by permission of O'Hara Township History Committee
"Portrait of an American
O’Hara Township, PA"
Township History Committee - 2008
The Township of O’Hara has just
published its own comprehensive history. Thirty-three years in the
making, this 292-page, 8.5x11-inch book is packed with information
including over 500 photographs, maps and illustrations showing the
unique qualities of the area (which also includes Aspinwall,
Fox Chapel, and Sharpsburg). Take this effort as an historical
investigation of a “core sample” of the United States of America.
Inside are a series of stories that comprise the development of an
American community. Many of these stories might be, in their own
very familiar to those in other communities, in other states. From
tales of the first Americans, to those of the first settlers, to
latest real estate transactions, O’Hara Township’s chronicles
America’s growth. In addition to portraits of many personalities,
are stories about Veteran’s Hospital; Blawnox Company; Allegheny
Workhouse; the Poorhouse; the Pittsburgh area’s first municipal
airfield and first industrial park; plus a local restaurant’s
illustrated and thoroughly engrossing history of an
American community is local history as it should be written. A
to read and a joy for the eye.” — Linda Lear, biographer of Rachel
"Witness for Nature"
has produced a book rich with information on their history.
It’s rare to see a community history so thoroughly researched
bibliographies at the end of each chapter and a complete index.
page is full of interesting facts.” — Art Louderback, "Western Pennsylvania History
Charles Dickens and Amelia Earhart each passed through O’Hara
Township? ... They are two of the famous figures that give
Township its rich, if little-known history... Although named for
Pittsburgh’s early entrepreneurs, James O’Hara, the township
boast affiliations with famous scions, including H. J. Heinz,
cabbage in O’Hara, and Joseph M. Katz, who endowed the
Pittsburgh’s Katz School of Business with some of the fortune he
at his O’Hara paper manufacturing plant.” — Deborah Weisberg, "Shady Ave Magazine,"
dustjacket front cover illustration is by primitive
artist John Kane who between 1928 and 1930
did a painting series of
this area in the township. The original painting can be
found in the
Museum of Modern Art.)
(Content primarily written, typeset, laid-out and edited
by Tom Powers
Media and Design.
Other contributing O'Hara Township History Committee
Ruth Weir, Carol Szwedko. Al Zimmerman, John Arch and Jack
1945-46 O'Hara School Band at
(click on photo for
Purchase the book locally at the
O'Hara Township municipal building, 325 Fox Chapel Road,
Pittsburgh, PA 15238. Phone: 412-784-1784
Purchase the book at the Heinz
History Center Museum Shop, 1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA
15222. Phone: 412-454-6000
book views may be seen at: http://mysite.verizon.net/tpowers6/id3.html
Tom Powers, Power Media
328 Second Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Phone: 412-781-7076, Fax: 412-781-8118
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