Whether we are entertaining new groups of people or rotating our exhibits, the Museum is always a hub of activity. Please enjoy these candid photos of some of our more recent events and visitors.
In July 2016, Ellie Miller of Seattle, WA visited Donora on her return trip from Cooperstown, NY after the induction ceremonies at the Baseball Hall of Fame of her favorite player -- Donora native Ken Griffey, Jr. Ellie toured the museum and went on a driving tour of Donora that included the homes that Ken Jr. lived in before relocating to Cincinnati when his father Ken, Sr. played for the Reds. That evening Ellie attended the Mariners vs. Pirates game at PNC Park.
In March 2016, along with other local historical societies, a display was setup for the "Voices from the Mon Valley: Oral History and Local Resources" exhibit at the California University of Pennsylvania Manderino Library Gallery Room. The Bruce Dreisbach glass plate negative photo collection was featured. The exhibit ran from March 24th to April 9th.
In July 2015, lifelong Stan "The Man" Musial fan Jerry Rombach and his wife Cindy made the pilgrimage from Kenai, Alaska to Stan's birth place -- Donora. Both were treated to their own personalized Stan Musial presentation and driving tour of places and buildings that molded Musial. Jerry was born and raised in St. Louis. Cindy was born and raised in Alaska and rooted for Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr. when they played for the Seattle Mariners. The Rombachs were in Pittsburgh for a convention, but their first stop was Donora.
In November 2014, Mr. Ross Verbisky stood beside the framed Stan Musial autographed replica St. Louis Cardinals jersey he would donate to the Donora Historical Society. This jersey will be the centerpiece of our Musial display, portions of which can be seen in the background to the right of Mr. Verbisky, a native of California, PA who makes his home in Missouri. You can read more about Mr. Verbisky and his very generous donation in a story that was featured in The Valley Independent/Tribune Review - Ross Verbisky backstory.
In October 2014, Ringgold Middle School students pose for a group picture during our 2014 Environmental Conference on Digital Storytelling at the Donora Borough building that was attended by over 135 students, teachers, volunteers, professors and interested people.
Joan Anzalone Thill stopped by the Museum with her family from Long Island, New York in November 2012. Joan is a student at Farmingdale State College and is pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Horticulture that she hopes will help her family's landscaping business one day. Joan was doing research for an Ecology class project on temperature inversions and the 1948 Smog event. If you thought it might be too far to travel from Long Island to Donora to do research, Joan would say, "Forgetaboutit..."
Betsy Chou (center), along with her father (left), brother (right) and mother (not shown) visited the museum from Shanghai, China in the summer of 2012. In 2011, the Society helped Betsy with her school project at Concordia University in China on environmental issues and the 1948 Smog. Betsy was in the United Satates visiting Ivy League schools to see where she may further her education. Betsy and her family took time out on their trip to see Donora and learn more about the event that shaped her research. Her website can be found on our Links tab.
Cal U of PA and English Honors - Digital Storytelling students: Rachael Fawley and Corrine Dowlin are shown at the premiere of their video at the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center on Donora during the 1948 Smog. They also contributed to a similar videos on Cement City and the Donora Historical Society. To see their video projects, click on the 1948 Smog tab, the Cement City tab, and the About Us tab.
WWII U.S. Navy veteran Nicholas Uhriniak takes a closer look at our WWI poster collection during our veteran's exhibit that was on display when Donora hosted the rotating Veteran's Day Parade in November, 2011.