Last updated: 6/17/2010
Tarentum, Pennsylvania
Street Address
224 E. 7th Avenue
Tarentum, PA 15084
Mailing Address
224 E. 7th Avenue
Tarentum, PA 15084
phone: 724-224-7666
e-mail: akvhs@salsgiver.com
web: www.akvhs.org/
Hours
Museum and Library hours
Also by appointment.
Wednesday, Friday - Saturday11 PM - 3 PM
The A-K Valley Heritage Museum is located on the corner of Lock Street and East Seventh Avenue in Tarentum.
Admissions
$3.00 Donation for museum visit
$10.00 Fee for research
Members are FREE
Services
Gift Shop
Staff
Dolly Mistrik, President
Description

One current project is identifying the Tarentum and Freeport scenes on 500 glass negatives from 1906 by George Burtner.

Glass, Steel, and Aluminum industries were the economic growth engines for the A-K river valley towns that grew in the shadow of Pittsburgh, attracting entrepreneurs, immigrant labor, and union organizers. You are invited to join in the efforts of the Allegheny-Kiski Valley Historical Society to preserve and celebrate the unique history of this region.
The Museum; Take a look at the A-K Heritage Museum, a beautiful 1931 Art Deco Building in Tarentum - the cobalt blue glass walls in the ballroom - the murals that tell the story of the home front during WWII - the aluminum collection from the world's first production plant for aluminum - the Tarentum Glass collection - and much more.

Mission

The Allegheny-Kiski Valley Historical Society is a non-profit, permanent institution whose primary mission is interpreting, preserving, and celebrating our cultural, industrial, and ethnic heritage of the Allegheny and Kiskiminetas river valleys in southwestern Pennsylvania, a region embracing the surrounding areas from Harmar Township north to Freeport, and east to Apollo. The Society is committed to accomplishing this mission through the following objectives: 1. Acquiring, preserving, and professionally exhibiting historically relevant material that illustrates the history of the region; 2. Developing and facilitating cooperative partnerships among organizations with a similar mission; 3. Providing educational and outreach opportunities for the public; and 4. Serving as a catalyst for the private and public preservation, rehabilitation and/or adaptive re-use of historic sites.

History

The Museum was founded in 1967 in an American Legion building from WWI and WWII.

Research Collections

Old photographs, books, and newspapers are available for research along with newer books written on the area.

Educational Programs

Tours are available during business hours or by appointment. Check out Facebook or our website for current program listings.

Library

Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: Yes

Publications

There are several books available on the areas under the historical society.

  • Publications,1=Chronicle- A bimonthly newsletter
  • Services

    Gift Shop

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