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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.

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Maiden City Blog

Maiden City Blog is a must-follow for those interested in the history of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania!  As a supplement to Coraopolis History Archive, Maiden City Blog provides insights and background to the history of our beloved Cory, PA.  Follow us on twitter at @maidencityblog to receive real-time updates!

 

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.

Creating a Path Forward

Stacey Christe

We’re a small town with a small historical society.

Small but powerful.

Coraopolitans care passionately about our town - about where we came from, about what used to be here. Everyone I talk to has a story - which is good, because I LOVE stories!

One of the most amazing things I inherited when I joined the historical society was a legacy of people who fought hard for our little space in the library and who diligently scoured and saved every scrap of memorabilia this town had to offer. Our benefactors over the years have been so generous. We love that they think of us and send us treasures to preserve and share with the community. And thanks to the skilled and passionate efforts of Donna and Tom Buchman and Joe Divito, we have a beautifully curated collection of really fantastic artifacts.

And our first order of business to add to that. To continue this legacy by expanding our collection. In order to do that though, we must make room. So, with the help of Emma Jean’s Relics, we are doing just that. But we need your help.

The historical society members have started reviewing our inventory. Before anyone worries - we are first of all, preservationists. We’re not getting rid of any pieces of Coraopolis History for which we don’t already have multiple copies of on our shelves. But we do have duplicates, sometimes triplicates, sometimes… well, you get the idea. People are generous, we are grateful, and soon as you know it, things just… accumulate! And yes, we need to have at least a couple copies of the Semi-Centennial booklet. Do we need 25? eh…? I will say this, we don’t really have room for 25 of them.

Which is where you come in. Emma Jean’s Relics has graciously offered to sell our overflow items to Coraopolitans who will love them and care for them and use them to spread our history (he PROMISED this was the case). All proceeds - all of them - go straight back to the historical society and will be used to purchase more items (ones that we don’t have yet)! Aaaand (here’s the real kicker) now we’ll have space on our shelves for these new treasures! Which means you’ll have more to look through when you visit our new expanded hours.

So, starting this Saturday, please stop by Emma Jean’s Relics at 930 5th Avenue, pick up a local treasure, and know that you’re helping to support and expand the collections of the Coraopolis Historical Society. We thank everybody who contributes. We are so grateful for all of your continued support.

The Next Chapter

Stacey Christe

Back in 2015 when I started Coraopolis History Archive, it really was a leap of faith. I was fairly new to Coraopolis and I longed to feel that this town was my home. I grew up in a similar pre-war industrial suburb, and while Coraopolis was also a railroad town, there was just something that was missing. I wasn’t feeling a connection. Coraopolis and I just didn’t have any… history.

So I decided if I was ever going to capture that feeling of knowing every shortcut and creek bed, I needed to dig in and teach myself about the place I was living. And if I was going to do all of this research, maybe I might find others out there who would enjoy learning this history along with me. So that became my mission: Research - Learn - Document - Repeat.

And it worked.

Coraopolis feels like home.

Thank you all for taking this journey with me. For learning together. I still have a very long way to go - there’s so much more to learn! But, it’s time for me to officially let Coraopolis History Archive go, because on my journey I came to a new door that read “Coraopolis Historical Society”.

So, this will be our next adventure! As the home of Coraopolis Historical Society, you won’t just have me, your fearless leader, you’ll have the backing of all the wonderful people who make the historical society possible. Our current team is:

  • Stacey Christe, President

  • Dana Watkins, Vice President

  • Pam Braden, Treasurer

  • Teresa Kay Reilly, Secretary

We’ll continue to run the website and Facebook page, but now we can expand our collection even further! Similarly, the historical society has added evening and weekend hours, so if you’d like to stop by and visit, you can find us in the lower level of the Coraopolis Memorial Library.

The Coraopolis Historical Society is also accepting members! So if you would like to become a member and/or attend meetings, please reach out to us.

Thank you again for taking this journey with me - I hope everyone sticks around for the next chapter, because it only gets better from here!

Stay tuned!

Stacey

Coraopolis Historical Society Hours of Operation:

Weekly

  • Tuesday afternoons from 1-3 pm

  • Thursday afternoons from 1-3 pm

  • Thursday evenings from 6-8 pm

Monthly

  • 2nd Saturday of each month from 10 am-2 pm

Monthly Society Meetings:

  • 1st Monday of every month from 6:30-7:30 pm

Exciting things have been happening at Coraopolis History Archive!

Stacey Christe

Coraopolis History Archive has partnered with The Coraopolis Station Project to preserve and digitize all historic records and artifacts uncovered during the restoration of the old P&LE Train Station on Mill Street.  These records are already rolling out and can be found at www.coraopolishistory.com/train-station-archive/.
 

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