Elizabeth Township Historical Society

Between Two Rivers

5811 Smithfield St., Boston, PA 15135 * 412.754.2030 *

Coates House - HQ for Elizabeth Township Historical Society Scouts prepare flags Greenock Log House circa 1790 Civil War Reenactment Soldiers Coates House Museum Photograph and Hat Greenock Log House Bedroom Coates House Museum Greenock Cemetery Event Deed Signing for the Greenock Log House Antique cars at the Log House Parade to Greenock Cemetery Ceremonial Deed Signing for Greenock Log House
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Elizabeth Township Historical Society is 501(c)3 non-profit organization formed in December 1976 following the American Bicentennial celebration.

The society attempts to preserve the rich cultural, genalogical and historical heritage of the "Forks of the Yough." This is the area between the Monongahela and Youghiogheny rivers and their valleys which encompasses parts of Allegheny, Westmoreland and Washington counties.

We presently own and maintain The Coates House, Greenock Log House, pictured here,

and three cemeteries:
Dravo and Old Greenock, both in Elizabeth Township, and Coulter in South Versailles Township.

In addition, we maintain the Greenock Honor Roll.

We are members of the Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and historical organizations.

The officers for 2015 include:
Miles Richards, President;
Debbie Popp Gilbert, Vice President;
Gail Kiger, Treasurer;
Arlene Falvo, Recording Secretary;
Brenda Hoffman, Corresponding Secretary;
Linda and Bob Bennett,
Mary Ann Huk,
Ray Shepherd
David Caird.

The society meets the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in Coates House except in July and August.

Memorial contributions are gratefully accepted by the Society and proceeds are used to promote the preservation of local history for future generations.

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NEWS from
The Elizabeth Township Historical Society!

Parlor talks focus on Elizabeth Twp. history

Col. Stephen Bayard, the founder of Elizabeth Borough, will be in the spotlight for the first in a series of Parlor Talks hosted by the Elizabeth Township Historical Society.

Ray Shepherd, a descendant of Col. Bayard and David Caird, who both are on the historical society's board of directors, will lead the talk at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at the Elizabeth Borough Building, 206 Third Street, Elizabeth, Pa.

Charles McCormick will take on the persona of Cahal Macormac, a migrant from County Down, Ireland at 2:30 Sunday, May 17, at the society's museum in the Coates House, 5811 Smithfield Street, Elizabeth Township. In his first person portrayal, McCormick will tell of the Elizabeth area resident who fought in the French and Indian War, American Revolutionary War and Whiskey Rebellion.

The historical society's president Miles Richards will speak about George Washington's business trips to Pennsylvania in 1770 and 1784 at 2:230 p.m. Sunday, June 20, at the Coates House. Washington claimed to own 35,000 across beyond the Allegheny Mountains. During the 1770 trip, he rode along the Youghiogheny River from Connellsville to Fort Pitt, At one point, Washington rode directly across the river from the Elizabeth Township Historical Society headquarters. For details, about the parlor talks, call 412-754-2030.

Members of the society will also exhibit vintage fashions from World War II at luncheon honoring the men and women who served on the front lines and home front at noon Saturday, April 18, at the Betsy Shoppes near the Boston Bridge in Elizabeth Township.
Displays of period clothing and discussion will focus on the impact of slogans geared toward women like the famous "We can do it” as well as " Make do and mend” and "Victory is in the kitchen" . To buy the$25 tickets, call 412-751-6695.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of Winston Churchill announcing VE Day - Victory in Europe on May 8, 1945. Japan surrendered to the Allies V-J Day (Victory in Japan) Aug. 15, 1945.
The historical society will present the 1940s clothing as the third in a series of the society's vintage fashion shows that include the Titanic era and Downtown Abbey's period of the Roaring '20s . To arrange for a presentation for clubs and organizations, call 412-751-5389.

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