The popular memory of World War II often conjures up images of baby-faced young men rushing into battle with guns in their hands and patriotism in their hearts. These are the most familiar images of military victory. However, real military success…

Nancy Jane Cooper, or “Aunt Nancy” as everyone called her, was a spunky and fiercely independent woman who lived to be 101. She was born in August of 1861, the daughter of John Cooper and Jane Lytle Lowman of Winfield Township, Butler County. …

It was a Sunday afternoon in December of 1980, in the quaint town of Saxonburg, Pennsylvania when Police Chief Gregory Adams was gunned down in broad daylight. The suspect Donald Eugene Webb was seen running a stop sign on Water Street in Saxonburg.…

In 1829, Jewish settlers, predominantly from Germany, began moving to the Butler area, drawn by its growing prosperity. Another wave of Eastern European Jews immigrated to the area in the early 1900s, as the newly-established Pullman Standard plant…

In 1966 in Berkeley, California, history buffs and science fiction fans dressed in medieval armor and battled at a huge party in order to “defend in single combat the title of ‘fairest’ for their ladies”. Everyone enjoyed it so much that they decided…

Many Butler County natives are familiar with Armco Park, yet the park’s history is often unknown to those who enjoy it. The park has undergone a huge transformation since its opening, and therefore is a fitting representation of the development of…

When we think about the history of conservation, we tend to think about the 1970s, which was the decade of the birth of modern environmental movements. However, conservation efforts are rooted in the late 1800s, early 1900s. An exceptional example…

Dr. Robert Macoskey was a philosophy professor at Slippery Rock University. And today, he is remembered by the Robert A. Macoskey Center. This is a state of the art eco-home and grounds devoted to making a healthier tomorrow. Robert A. Macoskey came…

During the Second World War, just a few months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Butler County launched its first federally-licensed radio station: WISR! The station served as the county’s leading source for news as the US Navy fought Japanese…

Chances are if you are from Butler County, Pennsylvania you have heard of or have been to The Old Stone House museum just outside of Slippery Rock. The house has been a popular site for local families and schools to tour since it was reconstructed in…

Just north of West Winfield Township in Butler County, is a silent and sobering place known as the Wooden Cross (or Black Cross) Cemetery, although the title of cemetery is a bit of a stretch. In the early 1900s, many Polish and Slovak immigrants…

In October 1929, two wheels touched down on the asphalt runway of the Butler County Airport, just over seven miles south of Butler, PA. A glittering red airplane slowed to a stop, its propeller coming to rest as the pilot removed her goggles and rose…

What if you were told that an impenetrable, blast-proof mine preserving irreplaceable documents of icons such as Bill Gates and Abraham Lincoln are stored and located in our own backyard in Butler County? It might be hard to conceive, but one man…

Purge and Prejudice: The Sam Mohawk Story James Wigton arrived from a trip upstate to find a gathering of people in his yard. As he dismounted his horse in a state of confusion, his neighbor Mrs. Davis ran towards him in hysterics. Between…

First established as the Jenning’s Nature Reserve, the Jennings Environmental Education Center provides natural resources education and interpretation for Butler County and surrounding areas. The property was purchased in 1952 as a joint effort of…

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…

      The United States did not join World War II until after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, but Franklin Delano Roosevelt knew that U.S. involvement was inevitable. After France fell into German control in June of 1940, FDR pushed the U.S. Army…

Just north of Prospect, Daniel Shanor found oil on his farm in early 1890. Horse-drawn carts hauled the crude oil to a refinery in East Butler. Shanor’s neighbors followed suit and soon oil wells dotted farms along Big Run, a small tributary that…

The aroma of pork and sauerkraut wafted throughout the plant on New Year’s Eve. And it was not uncommon for steelworkers to steam corn during fall harvest. This atmosphere pervaded Butler's Armco steel plant during most of the 20th century. “Faith in…

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…

Football formally recognizes an 1869 game between Princeton University and Rutgers University as the first college football game, although it did not resemble today’s game until 1880. Slippery Rock State Normal School students formed a team in 1898…

“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…

As the month of November 1903 began, Butler was booming. The city had grown to a population of 18,000, thanks to the expansion of manufacturing industries in the area. The growing city of Butler, filled with life, was unprepared for the public health…

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…

On July 4, 1894 in Butler, Pennsylvania, a crowd gathered in Diamond Square for the dedication of the Silent Defender’s Monument. There to accept the monument was Captain George W. Fleeger, who spoke these words: “This monument which we to-day…

In 1902, the Standard Steel Car Company opened its factory in Butler, right on top of the old fair grounds and the surrounding meadows. The Butler plant would one day set the record for the highest production of steel rail road cars in the United…