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Mount Lebanon History

Mt. Lebanon is spread across more than six square miles of Western Pennsylvania’s hills, but it once was contested land.Surveys were made on May 25, 1770, for James McFarlane’s “Black Oak Hill” within what was to become Mt. Lebanon and a neighboring tract, probably now in Dormont, occupied by an individual named Price. A Pennsylvania patent for the McFarlane land was not received until November 27, 1788, perhaps because Virginia had included this territory in the western part of its County of Augusta and, later, the County of Youghioghenia.

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Our success depends on the support and involvement of people, businesses, and organizations. Each member adds strength to our organization, and together they provide a strong collective force toward accomplishing our purpose. The society is classified as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, charitable organization.

Membership Benefits
  • Subscription to The Cedar Tree, published quarterly.
  • Flyers announcing our bi-monthly programs.
  • Access to The Historical Society of Mount Lebanon’s collections (upon application to the collections committee chairperson).
  • Savings on tours, publications, and educational programs.

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Historical Society of Mount Lebanon Museum  

The History Center

200 Lebanon Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15228
(at the corner of Washington Road across from Southminster Church)

Our Hours
  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursdays
  • 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays
  • 6 to 9 p.m., First Fridays (May through October)

You can also make an appointment for your organization or high school reunion group.

If you have out-of-town guests and would like to schedule a tour, call 412-563-1941 and leave a message with the date and time you’d like to visit. If we will do our best to open for you!

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Upcoming Events
May
3
Sun
1:00 pm Graves & Goblins Lecture
Graves & Goblins Lecture
May 3 @ 1:00 pm
Graves & Goblins Lecture @ Mt. Lebanon History Center  | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States
Graves & Goblins Lecture1 p.m., Sunday, May 3, Mt. Lebanon History CenterJoin us for a slide show on the history and highlights of Mt. Lebanon Cemetery at our new space, 794 Washington Road. Find out[...]
Jun
9
Tue
6:00 pm Saints & Stained Glass Walking Tour
Saints & Stained Glass Walking Tour
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm
Saints & Stained Glass Walking Tour @ St. Bernard's Church | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States
Take a tour inside two of Mt. Lebanon’s most historic churches–St. Bernard’s and Mt. Lebanon United Presbyterian. The 90-minute tour covers the history of both churches with a focus on the stained glass windows. Meet[...]
Jun
18
Thu
5:30 pm Neighborhoods & the National Reg...
Neighborhoods & the National Reg...
Jun 18 @ 5:30 pm
Neighborhoods & the National Register Bus Tour June 18 -- 5:30 pm @ Mt. Lebanon History Center  | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States
Neighborhoods & the National Register Bus TourDeveloped by Pat Calvelo, a former Mt. Lebanon Preservation Board member, this 90-minute bus tour focuses on Mt. Lebanon’s most important architectural highlights and covers the history of the Virginia[...]
7:30 pm Neighborhoods & the National Reg...
Neighborhoods & the National Reg...
Jun 18 @ 7:30 pm
Neighborhoods & the National Register Bus Tour June 18 -- 7:30 pm @ Mt. Lebanon History Center  | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States
Neighborhoods & the National Register Bus TourDeveloped by Pat Calvelo, a former Mt. Lebanon Preservation Board member, this 90-minute bus tour focuses on Mt. Lebanon’s most important architectural highlights and covers the history of the Virginia[...]
Jul
13
Mon
6:00 pm History and Hotel
History and Hotel
Jul 13 @ 6:00 pm
History and Hotel @ Mt. Lebanon History Center  | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States
This 90-minute walking tour of Washington Road begins at the Mt. Lebanon History Center (200 Lebanon Avenue) and ends with a short behind-the-scenes tour of the new SpringHill Suites hotel (we’ll arrive at the hotel about 7:10). Along[...]

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