2017/18 Nominating Committee

The following have been named to the 2017/2018 Nominating Committee by the Sewickley Valley Historical Society Board of Directors:

George Berry III
John Kroeck
Kathy Lang
Betty Ann Miller
Jamie Wardrop

These individuals will be responsible for naming a slate of nominees for vacant positions on the Board of Directors in March, for election at the Annual Meeting in May.  If you have suggestions for these positions, please address them to the office (412-741-5315 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), and they will be passed on to the Committee.

Photograph Albums

Sewickley Valley Historical Society has uploaded a series of photographs into albums on the forever.com website.  Those created so far are listed below.  Click on the titles to view.

The images in Sewickley Valley Historical Society's 2006 book in Arcadia Publishing's Postcard History Series were chosen from among these postcards. Most are in the Sewickley Valley Historical Society collection, but others were used with the permission of Allegheny City Society; Gloria G. Berry; Milana K. Bizic; Michael Westcott Brown; the late Dr. Leroy J. Egan; Cynthia P. Giles; Lake County Discovery Museum, Wauconda, IL; Margaret Mather Marshall; the late Betty G. Y. Shields; Marjorie R. Williams-Super; the Frank Wisen Family.

These photographs from the Historical Society's collection were used in an exhibition in the Village during "Sewickley Unleashed, 2015."

The aerial photos in this album were taken in the 1930s by barnstormer and commercial airline pilot William H. "Wild Bill" Riley and his friend William E. Reitz, apparently for sale to the owners of the properties.  The photos, which were donated to the Historical Society by Glenn and Carol Bohn, may have been rejects, as some show the shadow of the airplane and others are out of focus.
The first seven photos are of estates that no longer exist: Farmhill, Edgehill Manor, Goodwood, As You Like It, Franklin Farm, Hohenburg and Skipton, and we've included images of these houses.  The locations of some of the images that follow have been identified, but not all.  Can you help us with identification?             

2017-2018 Program

Join us for our 2017-2018 programs!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
7:30 p.m.
Old Sewickley Post Office
It's About Time: The Establishment of Five Standard Time Zones in the United States
Ken Kobus, Historian
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
7:30 p.m.
Old Sewickley Post Office
War in the Peaceable Kingdom: The Kittanning Raid of 1756
Brady Crytzer, Historian

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
7:30 p.m.
Old Sewickley Post Office
The Story of Private Nicholas Russin: Omaha Beach, D Day, 1944
George S. Gaadt, Historian

Thursday, February 8, 2018

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018
7:30 p.m.
Old Sewickley Post Office
Celebrating Pittsburgh: Its Character and Significance
Louise Sturgess, Executive Director, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
6:30 p.m.
Old Sewickley Post Office
Special refreshments provided by the Walker Family
7:30 p.m.
The Walker Family in the Sewickley Valley
Harton S. Semple, Jr., President, Sewickley Valley Historical Society

Thursday, May 17, 2018
6:30 p.m.
Old Sewickley Post Office   
Refreshments, followed by the Annual Meeting
7:30 p.m.
Musical Entertainment by Jay Smar
Vocals, Guitar, Claw Hammer Banjo & Flat-foot Clog Dancing

In Memoriam: B. G. Shields, 1925-2017

Morning Glory (B.G. Shields)
by George S. Gaadt

Founder and long-time Executive Director of the Sewickley Valley Historical Society B. G. Shields passed away on July 12, 2017.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.  The obituary below appeared in the Sewickley Herald, July 27, 2017:

"Betty G.Y. Shields, editor emeritus of the Sewickley Herald, died Wednesday, July 12, 2017, after a long illness in Lemont, Pa. She was 92. She was the wife of Daniel Leet Shields of Edgeworth, whom she married in 1953. He preceded her in death. B.G., as she was known to her friends and family, served as Herald editor from 1972 to 1987. She joined the Herald staff in 1970 as society editor. Before that, she contributed nature and history articles. In 1973, she called the first meeting of what became the Sewickley Valley Historical Society and is listed as a founding member. After retiring from the Herald, she became executive director of the society, serving until 2005 when she moved to Lemont. During the nation's bicentennial in 1976, she served as one of the tri-chairs of the Sewickley Valley Bicentennial Committee. She was a founding member of the Little Sewickley Creek Watershed Association. She was born Feb. 26, 1925, in Coffeyville, Kan., just over the border from Oklahoma, where her family, Butler County natives, worked the oil fields. Her parents were Frank S. Young and Meliss Gallaugher. She attended Butler High School and graduated in June 1942. She was a graduate of Miss Conley's School in East End, Pittsburgh, and attended the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied history. She was the mother of Daniel Leet Shields Jr., of Lemont, Pa., and the grandmother of William Francis Shields and Elizabeth Anthony Shields of Lemont. She was very fond of her daughter-in-law, Lynn Koval Shields. Paul Kramer of Butler was her stepfather. Her stepbrothers Sylvis R. and Richard T. Kramer and her stepsister Margaret Say Kramer all preceded her in death. A memorial service will be held in Sewickley at a future date. Burial will be private in Sewickley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Betty's request is that donations be made to the Salvation Army and Sewickley Valley Historical Society."



Stan Hywet Field Trip

The Stan Hywet Field Trip     




Sewickley Valley Historical Society members and guests enjoyed an October 24th tour of The Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron, Ohio, the former country estate of F.A. Sieberling, co-founder of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. Rain threatened the day, but it turned into a wonderful fall afternoon.

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