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Historical society looks toward the future

 


In affiliation with the South Hills Historical Group, the Carrick-Overbrook Historical Society has rediscovered Carrick and Overbrook Boroughs and their relationship to the great Baldwin Township, St. Clair Township and the annexation of both into the City of Pittsburgh in the early 1900s.

The local history buffs found each other through the Carrick Listserv, and they find local history fascinating and engrossing. With the help of Julianna Kuchta, librarian at the Carnegie Library in Carrick, this informal group has been meeting in the community room there on Saturday mornings. COHS members also attend the monthly meetings of the South Hills Historical Group (SHHG), which are held at the Overbrook Community Center at Route 51 and Maytide Street every first Thursday at 7 p.m.

Julia Tomasic, owner of You've Been Framed, has framed several photos of Carrick's colorful past, donated by Overbrook history enthusiast, Carol Anthony. The framed photos will be on display at the Carrick library.

Of particular interest are a map from 1905 of the borough and an original Carrick Borough Volunteer Fireman's badge from around 1910 both expertly framed by Mrs. Tomasic.

Ms. Carol Anthony of Overbrook and the South Pittsburgh History Group said “Even though I have been collecting Overbrook history since 1985, the excitement put forth by the Carrick group has given me a renewed interest in our history. I hope that the citizenry of Overbrook feels the same way and will help us put together a more comprehensive record of the past.”

COHS is asking all residents to check their attics for historical photos, stories and artifacts and to bring them to the Carrick Library for donation, copying or scanning for display on the web site, as well as for possible publication in a Carrick-Overbrook history book. Everyone is welcome to attend the informal meetings at the library or at the Overbrook Community Center.

The Carrick-Overbrook Historical Society (COHS) has a website under construction http://www.carrick-overbrook.org, designed local resident Kevin Barsotti, proprietor of the web design company, http://www.TribalDawn. com. For more information about the Carrick-Overbrook Historical Society, contact Carrick-Overbrook-History@googlegroups.com.

The Carrick Branch of the Carnegie Library will have an open house on Thursday, March 20, from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Carrick Overbrook Historical Society will be present to answer questions and display photographs. Residents are welcome to bring their old photos and artifacts from the past. All photos will be scanned and returned if requested.

 

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