Books and Articles


 

The MHS has a number of books and online publications available to the public.

 

Books (Hard Copy)

While most of our publications are available in digital format from this website, we continue to get requests for printed copies of our books. People have found they make thoughtful gifts, especially for family members who may have fond memories of life in Monroeville. Therefore, we will continue to sell our books while supplies last.

All proceeds from book sales directly benefit the Monroeville Historical Society.

Special arrangements can be made for books that are to be sent to out-of-town locations. Contact the author at the email address below.

 

Monroeville: A Pictorial History 
by Louis Chandler, Ph.D. (2017)

A quality paperback with more than 200 historical photos.

Available for sale at Monroeville’s Public Library. -- $10.00

 

A History of Patton Township (Monroeville and Pitcairn), Pa.
by Louis Chandler, Ph.D. (2012)

This history presents the narrative of Monroeville’s story from the late 1700s to the 21st century. The story of Monroeville is told from its beginnings: a handful of scattered farms in the 18th century, to rural Patton Township in the 19th, to the emergence of Pitcairn as a major railroad town, and into the 20th, as Monroeville grew from its borough days into a municipality poised on the 21st century. The book describes the life, the people, places and things that defined and shaped the community as it evolved through the frontier era, the farming village, the township, the post-war suburbs, into more modern times.

This 150-page hardback book is illustrated with over 130 historic photos of the life and times of Monroeville and Pitcairn over the years.

Available for sale from the author (contact below). -- $25.00

 

Author: Louis Chandler is a retired University of Pittsburgh professor and local historian. He has written extensively on Monroeville’s and Pitcairn’s history, and currently serves as archivist of the Monroeville Historical Society.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. : or phone: 724-327-6164

 


 

Online Books (Free Downloads)

Author
Louis Chandler Ph.D.
Louis Chandler Ph.D.
Louis Chandler Ph.D.
Daniel C. Nowak, Jr.
Louis Chandler Ph.D.
Louis Chandler Ph.D.
Louis Chandler Ph.D.
Louis Chandler Ph.D.
Louis Chandler Ph.D.
Description
This history presents the narrative of Monroeville’s story from the late 1700s to the 21st century. Illustrated with 130 historic photographs.
A book of first-person accounts which tell the history of the Monroeville area in the words of those who lived it. Illustrated with historic photographs.
A pictorial history illustrated with more than 200 photos. [May be borrowed from the Monroeville Library]
 
The story of Monroeville is told as it evolved from the development of the roads, of travel and transportation; illustrated with historic photos of Monroeville over the years. [May be borrowed from the Monroeville Library]
Profiles of some of our community’s pioneering families. [Earlier edition may be borrowed from the Monroeville Library]; View the companion map for this publication.
Our houses reflect the history of our community. [May be borrowed from the Monroeville Library]; View the companion map for this publication.
A pictorial history of the Turtle Creek Valley.
A book of first-person accounts which tell the history of Pitcairn in the words of those who lived it. Illustrated with historic photographs.

 


 

Online Articles (Free Downloads)

Monroeville

Author
Louis Chandler Ph.D.
Louis Chandler Ph.D.
Marilyn Wempa & Louis Chandler Ph.D.
Louis Chandler Ph.D.
Louis Chandler Ph.D. & Paul Bullock
Louis Chandler Ph.D.
Louis Chandler Ph.D.
Louis Chandler Ph.D.
Roberta Moore
Marilyn Wempa & Louis Chandler Ph.D.
Marilyn Wempa & Louis Chandler Ph.D.
Louis Chandler Ph.D.
Louis Chandler Ph.D.
Louis Chandler Ph.D.
Louis Chandler Ph.D.
Description
A concise history of Patton Township/Monroeville.
Significant events of Patton Township/Monroeville in chronological order.
Local place names often have their origins in the planning of builders of housing developments.
Coal mining was extensive in Patton Township through much of the 20th century.
At one time Patton Township had brickyards using local clay to make bricks for homes and factories in the Creek Valley.
For almost 30 years Monroeville had its own radio station.
In 1950s, US Steel began to consolidate their research work in Monroeville.
In 1971, the nuclear power operations of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation were moved into a new building in eastern Monroeville near the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
The history of Monroeville’s Public Library is traced from its beginnings in 1964.
At one time Monroeville had three active airports.
Monroeville’s Crossroads Cemetery has been in use continuously since the early 1800s.
The history of Patton Township/Monroeville in the context of mid-19th century America.
Patton Township and the Civil War (1861-1865) - Although sparsely populated, a relatively large number of young men from Patton Township answered the call to serve with the Union Army.
Was there an actual train station at Saunders Station?
The bell tower at the Old Stone Church stands as a monument to two great electrical pioneers of our area.

 

 

Pitcairn

Author
Louis Chandler Ph.D.
Louis Chandler Ph.D.
Louis Chandler Ph.D.
Description
A concise history of Ptcairn.
Significant events of Pitcairn in chronological order.
A unique system for picking up mail was pioneered by the Pitcairn Post office using airports in Patton Township.

 

 

Turtle Creek Valley

Author
Louis Chandler Ph.D.
Louis Chandler Ph.D.
Kurt Seibel & Louis Chandler Ph.D.
Description
Significant events of the Turtle Creek Valley in chronological order.
The “Westinghouse Castle” in Wilmerding, PA, was for many years the headquarters and offices of the Westinghouse Air Brake Company.
During the French and Indian War, Colonel Henry Bouquet was sent out to discover the best route for a road from Bushy Run Station to Pittsburgh through the Turtle Creek Valley. Traces of that road may be found today.

 

 

Trafford

Author
Louis Chandler Ph.D.
Description
Significant events of Trafford in chronological order.

Note: All documents are in PDF format. If you have trouble opening the files, a free PDF reader can be downloaded from Adobe.com.