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,…

On October 16, 1937, Slippery Rock University's North Hall caught fire and burned to the ground, all because of one unfortunate ox. October of 1937 was a big month for Slippery Rock. As of October 6th, six thousand letters had been sent out to…

Just off of South Eberhart Road in Butler Township is an eighty-eight acre English garden, unchanged since 1959: Preston Park. The park was originally created, cultivated, and finally given to Butler by Frank and Jane Preston, a couple who left…

When you think of amusement parks near Western Pennsylvania, places like Kennywood, Idlewild, or Conneaut may 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,…

March 31, 1943 Flight Cadets arrived in the small town of Slippery Rock to receive training at the local teachers' college for the war that Americans had been entangled in for two years already. Upon stepping onto the campus, the Cadets were greeted…

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…