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601 School Street
Coraopolis, PA, 15108
United States

Welcome to Coraopolis History Archive!  On this site, the history of Cory, PA comes alive through the images and stories of those who have called Coraopolis home throughout the years.  Come browse through historic postcards or read about the history of the businesses and industrialists that put Coraopolis on the map.  Also featured is Maiden City Blog, which explains the story of the borough through engaging posts. Looking for volunteer opportunities to make our community better? Coraopolis History Archive has that as well!  Check us out and tell a friend!


History Research Archive for the Borough of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, near Moon Township, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, including Coraopolis Cemeteries, Coraopolis Maps, Coraopolis Industries, and Coraopolis Photographs.

1945 Coraopolis VFW VE Day Flag

1945 Coraopolis VFW VE Day flag and flagpole donated by Kathie and Bill Sterling

The Sterling family presented us with an American flag with the following history:

To celebrate VE day in 1945, the Coraopolis VFW placed wooden flagpoles and 48-star flags in the yard of each home. This flag was placed in the yard of Cora Toms Purdy at 713 School Street. Cora was a widow with 3 sons who ran a boarding house at 713 School St to support her children. Cora’s son A. Paul Purdy (2nd Vice President at Union Natl Bank in Coraopolis), wife (Myrtle) and children (A. Glenn and Sara) lived at 713 School St with Cora until they got married.

Kathie and Bill Sterling donated the flag in memory of Cora Toms Purdy, her son A. Paul Purdy, and Paul's children A. Glenn Purdy and Sarah Morton. Glenn and Sara are alumni of Coraopolis High School.

While not pictured to the left, the family has, managed to preserve the original flagpole, which was also donated, and will be displayed along with this historic flag.