Join Our Mailing List!
Latest News:
$150,000 in Grants Available through WCCF’s ... -- "The Washington County Community Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary ..." -- 30 January 2020
Peters Township Recreation Center Upcoming ... -- "The Peters Township Recreation Center, located at 700 Meredith Drive, Venetia, ..." -- 30 January 2020
Paska Bread – Easter Bake Sale at St. Gregory ... -- "St. Gregory Orthodox Church of Homestead is having an Easter bake sale of Paska ..." -- 30 January 2020
2020 Enjoy Coupon Books Available From LifeSpan ... -- "LifeSpan’s Steel Valley Community Resource Center for Older Adults is ..." -- 30 January 2020
Black History Month Events Planned at Cal U -- "Slavery in America dates to 1619. Reflections on those 400 years of history ..." -- 30 January 2020
Brentwood High School Class of 1970 Seeking ... -- "Brentwood High School Class of 1970 50th reunion committee is looking for ..." -- 30 January 2020
Adult Dance Classes Offered in Bethel Park -- "Adults keep moving and let’s dance for fun and fitness!" -- 30 January 2020
Super Gift Basket Raffle at West Newton Library -- "West Newton Library's 4th Annual ‘Library Super Gift Basket Raffle’ ..." -- 30 January 2020
Valley Garden Club Scholarship Offered -- "The Valley Garden Club, for the ninth year, will be awarding a scholarship to ..." -- 30 January 2020
Friends of South Park to Sponsor Their Final ... -- "The Friends of South Park, the County Park will be sponsoring an Oldies Dance ..." -- 30 January 2020

By Jill Brown

Monessen Founders Day, a unique event of living history, sponsored by the Greater Monessen Historical Society, was held on August 16 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Monessen City Park.


Front: Elmer Andrachuk; Ginny Fisfis; Daniel Zyglowicz; and Susanna Swade.Back row: Vito Beneccio; Dr. Matin Dudas; and Gary Strelick. All served food for the Monessen Heritage Museum in Monessen.

Founders Day this year celebrated Monessen's 116th anniversary. In 1894, Col. James M. Schoonmaker acquired the land on which Monessen stands, and William Henry Donner began construction on Monessen's first industry in 1897. The city of Monessen was created on September 3, 1898; the date they were granted a borough charter.

The day featured re-enactors from the 11th P.V.I. Co. K, Inc. and the 11th Pennsylvania Reserve Infantry Co. F, with authentic Civil War camps showing a living history life during the War of the Rebellion. Soldier drills, firing of arms, children's activities, displays, food booths, and vendors were held.

Food booths included Mary Patrick's sweet potato pies and corn bread from Reborn Ministry; Greater Monessen Historical Society's hot dogs, kielbasa, haluski, and beverages; Painter's fresh-cut fries and pulled pork sandwiches; and Firemen's Ladies Auxiliary #1's cabbage rolls and baked potatoes.

At 4 p.m., an exciting jazz performance by Hot-Headed Mike and the Half-Baked Jazz Band was held at the new Monessen Amphitheater at the park.

This year, Founders Day also celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Third Battle of Winchester, in which Col. Schoonmaker's calvary charge against the Confederate position received him the Congressional Medal of Honor.

For more information, you may contact the Greater Heritage Museum at 724-684-8460.




Pizza Station


Mon Valley Hospital

  • Prev
  • Featured Advertisers
Scroll to top