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 Donora Historical Society Events are announced.


We Can Do It!  WWIIFashion Tea

The Donora Historical Society, in partnership with the Senator John Heinz History Center of Pittsburgh and the Donora Public Library, is currently hosting the “We Can Do It!  WWII” traveling exhibit now through Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

Learn how “lipstick’” helped to win World War II during a fashion tea as part of the “We Can Do It! WWII” traveling exhibit on Saturday, March 14, at 1:00 p.m. when Debbie Popp Gilbert visits from the Elizabeth Township Historical Society to present "WWII Fashions on the Home Front and Frontlines," along with a fashion tea – a joint effort by the Donora and Elizabeth Township Historical Societies. Gilbert will present displays of vintage clothing from their collection in Donora Library’s lower level Community Room in the midst of the WWII Exhibit located at 510 Meldon Avenue. Photos will also illustrate the impact that slogans like “We can do it” as well as “Make do and mend” and “Victory in the kitchen” had on the fashion icons, as well as women on the home front and frontlines.

The admission is $10 per person and will include tea, a light lunch, cookies and the fashions presentation. We are encouraging all that attend to bring their own tea cup to add a personal touch. Please RSVP by sending an email to the Donora Historical Society with your name, phone number and number in your party to, or by leaving a message at 724-823-0364. Space is limited.

To learn more about the exhibit and the schedule of events, please consult our website and click on “WWII Exhibit 2020”.

We Can Do It!  WWII – Veterans Breakfast Club

The Donora Historical Society will be hosting a Veterans Breakfast Club ( event on Saturday, March 28 at 9:00 a.m. for a FREE breakfast for veterans of all ages and their guests. The general public is invited for a monetary donation of their choosing. The event will take place at the Donora American Legion - Post 212 at 513 Meldon Avenue.

The event will be hosted by Todd DePastino of VBC to capture veteran stories to reinforce their mission of creating communities of listening around veterans and their stories to ensure that this living history will never be forgotten. The VBC believes that through their work, people will be connected, educated, healed, and inspired; and listening to these stories is the best way to thank a veteran.

If you’d like to attend this breakfast event, please contact Ellie DePastino of VBC directly by calling 412-623-9029 or emailing

After the breakfast, walk across the street to the Donora Library to see the WWII Exhibit and to hear "A Donora Mill Machinist Family's WWII Experience" by Dorothy Frye Walker of the Starkweather Circle Ladies G.A.R. from Monongahela.

Dates Set For Three Eldora Park Walking Tours

Our fourth annual Eldora Park Walking Tours (3) are scheduled for Sunday, March 22 at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 4 at 12 noon and Saturday, April 18 at 12 noon. The tours start at the Smog Museum in Donora with a photo and newspaper article presentation on Eldora Park. We will then drive the three miles to conduct the walking tour portion in the Eldora section of Carroll Township on the historic Wickerham Farm. The cost is $12 per person and you should allow two hours for the presentation and walking tour. Please contact the Historical Society to RSVP as space is limited. You will be contacted to confirm the date(s) of the tour(s). If you have any questions about our Eldora Park Walking Tours, please consult our website and click the “Eldora Park Walking Tour” tab, or contact the Historical Society.

Spring Cement City Home and Walking Tours Date Set

Our spring edition of our tenth annual Cement City Home and Walking Tours (2) and your chance to see Thomas Edison’s solution for worker housing created 103 years ago in 1917 and the inspiration for the featured addition to the Carnegie Science Center’s Miniature Railroad & Village are scheduled for Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 at 1:00 p.m. The cost of the tours are $15 per person and space is limited. It is encouraged to choose a date, then call or email to get your name added to a pre-RSVP signup list to be contacted when the tour date gets closer. If you have any questions about Cement City, one of our Home and Walking Tours or our project with the Carnegie Science Center’s Miniature Railroad & Village, please consult our website and click the “Cement City” tab, or contact the Historical Society.

Additional Info      

If you have additional questions about the subjects mentioned above, the historical society, museum, presentations or possibly volunteering, feel free to stop by on Saturdays or by special appointment (with at least a week’s notice), email us at, call us at 724-823-0364 and leave a message, visit us on the web at, or follow us and Like Us on Facebook at “Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum.”




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