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Officers

President:
Nadine Sethman
Vice-President:
Bernadine Link
Treasurer:
Diane Cooper
Secretary:
Patty Kopachko
Gift Shop Manager:
Rita Kantorik

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FAY-WEST SMOCK SITE

WILDLIFE WORKS INC.

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COAL MINER STAMP

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The Smock Historical Society was formed in 1994 as a result of the nomination and placement of Smock on the National Register of Historic Places. The Society which began with 11 members, now numbers 210.

With the cooperation of the Smock Community Center, SHS has established the Smock Heritage Museum to preserve the heritage of this special coal mining community. It is located on the second floor of the Center which was formerly the HC Frick Company Store. Visitors will climb the exterior or interior stairs from the community center to the museum and enter an area that takes you back in time. There are two murals to view, maps, aerial views of the town, artifacts, antiques, photographs, books, three rooms that replicate rooms in a “Patch House”, a local “Cicconi” tavern display, wedding gown display and much much more to hold your interest. If you are interested in handmade crafts, we also have a craft shop!

 

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* SHS NIGHT AT THE HAUNTED MUSEUM October 11th, 2014 5:00 PM to Midnight. Admission is $5.00. Refreshments & snacks will be sold. Games and raffles. Win a chance to spend a night at the haunted museum. If you dare! Come join the fun!

* SHS Museum will be closing on October 25 for the season! Hurry on out!

* A new chairlift has been recently installed at SHS for those who need extra assistance. Thanks to you, our supportive members for funding this. Please stop by!

* Former Greensburg Resident Mines Family Background for Debut Novel

“Write what you know” is a common adage for new writers. However, it was what former Greensburg resident Marian (Ulicny) Szczepanski didn’t know about her family background that inspired her debut novel Playing St. Barbara (High Hill Press). The novel chronicles the secrets, struggles, and self-redemption of a Depression-era coal miner’s wife and her three daughters, set against a turbulent historical backdrop in a fictitious HC Frick Coke Company patch.

The granddaughter of immigrant Irish and Slovak miners, Szczepanski will sign copies of Playing St. Barbara on Wednesday, October 22, at 10 am in Scottdale Library, 106 Spring Street, then speak at the noon meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Scottdale, also at the library, at noon. She also will read from and discuss the book at Uniontown Library, 24 Jefferson St., on Monday, October 27, at 6 pm. Books will be available for purchase at both locations.

“I knew very little about my grandmothers’ lives,” states Szczepanski, who lived as a young child in the Jamison Coal Company house in Crabtree, where her mother and aunts were raised. “I heard stories throughout my childhood about coal mining, but they focused primarily on the men’s activities. I was curious about the women, especially immigrant women, and how they adjusted to life in melting-pot mining towns during a challenging time in history. I started my research and quickly found out there is very little information about women’s experiences in this region. I had to read between the lines in history books, miners’ oral histories, and archival records to find the story I wanted to tell.”

It took Szczepanski nine years to research and write Playing St. Barbara. Much of her research was done at the Coal & Coke Heritage Center at Penn State/Fayette, the Eberly Campus.

Huffington Post reviewer Nina Sankovitch praised Playing St. Barbara as “a stunning debut novel that shimmers with unforgettable characters while casting necessary light on a dark chapter in American history.”

Now based in Houston, Szczepanski holds an MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College and a BA in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame. She is also a graduate of Greensburg Central Catholic High School. Her short fiction has garnered the deMaine Award for an Emerging Writer from Clackamas Literary Review. She has been recognized by the Houston Press Club for magazine feature writing and named to the Houston Press roster of “100 Houston Creatives” for 2014. She is a past president of the Houston nonprofit Women in the Visual and Literary Arts (WIVLA) and currently serves as advisory board chair.

* Memorial Plaques are available to honor your deceased loved one at the Smock Historical Society. Each plaque is $50.00 and will be personalized with your loved one's name on it. For more information, please contact Nadine at 724-677-2254.

* Renew your membership to the Smock Historical Society for 2015. Our membership coordinator is Louise Burke. Please make your $5.00 check payable to the Smock Historical Society and mail to Louise Burke at P.O. Box 133, Smock, Pa. 15480.

* If you are cleaning out your house and want to get rid of those antiques, you can donate them to the SHS museum. We would love to have them and display them in the museum. Help preserve the past for tomorrow's future!




SUPPORT A STAMP FOR COAL MINERS

Support the effort to get a postage stamp created in honor of coal miners. Visit http://www.pahouse.com/surveys/shared/coalminerstamp_petition.asp?ID=375 to sign the petition. Voice your support and pass on the information. Coal mining is a large part of PA history. A postage stamp is a great way of honoring miners, past and present.


 

Community Center for Rent
The Smock Community Center is available for rent. Seating capacity is 250 includes a full kitchen. Please call Jim at 724-677-4660 for further information.

MUSEUM HOURS: The museum is open from the beginning of June through last weekend of October from 11AM to 4PM, SATURDAYS ONLY. You can also visit us Sunday through Friday by appointment only. Please call Nadine at 724-677-2254 to schedule a visit.

 JOIN OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP

To become a member of the Smock Historical Society, or to renew your dues for the year, please send check for $5 per person made out to the "Smock Historical Society" and mail it to:

Smock Historical Society
Louise Burke
P.O. Box 133
Smock, Pa. 15480

You will receive a Fall and Spring newsletter in the mail. Thank you for your support. Or if you would like to become an active member, our meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm at the Smock Community Center. We are always looking for active members to help with fundraising, museum help, or new ideas. Won't you join us?

 
CAN YOU REMEMBER WHEN SMOCK LOOKED LIKE THIS?


 


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