Always something going on in the Pennsylvania room! 2015 events:

WESTMORELAND PHOTOGRAPHY SOCIETY PHOTO SHOW - MARCH 2 TO MAY 4

The Westmoreland Photography Society will hold their annual photography show in the Pennsylvania Room hallway from March 2 through Mary 4. This year's exhibit of modern photos of historic subjects will include several new photographs. (This show is available for viewing during regular library hours.)

WAITING FOR JACOB - MARCH 25 AT 7:00 PM

Dr. Edwin Hogan will discuss his book, Waiting for Jacob, based on a collection of Civil War letters written by Col. Jacob W. Greenawalt of South Huntingdon Township to his fiancée, then wife, the former Rebecca McGrew of Sewickley Township.

Waiting for Jacob is the product of six years of research. A trip to gather new information about two of the Civil War's bloodiest battles, Gettysburg and the Battle of the Wilderness, turned into a personal journey of discovery for the Smithton dentist who has devoted over three decades to learning about the Civil War. In 1994, Hogan was contacted by a woman who asked if he would be interested in reading some war letters written by her uncle Jacob Greenawalt to his wife Rebecca. The letters give a powerful insight into love and war through writings that were secretly tucked away for 61 years.

The program is free and open to the general public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

MOVIE NIGHT FOR HISTORY BUFFS - APRIL 7 AT 6:30 PM

Join Pennsylvania Room staff in the library's community room for a presentation of the movie based on the book Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly. Show time is 6:30 pm on Tuesday, April 7. Popcorn and drinks will be served.

A SEAFARER'S DECODING OF THE IRISH SYMBOLS - APRIL 8 AT 7:00 PM

The secrets of the symbols etched in the stones of Ireland have remained one of the world's most intriguing ancient mysteries - until now! Never before have these enigmatic designs been systematically analyzed to reveal a symbolic language of astounding import. In his newly published book, symbolist Donald J. McMahon unlocks the megalithic secrets of the Emerald Isle.

Our featured speaker is Don McMahon, a long time resident of Ligonier working in specialty metals and an avid sailor. The inspiration for his book came from many visits to Ireland where the tour guides said the symbols were whatever you wish them to be. No longer can this be said.

The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available to purchase.

VICTORIOUS! FROM HOMETOWN AMERICA TO TOKYO BAY, 1941-1945 - APRIL 15 AT 7:00 PM

Victorious! From Hometown America to Tokyo Bay, 1941-1945 is the latest publication from the Saint Vincent College Center for Northern Appalachian Studies.

The work contains 38 personal accounts of Western Pennsylvania residents who served the US during WWII, both on the European and Pacific fields of battle and the homefront. Anyone with an interest in local history and in the history of World War II will enjoy this informative book talk. The presentation is free and open to the general public.

Copes of the book will be for sale ($28) at the program.

DAY OF GIVING - MAY 5

To coincide with the national "Give Local America Day," the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County announces its "Day of Giving" for 2015.

Watch for more information and a link to donate from our Home Page!

DORIS MULLAN MEMORIAL PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT - MAY 7 TO JUNE 5

A photography show to honor the memory of Doris B. Mullan will be on display in the library's exhibit hallway outside the Pennsylvania Room from May 7 through June 5. Doris was a world traveler who captured on film the wonders of her journeys, focusing on the sites and animals she loved.

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 7, beginning at 7:00 pm.

 

All dates and times are subject to change, please stop by the Pennsylvania Room or call the library at 724-238-6451 to verify information.

Always something to see....

Formal displays and exhibits take place throughout the year and are located inside the Pennsylvania Room, around the Pennsylvania Room's hallway, and even in one of the outside window case near the library's main entrance. But even in between formal displays, visitors will be happy to know that there is always something to see in the library's Pa Room.

Photo of 18th century artifacts found in Ligonier
18th-Century artifacts found at the archaeological excavation site of John Bridges' Tavern on South Market Street in Ligonier.
Photo of once-popular souvenirs of Ligonier Valley
"Once-popular souvenirs of the Ligonier Valley"

In addition to our many books on Ligonier, Westmoreland County and Pennsylvania, there is usually a display of historic artifacts and/or photographs located inside the Pennsylvania room or just outside in the hallway.

 

Ligonier Valley Library Genealogy Forum

The Forum meets on a 4th Tuesday of certain months, and is devoted to learning about family history research. Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, stop by or phone the library at 724-238-6451 or visit the Genealogy Forum's web page.

 

If you have any questions relating to The Pennsylvania Room, please stop by the Pa. Room (hours are listed above) or call the Ligonier Valley Library at 724-238-6451.