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Just under the treeline on the northern border of Harrisville's Prairie Cemetery lies the final resting place of Private Jacob Peck, the only known soldier of the U.S. Colored Troops (USCT) buried in Butler County. While relatively little is…

The Butler Veterans Administration Hospital was not intended to be a veteran hospital. It was originally built as a 500-bed tuberculosis sanitorium. Tuberculosis was well known to be devastating, and often referred to as the white plague, because of…

In 1791, in the village of Maulbronn in what is today Germany, 34-year old Johann Georg Rapp was on trial. The civil affairs official charged him with subverting the teachings of the Lutheran Church, and threatened him with expulsion if he continued…

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 of the summer morning was suddenly shattered, however, when a truck carrying nitroglycerin…

“I really miss the Hot Dog Shop --- a day doesn't go by when I [do not] think about it and hope that it's only a dream and that soon I'll wake up. I always thought the Hot Dog Shop would be here forever.” Anonymous, 2005. The connection between…

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 a…

If you have walked down Main Street in Butler anytime within the last 110 years, you’ve most likely seen or passed under a red and white striped awning jutting out above the sidewalk. A look through the painted windows will tell you that this is…

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As the fourth of July approaches every summer the people of Butler anxiously await the nine days of fun that surround the Butler Fair. It’s a place where the family-oriented lifestyle of the country blends together with the dazzling lights of city…

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,…

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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