Last updated: 11/26/2011
Charleroi, Pennsylvania
Address
638 Fallowfield Avenue
Charleroi, PA 15022
phone: 724-483-2030
web: charleroi-historical.org
Services
Group Tours
Staff
Beth Perret, docent
Larry Cowell, Docent
LaVerne Williams, Inventory Specialist
Vicki Molesky, Field Op & Researcher
Becky Wood, Field Op & Researcher
Description

The Charleroi Historic District is officially on the National Register of Historic Places held in DC. This listing is kept for reference regarding those significant historic places that exist in America and is affiliated with the National Park Svc. and Department of the Interior.

Either visit and obtain a Historic District Booklet for a personal walking tour or call for a special appointment to do a group tour.

Charleroi is fortunate to have many of its original buildings throughout its area, but many have also disappeared due to those who did not appreciate their historic value. The Coyle Theatre, one of the region’s only able-to-be-renovated-to-operate theatre that is still standing in the downtown, the J.K. Tener Library is a historic landmark, and downtown and Charleroi area that are priceless in architectural and historic value. Even the original water works still exists in the boro as well as the original Elks Building (1904) which still operates today. City Hall was built in 1917 and housed the boro offices, jail, ambulance, police and fire departments, while on the top floor was a large auditorium that was used for many community functions till the 1970s. The year 2002 found the Charleroi’s VFD celebrating their 100th anniversary year.

The Charleroi Area Historical Society along with many others in Charleroi support the VLTF process as it pushes toward Monongahela River Tourism as anew industry in which utilizing local histories as a way and means to help revive local economies with the steps of clean ups, beautification, and creation of attractions. This includes the pursuit of a glass lighthouse complex (Corning used to make all of the lighthouse prisms!) that will help draw tourists into our pleasant river town. Charleroi has many wonderful historic assets still existing, and soon we hope to have walking and driving tour brochures available for tourism use!

The CAHS is currently working on the new Louis Goaziou Print Shop specialty museum project, located in the 800 block of Fallowfield Ave. - Louis Goaziou — internationally known Franco-American Anarchist and Co-Mason initiator.

Mission

The mission of the CAHS shall be to provide a coherent history of the area, preserving its artifacts, collecting its memorabilia and to pictorially preserve in photograph and writing its history, people and events.

Artifact Collections

Many and varied. (See the Goaziou shop site for more information.) The area involved officially covers the length of the town, and up to Crest Avenue, while other parts are still on the NR nomination listing that lie outside that official area.

Research Collections

(Also see the Goaziou shop site for more information.)

Educational Programs

Regarding the history and sights in the architecturally significant town of Charleroi.

Library

Access: General Public

Appointment required: No

Publications

Society quarterly newsletter: The Courier.

Services

Group Tours

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