Walking Tours of Cement City in Donora to be held

The Donora Historical Society is still adding people to their next Cement City Home and Walking Tours to be held on Saturday, October 3 and then again on Sunday, October 4, both at 1:00 p.m.  No Steelers games are scheduled on those days.

The tours start at the museum at Sixth and McKean with a photo presentation on Donora’s National Historic District – Thomas Edison’s Cement City, as well as the showing of artifacts and original blueprints during the construction from 1916 and 1917.

The presenter is Smog Museum curator and Cement City resident Brian Charlton, who authored an article in the fall 2013 edition of the Western Pennsylvania History magazine published by the Heinz History Center titled “Cement City: Thomas Edison’s Experiment with Worker’s Housing In Donora.”

A walking tour follows in the Historic District to point out various architectural details.  The walk concludes by touring the interior of two homes that have a couple of rooms restored to period.

If you would like to RSVP for either tour, please contact the historical society by phone or email to be added to the list as they are filling up fast.  The cost is $12/person.

If you have additional questions about the subjects mentioned above, the society, museum, meetings or possibly volunteering, feel free to stop by or email us at DonoraHistoricalSociety@gmail.com or by calling 724-823-0364 and leave a message.  Vvisit us on the web at www.DonoraHistoricalSociety.org.