Past Events

We would like to think that the MPHS has held some mighty fine history events!

Thank you!

Well these parts of Franklin Township in historical Murrysville of  Westmoreland Co., PA, we would like to think that the MHPS has held some mighty fine history events!  Not to say we did not have our glitches at each one, but what a day these all have been in the end. With the support of Ben Sampson for use of the Sampson/Clark Toll House Ground, our major sponsors, members, and guests the local history of Murrysville/MHPS and Export/EHC becomes a living, intergenerational, interactive, multicultural, educational, hands on, tasty historical experience each year!  From the MHPS, and EHC to the event participants, sponsors, organization members, and visitors from surrounding areas...we send outta resounding "Thank you!"

We want to thank all of our donors, members, and guests who help to make each event successful and fun for all who attend!!!


Carelton Young

Date of event:  November 18, 2019...Murrysville Community Center...presenter Carleton Young..historian/educator/author.  73 attendees listened to letters found attic of father’s home re: Civil War ancestors letters home to parents living in Vermont.

Heritage Festival 2018

SEPTEMBER 15, 2018/11 am to 5 PM - 8th annual Historical Event: 1750-1820 Reenactment "Gateways to Westmoreland Indian Trails to Turnpike"

A Veterans Day Rememberance

A Veteran’s Day Remembrance....   On Monday, November 16th  WWII  Veteran Joe Folino, age 93, from the Hempfield - Jeannette area of Westmoreland County presented his experience during the Battle of the Bulge.  Joe was a gunner in a tank division and kept all focused on his informal delivery and display of memorabilia.

Location: Murrysville Senior Citizen Center, 3091 Carson Street, Murrysville, PA 15668

WWII Veteran, Art Staymates, is returning to Murrysville on Monday, November 10th to speak on his WWII experiences at Normandy Beach and Nuremberg.  Joe Folino, also a WWII Vet will be speaking as well.  Monday’s event will take place at the Franklin Regional High School auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Happy Veteran’s Day to all who served!

MHPS welcomed Arts Staymates, WWII Veteran of Omaha Beach and Nuremberg, at Monday evening meeting.  In the Community Center room of almost 100 attendees, Art spoke of his personal wartime experiences of fear, enduring strength,  cold, wetness, fatigue and of finding the one true love of his life. Thank you, Art for your service, your courage and your unwavering lifelong patriotic convictions.

18th Century Woman Tea

Local Roots partners with Murrysville Community Library in hosting a Tea with a presentation of 18th Century Woman.  MHPS members participating included Sharon Parker, Suellen Watt, Linda Benson, Anna Pinto and Carol Intrieri.  Suellen Watt honors Anna Pinto for participation in first Tea.

We wish to express much gratitude to all who made Heritage Festival 2015 an enjoyable historical community event...participants for sharing their time and talents, financially contributed or donated in kind donations and of course, to al those who visited the festival grounds.

Heritage Festival 2016

Heritage Festival 2015

Life of the 18th C. Woman

Murrysville Historical Preservation Society hosted Life of the 18th C. Woman with Sharon Parker, Lee Washlaski, Autumn and Lela Auer presenting.  Suellen Watt, MHPS member, greets members/guests playing auto harp.  Lots of hands on experience provided.   Great info on simple dress styles and purposes of garments, daily life activities, commonly prepared foods, common cooking utensils, hand carved gourds utilized as food containers, matriarchal society of Native Americans, MHPS memorabilia depicting 18th C. Murrysville life and 1700s Time Line.  Simple refreshments offered including assorted teas, lemon flavored water andhomemade sweet treats were enjoyed by all. Depreciation Lands Museum, Allison Park, PA.

Sharon Parker in her handmadefinest!  One of three presenters for the Monday, March 16th MHPS meeting!

Sharon Parker in her handmadefinest!  One of three presenters for the Monday, March 16th MHPS meeting!

Depreciation Lands Museum Trip

Today I received an email from Karen Parsons at DLM ie. Depreciation Land Museum in Allison Park, PA. If you have not been there plan for yourself a living interactive historical experience! Don't go for your kids or grandkids...go for yourself! Check out their event agenda at: and on Facebook. You historians/re-enactors will be inspired! Bring the DLM energy back to your own communities and keep yesterday’s history alive for today and generations of tomorrows!

Location: Depreciation Lands Museum, Allison Park,PA
“A Village Where History is Real Life"
Event:  Children’s Doll Tea
MHPS members participating: Carol and Jackie

Kudos to DLM for the outstanding 1700s Period venue of diverse events, reenactments, activities and support to historically minded and other historical societies in the Greater Pittsburgh area.  For more info view online at and on Facebook at Depreciation Lands Museum.  Explore, learn, be inspired and support local history initiatives wherever you are!

On Thursday, January 15th, the MHPS Local Roots Productions presented “An Afternoon in School with Mademoiselle Suzette” for the Murrysville Women’s Club luncheon/meeting at the Lamplighter Restaurant in Delmont. Present were Carol Intrieri, Suellen Watt, Regina Ranieri and Sharon Parker. Carol introduced the presenters and spoke of the importance of local history support to all communities.  Local history is what gives each community its unique identity and can set the direction for future cohesive community development.

Suellen presented as Suzette, an Indentured French Canadian School Marm seeking to find a husband in Western PA.  Student expectations and duties were explained.  All practiced their letters and numbers using a hornbill and slate board then sang Yankee Doodle accompanied by Suzette on her auto harp.  MWC/MHPS member, Lane Neff, failed to write on her slate board and was reprimanded by wearing the Dunce cap for 5 minutes.

Period French attire of the late 1700’s handmade by Sharon was explained. Regina, as a student (not pictured) gave an informative local history report on the Sardis Road Rugh Family Stone Mansion, c.  late 1700’s, and the kidnap of the Rugh’s by the Seneca.  Regina and husband, Vito, currently inhabit the Rugh House and appreciate its historical significance to the Murrysville  community.

Heritage Festival 2014


Peoples Natural Gas Co., Brooks Family Foundation,S&T Bank,
Panichelle Financial Group, LLC, North park Lounge - Murrysville,
George and Joan Kotjarapoglus, Remaley Insurance, Dunkin’Donuts
- Murrysville, Ferri Grocery and Ferri Pharmacy, Andrew Maxwell
- Rivertown Brewery, Pasqualino’s Italian Eatery-Dom Pasqualino, Murrysville,
Ali’s Marketplace and Gluten Free Zone soon to open in Blue Spruce Shops,
TCBY, Jeffery Lockard - Murrysville, The Olive Merchant - Elaine Schweikarth,
380 Auction Barn - Jim Beacom II, Giant Eagle - Murrysville, Lou Biesuz, Artman Kubota,
Weister Insurance Agancy, Karen Ferri, Esq., and Erie Insurance  - Sotak Insurance Agency, Mail and Copy Plus, Gearhard Bicentennial Farms,
Murrysville Parks and Rec./ Maintenance and Signs of Excellence.

If I missed a name, I apologize.  Jackie will correct me!  And, If you missed us this year...not to worry!  God willing and the Creek don’t rise, we will do it again in 2015!  It is not too early to send in donations for Heritge Festival 2015! 

Lastly, gotta thank all who participated!  You were awesome! Could not do this without you! Your time, talents and skills are much appreciated!  To Boy Scout Troop 208, Girl Scout Troops 22126, 22123, Venturing Crew, Brian Lapay, Carol and Tom Lighthall, Salem Antiquities, Gayle Wertz, Fred Threfell, Drew Decrease, Tim Bulkovac - Applewood Cookery, Dan and Cathy Kernen, Scott Kelsey,

Heritage Festival 2014 Committee present from left to right: Carl and Snoopy, Jim, Patty, Alice, Ed Regina, Vito and Carol holding Henrietta bid you good tidings!  Come to the historical festival and be proud of our local history!

Heritage Festival 2014 Committee present from left to right: Carl and Snoopy, Jim, Patty, Alice, Ed Regina, Vito and Carol holding Henrietta bid you good tidings!  Come to the historical festival and be proud of our local history!

PA. Rep Eli Evankovich, Caroline Taddonio, Roberta Jones, Sandy Knepper, Terry Phillipi, Ray Spisak, Dave and Guy Sherb, Bill Moutz, Bill Vance, Judy Kane, Paul Claus, Andrew Knez, Erik Wible, Bob Learsoff, Suellen Watts, Janet Fortina and Marilyn Sorvas - Pittsburg Rifles, Bruce Garber, Lane Neff, Melanie Litz - Export Historical Committee, Joanna Demorest, Ed Banks, Doug, Dan and Cindy Plance, Dot Benevento and Ladies of St, Mary’s Christian Mothers, Patty Duff, Herb Gearhard, Mr. Josh/Mrs. (Joella Gearhard)  Dobbin, Linda and Leonard Benson, Murrysville Community Library - Carol Siefken, Brenda Walker, Alice Artman/Kansas, Steel Cup Roasters, Carl Patty, Regina/Vito Ranieri, Linda Marts, Lou Intrieri, Mary Margaret Galdes, my Co-Chair-Jackie Stempfer and me, Carol Intrieri.  More pictures on our Facebook page at Murrysville Historical Preservation Society.