than 30,000 visitors each year . If you like trains , you ’ ll love trolleys !
Whiskey Rebellion Education and Visitor Center 184 South Main Street , Washington 724.222.3604 , whiskeyrebellioncenter . org
Located just across the street from the famous Bradford House listed above , be sure to visit this educational center that documents the part of history known as the Whiskey Rebellion , which is unique to western Pennsylvania . There are also plenty of artifacts from the early days of the whiskey making industry .
Woodville , The John Neville House 1375 Washington Pike , Bridgeville 412.221.0348 , woodville-experience . org Fans of the 18th century will love being immersed in this 1785 home of General John Neville . It ’ s filled with period furnishings , and in addition to being one of the oldest surviving homes in southwestern Pennsylvania , it played an integral role in the Whiskey Rebellion of the 1790s . It operates from March through December with special events throughout the year .
Air Heritage Museum 35 Piper Street , Beaver Falls 724.843.2820 , airheritage . org
If you ’ re an aircraft enthusiast , or even just enjoyed watching “ Top Gun ,” you ’ ll find this museum interesting and especially touching , as you learn about historical aircraft and those who flew them . The collection houses 12 aircraft ranging in age from the 1930s to the early ‘ 80s , including an F-4 Phantom , a 1934 Fairchild and an F15A Eagle . One very special part of the collection is a Douglas C-47B Skytrain , nicknamed “ Luck of the Irish ,” flown in WWII , complete with a detailed history of the plane ’ s service history from 1944 to its last mission in May 1945 .
The Civil War Room , Andrew Carnegie Free Library 300 Beechwood Avenue , Carnegie 412.276.3456 , carnegiecarnegie . org
The Thomas Espy Post No . 153 ( called the Civil War Room ) contains Civil War uniforms , weapons and drums , all of which saw action on the battlefield . It also has a host of documents and photos . The room itself is quite historic , since it ’ s the last surviving post of the Civil War veterans organization known as The Grand Army of the Republic . The post was set up at the library in 1909 , and there it has remained — a frozen capsule of this pivotal time in our history .
Coventry Log Cabin Robin Hill Park , 949 Thorn Run Road , Coraopolis 412.262.1703 , moonparks . org
This historic cabin was built in 1825 and was the home of John Coventry , a
Revolutionary War veteran . His family lived in the cabin for 50 years , then it was passed to another family and remained inhabited until 1975 . It has been meticulously restored , log by log , to its original condition and includes period furniture .
The Dean Martin Room of the Jefferson County Historical Association Museum
426 Franklin Avenue , Steubenville , Ohio 740.283.1133 , jeffcountyhistorical . org
Dean Martin was a household name to all of America , but to Steubenville residents he was Dino Crocetti , the son of Gaetano , the barber . This museum room has a variety of memorabilia , including record albums , photos of the Rat Pack , videos of “ The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast ” shows , a wedding gown made by his mother , Angela , who was a seamstress , and many other personal items of the legendary crooner .
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum 654 Sherwood Avenue , Sheraden 412.458.1355 , karpeles . com
This library museum has rotating exhibits of well over 1 million manuscripts ! Among them are the Constitutions of the 13 original colonies of the United States , the first printing of The Ten Commandments from the Gutenberg Bible ( 1450 ), and Handel ’ s “ Messiah ,” written in Ludwig Van Beethoven ’ s own hand , which shows his great admiration of the composer . The museum also houses a notable collection of art from classic book illustrations and coins from ancient times through the 20th century . A special note for teachers : The Karpeles provides educational programs and lectures for schools at all levels .
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