Baltzer Meyer Historical Society

Baltzer Meyer Historical Society We are local people preserving local history in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Our two major areas of focus are the history of Hempfield Township and the early settlers of Westmoreland County.

Operating as usual

Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival
09/17/2021
Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival

Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival

The Flax Scutching Festival in Stahlstown, PA. Food, crafts, antique farm equip., live music, civil war encampment, wagon train encampment & Indian raid.

Then 1951 , location S. Main St, Greensburg, PA. From the Castle Pyle collection at Baltzer Meyer Historical Society, di...
09/16/2021

Then 1951 , location S. Main St, Greensburg, PA. From the Castle Pyle collection at Baltzer Meyer Historical Society, digitized by our volunteers from a negative. Now photo is the same location in 2020.

Then 1951 , location S. Main St, Greensburg, PA. From the Castle Pyle collection at Baltzer Meyer Historical Society, digitized by our volunteers from a negative. Now photo is the same location in 2020.

09/15/2021
A new section from our collection we are not sure who these local people are. We are naming it Who are we? If you know w...
09/09/2021

A new section from our collection we are not sure who these local people are. We are naming it Who are we? If you know who they are please post that information on our orginal post at Baltzer Meyer Historical Society.

Our latest display of Boy Scout articles, thank you Becky Plischke for the donation. We need some details Becky.
09/09/2021

Our latest display of Boy Scout articles, thank you Becky Plischke for the donation. We need some details Becky.

Our latest display of Boy Scout articles, thank you Becky Plischke for the donation. We need some details Becky.

Timeline Photos
09/09/2021

Timeline Photos

On this #TBT, let your taste buds take a walk down memory lane with a southern classic, The Moon Pie. Created in 1917 when a travelling salesman inquired of a group of KY coal miners what they'd like for a snack, one of them infamously asked for a graham cracker and marshmellow treat "as big as the moon." The Chattanooga bakery responsible has been making them every day since. Available here at the museum in our restored diner car for our older school-aged road enthusiasts! #MoonPie

A new display at Baltzer Meyer History society, Greensburg, Pa of some of our artifacts in our collection for the future...
09/07/2021

A new display at Baltzer Meyer History society, Greensburg, Pa of some of our artifacts in our collection for the future Plischke Memorial Museum in our building.

A new display at Baltzer Meyer History society, Greensburg, Pa of some of our artifacts in our collection for the future Plischke Memorial Museum in our building.

Mobile Uploads
08/27/2021

Mobile Uploads

08/17/2021

Today was the the rummage sale at Apple Hill. The Greensburg Civic Theater was there and they are donating this to Baltzer Meyer as a part of the local history for many years. Apple Hill you may be gone but not forgotten. We will preserve this for future generations to see. Thank you Greensburg Civic Theater.

We are happy to say our Ancestry Day was a success we had a great turn out and spoke to quite a few people. Hope to do m...
08/16/2021
Ancestry Day celebrated at Baltzer Meyer Historical Society

We are happy to say our Ancestry Day was a success we had a great turn out and spoke to quite a few people. Hope to do more event like this. Thank you all for coming and thank you all to our volunteers. https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/ancestry-day-celebrated-at-baltzer-meyer-historical-society/

Members of the Baltzer Meyer Historical Society opened their doors Sunday afternoon for the organizationā€™s Ancestry Day. From noon to 4 p.m. attendees had the opportunity to search the library for free, tour the Harrold No. 8 schoolhouse, view a demonstration of twining rugs and tour the histo...

Things have change.
08/12/2021

Things have change.

Things have change.

Then from the History of Greensburg, 1899 and Now from Google map 2020.
08/11/2021

Then from the History of Greensburg, 1899 and Now from Google map 2020.

Then from the History of Greensburg, 1899 and Now from Google map 2020.

06/28/2021

We are always looking for a few volunteers. Currently looking for genealogy library staff, data entry (home and in library) and publishing help. if interested please contact [email protected]

From our collection , at Baltzer Meyer Historical Society, the Youngwood Railroad id the 75 anniversary of Youngwood PA;...
06/03/2021

From our collection , at Baltzer Meyer Historical Society, the Youngwood Railroad id the 75 anniversary of Youngwood PA; The Harrold Zion plate is from 1972 for 200 years; and the Hempfield Plate is for the 200 years as a township.

06/03/2021

From the collection at Baltzer Meyer Historical Society

Timeline Photos
05/29/2021

Timeline Photos

#OnThisDay in 1932, the infamous Grand View Ship Hotel had its Grand Opening! The Grand View Ship Hotel was located 17 miles west of Bedford, PA at an elevation of 2,464 ft. šŸš¢ #LincolnHighway

When you see coins on a gravestone.
05/25/2021

When you see coins on a gravestone.

When you see coins on a gravestone.

Our own Franny Petras, a women of many talents, we are lucky she volunteers her time to our society. A big thank you for...
05/25/2021

Our own Franny Petras, a women of many talents, we are lucky she volunteers her time to our society. A big thank you for all you do in our community.

Our own Franny Petras, a women of many talents, we are lucky she volunteers her time to our society. A big thank you for all you do in our community.

Susan Bender Greensburg: Then and Now Monte Bender, my husband, family photo50th wedding anniversary
05/21/2021

Susan Bender Greensburg: Then and Now

Monte Bender, my husband, family photo
50th wedding anniversary

Susan Bender Greensburg: Then and Now

Monte Bender, my husband, family photo
50th wedding anniversary

05/21/2021
05/21/2021

In November of 1682 the first 3 counties in Pennsylvania were formed.
Bucks, Chester and Philadelphia County. In 1729 Lancaster County will be formed from Chester County. In 1750 Cumberland County is formed from Lancaster County and in 1771 Bedford County would be formed from Cumberland County and Rostraver Township would be one of the original Townships in Bedford. This maps show how large Bedford county was when formed in 1771.

Photos from Ligonier Beach - A Unique Landmark's post
05/15/2021

Photos from Ligonier Beach - A Unique Landmark's post

THEN The first photo is the worst negative from 1949 in the stack of Castle Pyle negatives donated to Baltzer Meyer Hist...
05/14/2021

THEN The first photo is the worst negative from 1949 in the stack of Castle Pyle negatives donated to Baltzer Meyer Historical Society.

Now This is the image that we scanned from the worst negative. Although part of the image is missing, people might still recognize some of the people. This was a part of the Greensburg Sesquicentennial Celebration in 1949.

One of the many photos on display at Baltzer Meyer, from our collection from Leroy Smeltzer.
05/11/2021

One of the many photos on display at Baltzer Meyer, from our collection from Leroy Smeltzer.

One of the many photos on display at Baltzer Meyer, from our collection from Leroy Smeltzer.

Happy Mother's Day
05/08/2021

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day

Recent donations to our collection at Baltzer Meyer Historical Society. From the Rubber Works in Jeannette, PA
05/07/2021

Recent donations to our collection at Baltzer Meyer Historical Society. From the Rubber Works in Jeannette, PA

Photos from a recent donation to our collection at Baltzer Meyer Historical Society.  Rubber Works in Jeanette , PA
05/07/2021

Photos from a recent donation to our collection at Baltzer Meyer Historical Society. Rubber Works in Jeanette , PA

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05/07/2021

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Part of our collection of books in our Library at Baltzer Meyer Historical Society, we are trying to decide if we are pl...
05/07/2021

Part of our collection of books in our Library at Baltzer Meyer Historical Society, we are trying to decide if we are placing them in our main library or keeping them in the upstairs storage area for special research when needed. Thanks to our hard working Thursday crew we would not be able to make these volumes available for research.

Part of our collection of books in our Library at Baltzer Meyer Historical Society, we are trying to decide if we are placing them in our main library or keeping them in the upstairs storage area for special research when needed. Thanks to our hard working Thursday crew we would not be able to make these volumes available for research.

Kennywood Park II
04/18/2021

Kennywood Park II

Here is another blog on our web page by Rae Kayhart on Pennsylvaina's oldest theme park and it is in our back yard. http...
04/18/2021
Pennsylvania's Oldest Theme Park

Here is another blog on our web page by Rae Kayhart on Pennsylvaina's oldest theme park and it is in our back yard.
https://www.baltzermeyer.com/post/pennsylvania-s-oldest-theme-park

Since its creation in 1878 Idlewild has been a place for families to enjoy. The property was owned by William Darlington who gave Judge Thomas Mellon, the owner of the Ligonier Valley Railroad, the right to use the property for a park. Originally designated as a leisure and picnic area built on both...

A sample from our photo collection at Baltzer Meyer Historical Society
04/17/2021

A sample from our photo collection at Baltzer Meyer Historical Society

A sample from our photo collection at Baltzer Meyer Historical Society

Items on display at Baltzer Meyer Center, a part of  our collection for the future Plischke Memorial Museum.
04/12/2021

Items on display at Baltzer Meyer Center, a part of our collection for the future Plischke Memorial Museum.

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642 Baltzer Meyer Pike
Greensburg, PA
15601

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Here is the photo of Delmont Troop 211.
Southwestern PA is a hotspot for Bigfoot sightings. Seriously. It seems you are more likely to meet a hairy, smelly creature on ancient Indian paths than an Indian. Let's Drive an Indian Path!, the Youtube channel, explores the fun of the Bigfoot phenomenon. Won't you join me? It's free! Besides, you may gain insight into why Indians initially thought Europeans were godlike. It has everything to do with Sasq' ets, or Sasquatch, or Bigfoot. Really, it has to do with bathing . . . or not.
Also posted on Greensburg: Then and Now (with edits) In search of pictures of house at corner of Main and Third in Greensburg that sat where the current Lutheran church annex is located (NW corner?) Thanks in advance. This was where my great-grandparentā€™s home where my great-grandfatherā€™s dental practice was located. GGF was Clarence Parke Waugaman, husband of Annabelle Powers Waugman and father of Harry and Curtis Waugaman.
Not sure if this is a correct mode of communications for this question. Can you tell me if the historical society happens to have any old pictures of the Cribb Station road area in Hempfield? I heard that a train station existed there back in the day at the bottom near route 136 where the tracks use to run. I would love to see any pics of it due to me traveling that road constantly for work. It always makes me wonder when passing. Thanks in advance for any info.
Indian trails once crossed where Greensburg is now. In fact, they still do. You drive them every day and don't realize it. To find out about those routes, the ancient people who traveled them, and the settlers who followed, check out my recently launched Youtube channel: "Let's Drive an Indian Path."
We are also the Myers/Meyer/Moyer and lots others, Pennsylvania is the place where are family lived well one of them, we go it seams to the 1st Imperial Knights of Villingen, WĆ¼rttemberg, Germany, we were the bank starters across Canada and UK, and even signed the India shipping doc's in Belfast, Ireland for the Co***ne to ship to America, 1920, around that time, we opened up the Bank of England
Here's a commencement booklet from the South Greensburg class of 1902
My dad, Bill Witherow. Thank you all veterans.
I recently received a picture of Bears School, an 8X10 and all children in the picture with the school in the background. My great grand mother, Anna Mary Brinker is in it, and her two sisters and brother Simon. Would guess in mid 1880's. I come back from Kansas every year and do research, but of course not this year. Can anyone help me with a little history of the school and where located? Thanking you in advance.
While unemployed and sheltering in place, I decided that I had plenty of time to create an educational website. The following is a link to my website; Union Uniforms at the Battle of Gettysburg. Hopefully I will be doing a representation later this year as a fundraiser for the historical society. Please take a look and let me know if you have any comments or question. Thanks!
Some light reading to share with my kinfolk while we are all sheltering inside. A little church, a little history, a little family... Here's a link to the limited publication, (available in Baltzer Myer's impressive library), of the 1922 "History of Old Zion" by Rev. Wm. A. Zundel, my great-grandfather. Happy Easter to us all šŸ£
On Liberty Road south of the Turnpike and Arona a culvert built by the Pennsylvania Turnpike is spotted along the south bound shoulder of Liberty Road. The stream turns to the left just before entering the culvert. If you look at that aerial you will see the same curve where the center line of the planned alignment of the South Pennsylvania Railroad was to be built. I was down that spot today and across the road from the culvert is a blue vacant house with the signs telling people to remain away shows at the base of the sign as the property belongs to the Pennsylvania Turnpike. This caught my attention and I immediately knew why as the curved stream is the center of the abandoned South Pennsylvania Railroad and therefor the house is also on that right of way which the turnpike purchased that right of way over 80 years ago and that they own that section including the house. Even with the newly built turnpike realignment the turnpike is not using the true railroad alignment. If this is the case then all of the railroad alignment that I have documented is still owned by the Pennsylvania Turnpike. It also tells me they do know the true alignment and I didn't know this as well.