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TO BE ANNOUNCED
COL. CRAWFORD STATUE
 SOCIETY OFFICERS 

The current Officers and Board of Directors are as follows:

OFFICERS

  1. President           Karen Hechler
  2. Vice-President    Debbie Mullaney
  3. Recording Secretary   Cloey Anderson    
  4. Treasurer           Ethan Keedy
  5. Media               Ben Hoffman    
  6. Membership   
  7. Living Historians  Ben Hoffman

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • William "Bill" Sechler
  • Glenna Hughes
  • Susan Lewis
  • Judy Keller
  • Harry Porter (Emeritus)

MEMBERSHIP

Society membership is open to all who have an interest in Connellsville and local area history. 
Yearly dues are payable in April at the annual meeting. 
Dues are payable in person at a member meeting or by mail via check or money order made payable to:

CONNELLSVILLE AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
217 WEST PATTERSON AVENUE
CONNELLSVILLE, PA 15425

Dues are as follows:

  $15.00 - Individual per year
  $25.00 - Family dues including children under 18 yrs. of age.
$150.00 - Lifetime membership for anyone over 55 yrs. old

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

Click on the above "MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION" link to open a new PDF window and print the application.

        MAINTAIN THE CONNELLSVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Any successful organization needs the efforts and talents of its membership to maintain a high

excellence in the community that it serves. Most of the work cannot fall on the shoulders of just a few members, or they soon get weary of the many jobs. There is much talent in the membership of the Connellsville Area Historical Society. Perhaps no one has ever asked you to participate, and you feel that your skills are not appreciated. Perhaps, you are engaged fully into an organization that you value very much, and your time is limited. We all set our priorities, But, if you see anything in the following list that appeals to you, please contact me at 724-628-5344 or khistory@zoominternet.net. Here goes, if I have missed your interest also let me know.

1. Cleaning is always a need. The Gibson House gets dusty and dirty just like your own home. Dusting, sweeping, mopping, bathroom, counter tops, windows (inside), etc.

2. Writing articles for the newsletter. It comes out 2 times a year, spring and fall. The articles should have something to do with the Society or the history of Connellsville. You may have pictures of an insight into some special aspect of Connellsville history that should be shared with our readers.

3. Helping find informative history related programs for July, September, and October. June is our Covered Dish Picnic, August is our Corn Roast, November is the Pride in Connellsville Area reception.

4. Selling items that we have to the public on Saturday which is the day that we are open to the public. We have no place to set up a display of our items in town. We need the revenue that they will provide.

5. Cleaning the inside of our display cases and changing displays for the public to see our collections.

6. Providing refreshments for our meetings. We also need cookies for our Christmas Open House during It's a Connellsville Christmas.

7. There is lawn work to do. Planting in the spring, pulling weeds, maintaining plants, Taking care of removing leaves, keeping the back area free of snow so that people can enter.

8. Or if you are unable to do any of the above, perhaps you will help with the expense of

keeping our treasures, the Gibson House and the Col. Crawford Site, available to the public

and maintaining these structures. It is very costly to pay all the expenses of maintaining and

insuring what the Connellsville Historical Society owns.

 

We don't want people to say like they have in the past. "Why did you allow the B&O Station to be torn down?" Like we could have stopped that! But we do own the Gibson House and the Crawford site, and we are responsible to maintain this prime Connellsville history. This option is open to all.

Thank you for your consideration and help,

Karen Hechler, President

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1st CITY IN FAYETTE COUNTY, PA

CONNELLSVILLE AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
217 West Patterson Avenue
Connellsville, PA 15425


Phone: (724) 628-5344 (K. Hechler)

Phone: ‭(724) 603-3691‬ (S. Lewis)


Email: CHS@connellsvillehistoricalsociety.com

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THE History Of Connellsville Streetcars

Historical Society Member Ed Demuth will host a history of Connellsville street cars. 
at the Connellsville Canteen Monday April 29th from 5:30pm-7pm
Reservations are $10 per person
RSVP 724-603-2093
Only 50 Spots Available!


The Unexpected Life of Sareh B. Cochran      SOLD OUT

Friday June 28th @5:30pm-9:00pm

Our Most recent addition to the Crossing weekend is a Dinner-Lecture calling attention to a local historical event or person held Friday evening before the week-end event at Crawford’s Cabin site.

This event will require a reservation.
Amount is $35/ per person
DINNER is Included

This year, 2024, will be the third Dinner-Lecture bringing an acknowledged historian to Connellsville as the kick-off event of the annual Braddock’s Crossing week-end.
This year the speaker will be Kimberly Hess, author of A LESSER MORTAL:
THE UNEXPECTED LIFE OF SARAH B. COCHRAN.
Ms. Hess (Author) will share stories of this amazing woman, Sarah B. Cochran, and her great influence on local history


THE 21ST ANNUAL BRADDOCKS CROSSING

June 29th-30th, 2024

(MORE DETAILS TO COME)

●The actual Crossing of the Yough will be held each day @ 1pm (Depending on the condition of the Youghiogheny.)

●(If the river is too high, swift and muddy, we will not attempt to cross.)

●We Will Have A Crossing (Weather Permitting) (More Details To Come)

Saturday June 29th:
OPENING CEREMONY: 11AM

Sunday June 30th
OPENING: 12PM

●Our Guests This Year:
-Tri Town Historical Society
-Redstone Rangers
-Valerie Skinner

-Shawn Baird (Rifleman)
-Julie Rossington
-The Homestead Bath House
-Stone Forge & Tissage
-Dunbar Historical Society

●Refreshments are available on site both days. The Historical Society has historical items for sale. Come to the River Crossing and support the Connellsville Area Historical Society.


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Name: Ken & Linda Parkany
Date: 04/05/2011
Message: Thank you for preserving your city's history. Will have to visit personally as we're doing genealogy on Linda's family. 1900 census found her grandmother living there, age 3, one of ten kids and father employed as a 'day laborer'. We have many questions needing answered.


Name: colette secrest
Date: 10/16/2010
Message: hello. my name is colette secrest and i would like to join your mailing list because i love history and such. thank you.


Name: Lcpl Sherwood J.R
Date: 09/13/2009
Message: I grew up in connnellsville. Spent 20 years of my life there. While i was there i must admit i thought i hated it. But once i got out and have had a chance to see the world i realize we have a very special little city. There is nothing like it i've been too. I do miss it dearly but im sure im partial do to the fact that i grew up there. It's nice to get a little more history of our city. It would be nice if they would go more indepth in CAHS on the history of Connellsville. Can't wait to move back and maybe see some more history made.... Semper Fi


Name: Victoria Riste-Dillon
Date: 08/21/2009
Message: Iam the gggranddaughter of Catherine Freed Garver on one side and John and Sarah Sherrick Rist on the other. I would love to hear from anyone that knows the lines. I would like to find John Rist's dad who we think was John Rist married to Christina Strickler. Could have been married before. Thanks, Vikki


Name: Diana Mansberry
Date: 07/14/2009
Message: Just looking around to see Family History


Name: rhonda laughlin
Date: 07/02/2009
Message: looking for registration form for 5k


Name: Michael Quinn
Date: 03/06/2009
Message: Very impressive site. I grew up in Connellsville (West Side) but have lived here in Northern Virginia for 30+ years. Enjoyed the site.


Name: George John Prinkey
Date: 02/21/2009
Message: I am looking for information on the Prinkey family who are from Connellsville. Particularly George W. Prinkey who was living there in 1910 with his wife Loretta. In 1910 he was living under the name of Means.


Name: lmcswain@btes.tv
Date: 10/17/2008
Message: I am a descendant of swain family. old cyrus swain farm, etc. will share info with anyone searching that name there or Mt. Pleasant


Name: Nancy Soisson-Glista
Date: 10/07/2008
Message: Looking for any history of the Wm. R. Soisson family line. I'd love to hear from lost cousins that knew my grandfather. He died in 1974 and I only remember meeting him one time.

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