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!
Coraopolis Historical Society Hours of Operation:
Tuesday afternoons from 1-3 pm
Thursday afternoons from 1-3 pm
Thursday evenings from 6-8 pm
2nd Saturday of each month from 10 am-2 pm
Monthly Society Meetings:
1st Monday of every month from 6:30-7:30 pm