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Allegheny-Kiski Valley Heritage Museum

Museum Hours:
 Wednesday & Saturday: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Glass, Steel, and Aluminum industries were the economic growth engines for the A-K river valley towns that grew in the shadow of Pittsburgh, attracting entrepreneurs, immigrant labor, and union organizers. You are invited to join in the efforts of the Allegheny-Kiski Valley Historical Society to preserve and celebrate the unique history of this region. 


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Volunteer Coordinator
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One of the founding fathers of rock and
pop concert business


Come for a great dinner and to hear some great stories of starting this
 new industry

Joe Bodick's book of A-K Valley WWII vets


October 18, 2015

 The Cookie That Did Not Crumble, the life story of Har-Brack's Cookie Gilchrist.
Click for description

Click on photo for NK Camera Club Info


ANNUAL DINNER - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22 - Come to meet and hear Pat DiCesare tell about his adventures as a promoter of Rock and Pop Concerts in Pittsburgh. His big break was bringing the Beatles concert to the Civic Arena in 1964, leading to four decades of booking virtually every major rock and pop act from The Rolling Stones to Led Zepplin to Bruce Springsteen to perform here!

The  Museum  Take a look at the A-K Heritage Museum, a beautiful 1931 Art Deco Building in Tarentum - the cobalt blue glass walls in the ballroom - the murals that tell the story of the home front during WWII - the aluminum collection from the world's first production plant for aluminum - the Tarentum Glass collection - and much more.
Click for Directions to the Museum

Programs and Events Scheduled

Olszewski Art of Miniatures

FleaTique - We are told that we have one of the best outdoor Antique and Collectible Flea Markets in Western Pennsylvania.
Always the Third Sunday of the months May through October.  
2015 Dates: May 17, June 14, July 19, Aug 16, Sep 20, Oct 18
Vendor spaces $25, Customer parking $3 per car. Sorry, no pets allowed.
All proceeds benefit Heritage Museum and Tour-Ed Mine Foundation

The Historical Society: Click for Mission Statement / Board of Directors

How to Help" Page  Become a member - volunteer to work - offer advice - contribute information, time, artifacts, money.

Chronicle Page  Contains an index of the articles published in the Chronicle and the previous publication, the Historia.

Historical Data Base  Inquire about the Home Towns in the Valley; Residents and Visitors over the years, or Events in History.

Links Page  Gateway to numerous related web sites. .








Below are six books currently available only from the Society

"TARENTUM, THEN AND NOW" - Enjoy  "Skip Culleiton's" latest publication (October 2011),  a 268 page tour of Tarentum's interesting history. Hundreds of vintage photos are described in detail, and then matched with photos and descriptions of the sites today. THIS BOOK WOULD BE AN EXCELLENT CHRISTMAS GIFT. Pick up your copy at the Museum for $25 (tax included)  or have it sent for an additional $6 for shipping and handling. 

"REMEMBERING THE ST. PATRICK'S DAY FLOOD OF 1936 IN THE ALLEGHENY-KISKI VALLEY - is a 337 page treasure chest of photos, news stories and personal accounts of the people in our local river towns. It was created by Mickey Cendrowski, former Museum Manager. (Click to read  more about it

Pick up your copy at the Museum for $25 (tax included)  or have it sent for an additional $6 for shipping and handling. 
"HISTORICAL NATRONA" - Charles "Skip" Culleiton, has just  finished this 256-page book of historical photos, stories and data about Natrona's people, industry, businesses, churches, schools, organizations, military veterans, disasters, celebrations, sports, etc.
It is so interesting and comprehensive!
(Click to read  more about it)
Pick up your copy at the Museum for $25 (tax included)  or have it sent for an additional $6 for shipping and handling. 
"THE HISTORY OF EAST DEER TOWNSHIP" - Charles "Skip" Culleiton, the author of "Greetings from the A-K Valley" and most of the articles in our quarterly publication "The Chronicle" has just  finished this 150-page book which contains many vintage photos and interesting facts about East Deer. Pick up your copy at the Museum for $20 (tax included)  or have it sent for an additional $6 for shipping and handling. 
"GREETINGS FROM THE A-K VALLEY" - A Picture Postcard History of the Communities of the Allegheny-Kiskiminetas Valley
is available at the Museum or by mail. This 341 page treasure chest of local history shows more than 600 postcards and tells the stories of 29 communities in the A-K Valley.  
Pick up your copy at the Museum for $25 (tax included)  oor have it sent for an additional $6 for shipping and handling. nr an add $5 for shipping and handling. 



Allegheny-Kiski Valley Historical Society
224 East Seventh Avenue
Tarentum, PA 15084
(724) 224-7666 
email: akvhs@salsgiver.com



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