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Mount Lebanon History

Mount 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 Mount 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 — Temporarily closed during history center renovation

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

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Upcoming Events
May
31
Wed
6:00 pm Bell, Book & Scandal
Bell, Book & Scandal
May 31 @ 6:00 pm
The four corners where Washington Road, Castle Shannon Boulevard, and Lebanon Avenue intersect is one of the most history-laden intersections in Mt. Lebanon. You’ll start this 90-minute hardly-any-walking walking tour with a behind-the-scenes look at[...]
Aug
5
Sat
10:00 am Neighborhood Spotlight: Beverly ...
Neighborhood Spotlight: Beverly ...
Aug 5 @ 10:00 am
Prepare yourself for in-depth look at the history and architecutral styles of Beverly Heights. On a one-mile circuit of the area’s streets, you’ll see a variety of styles built before and after World War II and learn[...]
Sep
13
Wed
7:00 pm Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Sep 13 @ 7:00 pm
Our speaker, Jack Puglisi, shares with us information about one of our beloved, wise and industrious “Founding Fathers.”    Had he prevailed, would we still be eating turkey on Thanksgiving?
Oct
11
Wed
7:00 pm Voices From the Attic: The Willi...
Voices From the Attic: The Willi...
Oct 11 @ 7:00 pm
Author Carleton Young shares with us his journey after discovering hundreds of letters from two Civil War soldiers.
Nov
8
Wed
7:00 pm Veteran’s storytelling
Veteran’s storytelling
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm
In honor of Veterans Day, we will have a veterans Storytelling Program
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