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It was a seemingly normal Thursday morning on June 9, 1927 in the Lick Hill village just outside of the city of Butler, Pennsylvania. The relative calm was suddenly shattered when a truck carrying nitroglycerin destined for oil well drilling…

Russian Orthodoxy made its way into the United States through Alaska in the 19th century, moving into San Francisco and over to New York City by 1905. The Russian Revolution left the Church with no leadership from 1917-1923, leading other…

Tucked away in the forest along the banks of Slippery Rock Creek was once a magical park called Stoughton’s Beach. The sounds of laughter resonated above the joyful melodies of the carousel while the buttery aroma of freshly-popped popcorn wafted…

Emma Guffey Miller has left a long-lasting legacy on Slippery Rock University’s campus, in large part due to her national political affiliations. Mrs. Miller was tied to the Democratic Party at an early age as her older brother, Joseph Guffey, was…

Over a hundred years ago, World War I began with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The Great War was the end of an era and the beginning of another. The years after the war would see the rise of the Jazz Age, Women’s suffrage,…

When you think of amusements parks near Western Pennsylvania places like Kennywood, Idlewild, or Conneaut come to mind. In the early twentieth century, Butler boasted its own escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Just a five-cent, trolley…

While thousands of men were being killed on the battlefields of Europe in the fall of 1918, many more men, women, and children were being killed worldwide; not by combat, but by something invisible to the naked eye. The Influenza Epidemic of 1918…

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