Murrysville Historical Preservation Society


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 lifelongpatriotic convictions.

Well folks...in these parts of Franklin Township in historical Murrysville of  Westmoreland Co., PA, I would say that the MHPS held a mighty fine heritage event!  Not to say we did not have our glitches but what a day! With the support of Ben Sampson for use of the Sampson/Clark Toll House Grounds and major sponsors, Lynn and Patrick Gurrentz, the local history of Murrysville and Export became a living, intergenerational, interactive, multicultural, educational, hands on and tasty historical experience!  The MHPS, EHC, Murrysville Communty, participants and visitors from surrounding areas "Thank You"!

 In addition, we thank all supporters/donors to Heritage Festival 2014 including  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,

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 pics on our Facebook page at Murrysville Historical Preservation Society.  

Results of 1717 Fr. Infantry/Brown Bess forthcoming.  Thank you to all who filled the Triangle Lane Festival Parking lot too!  See you next year!

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!

MHPS participates in Murrysville's Community Day sponsored by Parks and Recreation.  Alice, Jackie, Carol and Henrietta Chicken promote Heritage Festival 2014 at the Sampson/Clark Toll House on Saturday, September 13th!  Help Henrietta find eggs in the Toll House yard.  Take a chance on Carl’s Brown Bess and 1717 Fr.Infantry Muskets, engage in digging for coal, making candles, butter and splitting logs. So much more to see inside the Toll House Country/Company Store!  For more info contact Jackie at 724-327-6942.  

The mission of the Murrysville Historical Preservation Society is to educate residents through the discovery, collection and documentation of historical data, as well as support the preservation and refurbishing of historical structures, monuments and landmarks in the Murrysville area.

Meetings are held on the third Monday of every month, from 
7:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Murrysville Community Center, 3091 Carson Avenue (two blocks from Route 22 - William Penn Highway).  Access to the meetings is by the back door.  

Special presentations by scheduled speakers are open to the public. All are welcome! 

View MHPS updates/meeting changes/scheduled speakers/events in Penn-Franklin News and/or the Murrysville Star.  
Find us on Facebook at: Murrysville Historical Preservation Society
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      Contacts: jstempfer@comcast.net or 724-327-6942

             The Sampson/Clark Log Toll House, circa 1790,  is located on West Pike Street