Sunday, November 29, 2009

Events: December '09 Roundup

Here is a partial list of December events at local historical societies. For more details for any event, click on the corresponding historical society's link under "Favorite Links" to the right of this post.

- Senator John Heinz History Center - Annual Local Author Book Fair, 10:00AM - 2:00PM

- Zelienople Historical Society - Christmas Home Tour.

- Freeport Renaissance Association - Freeport Celebrates Christmas.

- Armstrong County Historical Museum - MCain House Museum Open House and Light-up Night.

- Oakmont Historical Society, regular meeting, 6:30PM, Oakmont Public Library.

- Squirrel Hill Historical Society, "Steel City Jews, A History of Pittsburgh and its Jewish Community 1840-1915," Speaker: Barbara S. Burstin, PhD., 7:30PM, Sixth Presbyterian Church, corner of Forbes and Murray avenues.

- Senator John Heinz History Center, "Mother Daughter Tea with the Lincolns," 1:00PM - 4:00PM.

- Crafton Historical Society - "Holiday Gala with dinner, live music & dancing," 5:00PM - 10:00PM, Cefalo's Restaurant.

Mifflin Township Historical Society - regular meeting, 7:00PM, West Mifflin Borough Building.

If your organization has a December event that you don't see on this list, email me the information at

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Whiskey Rebel Central's Inaugural Post

Welcome to Whiskey Rebel Central! The purpose of this blog is to serve local historical societies, genealogical societies, and related historical organizations in Southwestern Pennsylvania as a clearinghouse for your information. I will post articles and thoughts of my own, but what I really started this blog for is to provide you with an additional outlet for information about your historical organization. Send your

• event announcements,
• reports on events attended,
• society profiles,
• member profiles and memorials,
• newsletter articles from your historical society's newsletter,
• original articles on your community's history,
• book publishing announcements for yourself , members, acquaintances,

and really, anything about your local history organization, or the history of your area or community, that you want to. Email them to and I'll post them on this blog.

Has there been some new discovery about the history of your community? For example, a house was found to be a part of the Underground Railroad? Or a cache of historical records was found in an old business? Did someone recently donate artifacts or archives to your society? Did your historical society recently receive a grant? Do did you read a book you'd like to tell everyone about? Did you read a newspaper or other article on local history that you want to share the link to?

It is my hope for this blog that historical societies and related organizations use it as one more venue to get their information out to the public. And that others use it as a one-stop-shop to find out what's going on in local history organizations in Southwestern Pennsylvania.