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Fall Cement City Home and Walking Tour Date Set

The Donora Historical Society will be holding Cement City Home and Walking Tours on Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17 at 1:00 p.m. Choose the date that best suits you and your party.

 

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Fall Cement City Home and Walking Tour Date Set

The tours start at the museum located at 595 McKean Avenue with a photo, artifact and blueprint presentation on Donora’s National Historic District – Thomas Edison’s Cement City created 104 years ago in 1917. The photos are from our Bruce Dreisbach glass plate negative collection and were taken during all phases of construction in 1916 and 1917, over a century ago.

The presenter is Smog Museum curator and Cement City resident Brian Charlton, who authored an article in the fall 2013 edition of the Western Pennsylvania History magazine published by the Heinz History Center titled "Cement City: Thomas Edison's Experiment with Worker's Housing In Donora."

A walking and home tour follows in the Historic District to point out various architectural and social details. The tour concludes by touring the interiors of two homes with rooms restored to the period.

The cost of the tour is $15/person and space is limited. Please call or email to RSVP and your flexibility to attend either Sunday or Saturday. If you have any questions about Cement City or one of our Home and Walking Tours, please consult our website and click the “Cement City” tab, or contact the Historical Society.

Additional tours will be scheduled again in 2022 if you can’t make this October’s tours. It’s encouraged to call or email ASAP to get your name added to a waiting list to get contacted when dates have been scheduled. If you would like to schedule a private tour for your group, please call or email the historical society and we can discuss a date that works for both parties.


Smog Museum Now Open – Post Virus

The Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum has resumed normal Saturday hours from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. starting September 4. Visits can also be scheduled by appointment on other days and times by contacting us by email or phone and leaving a message.


Additional Info

If you have additional questions about the subjects mentioned above, the historical society, museum, presentations or possibly volunteering, feel free to stop by on Saturdays or by special appointment (with at least a week’s notice), email us at DonoraHistoricalSociety@gmail.com, call us at 724-823-0364 and leave a message, visit us on the web at www.DonoraHistoricalSociety.org, or follow us and Like Us on Facebook at “Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum.”

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