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Pitcairn: A Railroad Town (1850-1980)">Pitcairn: A Railroad Town (1850-1980)

April 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Monroeville Public Library - Gallery Space
4000 Gateway Campus Blvd
Monroeville, PA 15146
Reference Desk
412.372.0500 ext. 4

Cosponsored by the Monroeville Historical Society

In 1850 Pitcairn was a sleepy village of a few scattered farms. But an event in 1850 was to transform it into a thriving, vibrant community: the coming of the Railroad! For the next one hundred years, the fortunes of the Pennsylvania Railroad and the town of Pitcairn would rise and fall together. This presentation focuses on the people and places of that era, combining historic photos from the archives of the Pitcairn Historical Society with the words of the people who lived in those times.

The presentation will be given by Louis Chandler, Ph.D., a retired University of Pittsburgh professor and local historian. Professor Chandler has written several papers and books, including A History of Patton Township (Monroeville and Pitcairn), a hardcover book available for sale at the Monroeville Public Library. His latest book Memories of Pitcairn (available for free on the Monroeville Historical Society website) is the basis and inspiration for this talk. For further information contact Professor Chandler at or through the Historical Society’s website at


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